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Logan View Cancels Classes Due To COVID-19 Exposures In The Area | KTIC Radio

Logan View Cancels Classes Due To COVID-19 Exposures In The Area

Logan View Cancels Classes Due To COVID-19 Exposures In The Area

No school today or tomorrow at Logan View Public Schools, but all activities already scheduled  outside of the school will continue.  This notice was placed on the school’s website over the weekend.

 

 

School Cancellation – Monday, March 9th & Tuesday, March 10th

Logan View Public Schools is cancelling classes on Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th. All district staff including teachers, para-educators, office personnel, foods personnel, and bus drivers will report for duty by 8 AM on both Monday and Tuesday.  Please note that Logan View is already scheduled to have winter break (no school) Wednesday, March 11th, Thursday, March 12th, and Friday, March 13th. Classes at Logan View will resume as normally scheduled on Monday, March 16th.

All activities that are already scheduled for outside of the school day (afternoons and evenings) on Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th will continue to be held as originally scheduled. These activities are going to continue as originally planned because the school cancellation is not based upon any emergency or eminent safety risk that would make it necessary to cancel these events.

For example:

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will continue to be held as originally scheduled at Logan View from 4 PM to 8 PM both Monday and Tuesday.
  • The elementary book fair originally scheduled to be held in the elementary Media Center during Parent-Teacher Conferences will continue to take place from 4 PM to 8 PM in the elementary Media Center.
  • Childcare provided by the Junior Class during Parent-Teacher Conferences from 4 PM to 8 PM in the elementary gym will continue to be offered as originally planned.
  • The regular March meeting of the LVPS board of education scheduled for 7:30 PM on Monday, March 9th in the high school Media Center will continue to be held as originally scheduled.
  • The Close Up parent meeting will continue to be held as originally scheduled for 6 PM on Monday, March 9th in the high school Lecture Hall.
  • Any IEP or MDT meetings scheduled with our parents on Monday or Tuesday will continue to be held as originally scheduled unless they are expressly rescheduled at the request of the parents.
  • Practices and rehearsals that would normally take place outside of school hours will also be allowed to take place. The high school office along with the coaches/sponsors in charge will ensure communication with students/parents regarding any changes in start times, etc.

REASON FOR THE CANCELLATION
With accelerating developments related to recent COVID-19 exposures in our area, Logan View Public Schools is cancelling classes on Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th as a measured and proactive step intended to help us minimize or even eliminate the need for any lengthier operational disruptions over the remaining 2 months of the school year.

I want to assure you that there is no need for any general panic about COVID-19.  Awareness in the current environment is reasonable, but panic is not. This cancellation is not being used for any kind of quarantine purposes. This cancellation is being put into place so that the district can work directly with our staff in a focused setting in order to proactively put some strategic plans and procedures in place. This cancellation is not being put into place as a response to a health scare or because of any health risks known to be specifically associated to Logan View.  This two-day school cancellation is simply being put into place so that the school district and its staff can take some proactive and concrete steps towards reducing future COVID-19 exposure risks to students and staff while in school and towards planning for the continuity of educational access for students should a long-term closure become necessary at some point over the coming months.

Classes on Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th are being cancelled so that during those two days the school district and its staff can take the following actions:

  1. Engage in some additional, intensive disinfection of the physical environment – classrooms, high-contact surface areas, etc.
  2. Institute some additional comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting practices going forward.
  3. Institute some additional procedures and protocols for treating and responding to student or staff illness at school.
  4. Review our policies, procedures, and protocols related to illness and communications with parents and students.
  5. Initialize instructional plans to help us ensure the continuity of educational access for our students should a long-term closure become necessary at some time during the remaining two months of the school year.

We see these as reasonable, measured, and concrete steps that are appropriate for the district to take at this time. Successfully taking these steps, however, requires more time, focus, and preparation for our staff than what would be possible if students were also in school on Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th. Consequently, we have determined that it is necessary to cancel school on Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th so that these steps can be successfully taken and so that future disruptions to school can be minimized or eliminated.

We understand that school cancellations of any kind can create hardships for our families.  We also want to assure you that providing our students and school community with both a sense of consistency and a sense of normalcy is tremendously important to us. This was not a decision that was taken lightly nor was it made in a rash, reactive, or reckless fashion. We simply want to commit a short, but focused, period of time now so that we can take some steps that we think will help us to ensure that we can provide our students and our school community with a calm, healthy, consistent, and normal learning environment going forward. It is our hope that connecting this cancellation to the break that was already scheduled for later this week will help the district to be more successful in taking these steps while also minimizing the overall disruption experienced by our families, by our communities, and in our school operations going forward.

We want to assure you that there is no cause for panic or for alarm.  Our goal in this current environment is to safely, calmly, and competently serve our students and our school community. We’re simply looking at taking some practical, commonsense steps at this time that we believe will help us to mitigate COVID-19 exposure going forward while students and staff are at school, and to prepare for continuing to serve our students’ educational needs should a long-term school closure become absolutely necessary at some unknown point in the future.  The district simply needs some time to work with our staff towards these steps, and the cancellation of school on Monday and Tuesday will provide us with that needed time.

 

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