Once again, thank you all for your efforts, patience, and support of one another during these trying times we find ourselves in today. Another three weeks of remote learning have come and gone at this point. While this was never our hope when we started the 2020-21 school year, I have to say that I am proud of our students, staff and community for working diligently to help make our teaching and learning processes purposeful for our students. While recognizably not perfect, hearing and seeing our teachers and students interact via Zoom each day has affirmed our dedication to intentional relationships, conversations and academic growth at all grade levels.
I am writing today to inform you that as of today, our intention is to return to on-campus instruction for all students on Monday January, 11. It is understood that the process of transitioning back and forth has been stressful for many of us, please know that we are working tirelessly to bring students back to campus and keep us in a face-to-face format as long as possible moving forward. With ever changing requirements coming from the state and local health departments, we are working closely with our local officials to ensure that we are complying with guidelines, and keeping our students, staff and community as safe as possible.
As we transition back to on campus learning I want to encourage families to be sure that they send their children back to campus Monday with their school-issued devices and chargers. Bringing the devices back charged will allow for teaching and learning to happen as seamlessly as possible when students return.
We have heard from the community that one of your student’s largest frustrations at times has been struggling with navigating the learning environment(s) that they have found themselves in while learning remotely, particularly with our youngest students. As a district we are going to continue using and working with and in these environments with our students to help alleviate as much of these confusions as possible. All of us have been thrust into learning these new technologies and processes over this past year, and together we will continue to learn.
While our hope is to remain on campus for the remainder of the school year, please know that a lack of personnel being available to cover for our staff that test positive or are affected by quarantines due to the virus is why we were forced into remote learning after Thanksgiving. If the admin team feels that we do not have sufficient coverage without adding additional stress to the rest of the staff, we will need to transition back to our remote learning model. As is also the case in our neighboring districts, there is an extreme shortage of substitutes across all areas in our district; kitchen, custodial, bus drivers, aides, and teachers. Those limited numbers that are available will generally shy away from districts that are showing outbreaks for their own safety and health.
One final request would be that if your student(s) have tested positive, have been asked to quarantine, or are exhibiting COVID symptoms, we ask that you please reach out to our school nurses with their contact information below. While there have been minor changes, as you may have heard from the state level as to how quarantines are to happen, those changes will not apply in all cases within school settings. We are still awaiting final documentation of those changes from our local health department, and will share those details with you as soon as they are available to us.
One final note. The USDA has extended their meals program funding for schools through the end of the 2020-21 school year. All students attending Crestview Schools will continue to receive a free lunch each day through the remainder of the year. Extras will be at the expense of the student. Please visit our food services page at https://crestview-richland.nutrislice.com/menu/ for more information.
Again, I want to thank all of you for your ongoing support of our teachers and students. Our staff has been working diligently to try and maintain as much of a "normal" as possible. We ask for your continued patience and understanding as we remain focused on the safety and welfare of all who are associated with our school.
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