Dear Parents and Families,
Happy New Year! It is great to get 2020 behind us and I trust you are looking toward the promise that 2021 holds.
Preparations for re-opening schools are moving quickly and we want to keep you updated on district return to school plans. Starting Monday, January 11, we will welcome pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students back for hybrid in-person learning. Newly revised state guidelines allow districts to phase in in-person learning in groups of 15 or fewer students for pre-K through fifth grade right away and we are excited to see our younger students back in class.
Middle and high school students will return to hybrid in-person learning consistent with the State Department of Health’s revised guidance and in consultation with County Health Officials. Our goal is to get middle and high school students back for hybrid in-person learning in late January or early February. These new guidelines and the metrics tied to the guidelines can be found on the COVID-19 Activity link on the district’s website at: https://www.longviewschools.com/covid-19-activity
We are working closely with county health officials, St. John Peace Health and area superintendents to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to school employees as soon as possible. Once this is available it well enhance our ability to expand in-person learning throughout the district.
We are excited to have kids back in class and need your help to keep schools open. Please continue to be a great example for your child and wear a face covering and practice safety protocols when in public. Also, please take a few moments to review school safety practices with your child, so they are prepared for their return to school. Students did a great job wearing face coverings, staying physically distanced from others and washing their hands when we were in school in November and I am confident they will again. Thank you for helping keep our schools open.
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 school principal or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for supporting our schools.
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools