Greetings all! I want to take a moment and give you a brief report of our school year thus far. We have been back in the saddle for nearly a month, and are settling into a good rhythm. I have never witnessed students who are so grateful and excited to be back to school!! There are many things that are different, but many more things that have a familiar feel. It is incredibly gratifying to see the happiness and sense of belonging that the simple act of coming to school has brought to our student body. I remain firmly convinced that our students absolutely need the social and emotional support that a structured school learning environment provides for them.
By way of information, Madison County has just been moved from Minimal Risk, to Moderate Risk for contracting Covid 19. Madison County is seeing an increase in community transmission, possibly as a direct result of our recent holiday activities, and our nearby university has just opened for Fall classes. We as a School District have had 4 students who have tested positive, and taken the appropriate steps of quarantining for the appropriate time. We will continue to be diligent in thoroughly cleaning each room daily, providing classroom teachers with products to clean desks between classes, and sanitizing high traffic areas multiple times throughout the day, as well as encouraging students to practice good hygiene themselves.
The School Board and school administration have had multiple meetings with EIPH health officials as well as respected local doctors to determine the best course of action for our school community. At this time, the School Board has chosen to continue offering school activities in a face-to-face environment similar to what we have been doing, with increased emphasis on social distancing, and wearing of a mask when social distancing is not possible. This is in direct compliance with the EIPH order.
We recognize and respect the fact that we all have the freedom to make our own choices for our own personal health. Students and Patrons will still have the opportunity to choose how to best protect their own health, but will be encouraged to comply with the increased safety measures as outlined by EIPH.
It is our hope that we will be able to help the county move back into the Minimal Risk category in a very timely manner.
We are committed to providing the best possible experience that we can for everyone involved. This pandemic continues to be fluid. As such, we will continue to be responsive and adapt to the existing circumstances, as the situation demands.
Superintendent of Schools