As anticipated and discussed at this week's public Board of Education meeting, the North West Region of our state has reached the High Risk or Orange level indicator for positivity regarding COVID-19. Therefore, in consultation with the Warren County Health Department and the Executive County Superintendent, students in grades 8 through 12 will be working remotely effective Monday, November 23rd through Friday, December 11th.
As of this alert, students in grades Pre-K through 7 will report for in-person instruction next week prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday and then work remotely from Monday, November 30th through Friday, December 11th. However, my office reserves the right to pivot those grade levels to remote instruction should positive cases arise, unexpected staffing concerns come to the forefront or contact tracing requirements become too cumbersome for staff under regulations for this level indicator.
At this time, my office remains hopeful that the North West Region will not exceed this COVID-19 level. Please know, in advance, that the district will work remotely beyond December 11th should our region remain at this COVID-19 level indicator or move to the Red or Very High risk level. That said, my office implores our school community to prepare now as if the district will be closed for an extended period of time. My office will contact our entire school community no later than December 11th as to the next steps our district will be taking.
In addition, district staff will have the option to instruct from home so long as they have all appropriate equipment available to provide quality, high level instruction. Should at home technical difficulties adversely impact instruction, then staff would be required to report. Staff must be approved by building level administration as they were in the past during the district's last closure should they wish to instruct remotely from home.
I wish all of your families continued good health, safety and a peaceful Thanksgiving Holiday