Announcement from Superintendent Matt Shanafelt - November 16, 2020
This afternoon, in keeping with the MDHHS order, the decision was made to move our high school students to 100 % online/remote learning beginning this Wednesday, November 18th, while continuing our current in person/hybrid teaching and learning plan for students in grades K-8 through next Tuesday, November 24th. As you are aware, it has been our intention since the beginning of the school year to offer in-person instruction to our students as long as we could do it safely and effectively. We are proud of the fact that we have been able to keep our students and staff members safe and in school by successfully adhering to the necessary mitigation standards within our school buildings.
Unfortunately, the increasing number of positive cases in and around our community have led to an increased number of students and staff members that have been impacted. The community spread of the virus has resulted in a growing number of staff members and students that have tested positive or are having to quarantine, and it is becoming more and more apparent that we simply do not have people available to fill all of our vacancies. It has become increasingly difficult to provide an in-person learning plan that is both safe and highly effective. For these reasons, our K-8 students will join our high school students in attending their classes 100% online starting Monday, November 30th and continuing through December 22nd. This decision will allow us the time to transition our K-8 hybrid students to 100% online knowing we have a few more in-person meetings with students over the next week or so to help them prepare. I am hopeful that this transition time allows our families the time necessary to make childcare arrangements as well.
We will continue to evaluate what our teaching and learning plan will be in advance of January 4th and will communicate it with you as soon as a decision is made. In the coming days, you can expect additional communication from our principals and teachers regarding additional necessary details. We realize that these are extraordinary times, that this is yet another inconvenient but necessary transition, and that this is not how any of us envisioned the school year for our students.
As I shared yesterday, we want to continue to do whatever we can to keep our students and staff members safe while ensuring a highly effective learning environment. Returning to on-line instruction will allow us to do that despite the circumstances that we currently face with a growing number of quarantined students and staff members. Please continue to do what you can to keep yourself and your families safe and healthy, and as always, we appreciate your ongoing understanding and support during this very challenging time.
Flushing Community Schools