Dear Belmond-Klemme Parents and Community Members: - This week, October 26 – 28, the Belmond-Klemme Community School District has experienced a sudden and severe outbreak of COVID-19 among our secondary students and staff. In response, we are moving temporarily to a 100% virtual learning environment (online instruction) for all secondary students, 7-12.
As of today, this outbreak has not affected the students and staff and Jacobson Elementary to any great extent. Elementary school, preschool and kindergarten through grade 6, will continue to operate according to our regular schedule.
Starting tomorrow, all 7-12 teachers will take a day for planning as they prepare to switch their instructional delivery method to all online instruction. Secondary classes will not convene.
Secondary classes will convene online starting at 8:30 A.M. on Friday, October 29. Online instruction will continue through Thursday, November 5. There is no school scheduled for Friday, November 6. In-person classes and instruction will resume in our high school building at 8:30 A.M. on Monday, November 9, 2020.
Parent conferences will continue next week as already planned and scheduled. There will be no school activities starting now and running through Sunday, November 8. The band concert scheduled for Thursday evening has been canceled. No makeup date has yet been set.
This sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 virus is largely attributed to activities outside of school and not anything that is happening during the school day. Our care and mitigation protocols continue to work to protect our students while in school. We are continuing to contact trace and investigate possible COVID exposure among our student population. We intend to have an update later today. The school district is working with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Wright County Public Health through this process.
I want to remind our students: if you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your physician immediately. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family, especially as we face this challenging situation together. Thank you for your support of Belmond-Klemme Schools.
Dan Frazier, Ed.D.
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