January 2, 2022, Information for Families
January 2, 2022,
Dear Students, Families and Staff Members,
I hope this communication finds you healthy and well. In addition, I hope that the winter break provided everyone with an opportunity to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends. I am writing to you today, in advance of our return to school tomorrow, to provide an update regarding some important information. Please be advised of the following:
On January 3, 2022, the Rocky Hill Board of Education will open schools for in-person learning. At this time, our state officials have made it abundantly clear that any decision to place school districts into a remote learning plan will be made only through the state legislature or the governor’s office (via executive order). Importantly, decisions to close schools for in-person learning made at the local level will require that all missed dates be rescheduled in order to meet the legally required 180 days of instruction.
We are aware that The Center for Disease Control has released updated guidance pertaining to quarantine and isolation requirements for the general public. We will be working with our state officials, our local health department, and our building administrators and school nursing staff to thoroughly review the new guidance and make adjustments, as appropriate, to the protocols governing contact tracing, quarantine periods, and isolation periods within the next several days. Once adjustments to the existing protocols have been finalized, we will distribute a follow-up communication.
COVID-19 case numbers are rising at the present time. Therefore, it is imperative that we continue to follow our in-school mitigation strategies, including social distancing to the greatest extent possible, frequent hand washing, and the wearing of masks for all students and staff. I want to once again stress the importance of keeping children at home (and contacting the school nurse) if they feel sick or are presenting with any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea).
In closing, I would like to express my appreciation for the continued support of our families, and the diligent and tireless efforts of our teachers and all other employees. Despite the many challenges we continue to confront, we have worked exceptionally hard to keep our schools open for high quality teaching and learning. Let us all hope that 2022 brings some well deserved relief to the stresses that everyone has been enduring for the past two years.
Mark Zito, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools