We appreciate the feedback we have received from our community about the possibility of increasing our in-person learning days for our current hybrid secondary students. We have reviewed the data we received from the interest survey that we sent out to our secondary hybrid students a few weeks ago. In addition, we have continued to monitor the cases of COVID-19 in our community.
After assessing this information, we have made the decision that all students in the Wilson School District will remain in their current mode of instruction for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. While we know this may be disappointing for some of our families, we feel this is the best decision to ensure the safety of our students.
With the number of students who indicated they would like to return to four days of in-person learning, we cannot create safe environments in our classrooms, buses and cafeterias. Furthermore, because the definition of a close contact has not changed (being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes while they were infectious), the need to quarantine many more students could cause major disruption for our students and staff. Since we are still seeing high numbers of cases of COVID-19 in our community, we feel this is the best approach for the final few weeks of school.
Please know that we will be working hard over the summer months to create an opportunity for students to return to 5 days of in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. We will also offer a virtual option for students who prefer that mode of instruction.
We cannot thank our community enough for the support you have shown for the Wilson School District this past year. It has been challenging, but we have seen incredible resilience among our students and staff. Let’s continue to work together to end this year strong!