Railroader Return-to-School Update, January 21, 2021

Dear parents and guardians,

It’s the last week of 1st semester! Unbelievable. I am so proud of the students, staff, and families who have worked so hard to help us stay open and educating in-person during the pandemic. We have not experienced a post-holiday spike as was predicted and our absence numbers are staying relatively even, similar to what we were experiencing mid-October. 

We know now is probably too soon to open up full attendance across the board. Right now, bringing everyone back will not allow us to maintain the six feet of distance. It is wise of us to see what impact the vaccine might have on cases in our community.  And, we also are anxious to see what this “new strand” might do to illness numbers among youth. 

New Quarantine Guidelines
Effective December 7, 2020
Actualización para padres en español
8 de septiembre de 2020
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Railroaders Return-to-School Plan 
in its entirety (7/24/20)

We are hearing some early but unofficial reports that the new strain is not only more contagious, but more contagious among youth. We will continue to monitor this. We want to know that, when we begin bringing students back more often, we will be able to do so without contributing to higher levels of illness among students. The last thing we want is to increase attendance only to turn around and have to decrease it or close all together. 

In order to gauge readiness to send students back four days per week, we surveyed secondary parents. Right now, support for increased attendance is not huge. Of high school parents, only 60% support increasing student attendance. Of middle school students, only 67% support increasing student attendance. 

We are all anxious to get our students back here and get back to “normal!” While now is not the time, we know that time will be here in the future, so we will continue to monitor the health of our community and focus on long-range plans. 

Thank you for everything you have done that has allowed us to be OPEN and IN PERSON first semester! We are grateful to have been able to teach and learn in-person. We could not have done this without your diligence and support!

My best,

Dr. Heidi Eliopoulos 

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