November 4, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,
The safety of students and school district employees is a top priority. Over the past few days, the Cowlitz County infection rate has risen above the Department of Health guideline for bringing additional students into in-person learning, so the district is postponing the start of hybrid learning for middle and high school students.
As of this writing, the community infection rate stands at 79 per 100,000 citizens, which exceeds the 75 per 100,000 limit outlined in the State Department of Health guidelines. For the safety of our students and employees, the start of hybrid, in-person learning for middle and high school students is being pushed back to November 16, or when the county transmission rates return to the moderate level. In the meantime, 6th – 12th grade students should stay on their existing remote learning schedules.
For elementary school families, the district is following the guidance of state and local health officials by continuing hybrid in person learning. If the community infection rate stays above 75 per 100,000, for three weeks in a row, the county health department advises school districts to return students in hybrid learning back to the full remote learning model. The learning and social benefits students are getting by being in school are significant and our elementary students have the lowest risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19, so we will continue serving our elementary students in-person as long as the state and county guidelines allow us to safely do so.
If your student is currently in one of the district’s special education programs, and is attending school five days per week, these programs will continue. If elementary students return to remote learning, special education programs will return to serving kids in small groups on a reduced number of days each week.
For those in need of breakfast and lunch, meal service will continue weekdays at the same six schools and four mobile distribution points as in the past. See the district website for information.
The district is working closely with state and local health professionals and the School Board of Directors to keep our students and employees safe. We appreciate your patience and support as conditions change. Please check your email or visit the district website at longviewschools.com for updates. If you have questions please contact your school principal or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools