Dear Parents/Guardians, 12/9/20
First, let me start by saying how much we have appreciated the support of the parents/guardians, students, and community during this first semester at Whitefield School. It has been trying to say the least, but we have been successful in providing a well-rounded education for each of our students. For that, we would like to thank the parents/guardians, students, and community. We have truly all been in this together, and could not have made it this far into the semester without your support.
Our school has been very fortunate up to this point. We have continued to attend classes in person, with very minimal interruption. Our students have had the privilege of attending field trips, plays, and other events that coincide with Whitefield's "normal" activities. We have been fortunate enough to play and compete in basketball games and tournaments with some of our surrounding counterparts throughout the course of the semester. All in all, we, for lack of a better word, have been lucky.
In the past week, we have seen positive Covid-19 cases in our school. We have quarantined the classes and individuals that were directly affected, and have been continuing on with the daily regimen in other classes, while trying to continue to provide a safe learning environment. Today we have had 2 positive cases within our school community.
With that being said, Whitefield School will be transitioning to Distance Learning effective immediately. Distance learning will take place on the following days: Thursday, December 10, Friday, December 11, Monday, December 14, Tuesday, December 15, and Wednesday, December 16. We will then begin Christmas Break on December 17. School will resume in person on January 4, 2021.
This decision to go into distance learning was not made lightly. This time of year is meant to be a joyous occasion, and a small part of the holiday traditions for some students happen here at school. Many of the activities that our classes have had planned for the holidays have been altered. Although we would prefer to continue on as planned, we just want to make sure that everyone can remain safe and healthy throughout the holidays, and hopefully return on January 4th ready to learn.
I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. The well-being and safety of our students, staff, and community are at the forefront of any decision made at Whitefield Public School. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 918-967-8572.
Scott Shepherd, Superintendent
Whitefield Public School