RAYMOND — Superintendent Tina McCoy announces that students will be able to return to in-person learning five days a week later this month.
Starting Monday, April 19, all Raymond School District students will be able to attend their classes in-person, five days a week. A fully remote learning option will remain available for those who wish to continue to follow that model through the end of the school year. The Raymond School Board initially voted to reopen schools starting on Monday, May 3 at their last meeting, but the timeline was changed after Gov. Chris Sununu announced last week that all public schools in the state must be reopen fully by Monday, April 19.
“We are thrilled to have students in the classroom five days a week once again,” Superintendent McCoy said. “Students, staff and their families have shown extraordinary resilience and flexibility over the last year during both the fully-remote and hybrid learning periods. We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding the pandemic to ensure we are implementing and following all the necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of our entire community.”
The district has successfully operated under a hybrid learning model since the beginning of the school year. Now that cases of COVID-19 have decreased in the community steadily in recent months the district has decided to move forward with a transition to fully in-person learning.
All safety measures and precautions implemented at the beginning of the year will remain in place while students and staff are in-person. Students and staff will continue to maintain at least three feet of distance in all district buildings, wear masks and will be screened daily for symptoms of COVID-19. Families and staff will be able to use an app called PickUp Patrol to help with the daily screening and report if they or their student is showing symptoms. Information about the app with be shared with families in the near future.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or is suspected to have it will be required to quarantine for at least 10 days and follow all public health guidelines. Remote learning opportunities will be made available for staff and students who need to quarantine.
Meals will continue to be available for pick up for families participating in remote learning. More information about the program can be found here. The menu of meals for the month for the elementary and middle schools can be found here and the menu for the high school can be found here.
Additionally, the district will be hosting a second COVID-19 vaccination clinic for staff next week. This allows staff to voluntarily receive the vaccination and help to better protect the community against the spread of COVID-19.