This message is not intended to be punitive or harsh, but instead is intentionally designed to help us successfully complete the school year. For the first time since the pandemic began, we have what is likely student-to-student transmission in the school system. Two weeks ago, it was at the Jr. High level and last week at the High School level. In addition, we have a program assistant and a teacher who have tested positive. After reviewing the list this morning, I can see we have a couple more adults who are being tested. As a system, if we want to get to the end of the school year face-to-face, we must adhere to the social distancing and masking guidelines.
Across the entire community we have become far too lax in the past few weeks concerning our adherence to the guidance. I sent a message to our entire staff this morning stating, WE MUST SET THE EXAMPLE across the school system. While staff are expected to set the example, students must also do their part to ensure the safety of themselves and others. I received a report last week that several of our students have become defiant in terms of following the masking guidelines. I made an announcement to the Jr. High and High School students this morning concerning the topic of defiance as it relates to this issue. Beginning tomorrow morning, any student who is openly defiant in terms of masking or social distancing will be sent home to complete the school year remotely.
Additionally, several of our students who have been placed in quarantine by the Health Department have been seen in public spaces throughout the community. This is following the same pandemic fatigue pattern as other communities where COVID-19 is on the rise again. It will take all of us following the rules both at school and while in the community if we wish to finish the school year in this face-to-face model.
Please have a frank conversation with your child this evening concerning masking and social distancing. Together we can do this, but together we must remain vigilant!
Have a GREAT Day!