Hello and good afternoon Parents/Guardians,
Tomorrow we will start the 2020-21 school year! As we all know, these are challenging times, however, we can not ignore the importance of getting students back into the mode of school. The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that COVID-19 risks must be balanced with the need for children to attend school in person, given that the lack of physical access to school leads to a number of negative consequences. Whether you as parents/guardians have chosen to send your student to school or have them attend remotely, the important piece is that we are getting back to school and learning tomorrow after being out for 5 ½ months.
As a district, we have taken significant steps to help ensure a safe learning environment and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These mitigating factors have all been outlined in our 20-21 Educating Eagles Plan, plus we have spent the weekend decontaminating all of our schools and buses with a specialized cleaning product approved by the EPA to combat SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus. Our schools and our staff are ready to welcome all of our students back to school tomorrow. However, we can not maintain a safe environment without your help as parents/guardians. As we move forward throughout this school year, it will be very important that you check with your child daily before sending them to school for signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Here is a link to the Daily Check for Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19, I encourage you to print off this information or keep the information handy to you can refer to it daily. If your child has any of the symptoms listed related to COVID-19, please do not send them to school or allow them to board school transportation. Here are some additional key points to keep in mind as we start school:
- All students must wear a face mask, if they do not have one, one will be provided for them.
- Students are allowed to bring water bottles, as all water fountains are turned off.
- No outside deliveries will be allowed, this includes lunch deliveries.
- Students must comply with the dress code.
Again, it will take all of us working together to keep and maintain a safe learning environment for our students. However, despite all of our best efforts, it is likely that we will have some disruptions during this school year and we are prepared to handle those and keep the learning moving forward.
If you have any questions or concerns about the start of school, I encourage you to reach out to your child’s principal or use the Just Ask feature on our website.
I’m looking forward to the start of school and welcoming all of our students back! Thank you for your continued support and help as we work together to make our return to school as safe as possible.
Thank you, and kind regards,
Superintendent of Schools