Hello Virginia Chance School Families,
As you are likely aware, last night, in response to this latest phase of the COVID-19 crisis, Governor Beshear issued an Executive Order requiring all K-12 schools to shift to remote instruction beginning November 23. Elementary schools may reopen starting December 7 if the school is not located in a red zone and the school adheres to the Kentucky Department of Education Healthy at School guidance.
What does this mean for Virginia Chance School?
Friday, November 20, will be the last day of instruction for our elementary students before the Thanksgiving break. Next Monday and Tuesday will be preparation and professional development days for elementary and specialist teachers. There will be no elementary instruction on these days. We want this transition to be as mindful as possible, incorporating all we have learned to make the next phase of remote learning the best it can be. Monday, November 30, will be a materials pick-up day with a scheduled Google Meet in the afternoon to reorient students to remote learning. You will receive the details about this before Thanksgiving. Tuesday, December 1, will be the first day of this temporary period of remote instruction. As stipulated in the executive order, we will return to campus when Jefferson County is no longer in the red zone (below a seven-day average of 25 new cases per 100,000 people).
Our preschool program provides vital childcare for many of our families and is not covered by this executive order. The preschool will remain open at this time; however, in the coming weeks, we may need to close classroom(s) or the entire program for a period of time in response to cases, quarantines, or staffing shortages. We have all been working hard to keep students, faculty, and staff healthy, and we have also been fortunate. As cases in the community increase, we will be impacted. To keep us safely open, we ask that you follow all health and safety guidance, especially the Travel Self-Quarantine Policy. Most importantly, if you gather with people outside of your immediate family for Thanksgiving or otherwise, please protect our community and quarantine from campus.
2020 continues to test our flexibility, resilience, and ability to find goodness in challenging situations. We all want to return to campus and emerge in a new normal as quickly as possible. To do so, we all need to prioritize our collective health and safety and do all we can to bring the case counts down in our community.
Stephanie Mutchnick, Interim Head of School