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Update letter 8/23/20
Scott Shepherd
Sunday, August 23, 2020

Parents, Students, Staff, and Community Members,

I wanted to take the time to update everyone on our current situation at school.  We feel that being transparent and trying to keep you informed is crucial during these times.  As of Friday afternoon, our county went into the “Red” color code under the State Department of Education’s color coded system.  While we take the State Department of Education’scolor coded system very seriously, we consider it to be a recommendation for our school.  Rather than follow the recommendation of the color coded system, we feel that it would better serve our school community to take each situation and each day individually as it pertains to our school.  We can then make decisions that will best serve the students, staff, and community as a whole.

Our COVID-19 numbers have recently risen in the county.  This statistic is not debatable nor to be taken lightly.  While we are concerned for our county and all of those affected, we are confident in our decision to continue to forge ahead and have school as planned allowing for daily in person instruction taking place in the classroom.  Our COVID-19 numbers within the school have been low (one previous case), and we will continue to monitor each student and each situation individually.

We will continue to practice the procedures and precautions that we have put in place since returning to school on August 6th.  We want to encourage all students to continue practicing good hand washing and sanitizing practices, practice social distancing when applicable, and encouraging those who want to wear a mask to wear it without reservation as well.

We are working diligently to keep our students and staff safe, while trying to continue to do what we do best:  providing instruction to students in the classroom.  Hearing the laughter, conversations, and “playtime” interactions of the students has been a breath of fresh air for everyone on our staff.  We want to continue to provide a safe, enjoyable, and caring environment for learning to take place.  If we can continue to accomplish this, our school year will be highly successful no matter what obstacles we have to overcome.

If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me at 918-967-8572.

Go Bobcats!

Scott Shepherd, Superintendent

Whitefield Public School