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An Important Message From The Superintendent
VBPS
Friday, November 27, 2020

An Important Message From The Superintendent on November22, 2020

This message comes after more than two months of wonderfully-successful, pandemic teaching and learning. We started with bumps in both In-Person and Remote learning. People were patient and we figured it out. I believe that we are in a groove and great things are happening across the district.

Our Remote teachers have done yeoman's work and our In-Person staff (all staff) have really put safety first. Both groups are amazing.

However, this message is to inform you that we are temporarily suspending In-Person instruction starting after Thanksgiving. On Friday, the Wayne County Health Department put out a document "strongly recommending" the suspension of In-Person instruction from November 26 through January 15. We are following their advice. Their concern stems from the upcoming holiday season and their ability to keep COVID-19 numbers down with increased mixing of families.

Our In-Person learners will attend two more days of school (Monday and Tuesday this week). Following Thanksgiving Break, they will be learning remotely (with their same teacher) until we return to In-Person instruction on January 19th.

Our 5th-12th grade students already have a computer assigned to them. The Pre-K through 4th graders do not. We will be distributing them starting in 4th grade and working our way toward preschool. If we run out, those grades will start with paper packets to learn from. We have more computers ordered and they should be arriving in a few weeks to cover all students.

You will be receiving a separate communication from food service as we will be providing food pickup similar to what we did in the spring. Please lookout for that and make sure the information gets shared out to anyone that might need it.

Principals and classroom teachers will be in touch with you with additional details about schedule and expectations.

Please be safe during the Holiday Season and practice all of the COVID-19 mitigation strategies that we know reduce the transmission. It takes the entire community working together to get the numbers to a safe level.

Thank you.