We have been operating significantly understaffed since returning from the holiday recess. Despite our efforts, we cannot cover absences at the level we are experiencing. Sadly, we are at a point that we must make choices to preserve on-campus learning for our most vulnerable populations and younger students. This is not a decision that we have taken lightly. We are committed to providing on-campus learning to as many students as we possibly can.
Senior high school (grades 9-12) students, except those with high needs, will move to a remote learning model of instruction tomorrow, January 13th, and Friday, January 14th. This will allow us to shift substitutes, monitors, and other support staff to the middle and elementary school levels so that we can remain open for younger students.
As you are aware, Monday (January 17th) is the Martin Luther King holiday so there is no school that day, and Tuesday (January 18th) was a planned Student Remote Learning Day/Staff Professional Learning Day. Based on the information we have right now, we anticipate a return to on-campus learning for all students on Wednesday, January 19th.
All our buses will be running as the middle school students will still be attending. SST and transportation to SST will continue as usual. Students participating in the SST program need to be at the school for regular transportation to and from as they normally do. However, SST students will be remote for the remainder of their day before or after their SST program.
If your high school student needs additional support of any kind, please reach out to the counseling department (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and a counselor will work with you to provide the support you need during these remote days.
Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we continue to navigate through this public health crisis.
Susan K. Givens, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools