Preparing for Phase 2 and 3

Preparing for Phase 2 and 3
Posted on 01/14/2021
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We continue to move through this historic pandemic as safely as possible and in the best interest of our students, families and staff.  Currently, we are preparing for the implementation of Phase 2 & 3: Distance Learning.

“Our Board of Education has approved a revised plan through which we will gradually return students to school based on internal health metrics while we continue to monitor external metrics for surges. Each day we will calculate a 14-day average Case Rate of COVID-19 in our District and in each of our schools,” explained Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond.

Currently, we are preparing for Phase 2 & 3: Distance Learning to begin at the start of the second semester.  Phase 2 & 3: Distance Learning would be in place when the internal case rate indicator is yellow or green and the external metrics are not surging.  Further return to school implementation (Phase 4 & 5: In-Person Learning) would begin when the internal case rate indicator is green and the external metrics described below are met.

If case rates climb or staffing levels can not be maintained, we will move back to an earlier phase of our plan until indicators improve.

Please note that we will continue to monitor the external (e.g., community health) metrics and if we see the COVID-19 Burden Rate surge back into the highest category, we will pause this plan until indicators improve.

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“We recognize that for some families and teachers this is welcome news and for others this causes concern.  The most recent science related to COVID-19 and schools indicate that schools are not super spreader sites and that with strong mitigation practices in place, schools can operate safely,” said Superintendent Dr. Marty Lexmond, “Our school leaders are prepared to implement all of the mitigation strategies to keep students and staff as safe as possible as we find a balance between what our students need for learning and what all of us need to stay safe.”