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An Update from Dr. Belding on October 5

Dear Chaparral Families,

October is here! What a beginning of the school year. I appreciate your support of our students, teachers, and staff as weaubrey blue A logo continue to navigate these unprecedented times. Working together, we can ensure our students have the best school experience possible in the safest environment we can provide.  

As I am sure you remember, we implemented some specific COVID protocols on September 2nd.  At that time, we were experiencing a steady increase in COVID cases. Since the first few days in September, our daily active cases have decreased by a little over 50%. We have witnessed a steady decline in cases, and we believe our measures have helped. Your assistance in keeping kids home who were showing symptoms and communicating with our campuses has been essential. The plateau or decline in cases is also reflected in the case counts in the state and county.  

While we will not roll back all of our COVID protocols, we will make the following adaptations as an initial change, beginning October 12th:

  • Parent and family visitors will be allowed on campus, including during breakfast and lunch. Each campus will send out their process to implement this in order to ensure space availability and so we do not mix different families together. Symptom checks will be conducted with visitors. We are eager to have our parents back in our schools for meals and volunteer opportunities. 

  • Clubs and organizations may meet indoors.  

We will continue to monitor cases over the next one to two weeks. If case counts continue to decline, we will evaluate our protocol regarding large indoor gatherings, i.e. pep rallies. We hope to begin those types of gatherings in the coming days if case counts continue on this trajectory.  

As you must be aware, several students and teachers have been out due to illness. Not only COVID, but typical stomach viruses, allergies, and even a little bit of strep throat. This has created a large number of absences and make-up work for students to complete and teachers to grade. Our teachers are working long hours to keep up, and I know our kids are working hard to get caught up. 

With this in mind, we will designate October 18th as a Teacher Work Day and Student Holiday. We will use some of the additional minutes over the 75,600 required by the state so we won’t have to make up the time later in the year. October 18th is the Monday after the nine-weeks grading period ends on Friday, October 15th  This will be a great time for kids to turn in those make-up assignments on Friday and our teachers to have time to process those for grades on that Monday.  Plus, our teachers need time to plan for the second nine weeks and consider instructional adjustments that need to be made.  

Thank you all for your support.  Aubrey is a special place because we come together to support one another and partner to help our students, teachers, and staff.

Sincerely,

Dr. Belding