Dear Parents and Guardians,
It has been a day of significant news for school districts. This morning the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revised its guidance concerning maintaining six feet of physical distance among people at school. The CDC revised the six feet rule down to three feet of distance between students under certain circumstances.
What we know right now is the revised CDC guidance recommends establishing three feet of physical distance among students. Guidance for school employees is to maintain six feet of distance from other school employees and six feet from all students. Six feet of distancing will be required for students during lunch periods, when unmasked. Both students and school personnel will need to continue wearing a face covering and following existing safety protocols under the CDC guidance.
This revised guidance is exciting news for our school district and the students we serve, and we expect to welcome more students back to the classroom for in-person learning in the coming weeks. Before welcoming additional students into classrooms for in-person learning under the new three-foot guidance, a number of things must take place, including:
- The Washington State Department of Health must adopt the new CDC guidance.
- Our local health district must adopt the guidance.
- School administrators and staff must update their COVID-19 mitigation plans to safely allow more students to occupy a classroom at one time.
- School district leaders will continue meeting with local union partners as we move forward.
We know students are excited to be back in the classroom and families are eager to begin this transition. Please know that the district is working as quickly as possible to carefully plan using the new guidance and ensure school environments are safe for students and staff.
More information will be coming out soon, so please check your email frequently or visit longviewschools.com. Thank you for supporting our schools.
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools