December 14, 2020
Parents and Guardians,
Elkins School District will be shifting to remote/virtual learning for all students K-12 beginning Tuesday, December 15, 2020 and running through Tuesday December 22, 2020. This decision was not taken lightly, but we are convinced it is the best approach moving forward. Our district has seen a dramatic increase in student and staff cases of COVID-19 in recent days. Currently we have 20 active student cases and nine (9) active staff cases. Also, an additional 13 staff members are quarantined. Many of the staff's positive cases and quarantines are impacting our classroom teachers, transportation department, and food service department. Ultimately the shortage of staff members in critical operational areas is forcing us to move in this direction.
Teachers and staff will be meeting virtually with students at scheduled times throughout the day during this time of remote/virtual learning. Students should already have their district-issued chromebook and charging cord. They will be able to login to Google Classroom and join live Google Meetings with their teachers and classes. Detailed information concerning student instructions and responsibilities specific to each grade level can be accessed on the district website at https://www.elkinsdistrict.org/297185_2. If your child did not bring home his/her chromebook last week you will need to contact the building principal to make arrangements for picking up the device.
Our food service department will be functioning in a reduced capacity this week. Meal pickup will still be available. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or drive through the Elkins Primary School bus lane tomorrow morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. There is no need to order ahead of time. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided for all children ages 18 and under, and you will receive meals for the week.
Limited onsite services will be available. Parents with questions about specific onsite services should contact their child’s building principal directly. Our number one priority is the health and safety of students and staff. We are confident that pausing onsite instruction will help prevent further spread of the virus, and ultimately is the best decision. I appreciate your understanding and support in this endeavor. Please monitor your child for symptoms and make sure you report any positive COVID-19 test result within the household to the Elkins School District COVID-19 hotline at 1-844-247-7471.