November 13, 2020
Dear Students and Parents:
The presence of COVID-19 continues in our area, causing some neighboring schools and school districts to end in-person learning for at least the near future. Our school district is closely watching the number of positive cases in our county, as we remain dedicated to safely providing the best education possible for our students.
To date, we have been successful in providing in-person learning because of the strict measures we have in place. These measures include, but are not limited to, proper social distancing, requiring face coverings when social distancing is not possible and during transitions, encouraging proper hand sanitizing throughout the day, having ionization modules to clean the air, providing additional sanitizing of our facilities, and providing students and staff an environment where they may eat without being exposed to others. We are very proud of how our students and staff have adjusted to this environment and followed expectations while in school.
Unfortunately, there has been a rise in positive COVID-19 cases in our area, and those have the potential to negatively affect our plans. We have hopes to return our high school students to fulltime instruction second semester and to start the new year with more than 85% of our students in school daily.
To accomplish this, we urge our students and staff to practice the same good measures we have in place in our schools when they are outside of school and to encourage their families and friends to do the same. Also, if students or staff feel sick or have been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19, they must stay home to protect their classmates and coworkers. This helps minimize the spread of this virus in the community and helps us to continue to be able to safely have school in-person every day.
Events such as the Fair, Halloween, and family gatherings, to include the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, are situations when we must be extra careful. If we are not, the virus will continue to spread, and it may jeopardize our ability to safely provide in-person schooling.
Remember we can help mitigate the spread! Experts continue to share that face coverings, social distancing, and hand sanitizing are the best defense against the spread of COVID-19. Help us remain vigilant by practicing these effective measures and by encouraging your family and friends to do the same. Working together, we can minimize the presence of this virus, and our students can continue to receive the best education possible in a safe, positive, healthy environment. We are all responsible for the safety and care of others.
Sandra Carraway, Superintendent