Dear Komarek Families,
While the Komarek staff has been working through the logistics of our hybrid model over the past few weeks, we have also been monitoring the uptick in COVID-19 cases locally and nationwide. We have heard concerns from our staff and families about returning to in-person learning, and there is speculation that stricter guidelines could be imposed at the state level to control the spread of the virus. Our facilities and the lack of air conditioning present concerns for students and staff that would be expected to wear masks during school hours on extremely warm days in August and September. These factors, combined with our desire to provide the best and safest learning environment possible for our students and staff have led the district to commit to a full remote learning model to start the school year in August. We would commit to this model for the first quarter only and continue developing our hybrid plans to prepare for an eventual safe return to onsite in-person learning.
Komarek staff members have been working on our Remote Learning Plan in order to provide our teachers and families time to prepare for a successful start to the school year. Remote learning will look different this fall than it did last spring. You can expect to receive a detailed Remote Learning Plan for Komarek from me next week. This plan will include information regarding technology, a daily student schedule for grades K-2, grades 3-5, and grades 6-8, student, teacher, and parent/guardian expectations, special education information, as well as other relevant topics.
I recognize that this shift may provide relief to some, but I also know that this is unwelcome news for others. We share our families’ desire to return to in-person learning as soon as possible, but also believe we must continue to make decisions that prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff, and the Komarek community as a whole.
Dr. Todd Fitzgerald