Welcome to Plummer-Worley Joint School District #44.
Hello Lakeside Families:
The school year is rapidly approaching and each of the schools are preparing for a year that have our students returning to some of the practices we grew accustomed to prior to COVID. Not unlike the fire that is currently burning to the east of Plummer, we are anticipating some unexpected challenges to arise throughout the school year and will address them at that time. Meanwhile, we will plan to maximize student engagement and learning.
For the past several months, discussions have been ongoing about how best to approach the 2021-22 school year. Whereas our 2021 Reopening Plan has changed since last year’s beginning, a number of things have remained the same. It is the intent of the district to watch carefully what happens on campus and let those happenings provide day-to-day direction. We plan to approach each day and not focus on what might be trending in other districts or in outlying areas. Although at some point conditions in the district might change, we will be opening in Level Green. The biggest change is that parents will decide whether their student wears a mask or not. Whether a parent chooses to have their student wear a N-95 Facemask, a cloth facemask, or no facemask is up to the parent. We recommend face coverings, but it is up to each parent. At this time the district will not be requiring facemasks. Further, we’ve heard it rumored that the Plummer-Worley School District (PWSD) is requiring some students to be vaccinated. This is not the case. Vaccinations are not required to attend school, participate in athletics, or to be employed at the district.
In the event conditions in the district change and an outbreak of some size were to take place on campuses, the board and administrative team may elect to escalate to a yellow level or red level. At that time, protocols could change as would the utilization of masks. We will do our best to keep you updated. The district has always appreciated the involvement and support of parents, grandparents, guardians. We plan to be a strong teammate with you.
In the next couple of weeks you will be receiving more communications from the district and the respective schools about things like Open Houses and opportunities to participate. Please read carefully and call your school(s) if you have questions.
Russ Mitchell, Superintendent
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