Dear Students and Parents,

At our board meeting Monday night, I recommended we alter our schedule for the 3rd nine weeks.  I want to be as proactive as possible from January- March because this is typically the time of year we see the most illness and absenteeism---even before COVID!!  Throughout this school year our custodians have done an exemplary job of cleaning our facilities and re-cleaning throughout the day.  They typically do the deep cleaning and sanitizing a minimum of one time per week (usually on Fridays) after students are gone.  In an effort to minimize germs and hopefully to positively impact student (and staff) health, I feel we should double up on the deep cleaning during the 3rd nine weeks.  I place great value on instructional time, so I have struggled with this decision, but our students have been going to school 5 days a week from the very beginning of the school year.  We continue to hold them to a high academic standard and I do not feel having them stay home a few days during the 3rd nine weeks while we deep clean will make a huge negative impact academically.  I have worked out a schedule to utilize Wednesdays as our deep cleaning day.  By choosing Wednesday, students will not be in the classrooms more than 2 days before the room is sanitized with our electrostatic equipment.  It will be done on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Students will attend face to face Monday and Tuesday, work at home on Wednesday, and return face to face on Thursday and Friday.  All staff will report as usual. 

Students will return after the holidays on Wednesday, January 6th.  The Wednesdays students will learn from home are:  Jan. 13, Jan.27, Feb. 3, Feb. 24, March 3, and March 10.  Each of these days will be utilized for intensive deep cleaning.  As for student lessons, for “work at home Wednesdays”, teachers will provide instructions in class on the Tuesday before as to whether it will be a virtual lesson or an assignment.  When students return to school on Thursday, they will be responsible for the work and should bring the completed assignment.

Another thing I want to say about this schedule is that it is subject to change at any time.  This is our plan for the 3rd nine weeks, but depending on COVID, requirements from the FEDS/STATE, DPH/CDC, and even inclement weather, we may need to alter it.  If we have excessive cases of COVID, we might close a classroom, a school, or even the district if needed.  I  wanted to provide the dates for “work at home Wednesdays” as soon as possible so you can make arrangements.  We realize this is an inconvenience, especially for families with younger students, but also feel we will all be better for the additional cleaning and hopefully this will assist us in keeping school in session for the remainder of the school year.  As always, I hope you stay safe and well,  and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  

Melody Day, Superintendent

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