January 2, 2022
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Happy New Year! May 2022 be the year we see Covid-19 reduced so it no longer dominates and impacts our daily life. As we return to school tomorrow, it is important to recommit to a culture of safety. An important part of keeping staff and students safe is to send your child to school only if they have no symptoms of illness.
With the latest surge in Covid-19 cases and the winter recess concluding, public health officials have issued new guidance regarding contract tracing and quarantining. The District is in the process of determining how best to operationalize the new guidance. Currently, we continue to follow the same guidelines as before the recess. You will receive an update this week with additional information. You are encouraged to read the DPH guidelines (here), released on 12/31/2021, so you understand how the changes may impact you and your family.
In addition to the safety of staff and students, our greatest concern is whether we will have sufficient staff to safely run specialized programs and schools. We have demonstrated, since spring of 2021, that our Covid-19 mitigation measures are effective in preventing in-school transmission. We are confident that following the mitigation measures will keep in-person learning in place. However, should schools need to close due to a staffing shortage, the day will need to be made up. At this point, CSDE does not permit a remote-learning day, for any reason, as an option that a school may use.
As we prepare to welcome your children back to school tomorrow, please join us in reassuring them that while the pandemic has been difficult, their well-being has always been and remains a priority. Please do your part by keeping your child home if symptomatic or currently quarantined.
Hamlet M. Hernandez
Superintendent of Schools