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April 3 Superintendent Communication

April 3 Superintendent Communication
Posted on 04/03/2021

Dear School Community,

I hope that you had a wonderful break. As you have undoubtedly seen in the district’s case counts, many of our students are being impacted by COVID-19. We speculate that with the rise in adult vaccines and Spring weather, our community will begin to resume extracurricular activities and plans. We are beginning to learn that many of our students experience mild symptoms and/or are unable to self-identify COVID-19 indicators. As a result of these concerns and the need to keep all students and staff as safe as possible, we need to adjust our attendance procedures. Currently, students are only permitted to access their learning remotely for COVID-related symptoms and/or exposure and quarantining purposes. 


Beginning April 6th, out of an abundance of caution for students and staff, we will provide flexibility for students and families to Zoom in when there is a concern of COVID symptoms, but not necessarily a confirmed COVID test. These symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, abnormal sense of taste and smell, sore throat, muscle pain, headache, congestion, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. We are asking families to keep their children at home if they develop any of these symptoms and to contact their physician as well as the school nurse.  In addition, we will allow any student to zoom for the three in-person instructional days following Spring Break (4/6-4/8) as an added layer to our health and safety measures. If you are making this choice, we ask that you communicate with both the office and your homeroom teacher. If your child is at the middle or high school level, we ask that you communicate with your child’s grade level administrator.


Please understand that it is extremely challenging for teachers to pivot to remote instruction with limited notice. However, we do not want families to inadvertently send their children to school if they are unsure about a child’s symptoms or have concerns about COVID exposure at school. Our flexibility around attendance format has served us well thus far during the pandemic, and we feel it’s best to continue to provide it! 


In order for us to continue this flexibility, we implore families not to misuse our COVID-related instructional delivery options. Virtual learning IS NOT an option for families who are vacationing, taking a long weekend, have an appointment, missed the bus, or overslept. Additionally, students will not be able to remote in without prior notification. At the elementary level, parents should notify teachers and the main office by 8AM, at the secondary level, parents should notify the Attendance Office.  Again, we want to keep our students learning, but don’t want to risk having symptomatic students in our classrooms. 


Thank you for your continued support, cooperation, and flexibility.



Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

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