The second half of the year will start on January 19 after we return from Martin Luther King Jr. day. We are very excited to have completed half of the school year with our young people attending in-person classes. There were definitely times when COVID-19 affected our school year, but we would not let it impact our teaching and learning!
The Governor recently made changes to the quarantining guidelines and this has proved to be very beneficial to schools. If students come into close contact with another student who is COVID-19 positive in a classroom setting they do not need to quarantine. This is great news as it will allow students to continue to learn at school and our teachers will not have to provide assignments for what had sometimes been close to 200 kids at home.
It is important to keep in mind that this does not take into account lunch, or when students ride the bus. In addition, even though they can attend school, the guideline says that the student is still supposed to monitor symptoms for 14 days, stay home, avoid people who may be high risk, and they cannot participate in extra-curriculars. These guidelines have caused some confusion, but are still part of the recent guidance.
I know that 2021 is going to an awesome year for the students and staff at Wapakoneta City Schools! We are committed to being the leader in providing excellent learning opportunities and we will do whatever it takes to keep that commitment.
Part of that commitment will be our staff members receiving the Coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available. School staff are part of the group 1B and should start receiving the vaccine in early February. Our goal is to be able to keep staff members from getting sick so they can continue to educate our students.
If you need anything you can always contact your child's school building, or you are welcome to get in touch with me personally at 419-739-2900 or [email protected]