Good morning, Cornwall-Lebanon Families,
This is Philip Domencic, Superintendent.
Cedar Crest High School will be shifting to a virtual instructional model, effective Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, through next week. This is for the high school only and high school students will return to the Blue/Gray in-person instructional model, after the Thanksgiving break. Tuesday, Dec. 1, will be an in-person instructional day for our Blue cohort; Students in the Gray cohort will log in from home that day.
This decision is not made lightly, as we continue to recognize that in-person learning is the best model for students. This need to shift to virtual instruction at the high school level is due to the additional positive cases and pending positive cases that we have been made aware of since Monday morning.
As per the state Department of Health’s protocols, the District must notify the close contacts of everyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and they are required to quarantine for 14 days. Case investigations and close contact tracing with these new cases by our administrators has resulted in the identification of an excessive number of close contacts. That does not mean that these students are positive or will become positive, but the fact that they must be quarantined for 14 days does impact operations throughout the building, which disrupts the educational process for students.
As a result, the least disruptive and best educational option for our high school at this specific time is to move to virtual instruction until after the Thanksgiving break. We are fortunate that we can pivot and implement this learning option: our students have their devices and our teachers have experience teaching effectively in a virtual environment.
We will maintain a few programs in-person that are not optimal in a virtual environment and those students will be contacted by their teacher. In addition, students participating in the Fall Play will continue in-person with appropriate enhanced mitigation. Free meals are available to all high school students for Thursday and Friday. Please complete the survey order today by clicking on this link: https://bit.ly/36OHdA6
Please note that this decision does not impact our elementary and middle schools. There are significant operational differences at these grade levels and we are not seeing high numbers of positive cases in these buildings. If circumstances change in any of our other buildings, we will notify you accordingly.
Once again, thank you to all of our students, our teachers, and our parents for your tremendous cooperation that has allowed us to proceed this far in the school year. Cornwall-Lebanon will continue to make decisions that protect the safety of our students and staff and allow us to best educate all students.
We wish you a very restful and peaceful Thanksgiving break.