No School Monday, January 3, 2022

No School Monday, January 3
Posted on 01/01/2022
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December 30, 2021 

Good Evening,

We hope everyone is having a restful break.  As you have probably heard, we are experiencing a dramatic increase in COVID cases as a result of the Omicron variant.  This increase in COVID cases has coincided with changes in CDC guidance and updated state guidance that we are just receiving today.  In addition, we learned yesterday that the state will be supplying COVID tests for all educators to self-administer prior to the start of school.  Unfortunately, these tests are not available for schools to pick up until tomorrow, December 31, 2021 or later.  Ensuring access to these tests for all staff is difficult over the weekend, if they are even available.

In order for us to reopen schools safely for 2022, we have decided to swap one of our future Professional Development Days with this coming Monday January 3, 2022.  In other words, there will be no school for students on Monday, January 3, 2022.  We will be back to our normal schedules on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.  The last day of the school year will not be impacted due to the use of a Professional Development Day. 

We understand that last minute changes in the calendar are a hardship for many families.  The use of Monday for staff development will allow us to get everyone tested systematically and up to date with the new state guidance around health and safety protocols. We are also concerned with the number of staff that could be out on Monday.  We will have more accurate information for families on Monday night in regards to staffing and also have a better collective understanding of the new protocols which will allow us a more sustainable beginning to 2022.

Please consider Monday’s decision similar to a snow day call that does not extend the school year.  In addition, we have many students who are eligible to return to school given the new guidelines.  Monday will give us the time to coordinate with the Board of Health to make sure that all students who are able to return are notified.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this latest variant and changes in Federal and State protocols. 


Sincerely,

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Eric Conti, Superintendent