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Superintendent Message | September 11

Last Updated: 9/15/2020 12:52 PM

Dear Black Tiger Family, this is Dr. Nichols.

In our efforts to keep you informed, I wanted to share our latest edition of our weekly “Return to School 2020” newsletter with you. 

This week, we spotlight our curriculum, and the investments we’ve made – both in time and finances – to create exceptional learning opportunities for our students. 

Whether we are in-person or online, I’m proud that we provide curriculum that not only meets state standards, but prepares every student to be independent, creative problem-solvers, and a success in whatever pathway they choose.

Also, you will find a variety of stories and links that spotlight, inform and support both students and families. Please take a few moments to read our newsletter, and reach out if you have questions or need anything from us.

Finally, I want you to know that we continue to monitor COVID-19 numbers daily and are in weekly discussions with Summit County Public Health as we determine our next steps regarding an eventual return to school, which we’ll announce the week of the September 21, likely September 24th when we will receive the latest COVID dashboard from SCPH.  

As you know, Summit County moved to Red this week.  This is because, over the reporting period, there was an increase in outbreaks in our county associated with schools, workplaces and a singular social club. The impact of even one event can be large, affecting and hospitalizing many individuals. These outbreaks can impact hospitalizations and emergency department visits, causing multiple indicators to change and resulting in a change in the alert system.

Ultimately, we want our students to be in school; however, please note - this is a very fluid process and can take many forms, including in-person, continued remote or in a hybrid format. Please prepare for each scenario, as the COVID-19 data can change dramatically from day-to-day.  Whatever is decided, please be prepared to implement a change, if there is one, September 28.

Whatever direction we move, the health, safety and well-being of our students, teachers, staff and community, driven by the guidelines established by Summit County Public Health, will always be at the forefront of our decisions.

Thank you for all you give to your families, your community, and our district. Be well, stay safe, and as always, Go Black Tigers!