Letter to Parents, Guardians and PACS

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Letter to Parents, Guardians and PACS
by Phil Molloy - Friday, 21 August 2020, 8:51 AM

Dear parents, guardians and PACS,

Thank you for your patience and continued support. Many of you have been in contact with COPACS recently inquiring about protocols and about what to expect in September. Understandably, we have received a huge influx of concerns and appreciate your patience as we work to share them with the district.   

We have been in close communication with the district and have been able to raise your questions and concerns directly with the Superintendent Dave Eberwin. The Superintendent will be addressing these questions and concerns in the coming days. 

You can expect to learn why the cohort groups will consist of 60 and 120 students, and why that makes sense in a school setting and how these numbers influence contact tracing. As well as if students will have the opportunity to learn remotely. Other questions about cleaning and social distancing protocol will be addressed as the district communicates its plans and protocols in the coming weeks.

In general, the district has implemented a 3 step protocol in schools to ensure safety of staff and students. Step 1 of the protocol is to remain in your cohort grouping. If you are unable to remain in your cohort, then step 2 is to remain at a safe physical distance. If you are unable to remain in your cohort and unable to safely socially distance, then step 3 requires the person to don appropriate PPE (mask, gloves etc.). Students are not required to socially distance within their assigned cohorts; however, they ARE required to wear masks in “high traffic” areas.  

COPACS is in ongoing discussions with the district and will continue to raise your questions and concerns.   We need to keep in mind that things can change and evolve very rapidly.  Staying connected and maintaining communication will be key.  Please do not hesitate to reach out and we will do our best to keep you updated as we all try to best prepare for this unprecedented new school year.

Yours for the Children