Argyle Schools CLOSED

In the best interests of the health of our students, staff, and families, we have made the decision to take immediate action to ensure our students, families, and community is safe. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 school will be closed to students. The closure will extend minimally through Friday, April 3. Staff will report to prepare for student learning opportunities over the closing period. We will send a form shortly requesting information regarding your access to the internet or availability of devices for our middle and high school students, as well as any families wishing to utilize our food service program will also be asked to fill out the form. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to navigate through this rapidly evolving situation.

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Mike Beranek, Superintendent

Update from Mike Beranek, Superintendent

Good Afternoon:

I know you are receiving a number of messages from administration and staff. Please take the time to read the information so you are informed about how we will work through the days ahead.

This is a very different time in our world than we have ever seen. We understand you have many questions, as do we, and we will work to get answers and keep you informed. We also know this situation places burdens on our students and families and we will do everything we can to lend support.

The scale of national closure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and direct guidance for social distancing requires our local schools to also take action. By closing schools to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, we help lessen the burden on hospitals, who have limited resources, which will need to focus their energy on people who are very ill.

We are not aware of any students or staff in the Argyle School District who have been infected with COVID-19. However, this situation is changing by the minute and our first positive case could come at any time. The time to prepare is now.

LEARNING SCHEDULE

Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 -- No classes, staff will be reaching out to families to begin learning packets and virtual learning

Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 – Learning packets and virtual learning

Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3 -- Learning packets and virtual learning

Monday, April 6 -- anticipated school re-opening day (tentative)

As you know, we have been preparing to continue the educational experiences of our students in the event COVID-19 affects our community by gathering educational resources for students to use at home. Staff will be reaching out to students and families with information about virtual learning and learning packets.

MEALS

We are working to gather information from families that would like meals (Breakfast and Lunch) for their children during the days we are closed. The starting date for this service will be communicated with families requesting meals.

You will not be charged for this meal.

ATHLETICS, EVENTS, AND ACCESS TO BUILDINGS

All buildings are closed to practices and other district and community group activities beginning Monday, March 16 and throughout the school closure. The state directive says school grounds and facilities cannot be used for instructional purposes or for extracurricular activities. This includes athletics practices or other extracurricular activities that regularly occur on school grounds.

COMMUNICATION

We will continue to communicate with you during this time. Please make sure your contact info is up to date in Skyward Family Access. Please check your email and visit our website regularly.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Social distancing is being encouraged by medical experts to help slow the spread of COVID-19. While infected children may not develop severe symptoms, they can still be carriers of the virus and infect more vulnerable people. It is strongly recommended that everyone avoid large gatherings such as attending movies, malls, and other public spaces during the school closure. Avoid getting together with neighbors and friends, especially those who are ill. Video-chatting is a preferred option for social interaction. Try to keep daycare settings small and consistent. If you have any flu like symptoms (fever, cough, trouble breathing), please stay home and call your doctor.

TRAVEL

The CDC has very clear guidelines for those considering any travel in the coming days, weeks, and months. Please visit CDC Travel and Cases in the U.S. to see their full listing of areas/regions to avoid. Please carefully consider any non-essential travel in the coming weeks. An area may not be considered “high risk” now, but that could change daily. Therefore, we are asking our district families to consider the following:

1. In light of the seriousness of this spreading pandemic, we ask that you please follow the CDC guidance and avoid non-essential travel.

2. Please be prepared for the possibility that upon return from any trip, you might be directed to quarantine or isolate yourself. Any student or employee who is forced to self-quarantine will not be penalized. We have relaxed attendance rules for COVID-19 related issues. The goal is to stop the spread of the virus by limiting contact among ourselves (self-quarantining and avoiding large-scale events where there is a likelihood of exposure). Nobody should be penalized for being responsible and cautious.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

As a reminder, the most important thing you can do to protect yourself is to follow the standard preventive practices. There are a number of steps we can all take to minimize the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

It is important for all of us to do our part to ensure the health and safety of ourselves and our friends, neighbors, and community members. Kindness, compassion, and caring of others is imperative at this time. We will continue to keep you informed throughout this process. Thank you for your partnership as we do our part to keep our students and staff safe.


Sincerely,

Mike Beranek

Superintendent

Argyle School District

With strong community support, the mission of the Argyle School District is to provide a safe, stimulating and supporting learning environment to inspire students and encourage personal growth while challenging abilities and accommodating individual learning styles. Provide resources and learning opportunities to achieve and maintain high academic standards. Graduate confident, well-rounded students who can realize their aspirations as well as become creative, contributing citizens.

Vision: Argyle students graduate prepared for life's challenges and opportunities.