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May 14 COVID Update for Elementary Families

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Dear Elementary Families, 

We are seeing increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases at our elementary schools, among both students and staff. Additionally, multiple buildings have clusters of cases. For families of our students who don’t attend Sunset Elementary: Yesterday we sent a message to Sunset families letting them know that we don’t have enough staff members to have school at their building on Monday and Tuesday. 

If cases among staff continue to rise, it’s possible that at some point we may be unable to provide enough staff at another elementary school building in order to have school the next day. Please know that we are keeping a very close eye on staff counts, and we remain committed to having in-person school if at all possible. We are grateful for our excellent substitute teachers and classified staff members who have been vital to our mission this year. 

If we are unable to staff an individual elementary school building, we will make every effort to make our decision about whether to hold school by 6 p.m. the day before. We understand that this decision would mean many families need to make alternate childcare plans, and we will not close a school building unless absolutely necessary. Please watch your email for any updates. 

To reiterate our update from Thursday, health officials strongly recommend that all our elementary students and staff members wear masks as an additional measure of mitigation due to the current elevated level of community transmission. 

If you missed that message Thursday, click here to read it on our website. At this time, there are no changes or adjusted recommendations for our middle or high school students. If you have any questions, please reach out to your building principal or building COVID-19 supervisor. 

Thank you for your understanding and partnership as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and changing conditions. 
ISD Communications on behalf of your elementary principals