Planned Full Remote Period January 4th-15th

Planned Full Remote Period January 4th-15th
Posted on 12/04/2020
Calendar UpdateThe upcoming Christmas Holiday break begins on December 24th and instruction resumes on January 4th. This presents a challenge as both staff and families will surely want to take advantage of the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends.

This opportunity for travel and increased interaction with folks outside your immediate social circle could result in exposure. Experts point out that rapidly rising coronavirus cases nationwide and upcoming holiday travel plans could be the perfect storm to trigger COVID-19 spikes among students and teachers.

That possibility is putting principals, school district leaders, and state officials in the difficult spot of suggesting what families and staff should take into account when making holiday plans, but without the power to enforce that guidance.

On December 2nd, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the decision to shorten the length of time it recommends that a person self-quarantine after potential exposure to the coronavirus. However, the CDC recommends that if you are exposed to COVID-19 at a holiday gathering, while traveling, or at any time, you should quarantine yourself to protect others by doing the following:
o Follow these updated options to reduce quarantine after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
o Stay away from others, especially people who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

This scenario presents a unique challenge based on circumstances that are outside of the District’s control. For this reason, most School Districts in New Hampshire are currently considering what their best
options are for establishing an updated date for return to the classroom after the Christmas holiday break. In fact, many Districts have already made the decision to go fully remote for the first 2 weeks.

As a result, at the December 2nd School Board meeting the Board authorized the Superintendent to update the Chester Academy Calendar to reflect that the school will be in the fully Remote School Model for January 4th – 15th.