Concern about rising COVID-19 numbers over the vacations has compelled the most important faculty district within the north county metropolis to change to a distant mannequin for at the very least the primary two weeks.
In a put up on its Fb web page, the district made the announcement. “Because of the continued enhance in optimistic COVID-19 check ends in the area people and the ensuing staffing points, the district will proceed in a totally distant studying setting for the two-week interval starting Monday … till Friday January 15th. Grades Okay-12 won’t attend faculty in particular person throughout this two-week interval. “
Future plans relating to how the district proceeds will probably be decided by the Board of Schooling at its subsequent assembly on January 12. “The district will proceed to offer updates as they turn into out there,” the district mentioned.
Dunkirk had been in a totally distant mannequin of their excessive colleges till November. Elementary college students returned to colleges in September.
Gowanda Central Colleges, which serve residents of Cattaraugus and Erie counties, introduced in early December that they’d delay the return of their hybrid mannequin till mid-January.
In a letter to the district group two weeks in the past, Superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson notes positivity charges of 6% or extra in Erie and Cattaraugus counties. Moreover, as of Monday, there have been 5 employees members and two college students optimistic, remoted, or in quarantine resulting from COVID-19. “These numbers are low and manageable, however with restricted or no faculty contact,” Anderson mentioned.
He additionally cited the continued important unfold of COVID-19 in the neighborhood that can stop enough ranges of faculty personnel for any in-person instruction mannequin. “Tentatively, the district is aiming to reopen for hybrid instruction on Tuesday, January 19. Altering this date from the unique goal date of Monday will permit for the aftermath of the vacation to be set, maintaining the each day tutorial routine constant even when the state of affairs worsens. .
In South County, the Jamestown Public College District introduced that it’s going to use full distant studying after winter break, Monday by Friday. Throughout this time, baby care and faculty meals will proceed to be supplied.