Nov 17th Remote Learning Decision.

Nov 17th Remote Learning Decision.
Posted on 11/17/2020
November 17, 2020
Woodland’s Move To Remote Learning
Woodland Educational Community,
Tonight’s communication comes with a mix of frustration, disappointment, sadness, and pride. I was reminded of how far we have gone and come since August 1st when I was convinced that we were up against the impossible and would not make it until Labor Day let alone November 17th. I could not be more overjoyed of what we have done here at Woodland since day one. Each of your family’s patience, persistence, balance of work and school have not gone unnoticed. Our Board of Education as well as our administrative team and staff could not be more delighted with your accomplishments.
In the past few months, it has been no secret of our administration and board’s persistence to try to continue safe in person learning, relying on Vicki to use her magic and get things covered with a staff that has dwindled due to positive cases and quarantines. With limited to no substitutes teachers or aides available I applaud our staff for being flexible to cover classes, lunches, and serve meals to get this far. Our policies and procedures have proven to allow us to continue seemingly week after week when many of our neighboring colleagues have been forced to shut their doors. Our stats have proven that our positives have been traced back to student and staff homes and not being transported in our classrooms, hallways, or our busses. That confidence has dwindled over the past week as community, county, and state numbers continue to rise and we see cases that are connected to our school. We even had a positive family send their should be quarantined and symptomatic students to school. It has taken the army that is Woodland to get this done and a little luck to continue to push through, even with Governor JB orders that seem to contradict what can and cannot happen in public as compared to at school.
But today my recommendation to the board I feel like it is time. Our numbers continue to rise, with staff quarantined continuing to be in the double digits and student’s being quarantined because of close contacts nearing 50. We have multiple staff and students awaiting Covid tests due to having symptoms associated with the virus. This on top of seemingly multiple positive case(s) every day from our staff and student body has led to this decision. In addition to feeling that our district has had the roughest week and a half of the year, we just do not feel that by being in person we are protecting all students and all staff. In doing this the hope as well as the goal to get something out of the two weeks of in person learning in December before we break for the Christmas Holiday.
I understand that this decision will be characterized as positive by some and negative by others. In the end the recommendation was made due to numbers and a fear of the virus spreading inside the building thus greater exposing students, staff, and their families.
We will be fully remote:
• Thursday and Friday November 19th and 20th
• Monday and Tuesday November 23rd and 24th
• Celebrate Thanksgiving with our families safely: Nov 25th, Nov 26th, and Nov 27th
• Fully Remote Monday, November 30th through the day on Friday, December 4th
• Return to in person learning on Monday, December 7th
We will work the next few days to set up Supply Pickup, Food Delivery, and Remote Processes that will be shared with each of your students and their families accordingly.
As always, I wish the very best for health for every one of you and your families.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving,
Take care of yourself and your families,
Dr. Ryan McGuckin
Woodland CUSD #5
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