Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and safe during these ever-changing times.
As you are aware, our staff will receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination on Thursday, February 25. As was previously shared, Thursday, February 25th will be a calamity learning day for students.
While the first dose had very little impact on staff absences, we have been advised that the second dose is more likely to cause side effects that could result in staff members feeling ill for a period of 24-48 hours. This has the potential to severely impact our staff attendance.
Securing substitute staffing during this pandemic has proven nearly impossible. Unfortunately, the substitute pool has been impacted greatly during the pandemic. There are less substitutes available, causing school districts to have daily open positions. To that end, Friday, February 26th will also be a calamity learning day for all students and staff; please add this second calamity learning day to your calendars. While we understand that unexpected days off school and calamity learning can pose challenges for families, our intention is to give enough advanced notice to allow families time to plan in order to best accommodate your learners.
For instructional purposes, these will be considered calamity days; neither students nor staff will physically report to school for these two days (February 25th and February 26th). Both days will be counted as academic instructional days for students and workdays for staff. Student attendance will be determined by participation and/or submission of assigned learning activities.
Your child's teacher(s) will communicate specific expectations and guidelines for these two days as we move closer to these dates. We continue to appreciate your patience and understanding. We are grateful for the opportunity to fully vaccinate our staff and we are grateful for your continued support.
Chad Konkle Superintendent