Transition to Remote Learning on Dec. 21

Effective Monday, December 21 and through January 8, all classes will be transitioned to remote teaching and learning.    That means there will be no in-person, on-site instruction during this time.  All students should attend school remotely by signing on to their online classroom at school start time each day.  

We are making this temporary shift to online learning, in large part, due to the impact that COVID-19 is having on our staff that directly serves students.  Today alone we have 89 staff members, who serve students, out for COVID-related reasons.  

We also have a 140 students who have been temporarily transitioned to remote learning due to COVID-related matters.

While our district’s overall COVID-19 positivity rate remains low, each new positive case in our school community can have a significant impact on staffing due to required testing and quarantine requirements.  Currently, we are not able to make the necessary staffing adjustments on a day-to-day basis to continue in-person instruction. 

The health of our school community is also of paramount concern.  The timing seems right for us to take pause, especially with the holidays coming up, and infection rates expected to increase dramatically.   We understand the importance of in-person learning and are committed to bringing students and teachers back in school as soon as possible.  

We work closely with the Department of Health and follow all directives, guidelines, and protocols.  We have informed them of our decision to pause in-person learning temporarily.  We will carefully review and assess the staffing situation and positivity rate, immediately after the holidays.  If there is a need to extend the in-person learning pause period, we will let you know by January 8.

We are working on our meal distribution plan and will post details on our website by Monday. 

Please continue to follow health and safety protocols.  Over the holidays, please keep in mind that “living room spread” is the leading cause of infection.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC)  advises against celebrating holidays in-person with anyone who lives outside your household.   Please follow all the health and safety guidelines issued by the Department of Health and CDC.  We want you and your family to be safe and have a healthy holiday season.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.  We will keep you updated as we move forward.  

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