509-J students will not return to class Nov. 30
Jefferson County School District 509-J leaders have delayed plans for students to return to school full time on Nov. 30, Superintendent Ken Parshall announced Monday evening.
"The number of COVID-19 cases within our county spiked last week and we are no longer able to return to school for in-person instruction after the Thanksgiving break," he said in a Nov. 16 letter to families.
To allow families and staff to plan, the district will remain in the Comprehensive Distance Learning model with limited in-person instruction for small groups of students through winter break.
"We will continue to monitor the weekly metrics through December to make a decision about which instructional model we will operate in when school resumes on January 4, 2021," the letter stated.
Between Nov. 1-14, there were 74 positive COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County, which is a 14.5% test positivity rate.
In order for all district students to return to class full time, the Jefferson County COVID-19 case count from the last two weeks must be less than 30. There must be less than 45 cases for kindergarten through sixth grade to return to school.
The county positivity rate must be less than 5% for all grades to return to class and less than 8% for K-6 to return.
"Although we can't open in the onsite model at this time, we do plan to expand the use of Limited-In Person Instruction," Parshall said.
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