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Message from Mr. Ballard on reopening schools.

Recently the Governor's office, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Education released guidelines for schools in regard to their reopening. You can find the document,  "Healthy at School" attached below. With the goal of trying to return to school with some form of in person instruction, we have decided to delay the start of school until Tuesday, August 25 as a first day for students. It is still unknown what that will look like at that time, but this will give us the opportunity to prepare in a safe and meaningful way. It could be that we have some students at school while others are working virtually.  The guidelines will require students to wear masks at all times when social distancing is not possible.  So, unless we reduce the number of students at school each day, social distancing would not be possible and thus masks would have to be worn all day.  With a reduced number of students, we would be able to social distance during class and masks would be required at all other times (with few exceptions).  As an administrative team, we continue to discuss scenarios and every possible option.  We know that the range of feelings and comfort levels of our families run the gamut and we are sensitive to each opinion.  To that end, we will be reaching out to all of our families over the next week to gather your input and comfort level as well. But for now, to give us time to prepare and to see how this virus continues to evolve, we are moving the first day of school for students to Tuesday, August 25. We will be adding four days at the end of the calendar and extending each day of school by 5 minutes to meet the legally required instructional time.  Therefore, the last day of school for students will be Wednesday, May 26 and all other breaks will remain intact as in the original calendar for 2020-21. Stay tuned for another one call in the next couple of days with guidance on gathering your input via survey.  Thank you so much for your patience as we all work together to do what is best for our students and staff during these unique times.

 





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