Posted March 11, 2020
Dear parents and guardians:
We are continuing to carefully monitor the COVID-19 situation very carefully and are receiving regular updates from county health officials, and there are still NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school district or community. However, given the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we are taking proactive steps to ensure that we are able to quickly respond should the need to close schools arise.
As of today, we still have five remaining emergency closing/snow days available, which provides us with some flexibility to respond without impacting the instructional calendar.
To ensure we are prepared in case additional days beyond these five are needed, Monday, March 16, will now be a half-day for students to give our instructional staff time to prepare lesson plans. This step is being taken out of an abundance of caution to allow us to proactively plan steps to ensure our students have access to activities that can keep them engaged in learning and help prevent an “academic slide.”
The lessons and their delivery will be designed specifically for different age levels. Once the lessons are ready, students will be given these materials to keep at home so they can access them if school is closed beyond the five emergency days that are available.
Should event cancellations or a school closure be recommended, the Health Department will help determine if, when, and for how long. These recommendations may change as the local situation evolves. Should there be a need for closures, parents will be notified by the automated calling/texting system.
We urge our families to think proactively about how they will address childcare should this situation present itself.
We will continue to keep you informed. We appreciate everyone’s patience, concern, and adaptability during this time.