April 19 Update from the Superintendent

Dear Colonial Families,

We hope the return to 5-day a week, in-person learning is going well for your family, if you have elected this option. In my visits to buildings last week, it has been encouraging to see more students in our classrooms and engaged in learning and other school activities. If you want a glimpse at last week's excitement, please watch our video.

So far, the transition from hybrid to a full week has gone smoothly for our buildings. We are maintaining as much distance as possible between students and teachers, and our cleaning protocols continue daily. Thanks to many parent drivers, we have been able to keep numbers on our buses low. We have observed some traffic issues during arrival/dismissal times at some of our buildings, and will be working with our security team and local law enforcement to help with traffic flow in and out of our schools. 

COVID-19 transmission rates do continue to be of concern in the county and in our district, so we again urge families to be cautious with activities outside of school. Like our state and county guiding health agencies, we advise families not to let their guard down when it comes to mask-wearing, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and washing hands. Please support us in reminding young people that their actions outside of school matter. Their efforts to be responsible will help ensure that classes (and the end-of-year activities that everyone looks forward to) can continue to take place.

As a reminder:

  • If you take your child to be tested, please do not send them to school while you are awaiting results. 

  • Please make sure you are familiar with our guidelines with regard to school exclusion and returning to school by clicking here. This information is important to be familiar with in the event your child tests positive or is a close contact.

  • Students who are experiencing symptoms should stay home if they have:

    • Two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, fatigue, myalgia, headache, sore throat, congestion, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea OR

    • One of the following: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell.

Your efforts to be responsible outside of school will help ensure that classes (and the end-of-year activities that everyone looks forward to) can continue to take place. Please know our principals are working hard to determine how spring activities can be modified so they are safe for students and staff. As always, we appreciate your flexibility and patience as we try to plan for the last few weeks of school. Please be sure to keep an eye on your email and the website for updates and information from your building as the year progresses.

Sincerely,

Michael L. Christian, Ed.D.

Superintendent