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Update - Return to Learn - July 1, 2020

Hello,

I want to send an update regarding our Return to Learn Plans for the upcoming school year.
Our goal is to remain transparent and honest with our stakeholders. The coming school year will likely look very different than years past and we will have to continue to respond to Covid-19 updates.
 

I am happy to say that as of today, Van Buren County has achieved a consistent pattern of low levels of community spread. If we continue on the same course, I am confident we will be back in our classrooms come August 24th. While health and safety considerations are paramount, guidance also is rooted in our understanding and belief that social interaction and in-person instruction is essential to our children’s emotional well-being, as well as their educational growth and advancement.  Our primary goal will be face-to-face learning for our students, but on-line learning will be available.

 

We are meeting with our lead teams for final revisions of our Return to Learn plans (R2L) next week (July 6-10). Our hope is to take the plan to the Board on Wednesday, July 15 for their approval. Once it has been approved, it will be edited as necessary and shared on our Facebook page and district website on Friday, July 17. If for some reason, we are unable to share it on the 17th, we will communicate with our stakeholders.

 

This is a fluid situation and therefore the plan has to be fluid and adaptable as any new data is received.

I continue to ask you for your grace as we plan for the coming school year. I want to communicate that the plans we will have in place are intended to mitigate, not eliminate the risk of Covid-19. Under no circumstance will we be able to ensure that our staff and students are 100% safe from any virus.

 

We as a district and community will continue to partner with public health officials to ensure mitigation steps are taken to the fullest of our ability. I will be sending out communication weekly on our Facebook and districts website with any updates on our R2L plans.

 

Have a blessed day and go Warriors!

 

Jeremy

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Jeremy Hissem 
Superintendent 
Van Buren County CSD
 
Warrior Pride County Wide!

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