As you know, the Governor issued guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 cases throughout the state that is currently in place through December 14, 2020.
At the current COVID-19 activity rates across our district and in our county, which for the last month have been more than five times the threshold of the state for in-person learning, the DOH decision tree recommends distance learning for the vast majority of students, with limited in-person instruction to be considered an option only for those with the highest need. We continue to work with our labor partners and families to find immediate solutions that keep everyone safe while also working with our Back to School Task Force as we continue refining our plans and preparing for students' eventual return to our schools for in-person learning.
We continue to monitor the ever-changing federal, state, and local guidance as experts continue to learn more about this pandemic to ensure we are taking the precautions recommended by health officials for a safe reopening. A safe reopening for students and staff will include wearing masks, physical distancing, improved ventilation, enhanced sanitation, grouping students in cohorts to limit their exposure, and phased reopening.
The community COVID-19 incidence rate is just one-factor school districts must consider in making decisions about in-person learning. Schools must also meet COVID-19 health and safety requirements and have a plan for monitoring and responding to any potential and confirmed cases in their buildings. The input from the over 100 staff and families on our Back to School Task Force and family responses to our previous surveys has been crucial in decisions during this health crisis.
Please continue reaching out to your school staff if your student needs support academically or emotionally. We remain committed to safely reopening our school buildings by making data-based decisions aligned with state and local health guidance.