Important Message for returning to school after winter break

12.27.21


CCSD Families & Staff,


We are actively monitoring the situation with COVID and potential impacts on staffing and schools. We considered implementing “buffer weeks” following winter break but decided to not do this. Instead, we have created a plan to be remote ready, and will monitor the situation daily.


In person learning is best for students. We have learned during the pandemic that sometimes things happen that are outside of our control. 


The rapidly increasing number of cases of COVID over the past few weeks has caused staffing shortages across industries. Schools could be impacted, which is why we are preparing a plan.


January 3rd: CCSD educators return to work; professional learning happens as planned with extra health & safety protocols. Educators work on remote ready learning plans. (more information to be shared by school & department leaders). 


January 4th: students and all staff return. Educators help students get “remote ready”.


January 5th (and beyond): school in session. Staffing levels and COVID cases monitored daily. 


What would cause a school or the district to shift to remote learning?

Staffing shortages or a high number of COVID cases will cause a school or the district to go remote. We have central staff ready to deploy to classrooms and support positions. We are fortunate to have CCSD guest teachers/substitutes as well. Even with these extra people, we could face a staff shortage that causes a school or the district to go remote. 


How will I know if a school or the district is shifting to remote learning?

Similar to how a snow day is messaged, a shout point will go to families & employees as soon as we know, no later than 6am on the day of school (ideally sooner). A message will also be posted on the CCSD website: https://www.ccsdre1.org/, & Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CCSDRE1/


Staffing levels and COVID cases will be monitored daily & into the evening.


I hear Omicron is less likely to make people sick; why would COVID shut down a school? 

A positive COVID case, whether the Omicron variant or another variant, still requires a person to be quarantined. Omicron is significantly transmissible, causing concern especially among a student population with lower vaccination rates. 


Thank you,

Karen Quanbeck

Superintendent & Lead Learner