Transition to Distance Learning

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While we remain committed to providing in-person learning for students as much as possible, we have reached a point where we need to temporarily shift to distance learning. Due to staff absences and vacant positions in critical areas, including transportation and operations, we are not able to provide transportation or in-person instruction in a safe and high-quality manner at this time.

For the remainder of this week, January 12-14, all students will be learning remotely. This includes preschool at the Central Education Center, programs at the South Education Center as well as all other schools and grades.

Here is what you need to know:

  • Classroom teachers will provide information on instruction and accessing class activities. 
  • All students should take home their Chromebooks, chargers and any necessary learning materials at the end of the day today.
  • Athletics and extracurricular activities will be able to continue. Look for individual information from your coach or club leader about plans. 
  • Fun Club and Beacons will be closed.
  • Food distribution will occur later this week. Look for information in a future email. 
  • Community Education classes are not affected by this and will continue as scheduled.

We recognize that this shift will be difficult for some families, especially on such short notice. If you need additional support, please reach out to your school principal, counselor or outreach worker. 

These are challenging times and, as we all know, things can change quickly. We appreciate your support and understanding as we adjust to meet this changing situation.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Steven Unowsky
 

P.S. As a reminder, schools are closed on Monday, January 17, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. At this time, we plan to shift back to in-person learning across the district when school resumes on Tuesday, January 18. Please look for messaging from the District by Saturday with confirmation.

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COVID-19 Rates in Our Schools

We remain committed to keeping our schools open for in-person learning as long as we feel we can safely do so. Our safety as a school district and community requires that we work together and follow the recommendations of public health experts. We will continue to use the tools we have and keep the wellbeing of students at the center of our decisions.

Winter Weather & Possible Transportation Delays

Due to the ongoing bus driver shortage, combined with driver absences, we have had to combine several bus routes to ensure we are able to provide transportation for Richfield students. This has led to some delays in bus pick-up and drop-off times. If your child walks to school or takes the school bus, please make sure they are wearing appropriate winter clothing.