December 22, 2020
We have been working hard to prepare for the random testing of 20% of the in-person population in each building. We will welcome our staff and students back on January 4, 2021 in the hybrid model. Thank you to our employees and families who have consented to test! We will test all adults who consented in each building, minimizing the number of children to be tested. If you haven’t yet caught the video of Mr. Scarpine and Ms. Adams taking the test, check it out here.
Here’s the schedule:
|1/5/2020||SHS/SES/CES Purple Students||1/12/2020||SMS Purple Students|
|1/6/2020||SHS/SMS(@SES)/SES/CES Staff||1/13/2020||SMS (@ SES) Staff|
|1/7/2020||SHS/SES/CES Remainder of Staff||1/14/2020||None|
|1/8/2020||SHS/SES/CES Gold Students||1/15/2020||SMS Gold Students, Remainder of SMS Staff|
An important point of clarification on testing--we are NOT permitted to test symptomatic individuals under our agreements as a testing site. Think about it–if you or your child are symptomatic, we do not want you to enter the buildings, possibly contaminating someone else. Stay home if you’re sick and continue to work with the DOH and your own healthcare provider.
Also, we’d like to hear from our families about how learning is going. When we planned for the 20-21 school year, never did we anticipate we’d still be in this hybrid model in January. Here’s a link to a family survey-please take a few moments to participate so that we know what’s on your mind. We all know that this hybrid model, with students in-person two days and remote three days isn’t ideal. Until we can get back to fully in-person learning, we’d like to hear from you about how things are going. From the emails and phone calls I’ve received, I’ve heard from families who want much more of a direct, on-line schedule for their students; families who are concerned that the learning activities on remote days aren’t rigorous or meaningful enough and are worried that our students are missing out on learning opportunities. I’ve also heard from families who say, “we can’t manage anything more”. Please let us know what’s working for you and your family and what’s not. While in this pandemic, we are under many restrictions from the governor that prevent full in-person (mainly the 6 feet of distance requirement) but we still want to be sure we’re doing as much as we can for all students.
As always, I’m available directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 592-3230. Please participate in the survey and we’ll do whatever we can to meet the needs of our families.
I hope that you and yours have a wonderful holiday break and that 2021 is much better than 2020! All the best, Kimberly Moritz