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As the winds of March are beginning to settle and the freezing temps boast their last hurrahs, our minds and hearts look forward to spring... finally. It has been a long year for many, if not all of us. Yet together, I believe, we have done great work. It has not always been easy… but we have gotten through it.
With spring, comes our sense of a new beginning which leads to a greater desire for freedom and normalcy. We can almost feel it in our bones. I continue to encourage all of us to exercise mindfulness and caution in our choices, to continue to minimize the risk to our fragile loved ones and community members.
The questions of the day seem to be “When will masks go away?” or “Will we have to return to school wearing masks in the fall?” I so wish I had a crystal ball to see into the future.
The district has no immediate plans to end the protocol of masking for this year. We have worked to follow CDC and IPHD guidance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to do that.
Our goal continues to be to provide the best education possible to students in the safest manner possible given the guidance we have. At this time, continued masking allows us to return to a more normal interaction amongst our students throughout their day and minimizes the need for them to quarantine should they come in contact with a COVID-positive individual, thus keeping them in school. Without continued mask-wearing, these steps would not be likely at this time.
Now, as for next year… time and only time will tell. I hope and pray almost daily that we can return to the classroom without the requirements of masks. I believe it will be, but nothing, as we have learned, is a guarantee. Ultimately, the board will decide all of this as part of the ongoing return to learn planning processes.Read more