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Weekly Update: May 8, 2020

Greeting all,

As we wrap up another week of distance learning, I find myself addressing questions as to what school will look like in the fall. Honestly, at this time we can only speculate. Much will depend upon the vitality of this virus, and how our elected officials and courts decide to address it.

At this time, public schools are still required to provide 180 days and 1098 hours of instruction. If we do end up moving toward a hybrid program (mix of in class and online instruction) as some have suggested, the state legislature will need to modify the law and provide for “seat time waivers.” There may also be concerns surrounding physical separation and hygiene, as well as the need for personal protective equipment. I’m presently in conversation with the ISD and monitoring how other districts plan to address these concerns. As more information develops, I will share it with you.

We are also waiting for further guidance on offering a summer camp program. At this time school buildings are still closed to students and parents. If that changes in the next few weeks, we will consider our options for offering camp in July and August.

Finally, as this is teacher appreciation week, I’d like to express my appreciation to all our teachers and staff AND to all of the parents who have been working diligently to support their children and keep them engaged in the online learning process. This is not an easy task, and I recognize both your effort and dedication.

Best,

Al

P.S. If you need support for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me. Here are few links that you may find helpful:

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