We would like to offer further clarification on the message we sent out earlier. Our procedures and thought process that go into this is much the same as it has been from the beginning. If there is a rise in cases among students, it does not necessarily necessitate a distance learning format. As long as we have enough staff to carry on, our commitment is to keep students in school. However, among staff at the high school and middle school, there are too many positive and/or quarantined for us to continue. That is NOT the case at the elementary level. We made the commitment from the beginning that we would keep students in school as much as possible and make responsible decisions that are safe and for the well being of all while prioritizing face-to-face instruction as much as we can.
Furthermore, there have also been some questions relating to extra-curricular activities during this distance learning phase. Those activities do not include quarantined students and we have the staff to do them. Our goal is to keep this year as close to normal as possible, to let kids enjoy as many activities as possible, and not let them look back on this entirely as a year that was ruined. If we have the staff in place to do it, we want them to have those opportunities.
With that being said, we will be doing full distance learning at the middle school and high school
while continuing on site with our elementary students because we have enough staff members to continue there.
Please know that a lot of thought goes into all of these decisions and we genuinely have students' best interests at heart.
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