As I am sure many of you are aware that with every day there appears to be new twists to our plan for reopening. For several reasons, including the recent delay in obtaining the necessary PPE, an increased need for staff training, and the data being received due to the new guidelines allowing a total virtual as an option, it has been determined that the district will need additional time allotted for training to help prepare for implementation.
With that said, I am planning on requesting that the Board of Education approve a calendar change for the beginning of the 2020-21 year. Under the new calendar, school will officially begin for students on Tuesday, September 8. In order to make such a change, the district will have to make up three school days. I am planning on having a full day of school on Tuesday, February 16, which was part of the President’s break and adding two days at the end of the school year. School will end officially on Tuesday, June 22, 2020. Honiss promotion ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 16, Selzer on Thursday, June 17, and the HS graduation will take place on Monday, June 21.
I continue to remain in direct contact with Superintendents, administrators, staff, parents and board members. The administrative team has been working extremely hard in an attempt to ensure the safety of all involved, putting together a plan that presents a balance between the importance of having children return to school while at the same time ensuring that everyone remains safe. This has become an enormous undertaking throughout the county, state and the country. At the present time, staffing, scheduling, class size and space are all proving to be a difficult challenge. Given all the unknown variables involved, some unfamiliar modifications will have to be put into place. We as a district will continue to make the necessary adjustments to our plan as new data and direction from the DOE and Governor’s office is shared. Our updated plan and proposed 2020-21 school calendar can be found on our website.
You will soon be receiving information from your child’s school outlining specific procedures that must be followed for students who are attending in-person classes in our schools. This will include completing a pre-screening health form before arriving to school. Student schedules for our hybrid model students and our virtual-only students will also be forthcoming.
On another important note, we have received some inquires about the YWCA before and after school program. Presently, we are in communication with them concerning the possibility of providing their services. Additional information will be shared with you as it becomes available. If you have specific needs you can contact them directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, thank you for your support and patience as we work through this difficult time together.
Superintendent of Schools