This is certainly a stressful, uncertain time, and I will continue to provide updates on the effects of COVID-19 as quickly as I am aware of changes.
The school board met on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 to approve a couple of time sensitive items, and they scheduled another special meeting for Friday, April 24, 2020 to review the Governor’s current health order which closes schools through April 30, 2020.  We anticipate another press conference from the Governor’s office this week, and we will defer to the state for guidance on school closures.
Please know that we have committees working to address a number of concerns:
  • A crisis management team to address emergency concerns in our community
  • A health care task force to provide guidance on how and when students and staff can return to school buildings (this task force includes medical professionals, school nurses, and the County Health Officer)
  • Education planning groups to consider implications for summer school and expectations for when students can return to school
  • Budget planning task force to discuss funding for next year and possible implication of budget reductions due to revenue shortfalls, and
  • A senior events committee to plan for graduation ceremonies and events to honor seniors
The senior events committee met this week, and concluded that Laramie High School will not have a customary graduation ceremony at the Arena Auditorium on May 29, 2020, because the facility has been closed through August 2020.  The senior events committee is reviewing options for a ceremony in mid-summer, but there will be other events (parades, special recognition announcements, etc.) that will occur on or around the traditional May 29, 2020 graduation date.  Whiting and Rock River schools are developing plans for ceremonies that adhere to social distancing guidelines.
We will communicate definitive plans from committee work as we receive additional guidance or directives from state or local health officials.
Tips for Parents
We posted a brief message on our Facebook page to provides some tips for parents to consider during this crisis and how best to help your child with learning and coping with the uncertainty during this time.  Please go to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/acsd1.org/
Be safe, stay healthy,