A message from the Superintendent
Superintendent’s Update #31
January 31, 2022
Dear Elementary School Families,
I hope this email finds you well as we prepare for the second semester. Last week I received feedback from our staff and parents that centered on specific COVID procedures and remote instruction. As a result of this feedback, I am writing to share with you a few adjustments to our current practices.
Our students must eat six feet from each other to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our buildings. To assist with their spatial awareness we placed dividers on our lunch tables. On Tuesday (2/1/22), we will remove these dividers on a trial basis. Should the students be able to maintain the social distancing requirement of six feet without these separators, we will discontinue their use permanently.
Children are welcome to drink water throughout the school day as needed. This can occur at their desk or any other location. There has never been a District practice that restricted water consumption in any building on campus.
CCSD has provided expectations for students who need to access the program remotely. These expectations can be accessed here. We understand that remote learning is particularly hard for our youngest students. Please be assured, students at the elementary level who are COVID positive are not expected to learn remotely. Furthermore, if an unvaccinated student is in a household with a COVID-19 positive individual, we understand that it may not be possible for a child to access the program remotely.
To that end, based on our experience this year across our three elementary schools with children learning remotely, please take note of the following procedures to ensure that remote instruction is as seamless as possible for all students.
- Parents may not verbally interact with the teacher, other parents, or our students in the class while their child is learning remotely.
- Students who are not present in the Zoom room at the start of the lesson will need to wait until the class transitions to a new subject for admittance.
- Students learning remotely are required to follow the same snack and lunch schedule as students who are in the classroom. Students at home may not eat on screen while students in the classroom are working.
Thank you for your understanding as we move forward with these adjustments. Please reach out to your principal with any questions or concerns regarding this notification.
Christine Ackerman, PhD
Superintendent of Schools