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Letter #4 from the Superintendent regarding Middle School Remote Instruction

Letter #4


October 12, 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians,


I am pleased to write to you without having to inform you of another positive case at this point.


However, we have analyzed the teacher absences due to a high number of teachers being ordered into quarantine and have determined that we have been unable to find enough substitute coverage for those ten teachers in the middle school.  Even with the teachers streaming into the classes, we cannot find enough people even to simply supervise the in-person students while they participate with the streaming teacher.


It is because of the lack of ability to find this coverage that I am shifting our instruction from in-person to remote instruction for the middle school only for this week from Tuesday, October 13 through Friday, October 16.


Note that this is not due to safety reasons related to the cases, but our lack of ability to find coverage on such short notice.  We will work this week to find additional substitutes in preparation for the week of October 19th, which will still require the need for substitutes for the quarantined teachers.  We will inform you by the end of the week if we are still unable to find enough subs for next week.


What middle school parents and students need to know:

  • Middle School Cohort 1 students will participate remotely by streaming into their classes on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Middle School Cohort 2 students will participate remotely by streaming into their classes on Thursday and Friday.
  • Please access your google classrooms for links and other information from your teachers.
  • Sports are unaffected by this and you should report to school for your practices and games as per your coach.
  • Be on the lookout for additional information from your teachers and/or school


The Elementary and High Schools will operate as normal.


I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause for everyone involved; however, we have been preparing for such potential scenarios including remote instruction, and we are ready to do our best during these challenging times.

Take care and be well,


Dr. Steve Grimm

Superintendent of Schools