On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise you that that we are temporarily closing in-person learning at E.T. Booth Middle School for Friday, Jan. 8. Whether the school will reopen for in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 11, has not yet been determined.
This decision is due to staffing issues; more than 20 teachers and staff are absent due to positive cases or mandated precautionary quarantines started over winter break, with additional cases and quarantines pending. While substitute teachers and staff have allowed for in-person school so far this week, the level of substitute staffing needed at E.T. Booth MS is not sustainable for Friday operations.
In-person students will learn from home on Friday, Jan. 8, with classwork provided through the Canvas learning management system in a manner similar to what was used on Tuesday’s Digital Learning Day. Teachers and staff will report to campus and will be available to answer emails during regular school hours. Students who need to pick up medication or other items that they must have Friday should call the school’s front office to make an appointment.
CCSD School Nutrition will prepare free to-go meal bags containing breakfast and lunch for the day that will be ready for pick-up between 9 and 10 a.m. Friday in the bus lane; students do not have to be with parents who pick up these meals.
We understand this closing creates hardships and is disappointing to students and their families, but it is a necessary measure due to staffing challenges during the current COVID-19 surge in our community.
Please stay home when you’re sick (use this checklist: https://bit.ly/CDCchecks); get tested if you’re symptomatic or if you have had a close contact with someone who is positive (read the steps at https://bit.ly/CCSDqupdate as to how you can shorten your mandated precautionary quarantine); report your child’s positive test to their school; if you are directed to quarantine, follow the instructions and limit interaction with non-family members; social distance when you can and wear a mask when you can’t.