District 7 Families,
This email is being sent to notify families that all K-12 students (including those in the CASTLE/FLS programs) will be in a remote setting for the first two weeks in January. Preschool and Preschool Academy will continue with the current schedule. Monday, January 4th will be a remote planning day with no instruction for all students. On Tuesday, January 5th, remote instruction will resume for all students and will continue through Friday, January 15th. The reasons for making the decision to continue remote learning into January at this time are the following:
- Positive cases in District 7 Communities continue to be high with over 300 new positive cases in the last week. More specifically, Madison County Health Department has provided data showing that within our school district boundaries in the last 14 days there have been 18 new cases in the 5-9 age range, 25 new cases in the 10-14 age range, and 40 new cases in the 15-19 age range.
- Waiting two weeks after the winter break will allow any surge in cases to pass prior to the return to in-person instruction. Our area has seen a surge in positive cases after both Halloween and Thanksgiving, and it is extremely likely that the same will occur after the winter break as well.
- Providing this information now gives families more time to develop a childcare plan.
While remote learning has run smoothly for many students and families since November 30th, we understand that a remote setting is not ideal. At the elementary level, remote instruction requires assistance from families in order to be successful, and because of this, the decision to continue to pause in-person learning at those grade levels was not taken lightly.
Beginning on Tuesday, January 19th, we plan for all pre-k through 5th grade students to return to in-person instruction five days a week. We will continue to consult with the Madison County Health Department to help make determinations regarding in-person learning. Any changes in schedules at the elementary level as a whole will have a minimum of one week’s notice.
The instructional model (fully in-person/hybrid/remote) for the middle and high school levels beginning on January 19th has not yet been determined. This decision will be communicated in early January to families after consultation with the Madison County Health Department.
High school administration will be sending an email in the coming days to families with information on how to pick up books for those students that are taking different classes during the second semester.
Please continue to check your email this week for more building specific information regarding the beginning of second semester.
Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate these challenges together.
Dr. Jason Henderson