Return to School Plans for January 4, 2021
We hope you have been enjoying your winter break and holiday season! As we get ready to return to school, we wanted to let all of our families know that we continue to listen to the voices of our community and recognize that our families have different needs when it comes to learning during the pandemic. To address these needs, we’ve provided the option of in-person learning and our virtual academy. However, we continue to see a large majority of our parents prefer in-person learning for their child(ren). We appreciate all of your flexibility and understanding as we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic. As always, our focus has been to provide the best instruction possible in as safe a manner as possible for everyone. Considering all aspects of our current situation and feedback from parents, we will begin with in-person instruction for traditional students at the end of our winter break, starting on Jan. 4, 2021. Virtual Academy students will continue as normal. We feel this is the best option for our students from an educational and social-emotional perspective.
Our decision to keep students in school is based on many conversations with the local health department and information from our County COVID Response Team. Not only do we monitor county trends, but we evaluate staff and student positive cases on a daily basis. In addition, we have been notified the vaccination process will begin for certain positions in schools and then continue to be available to school staff as essential employees. We have seen less than 1% of our students and less than 2% of staff test positive or considered probable for COVID-19 over a recent two-week period. What we are experiencing is a high number of student quarantines and that has been our biggest challenge to keeping our doors open. We have been evaluating options to reduce the amount of time students and staff are quarantined out of the building. At this time, we have not seen a correlation to those quarantined and those who eventually develop symptoms. It is important to note that should our current situation change due to an increase in positive cases or advisement by the health department, we are prepared to go fully remote.
Once again, our focus is to provide the safest environment possible for students and staff during in-person instruction with the goal of starting in-person in January, remaining in-person and concluding the school year in-person. We would love nothing more than to see the Class of 2021 end their Perry educations with some sort of normalcy. In order to meet this goal, we are asking all of our families to stay vigilant when it comes to wearing a mask, washing your hands, practicing social distancing and most importantly, staying home when sick or a family member is sick. It is up to all of you to continue to keep each other safe to slow the spread of this disease.
We are committed to informing you of any developments that impact our school and those we serve. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mr. Beatty.