Update on Middle School Reopening

Update on Middle School Reopening
Posted on 01/07/2021
COVID UPDATEEast Prairie Community,


Happy New Year to you and your family. I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. We are excited to begin 2021 with our students in the current remote format and look forward to more in-person learning in the weeks ahead. As you know, families in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade are choosing whether they prefer an in-person or remote learning option beginning Tuesday, January 19. We are reviewing these selections now and will have more specific information for families of students in those grades next week. 


Today we met with the Board-Parent and Teacher Subcommittee to discuss a return to in-person learning option for our middle school students. We considered the factors in our dashboard which include COVID-19 case counts in our area, workplace considerations, and successes and challenges present in our district and in other districts which have hosted in-person learning over the past few months.


After careful consideration, we established consensus to move forward with a target return date for a middle school in-person learning option beginning February 8, 2021. Parents of middle school students will be provided additional details soon about both in-person and remote learning and will be able to make a choice that best meets their needs next week. Once we have the input of all of our families, we will be able to finalize our instructional models and communicate further details and schedules with you and your child(ren).


We know the current environment continues to impose challenges on the East Prairie community. We also know that our community has risen to the challenge by focusing on safe practices including social distancing, hand washing, and face coverings. Thank you for your continued support of our community as we strive to serve our students as effectively as possible during this difficult time. We look forward to continuing to partner with you in 2021.


Sincerely,



Paul Goldberg
Superintendent