Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s)
I am writing to inform you that in-person instructional time for students grades EK-5 is scheduled to change from two days to four days effective Tuesday, February 16th, 2021.
Early Kindergarten to Grade 5: What will change?
- Blue and Gold cohorts will be combined and students will attend school Monday – Thursday. We have kept Friday as a full-remote day for now.
- This will replace the current two-day hybrid in-person instruction model. Requests to change learning models can be made at the ten-week mark and will only be considered earlier for extenuating circumstances. Full remote learning will remain an option.
- Class sizes will increase but the District will take measures to space students, add additional barriers, and enforce mask wearing at all times. Changes will meet all Department of Health guidelines related to the reopening of K-12 schools and include plans for addressing food service, recess, and specials (e.g. physical education, art, music, etc.).
- Transportation will remain the same for your child. Bus sizes will increase but the District will take proactive measures to space students, add additional barriers where needed, and enforce mask wearing at all times. Parents who are willing to transport their children to and from school are encouraged to do so.
Grades 6-8: What other changes are possible?
Based on low positivity and transmission rates within our schools, we are also planning to move in-person instruction from two to four days for grades 6-8. The same process used for EK-5 will be utilized. The change is slated to be effective Monday, March 1, 2021. The District will continue to review student positivity rates and impact of quarantines on faculty prior to implementation. Communication will follow further explaining and outlining the changes specific to the Middle School
We will continue to plan for a return of grades 9-12 after we determine we can successfully (safely) return grades EK-5 and 6-8.
As we have communicated previously, many variables will impact our ability to implement our plans including:
- Adherence to safety measures including students and staff staying home if they exhibit COVID-like symptoms.
- Continued commitment to proper sanitizing and hand washing, mask wearing and limiting social gatherings where congregate contact is significant.
- Local, state, and federal regulations prompting school closures.
- Positivity rates and quarantine orders impacting faculty and staffing levels district-wide.
The District is committed to increasing in-person instructional time, but we are going to need the support of our families and community to make this happen. The District will provide additional updates and our Building Principals will be communicating with families directly. If you have any questions, please reach out to me by phone at 607-754-1400 or via email at [email protected].
On behalf of the entire District, thank you for the continued patience and understanding.
Jason R. Van Fossen,
Superintendent of Schools