Today our students in Elementary K-5, Head Start, Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), Functional Skills and Academics and Adult Transition Program completed their first full week in the Stage 5 Learning Model status. I had an opportunity to visit multiple school buildings and was pleased to see that staff and students have settled in well with the safety protocols for in-person learning. I am also pleased that our students remaining remote enjoyed a robust learning week.
On April 19, middle and high school students will transition to the Stage 5 Learning Model status using the AA/BB/100% remote model. Our building administrators, classroom teachers and staff have been preparing for the transition in collaboration with our district leadership team. I expect in the first week that we will have opportunities to monitor and adjust as we settle in to the new model.
As you know, families across the District completed Intent to Return surveys. Earlier this week, we posted the reopening data reflecting responses at the time those surveys closed. With a mix of students remaining in 100% remote learning and students returning to buildings for hybrid learning, maintaining a sense of community is important. Staff across the District continue to work on creating and strengthening connections for all learning models so everyone can finish the year strong.
Meanwhile, it is up to each of us to help make the smoothest possible transition and keep the school buildings open. Students must have the Health Check form completed every day for in-person instruction. Please remember to complete the Health Check form after 12:01 a.m. and before leaving for school every day. The earlier the form is completed, the less likely a student will be delayed upon arriving at school. Also, everyone must wear a mask while on school campuses (even when dropping off or picking up students), unless previous arrangements have been made due to health requirements. Please remember to follow all school COVID health and safety protocols.
Earlier today, all staff and families received information on the COVID batch testing program and its importance in our effort to monitor COVID cases, lower transmission risks and keep our school buildings open. Four of our elementary schools participated in pilot testing this morning and all administrators and staff report the testing went smoothly. The greater the participation in this simple and minimally invasive self-administered testing, the better success we will have in keeping everyone safe and healthy. Now, more than ever, is a time for us all to work together for our students and our community.
Finally, spring break is a time for rest, recreation and rejuvenation. While many of us will be spending at least some of spring break conducting the regular business of the District and in thoughtful preparations to transition our secondary students, I know there is also a great desire to travel. I want to remind all staff and families to review travel safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you are staying local, please continue to practice all COVID safety precautions. Together, we can help lower our region’s COVID-19 transmission rate, which continues to rise.
Wishing you and yours a joyful spring break,
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.