Supt Update 09182020

September 18, 2020 update from Superintendent Holden
Posted on 09/18/2020
September 18, 2020

Dear Parents & Guardians,

We are off to a great start this school year! With everyone’s willingness to work together, we feel confident that we can continue to provide in-person learning for all our students. As the year continues, however, we will need to remain diligent on following school protocols.

One of our first lines of defense that is required and extremely helpful is the home screening tool. Each family should be using the screening tool and asking each child the few simple questions before school each day. If any answer is a “yes”, that child should be kept home; contact the school and your family physician as to the next steps. Students with new or unexplained symptoms are allowed to be tested 24 hours after symptoms have cleared, and with a negative test result can return to school before the full 10-day quarantine period is ended. This has been very helpful in getting students back into our schools; generally, this process could take 3-5 days. As we head into cold and flu season, this process for families will be very useful in differentiating colds and other illnesses from COVID.

Some of the other factors that have been helpful in allowing us to manage our opening have been the willingness of students to wear masks when required or asked, and staying socially distant whenever and wherever possible. We know that social distancing outside our classrooms can be difficult, but this will also be an important factor for allowing our schools to stay open.

We hope that we will not have to go to remote learning this year, but we are prepared for that possible scenario. Our teachers have set clear expectations with their students regarding remote learning. This will also be shared with parents by your child’s principal over the next few weeks. Remote learning will look very different than it did last year with clear schedules and one space to find all instructional information.

As a district, we continue to work with the Department of Health and Human Services concerning protocols, identifying cases and communication. We could find that remote learning may involve a grade level, one school and not the other, or clusters of students. We will have clear communication with all families involved if remote learning will be required.

Lastly, thank you all very much for being kind and patient with each other. If we can all continue to follow our school protocols, we are hopeful that we can continue to deliver in-person learning to all students. Please visit our website at https://www.sau85.org/reopening_information for any information or feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Russell Holden