November 9, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,
The safety of students and school district employees is a top priority. Since last Wednesday the Cowlitz County infection rate has continued to rise further above the Department of Health guideline for bringing additional students into in-person learning. Consequently, until further notice, the district is postponing the start of hybrid learning for middle and high school students while we wait for county transmission rates to return to the moderate level.
Based upon the day cases are reported to the county health department, the community infection rate now stands at 138 per 100,000 citizens, which exceeds the 75 per 100,000 guideline outlined in the State Department of Health guidelines.
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. For now, we will continue serving our elementary students in-person as long as the state and county guidelines allow us to safely do so. If this changes, we will notify you immediately.
The district is working closely with state and local health professionals and its 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 email@example.com.
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools