Superintendent's Message to the Community 9-11-2020

Superintendent's Special Message to the Community 9-11-2020



As you know, in August, the Board approved a gradual return to in-person learning that would have moved us into Phase 2 this next Monday, September 14. Phase 2 consists of continued distance learning for all students with groups not to exceed 14 students returning for in-person instruction and/or support. Students included in these first groups to return are those receiving intensive special education services and those students most at-risk, including foster youth, homeless youth, English learners, high school students who are significantly credit deficient, and students with no internet access.
To safely and effectively move into Phase 2, the District needs to have personal protective equipment, disinfecting supplies, and family screening tools available. We currently have most of the PPE needed to begin working in person with students. Our Facilities and Maintenance department began ordering supplies in April and May, but as of this week, we have still not received critical supplies, including disinfecting spray and disinfecting wipes for every classroom. Now fires and road closures are further impacting our ability to get supplies. In addition, we will need every family to screen their child at home prior to sending them to school. We have a very simple, easy app to assist our families in this process. Unfortunately, we have had difficulty in working with the company providing the app. It was originally supposed to be available on Monday, August 31, but we are now told that it will most likely be closer to September 18.
We will be moving the tentative date to begin bringing students back in person in Phase 2 to September 21, but our goal remains to open Phase 3 by October 5. Over the next week, families will be contacted to set up these small groups and to provide information regarding transportation, cohort times, safety protocols, etc. We will also be hosting two family training events on universal precautions and student safety: Wednesday, September 16 at 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 17 at 9:00 a.m. We will be recording the Wednesday session and posting it by Thursday afternoon for families to view at their convenience. We will also be working to provide the same information in Hmong and Spanish. A mailer will be sent home with information regarding universal precautions and how to safely re-enter school.
I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation as our staff continues to overcome challenges and obstacles and strives to ensure that each child receives the best education possible in the current situation.