Over the past couple days our district has experienced an increase in students and staff members needing to quarantine. This has caused stress on our ability to keep staffing levels at a level where we can provide adequate coverage for students. In an effort to be proactive, I have made the recommendation to suspend “in-person” instruction from Monday, November 23 to December 8, 2020. All students will be virtual and are expected to participate in their learning. Students in K-12 will return to face to face instruction on December 9, 2020.
I feel that it is in the best interest for the health and safety of our students and staff that this decision be made at this time. This approach is also consistent with board of education policy 8405 which states, “The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility relative to students, employee, and visitor health and safety, and the need for development of a comprehensive program designed to provide a healthy, safe, and secure environment on District property and at District-sponsored activities. To achieve this, it is the intent of the Board that the District will avail itself of the most current, proven technologies in the fields of health, safety, and environmental sciences.”
These are very difficult and challenging times, but it does appear there is light at the end of the tunnel with the recent news of a vaccine. We need to work together, stay resilient and not give up hope. We will eventually get back to normal.
Joseph J. Perrera, Ed.S.