December 11, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,
The district returned to remote learning for all grade levels because the COVID-19 infection rate in Cowlitz County started rising quickly. Since moving back to remote learning, the infection rate has increased quite a bit more.
The community health status is challenging as the infection rate continues to rise rapidly. Since November 2, the county’s 14-day infection rate has increased from 72 per 100,000 people to 468, a more than 600 percent increase. Approximately half of the total number of COVID cases in Cowlitz County have occurred within the past few weeks. This rapid acceleration in the infection rates is of great concern.
We recognize remote learning is less than ideal, but feel our teachers have done a good job of making this instructional model far more effective than it was last spring. We continue to serve small groups of our most at-risk students in-person, in groups of less than five, throughout our schools, while we plan for a return to our hybrid learning model.
Looking ahead, we will continue to closely follow the infection rate data that is available to us and will also keep working closely with officials from the county health department as we determine our next steps. Our goal is to get students safely back to in-person classrooms to maximize learning during the remaining months of the school year.
I appreciate your patience and understanding.
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools