“First, I would like to thank parents for doing daily health checks on their children, keeping them home when they are sick, and communicating with teachers and school administration about the health of their children. We couldn’t have gotten this far without them,” superintendent Matt Chrispin said. “I’d also like to thank our staff. Teaching during a pandemic has been like trying to take your clothes off and put them back on underwater—it is something you do daily, but in different environments, it is challenging. Our staff has been awesome as we’ve been introducing a new curriculum and new resources on top of all of this. They’ve just been awesome.”
Chrispin also thanked the support staff for all they do to help keep things afloat with all that is going on right now.
“I think that part of the reason why we are here and why we have enjoyed fairly good attendance is because of that triangle [parents, teachers, support staff] of work right there,” Chrispin stated.
As of this week, the high school and middle school did move entirely to remote learning due to a large spike in quarantine cases within the schools, absent staff, and a lack of substitutes. The goal is to get students back into the classroom on December 14, which puts the students at coming back a week before the high school students have their semester exams.
Extracurricular activities will be extremely limited during the period of remote learning. As of right now, athletics will continue as planned for as long as it is safe to do so.
“Our teachers are working very hard to make sure there are opportunities to learn, but learning is a two-way street,” Chrispin said in reference to online learning. He asked that parents hold their children accountable and make sure that they are logging into their classes on time and that they are doing their work. Students are still expected to adhere to the student conduct code.
The Bucyrus elementary school had twenty-three students quarantine this week, but if you take them out of the mix, the school’s attendance rate remains around ninety-five percent.
“We are not ignorant of the things that are happening around us and the spread that continues. It may be just a matter of time before it does hit BES and we have to change the education format,” Chrispin said. He will continue to monitor the numbers but expects to be headed for a change after Thanksgiving. He hopes to make an announcement by next Monday to allow everyone time to plan accordingly.
The next board meeting is on December 17 at 5:30 p.m.
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