We hope this message finds you well as we continue to navigate through the many challenges this Fall semester brings to each of us. We want to take a moment to simply say “Thank You!” for everything you have done, are doing, and will continue to do to help our students and our school. We also want to take this moment to update you on our current state of affairs and our future plans.
With rising COVID-19 numbers in the county and state, USD 234 has fielded some inquiries about remote learning and a change in our delivery of instruction. At the present time, our positive student and staff numbers for COVID-19 has risen in November as we see more cases in our area. The majority of our positive COVID-19 results continue to be associated with contacts that happen outside the school day. It appears our mask policy is helping us better control the virus as we do our best to provide a quality education for our students.
We recognize that the virus can change our plans at any given moment, and we continue to encourage parents to have an alternative plan if our students need to be at home and learn remotely. Our goal is to have in-person learning as long as it is deemed safe.
When students return after Thanksgiving Break, the students will continue to follow our remote and in-person learning plan. We all recognize that things remain fluid when it comes to COVID-19, and any changes to the learning plan will be communicated to parents and students. The staff has been working incredibly hard, and we want to respect their time with their families and provide them an opportunity for rest. This means if your family is impacted by COVID-19 over the break, we are asking that you notify your building’s administration via email understanding that their response will be delayed. We will make the adjustments necessary for your student to continue learning once our staff returns to work on November 30.
We also want to take a moment to acknowledge a few things that are just around the corner for all of us, which includes colder weather, more time inside, the onset of cold and flu season, and the upcoming holiday season. Combining these factors with the current trend of rising COVID-19 positive cases across Kansas and across the United States, we want to stress the importance of continuing to practice social distancing (at least 6 feet), frequent hand washing, and wearing a mask. Should you encounter any symptoms, we have included a graphic as an attachment that shares which symptoms are most commonly associated with the cold, the flu, and COVID-19.
We have also attached a document called “Tips for Celebrating Safely This Thanksgiving” that includes guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We hope you have a safe and fulfilling break, and we appreciate everything that you are doing to focus on the health and success of our students, staff, and community!
In closing, we appreciate the input of all school and community stakeholders, and we will continue to listen and review our plan. If you have questions, please contact your child’s principal or the district office. Thank you for your continued support of Fort Scott Schools.