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ATWOOD (July 14) — West Carroll Special School District opens its schools Monday, August 17 with virtual options offered to concerned families, according to a Tuesday announcement by Director …
(This story was updated to reflect the new start date of August 17, as approved during a school board meeting on July 28)
ATWOOD (July 14) — West Carroll Special School District opens its schools Monday, August 17 with virtual options offered to concerned families, according to a Tuesday announcement by Director of Schools Dexter Williams. He also said more detailed plans for each school will be released next week.
Director Williams said in the announcement, “We feel confident in saying that most of our students will be very excited to return to a regular school schedule. We also understand that there are families that are very concerned with sending their student(s) back to school due to COVID-19. We have been working on plans that will meet the needs of every student and household in our school district.
“For students and families who plan to return to school, our district leadership team has been making modifications to many aspects of our day-to-day operations to help make sure that our students are as safe as possible. We have worked in conjunction with other school districts across the state, our local health department, and considered the CDC’s recommendations. At this time, we feel that we have prepared as much as we possibly can under the circumstances. Each school’s specific procedures will vary and will be released soon.
“For students and families who feel that August 4 is not a good time to return to school due to COVID-19, we will provide a virtual option to fit your needs. If you choose this option, here are a few things you need to consider. The school district will make our best effort to educate students and families who decide that this option is best for them. Please understand that there is no substitute for in-person interaction with our teachers. Virtual students will be held accountable for attendance and all assignments. This method will not be similar to the way things were done in the spring when school dismissed for COVID-19. Specific details about this plan will be shared with the families who want to pursue this option. Each school in our district will have some differences in how they deliver the virtual option. More school reopening plans will be released next week.
“If you would like to discuss your family’s specific need, please email your student’s principal to schedule an appointment. We are very excited to start the 2020-2021 school year and look forward to meeting the needs of all of the families that we serve.”