Today I am announcing that the Clinton Community School District will shift its Return to Learn plan starting this Thursday. The district has submitted a state waiver to move to online learning for all students from this Thursday, November 19 until Friday, December 4.

This decision is based on the current health of our staff and students. Last Friday, 101 district employees were absent from work. Last week we had over 35 positive COVID-19 cases between staff and students and the district had over 400 staff and students quarantined.

There are eight scheduled days of school during this waiver period. Attendance, participation, and work completion are required. Teachers will be offering more “live sessions” than last spring. I cannot emphasize enough the importance the teacher and student working together with the support of the parent so when in-person learning returns, student learning has kept pace.

This decision was not taken lightly. I realize the inconvenience for many families, especially with childcare and an increased responsibility for parents to help teachers monitor their child’s engagement. However, given the gravity of the health concerns our school community is currently experiencing, I believe this is the most appropriate action.

As we get close to December 4, the district will make another announcement in the Return to Learn plan.

Here is our data from the week of November 7-14:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School 6 89518
Middle School<6<6104<6

Quarantines are due to both in school exposures and out of school exposures. Elementary data is combined to protect our small school cases from being identified.

Quarantined staff includes administrators, teachers, para-educators, custodians, secretaries, and food service. Quarantined staff also includes those that are waiting for COVID-19 testing results.

If your child is determined to be a close contact, the school district in consultation with Clinton County Public Health will contact you directly.

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