1/8/2021- Message from the Superintendent

Important Message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Guardians,


This past Wednesday evening, the Board of Trustees had a work session and discussed various district items.  Of utmost priority was the continued work on providing a reentry plan to allow our students to move from our current “A-B Hybrid” model to a more traditional “All Students at School – 4 Days a Week” model.  The Board, along with our teachers and administration, reviewed and discussed options and what conditions need to be in place in order for our district  to make this change happen.  We are extremely close in being able to present the reentry plan in its entirety, hopefully, within the next week.  On Wednesday, the Board of Trustees will be having their January Board Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. and will be making recommendations and/or approving an action plan for all of our students to attend school together.


Please understand that through the “hybrid” model, we have been able to maintain our ultimate goal at school for students and staffs’ health and safety through safe, social distancing.  This will no longer be the case when students return full-time.  We recognize that social distancing will not be able to be maintained.  So, although it is not a substitute for social distancing, in our plan, masks and/or face shields will be REQUIRED, not just recommended, to be worn by students, staff, and visitors when inside our buildings and REQUIRED, as well, on our buses.  We do understand that there are students, staff, and patrons that have medical conditions that might prevent them from wearing masks and/or shields, so as long as we have a physician’s order that provides us with this direction, these individuals will receive an exemption from the requirement.


To begin this transition, the Board of Trustees has approved a mask and/or face shield requirement to go into effect starting this upcoming Monday, January 11th.  Students and staff, when not able to social distance, will be required to wear their masks and/or face shields, within their respective buildings.


We understand that this is a difficult process in making changes and staying “balanced” with our students educational needs and the safety and health of all attending and working in schools.  Bear with us as we navigate this process.  Thank you!


One final note and a reminder – breakfast and lunches are still FREE for all our students for the remainder of this school year.   This may change as of next year but at this time, students are good for the 2020-2021 school year.   




Jeffrey A. Cirka, Superintendent

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