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Letter from Dr. Friedman
Posted on 01/15/2021
Dr. Janean FriedmanDear Parents, I hope this email finds you safe and healthy. I am writing to confirm the status of initiating our hybrid plans for those families wishing to participate. If you are planning to change from your original decision please fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/qyrgtsD5hc4icwvH6. The form will close on Monday, January 18th.

The hybrid plan will be initiated as follows:
Feb 1st: K-5th will begin attendance on their designated days (either M/T or Th/F)
Feb. 8th: 6-8th will begin attendance on their designated days (either M/T or Th/F)

**Special Services return Tuesday, January 19th.

We have been reviewing the health metrics and the latest guidance from the Lake County Health Department. We have all been learning and adjusting as we have moved through this health crisis. The Health Department has been with us every step of the way, offering their guidance and recommendations. In the last few weeks, there has been a shift in the way we have been looking at metrics and risk mitigation. The shift is the result of new science emerging on operating schools safely. The Health Department is stressing that while there is still substantial community transmission of COVID-19, they have found that the strategies for lowering risk have been effective in minimizing outbreaks and transmission particularly in schools. There is also an emphasis on creating a nimble and flexible system, which implements risk mitigation strategies with fidelity and consistency, and that can adapt quickly to staffing shortages or increasing COVID - 19 case counts.

We have invested a great deal of resources to ensure that our schools are as free from risk as possible and we will be following all the recommended mitigation measures:

Consistent and correct use of masks
Social distancing to the largest extent possible (6ft or greater)
Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
Cleaning and disinfection
Contact tracing in collaboration with local health department

I am attaching the FAQs for the hybrid plan. Please review as you prepare your students to return to the building. Next week, I will send the health and safety protocols for your review. Please remember that any students entering the building must self-certify before they arrive. Place a sticker on their shirt/coat to show they have been self-certified.
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