Communication Update - From Superintendent, Dave Harper 11-10-2020
Communication Update – 11/10/2020
Here is an update since we are seeing a rise in the positivity rate in our counties. First of all, your children are SAFE here at school and we are continuing with face to face instruction. We have done a great job at keeping the impact of COVID low here at school. Keokuk County positivity rate is 24% and Jefferson County positivity rate is 12%. Both have seen a rise in the number of positive cases over a two-week period.
There have been some questions if we would go hybrid or online and the answer is, we are continuing with face to face instruction. As I said before we have done an outstanding job at this point keeping COVID out of the school. The majority of students that have been sent home to quarantine is due to being exposed by a family member not being exposed here at school.
We do have a couple of staff members that are quarantining, but we continue to meet the needs of your child during this time. We are striving to provide as normal as possible day of school for our students. We want them to not only have a great education experience, but an elementary, junior high and high school experience.
There are two measures we look at when we are considering going online. One is our positivity rate for our county and the other is absenteeism. If our absenteeism rate is above 10% and the county is above 20%, we will talk to public health about the potential need to go online for a two-week period. Our absenteeism rate is nowhere near 10% so we will continue with face to face learning.
Please continue to remain positive during this time and know we are dedicated to providing your child a great learning opportunity. During tough times we must remain focus on what is important and it’s the education of our children.
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to a building principal or myself at 641-224-2524.
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