January 11, 2021
Dear Auburn Village School Community Families and Staff,
I hope this letter finds everyone well and rested after the holiday season. Since mid-November, the Auburn Village School has been challenged from a health perspective, having a number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 which have impacted staffing. Over the weekend, we had two confirmed cases resulting in having to shift 6th grade to remote learning for two weeks, and subsequently to shift the entire school today due to an additional case.
Starting last month, we have experienced an increase in positive cases. The surrounding counties are currently experiencing positivity rates which average between 7.8% and 11.3%. This, along with anticipated increasing numbers and associated staffing impact, has created disruptions to our in-person instructional model. As a result, I have determined that we will continue remote learning through January 22, 2021.
This was a difficult decision, one which I did not make lightly, and I recognize the significant challenges that our families face as a result of the transition to remote learning for the next two weeks. The ability to staff our schools in a safe and productive learning environment for students has become increasingly difficult in the current environment. Our priority and commitment is to provide for the safety and health of our students and staff.
As Superintendent, I am proud, grateful, and very thankful of the efforts of everyone who has shown a tremendous commitment to the well-being of all our students at Auburn Village School: teachers, administration, paraprofessionals, school nurse, guidance, maintenance, custodians, food service and bus drivers, and certainly you, our families. These individuals have done an outstanding job during these unprecedented times.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Principal Collins or myself. Again, thank you for your understanding and support as we continue to work together on behalf of all students.
William J. Rearick
Superintendent of Schools