Transition to Distance Learning

October 9, 2020

Dewey Schools Transitions to Distance Learning Oct.12 & 13

Dear Students, Parents, Staff and Community Members:


Coming off the news of a Dewey Schools' staff member testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday evening October 8th, we were notified today that an Elementary student has also tested positive. At this time, that brings our current count of active cases within the district to 3 elementary school students and 1 staff member that has duties at all 3 schools. Due to this and the need to quarantine a number of staff and students at all school sites, it is necessary for us to transition to distance learning on Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th for the health and safety of everyone at Dewey Public Schools. We believe that with this pause and the scheduled Fall Break, we can return to full operations on Monday, October 19th. Both distance learning days will be full instructional days and students will be expected and required to attend their classes based on their school site's distance learning plan. Students will be notified of their school's plan and expectations either by their teacher or school administration. Additionally, Parent/Teacher Conferences will continue as scheduled on the evenings of October 12th and 13th.


Here's the latest information on the 2 most recent positive cases:

Staff Member - We were notified of the positive test on Thursday evening, Oct. 8th. The employee was symptomatic on Tuesday, Oct. 6th and has not been on campus since Monday, Oct. 5th.


Student - We were notified of the positive test on Friday morning, Oct. 9th. The student was symptomatic on Monday, Oct. 5th and has not been at school since that day. After contact tracing was conducted on Friday morning, families of students considered to be close contacts were notified and asked to pick students up from school ASAP.


We are hopeful that all individuals having the virus will recover quickly and that all staff and students can rejoin us soon. I cannot stress how important it is for all of us to be conscientious about following safety guidelines both inside and outside of the school day. While we have face covering requirements at our High School and Middle School and for all students on buses, we continue to highly encourage all Elementary School students to wear face coverings upon their return to school.


Please be patient, understanding and flexible with us as we continue to work through these issues.


Sincerely,


Vince Vincent
Superintendent