March 22, 2021
Over the past month, we have safely and successfully transitioned our Elementary School students to daily in-person learning. Seeing the excitement in the eyes of both our staff and students confirmed to me that the decision to return to daily in-person instruction was the correct one. Now with the recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the social distancing requirement to three feet, I am pleased to announce that we are planning to bring back our High School and Middle School students to a five-day-per-week in-person instruction schedule. We are targeting April 12th to collapse our cohorts and start daily in-person instruction. For parents who do not wish to send their children to school five days per week, the Cyber School remote option will remain a choice. Both building principals will be communicating additional scheduling details in the near future.
As an additional layer of protection, we will be adding desk shields to all classrooms where social distancing may be difficult. I am also asking for your support by not sending your children to school with a fever or cold-like symptoms. It is also imperative that you continue to fill out the AT-Genius questionnaire. In order for us to have a successful ending to the school year, your cooperation is vital. We encourage parents and students to continue following the CDC promoted safeguards, such as:
- Staying home when you are sick;
- Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
- Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
- Practicing social distancing
- Wearing a face covering while in school; and
- Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.
As long as our community health conditions continue to improve, I see no reason why we cannot attempt to increase the number of students returning to in-person learning.
As always, thank you for your support and remain Clipper Strong!!!!
Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools