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Wednesday night the Board approved a revision to the school plan to go remote until December 4th and after a review of COVID conditions with the Health Dept., determine a return to in person learning Dec 8th. On Thursday, after meeting with the county superintendents and all three health departments, reviewing the most recent data provided by the Governor and speaking with the Board, we have decided to revise the plan.

The district will move to remote learning from Dec 1 until at least January 8th with NO return to in school learning during this time. I will meet with the health department on or about January 5th to decide if we can bring the students back to in person classes January 12th. Right Track will also be cancelled and resume when school does.

More information regarding remote learning schedules, meal distribution, and athletics will follow. Additionally, remote learning schedules and student expectations have been included in newsletters, emails, and communicated to students. Please make sure you have set up a time for a virtual conference with your child’s teacher on Monday or Tuesday so you have everything you need to get started and have your questions answered before December 1st. Please continue to check our app, website and Facebook page for up to date information. We have made great progress since March and this will look much differently than “COVID” learning did in the spring.

This has not been an easy decision for anyone but one that we feel is best for our students, staff, families and community at this time. I really wanted to have students in school before the Christmas holiday. But more importantly, we need to have everyone healthy and safe before, during and after the holidays. Switching to remote learning, and pressing pause on athletic competitions in the month of December, is the responsible thing to do at this time. I had two goals in August-to educate our kids and keep our community safe. I am thankful to everyone for working together to meet those goals to this point. Together we have done an amazing job and being an example of how we can work through this! Now we need our community to do their part so that we can open our doors in January once again. Please continue to stay #Spartan Strong. Have a Happy Thanksgiving~Lori A. Riley, Superintendent