November 20, 2020
Dear Franklin School Parents,
I first want to wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I hope you find this time to be relaxing, fun, and filled with family traditions.
As you know, the number of confirmed COVID cases has greatly increased over the past few weeks in the Yuba Sutter area. Unfortunately, the forecast for the next few weeks is not optimistic. I truly hope that the number of COVID case counts begins to decrease, but we have to look at what is currently happening in our community to make decisions about students returning to in-person learning.
Thank you to those parents that completed our quick survey on school reopening (November 30). As you can imagine, the responses varied from, “You MUST open schools!” to, “You can’t possibly open schools!” I understand and respect both sides of these very valid opinions. The decision we are making regarding opening or not opening school on November 30 is an attempt to find a compromise to both sides of the coin.
The Bi-County Health Officer sent a letter out on November 16 asking that schools cease in-person learning for Grades 7 – 12 starting November 23. Students in Grades 7 – 12 are asked to remain on Distance Learning until the transmission rates in our area subside. Dr. Luu will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation daily. No date has been set for Grades 7 – 12 to return to in-person learning. A return date truly depends on how the community fares in terms of positive COVID- 19 cases.
Franklin School (grades 6 – 8) will remain on Distance Learning until after Christmas break. As an extra precaution I am also asking that grades K-5 remain on Distance Learning the week of November 30 – December 4. This week will allow us to examine the data after the Thanksgiving holiday to ensure that it is safe to return to school on December 7. If our numbers can support it, we would like to bring K-5 students back to school on December 7 in the previously established AM/PM model. For those families not wishing their student to return to school in-person, distance learning will be available.
Parents, the week after Thanksgiving is extremely important. We truly want to have students on campus on December 7, but we need your help. If your student is ILL, please do not send him/her to campus. If you and/or a family member tests positive for COVID-19 and it AFFECTS whether your child can come to school, please communicate this information with the office. We are trying to monitor cases to help make the decision on whether to conduct in-person learning.
These are trying times! There is nothing more important to me than your child’s education; however there is also nothing more important to me than your child’s health and well-being. Taking the week of November 30 to get a pulse of where we are in the community, I feel, is a prudent and wise step.
Happy Thanksgiving to our Franklin School community! We appreciate all of you!