COVID-19 Update for 11/19/2020

Dear Perry Local Families,
We are committed to informing you of any developments that impact our school and those we serve. As of this week, we have less than 1% of our students and staff with positive active COVID-19 cases. What we are seeing is a higher number of students and staff who need to be quarantined. We are working with the health department on options to reduce the amount of time teachers, in particular, are away from school as they are essential to helping our students during this pandemic. This can be particularly difficult when we continue to focus on our number one priority, which is the health and safety of our staff and students.  We know that as more students and staff members need to quarantine we may be in a position where we will need to close a school building. We are currently monitoring numbers at a couple of our buildings. At this moment, we will continue to operate in our current learning model until further notice. We are taking each day at a time and will continually evaluate. We truly believe that the best thing for all of our students is for schools to remain open. We know how important our essential services like access to breakfast and lunch, counseling and emotional wellness resources, and safety of a school environment provide to students. We are also cognizant of the hardship a shutdown has on the home and our parents. Transportation has done a fantastic job transporting students safely and timely during these difficult times. We are starting to experience a shortage of drivers. When the unfortunate times arrives that we are unable to transport all students at their normally scheduled times, we will notify the affected families through an all call. Drivers will double back for those affected routes once they drop off their regularly scheduled routes. This will cause an approximate 25 to 30 minute delay. Students will not be counted tardy. We are asking all families to understand the importance of keeping students in school based on our current COVID-19 numbers.

It is important to note that should our current situation change due to an increase in positive cases, excessive quarantining or advice by the health department, we are prepared to go fully remote. We want to thank all of our teachers and parents for doing a phenomenal job on keeping students safe inside and outside of school, but as the holiday season approaches, we still have to make sure we are following the appropriate guidelines in order to keep our schools open. This means wearing a mask, washing your hands, practicing social distancing and staying home when sick. It is up to all of us during our holiday break to continue to keep each other safe to slow the spread of this disease. As we move into the holiday season, we will continue to provide health updates to our families as they become available. As we have communicated since the beginning of this pandemic, our plans remain fluid as things evolve. Please be patient as we navigate through everything.
Scott Beatty
Perry Local Schools