October 23, 2020
I was always very optimistic that we would get into a rhythm for the year and continue moving forward as best we can. I think we are there. We will continue to have situations and we will have to navigate those to the best of our ability. We are at the halfway point of the first semester and I believe that we will continue to have positive COVID-19 tests and quarantines into the foreseeable future. Masks, at the secondary level, have managed to mitigate sending so many students home to quarantine. There are still situations such as recess, lunch, sports, PE, etc.… where students are still being exposed to someone close to them without a mask. At the elementary level the classes are together all day in the classroom, lunch, PE, and at recess. That has made contact tracing more complicated at the elementary level. The good news is that the statistics out there show that students in the lower grades are only half as likely to test positive compared to students in the upper grades. I am sure that is related to students in the upper grades having a more active social life outside of the school day.
As I mentioned in my video, if your student is online learning or hybrid learning please take some time and re-assess your situation. If they are struggling please consider having them return to school for in-person learning. At half way through the semester we can still help them salvage the fall semester if needed. If it is not working stop doing it. As they say, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.
Our updated numbers for this week are as follows:
1. We currently have approximately 14 people in isolation (these students are showing a variety of symptoms) and approximately 41 people in quarantine (these students have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, not necessarily at school). That is about 5% of our student body that is out for COVID-19 related reasons. This number is down from last week.
2. We still have many students participating in online learning. As of today, we have approximately 211 prek-12 students participating in full online learning or hybrid online learning. That is approximately 21% of our student body taking one or more online courses. This number has dropped slightly this week.
That is it for this week. Have a wonderful weekend!!! And please be safe.
Dr. Brian Jaeger, Superintendent