Dear Ordway Families,
The first Friday in December kicked off asynchronous Fridays for elementary students. This may be a change for some students and not for others depending on their grade level and program, but the staff and I thank you for your cooperation with this shift. Teachers are using their time on asynchronous days to prepare for the upcoming hybrid model which will change the instructional landscape when it comes to daily schedules, content time, and logistical components involved for students returning to campus in January.
As we prepare for in-person learning, we have many safety protocols that have been targeted for staff training and implementation at each site which include:
- Promoting behaviors that reduce Covid’s spread
Maintaining a safe and healthy school environment
Orientation and maintenance of healthy operations
Preparation and procedures for when someone gets sick
Much of this can be found in the COVID19 Safety Handbook that outlines our procedures. The District also created the Return to Learn Handbook for families to explain daily operations in a hybrid model. The most important daily task to highlight is how parents will help students go through daily attestations to ensure each individual is healthy and symptom-free prior to attending school each day. Orientation videos will be shared in advance so that families can watch these protocols prior to returning to campus in January so that students of all ages know what to expect.
Additionally, Ordway staff have been trained and plan to implement the cleaning and sanitizing requirements per the Department of Health guidelines prior to each shift of students on campus each day. At our site, Nurse Carol has identified an Isolation Room that will be a place for students or staff to stay if any symptoms are suddenly exhibited once the day is underway so that any individual with symptoms will be immediately removed from others, isolated, and sent home. After an Isolation Room visit, a communication from a District Covid Monitor will be sent home that must be immediately followed. The letter will outline a plan of action that parents must follow in order for a child to safely return to campus as determined by the Health Department. With all this in place and to keep our campus open and as safe as possible, a reminder that if you think your child might be getting sick please err on the side of caution and keep your child at home.
Staff will be following the same protocols attesting that they do not have any Covid-19 symptoms prior to working each day to ensure a safe and healthy school environment. Staff are also advised to stay home if they think they might be getting sick. From October to December the District has been dedicated to having the necessary staffing in place for the in-person hybrid model and to have an adequate substitute pool on standby when staff call in sick. The substitute pool has tripled from where it started this year thanks to increased awareness, recruitment and training efforts. This puts each teacher’s mind at ease knowing that there will be someone to cover their class when out sick.
As you can see, we are working hard preparing for students to return to campus second semester. Knowing that things are shifting brings a warm feeling of joy to us during these cold winter months.