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Superintendent Update - 12/29/2020

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Dear Parents and Families,

On Monday, December 28, the Longview School district board of directors voted to support beginning to return to in-person learning.

Starting Monday, January 11, pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students will return to hybrid in-person learning. Newly revised state guidelines allow districts to phase in in-person learning in groups of 15 or fewer students in pre-K through fifth grade right away.

Middle and High School students will subsequently return to in-person learning consistent with the State Department of Health’s revised guidance and in consultation with County Health Officials.  These new guidelines can be found on the COVID-19 Activity link on our district’s website. 

Once the COVID-19 activity rate drops to the moderate level, the new state guidelines allow districts to start bringing back secondary students. This means, if the infection rate drops, students in grades 6-12 may be able to start hybrid in-person learning in late January or early February.

Parents who wish to keep their child in full-time remote learning can do so. Please let your school principal know if you intend to keep your child in full-time remote learning.

As parents and family members of our students, you play an important role in keeping schools open.  The key to getting and keeping our schools open for in-person learning is for the entire community to consistently follow health department safety protocols so that COVID-19 infection rates are reduced.  Your help with this is much appreciated. 

Students who attended school in November did a great job practicing safety protocols and we appreciate your support in making sure this continues when we return to school. To minimize the risk of staff and students contracting COVID-19 it is important that any child who is ill stays home from school.

Your school principal will be sending more information and details about the re-opening of school, so please keep checking your email and the district website. If you have questions please contact your principal or send a message to infoteam@longviewschools.org.

We are excited to have students back in school. This has been a challenging year for everyone and we appreciate your support of our schools.

Have a safe New Year’s celebration and we will see you soon.

 

Respectfully,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools