Greetings ESD 159 Families,
In view of the fact that the COVID-19 positivity and transmission rates are increasing within our communities, our District is taking a measured and cautious approach toward a return to in-person learning. At our Board of Education meeting on October 14, 2020, it was recommended that we remain in Remote Learning until January 2021. The recommendation was approved and will be adopted accordingly. This decision was also based upon a survey completed by our parents whereby 67% was in agreement to remain remote and 33% recommended transitioning to hybrid. These survey results suggest an overwhelming number of our parents and community were more favorable toward students remaining in a remote setting.
We will continue to provide the safest learning environment possible, based on science and guidance in timely manner to assist you and your child during the school year. We will continue to empathize with all the changes and adjustments we make that impact your daily lives and schedules. However, it is with the fullest intent to provide the best education possible during the current pandemic.
If and when the data changes, and it is safe for us to engage in in-person schooling, our goal is to find the best way to have our students safely in our buildings while ensuring the health and well-being of all. We will provide families with frequent updates over the next months as we progress toward our goal of returning students to some form of in-person learning as quickly and safely as possible.
Lastly, I understand the challenges that this situation presents for many families in our community. Please check our website, email, and social media for resources to help our families through this next phase.
I appreciate your ongoing patience and support as we continue to navigate through these difficult days.
Dr. Mable Alfred
Superintendent of Schools
Elementary School District 159