Central Lee sets structure for post-holiday attendance

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

DONNELLSON – The Central Lee School District announced late this afternoon that they will move to 100% face-to-face learning from Pre-K to 6th grade following the holiday.

However, 7th through 12th grade will be on a hybrid learning schedule, all beginning Monday, Nov. 30 Those students in 7th through 12th grade will attend school every other day based on groups they are placed in.

Central Lee Superintendent Dr. Andy Crozier said the main reason was the district believes it can maintain a safe learning environment with the POD system currently in effect.

“This afternoon, the administrative team met to review a variety of data to help us make a decision regarding the structure of school after Thanksgiving break,” Crozier said.

“The main reason for returning to 100% face to face learning at the elementary is we believe we can maintain a safe learning environment with the POD system in place and greatly reduced numbers at the elementary.”

He said each building will be sending out additional communication regarding hybrid/mitigation strategies for students on November 30.

Any additional modification will come through an announcement on Wednesday before the next week, to allow time for families to make arrangements.

He said the district will continue to monitor the following indicators regularly.

  • The 14-day positivity rate of the county.
  • Percentage of students absent due to illness. Students who are on quarantine are not part of this percentage unless they begin to show symptoms while out of school.
  • Availability of staff for classroom and non-instructional departments.
  • Determination if community spread is happening from student to student in classrooms.

“As always, we all need to do our part to slow the spread and ensure students can stay in school,” Crozier said.

“Don’t send your child to school if they are sick. Don’t send your child to school if someone in your immediate family is being tested for COVID. Continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice good hygiene skills.

“We anticipate the next three weeks to be challenging for everyone. We also know that your children’s learning is essential. Together, we can keep our community healthy and our children learning.”

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