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Letter to Parents - Full Remote Learning Until December 18, 2020

November 20, 2020

Dear Bradley 61 Families,

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have been navigating new challenges this school year.  It hasn’t been easy and I understand that at times it has been inconvenient.  However, together we have joined forces, making every effort to continually support our students. 

On November 17th the Governor announced Tier 3 mitigations with the continued rise of COVID cases in our state and community.  Due to this fact, Bradley School District 61 will be extending full remote learning after Thanksgiving break until Christmas vacation (November 30th through December 18th).  As of now, schools will resume on Tuesday, January 5th following the in-person model that has been in effect since the start of the school year.

During the past few months, we have worked hard as a district to reduce the number of COVID cases. On November 5th, our district reported a total of 11 positive cases (6 staff and 5 students).  However, as of this week, our district has a total of 35 positive staff and student cases (24 staff and 11 students), with forty-six staff members and twenty-six students currently isolating due to COVID testing, out ill, or quarantining due to being a close contact. This is making it very difficult to properly staff our schools and provide the best education for our students.

The decision to extend remote learning has not been easy, especially due to the influences on working parents. Nevertheless,continuing with full remote learning is necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and the greater Bradley 61 community.

Please continue to notify our school nurses if a child tests positive for COVID-19, a household member tests positive for COVID-19 or if anyone in the family has been deemed a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual and is quarantining.  This will assist us in contact tracing and measuring the spread of COVID within our community.  It will also assist us in monitoring the health and safety of our students that are still entering our school buildings for special services and our staff that are continuing to provide these services to our students.

Special education services will still be provided to students in self-contained classes as much as possible.  In addition, we will continue to schedule 1:1 appointment with special education students providing academic and related services.  Your son or daughter’s teacher and or related service provider will be in contact with you directly to schedule these appointments.

 Schedule moving forward…

  • November 23 & 24 – Parent / Teacher Conferences (no school for students)
  • November 25, 26, & 27 – Thanksgiving Break (no school for students).
  • Monday, November 30– Friday, December 18 – Full Remote Learning Days for Students
  • Monday, December 21 – Friday, January 1 – Christmas Break (no school for students)
  • Monday, January 4 – Teacher Institute Day (no school for students)
  • Tuesday, January 5 – School Resumes (in-person model of 4 Hours In-Person / 1 Hours Remote Learning) – TENTATIVE based on district and community COVID Numbers.

Food service pick-up will be at Bradley Central.  See the information below:

Week 1

Full Remote: Monday, Nov 30th from 12 – 1pm

In person, and are now in remote learning: Wednesday, Dec 2nd from 12 – 2pm

Week 2

All pickups: Monday, Dec 7th from 12 – 2pm

Week 3

All pickups: Monday, Dec 14th from 12 – 2pm

You can find our Remote Learning Plan on our district webpage (www.bradleyschools.com).  District and building administrators and teachers will be in regular contact with you, as communication will be imperative.  Please check email, School Messenger, and Remind regularly.

Thank you for understanding. Your continued support and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies are appreciated during this difficult, unprecedented time.  The health and safety of our students, staff, and the extended Bradley 61 community continue to be most important and we will work to accomplish this.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact building principals or me.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott A. Goselin, Superintendent

 

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