As we continue to progress toward the final stretch of the school year, we thought it would be appropriate to re-affirm our commitment to in-person instruction. To be clear, our schools will remain open for in-person instruction until we have local data to compel us to return students to remote learning. As we have stated in the past, we evaluate the status of in-person instruction daily. It is important for you to understand that we are fully prepared to transition to remote learning if it becomes necessary.
As you know, COVID-19 cases have continued to rise across our state and region in recent weeks. This surge in cases has taken its toll on our student body in the form of increased numbers of quarantines. We recognize the tremendous burden they create for students, staff and parents. While these quarantines are difficult on everyone, they provide an extra layer of safety for students and staff as we attempt to inhibit the transmission of the virus. To this point, we do not have data to suggest our schools have been responsible for a community spread of the virus. This is the most important factor when making a determination about the status of in-person instruction, and something we monitor every day. Beyond that, we make a daily assessment of the staffing needs of our schools and our ability to meet them. We are stretched incredibly thin, but our employees have consistently gone over and above the call of duty to keep our doors open.
It bears repeating: This is not a time to overreact, but to respond appropriately with a re-doubling of effort to keep our schools safe and open for in-person learning. We cannot be committed to in-person instruction without a commitment to health and safety. Please continue to encourage students to wear masks, especially while indoors, and discourage students from gathering in large groups, unmasked, after school. Also, we ask that you continue to monitor students for symptoms of COVID-19 and do not, under any circumstances, send students who are showing symptoms to school.
Please know that we are trying our best every day to do what is right by our students. Thank you for your continued support and patience.
Matt Wandrie – LCS Superintendent