"WILL SCHOOL OPEN IN THE FALL?"
How many times have you been asked that very question already? I get it every day and sometimes multiple times a day.
I can tell you that we, as a school leadership group are meeting every Tuesday to try to figure out a way to make that happen. Our intention is to try to find a way to have everyone in school everyday next fall. The same thing goes with sports and other activities. Can that work? We will see. It is a long time, in Covid months, until then.
All legal and insurance counsel says to check with county health officials. With the latest supreme court ruling, it is difficult for them to make a required closing or guaranteed opening to schools. Therefore it is up to each district to do what they feel is best. The school board will have the final say, but it is our goal to give them a plan for reopening that they will agree is in the best interests of the entire school community.
To help make that plan possible, two surveys will be coming out in the next couple of weeks, one for parents and one for staff. We want to assess each group's level of comfort in returning to school and what precautions that they feel are appropriate. Whatever the scenario, we must make school a welcoming environment in which people feel safe and cared for.
We are also looking at how we can continue to educate our students whose parents may not yet feel comfortable sending them back into the school, at least at the beginning of the school year. We want to keep all of our students moving forward in their education, whether they are in our building or not yet ready to attend in person.
Mr. Birr, New Lisbon Schools District Administrator