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12/2/20

NOVEMBER 30, 2020,

Greetings to the mASD Community. This particular message is for our parents and students.

Although we have not seen evidence that schools in our district serve as superspreaders of COVID-19, there is enough evidence through contact tracing to suggest that cases we have seen in our schools have largely been associated with community/family spread in both Yazoo City and Humphreys County.
In just the week preceding the Thanksgiving Break, we reported 17 positive cases across both regions which included both virtual and face-to-face students and staff. If Friday, November 20th was not already a virtual day for the district, we would have had to close at least two schools for 14 days based on our established criteria.
As you know, we have already taken precautions by making this week (11/30-12/4) 100% virtual for students after the Thanksgiving Break. However, the COVID-19 data reported daily by the Mississippi Department of Health (MDH) and the county specific data that we monitor weekly (positivity rates and 14-day case count) suggests that we are likely to continue seeing an increase of community/family spread impacting school operations.

Although we desperately want to move from Phase I to Phase II, increasing face-to-face opportunities for students in elementary, middle, and high schools, we are unfortunately going to have to place a temporary halt on even our current Phase I plan for the remainder of December.
All students in the Mississippi Achievement School District (Yazoo City and Humphreys County) will remain 100% virtual for the remainder of December 2020. It is our plan to at least continue with Phase I (hybrid for elementary/virtual for secondary) upon our return on Monday, January 4th. Ideally, we would like to move forward with Phase II on January 4th (hybrid for elementary, middle and high school students). Nevertheless, we will continue to monitor the data and trends in our community before making a final decision. We know that this decision will not be supported and/or understood by some. While we understand that the best place for students to be is face-to-face in school for educational and social purposes, we must also protect the health and safety of ALL involved in the process of educating students.

Lastly, we have recently received our shipment of hot spots which will be made available to families who do not have internet access at home. Now that we have enough new laptops for every student and hot spots for families who need internet access, we should be in a position to increase access and improve the quality of the virtual learning experience for everyone. We know this has been a trying year for many of our students and families.
As more vaccine advances are achieved and made available to the general public in the coming months, it is our prayer and hope that we will soon be able to bring all students back physically to schools. Until then, we will continue to do the absolute best we can to ensure academic gains are made and learning loss gaps are narrowed.
Schools will be sending communication to parents and students this week regarding this decision. If you have any questions regarding anything discussed in this communication, please contact your child’s school directly.

All school and district offices will remain open even though students will be attending school virtually for the month of December.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

 

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