January 7, 2022
The second half of the 2021-22 school year is underway, unfortunately, we find ourselves dealing with yet another COVID surge throughout our country that is impacting our state, region and district. We put 2021 in the rearview mirror last weekend, unfortunately we cannot do that with the COVID pandemic.
This is a message I hoped we would never have to send this school year, however, due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases and accompanying staff shortage, we are unable to sustain in-person learning. As a result, after consultation with the Madison County Health Department, CUSD 10 will take an adaptive pause and utilize e-learning beginning Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Monday, January 10th, will be a regular day of attendance to allow teachers and students to prepare for e-learning.
This adaptive pause is scheduled through the Martin Luther King holiday (Monday, January 17th) to provide time for isolated or quarantined students and staff to return to an in-person setting. Please note: According to the district’s 2021-22 calendar, Friday, January 14th is a scheduled non-attendance day for students as staff will participate in a Teacher Institute Day. This means e-learning will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week. In-person learning will resume on Tuesday, January 18th.
As we prepare for this to occur, our district is working to ensure students have possession of the devices they need for learning at home, food service will be available and accessible, and social-emotional support is in place for students as they move to and from a remote setting.
On Monday, January 10th, information about e-learning, food service, technology support, COVID-19 testing, etc. will be released to families. In addition, you will receive details from your child’s school and/or teacher(s) concerning classroom specific expectations.
This is not how anyone wanted 2022 to begin. However, the resilience of our staff, students and families has consistently proven when we work together we can overcome challenges. Do not hesitate to reach out for assistance. Thank you for your constant dedication to our students and staff!
Mark B. Skertich, Ed.D.