August 18, 2021
Dear Greyhound Families,
Tomorrow marks the start of the 2021-22 school year for our students. Our entire staff is looking forward to having students back in our buildings once again!
Last week, we shared that all students and staff will be required to wear masks while indoors and on school buses.
During a Special Board Meeting on Monday evening, the Board of School Directors upheld its previous position to require masks indoors. Students who do not have a mask when entering a bus or school building will be provided one to wear. While we know this is inconvenient, masking is a critical component to reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, the use of masks allows us to minimize the number of individuals who may need to quarantine due to exposure to a positive case. If a student is in close contact at school with another person who tests positive for COVID-19 and both were wearing masks at the time, the student exposed will not need to quarantine. To that end, wearing masks will help us continue to provide full-time, in-person learning throughout the school year.
Please note that five to eight minute mask breaks will be provided during each class period, in addition to other opportunities throughout the day (recess, bathroom, lunch, etc.).
Students who refuse to wear a mask will first be sent to the school office. If they continue to refuse to wear one, their parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up their student for that day. If you are concerned about your child wearing a mask due to a medical issue, please contact your child’s principal.
Our number one goal is to have a safe and enjoyable start to the school year. I know the mask debate brings up a lot of passion on both sides. However, I am asking that our families encourage their students to wear their masks so that we can make the start of the school year as productive and positive as possible.
No one wants to be in a situation in which masks are necessary. Unfortunately, we need them for now. It is my hope that conditions surrounding COVID-19 rapidly improve and that we can lift our mask requirement soon.
As we begin the school year, let’s continue to keep our students at the forefront of all we do. As always, thank you for your support and understanding.
Dr. Chris Suppo