Good evening Rocket Families!
I hope this letter finds you well and ready to spend a quiet Thanksgiving with your family. This message is earlier than the usual Friday update because I have some important information to share with you.
At the meeting of the Board of Education last night, I talked with the board regarding our district’s health and the need to make a change in our learning model. To put things into perspective, we have had 14 COVID positive students and 7 positive staff members in the first 11 weeks of school.
While we don’t want to have any members of our school community sick, these low numbers indicate that we are doing a great job following our safety protocols and keeping students and staff safe.
On Friday of last week, the number of students and staff quarantined due to being a close contact was around 35. By Sunday night at 9:30 that number climbed to over 200 students and staff.
This number represents around 15% of our in-school student population, and our ability to cover our classrooms with our teachers became greatly compromised. In addition, we have several cases pending which could push more students into quarantine.
Being committed to keeping our students in class in front of our teachers in a safe way, I felt it was time to move our district to Remote Instruction in order for our students and staff to get healthy. This was a difficult decision to make, but our Board of Education members agreed it was time.
Beginning Monday, November 30, all students will be moving to a Remote Learning environment and will return to in-person learning on Monday, January 11, 2021.
Principals will be communicating with families soon to give more details about what to expect with remote learning at each building. Students will be expected to follow the schedules they are given, log on every day, and complete their assignments.
Our teaching staff is working hard to create an environment that will include synchronous learning. However, this will look different at every grade level. Please note that attendance will be taken daily and all attendance rules will apply.
Finally, expect some communication soon from our Director of Operations, Andreas Johansson, regarding our meal distribution program. Our goal is to feed as many students as possible. This information will be communicated out very soon.
I realize moving to Remote Instruction will place a burden on many families and I apologize for the inconvenience. However, I feel that in order for us to return to in-person learning in January, we have to get in front of this virus and get our students and staff healthy. It remains my goal to have students back in classrooms as soon as possible.
I hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving and has quality time with your in-home family. Please don’t gather in large groups and continue to wear your masks and practice social distancing.
R. Michael Daulbaugh
Streetsboro City Schools