COVID Update-12/9/20

The COVID committee met yesterday afternoon to discuss COVID data and a possible learning model change.  Redwood county’s numbers still remain extremely high and our medical facilities and staff are seeing COVID spread continuing in our community.  The good news is that we are starting to see a plateau and maybe a slight decrease.  The bad news is that our rate is still above 200.

As a result, the committee has decided to remain in distance learning through the month of December.  This decision was not an easy one, as we know the burden on our families of young children.  Although we have a good plan in place, we continue to be concerned with the education of our students and their mental health needs.  

The tentative plan (COVID data and staffing needs will continue to be reviewed) as of yesterday, is for PreK-6 students to return to the hybrid model in their respective buildings on Tuesday, January 5th.  

Monday, January 4th will be a teacher planning day to prepare for the learning model change.  There will be no student instruction that day.  Essential childcare will also not be available that day as these employees will be preparing for student return on Tuesday.

Grades 7-12 will remain in distance learning through Friday, January 8th.  They would return to hybrid on Monday, January 11th (again this is if COVID data and staffing allows).  

No one knows what the next couple of weeks will bring with regards to numbers.  The COVID committee will meet again on Thursday, December 17th to relook at the reentry plan.  However, we wanted to give families an opportunity to start planning for the return on Jan 5th.

I will send out another update on December 18th.

Till then stay safe and healthy,

Becky Cselovszki Superintendent of RASD