“Although it may not look like it now, this surge will end and we must continue to prepare our students, staff, and community for the reopening of school buildings,” she wrote. “Based on the advice of experts and guidance we have been leveraging since the start of the pandemic, we are preparing for a January, 2021, reopening of school buildings.”
Later this week, the district plans to send out an updated online “Intent to Return Declaration Form” that asks families to choose in-person or virtual classes for the nine-week period that stretches from Jan. 19 through March 15.
Those forms will be due Dec. 21.
“This is an opportunity for families to change their previous declaration or to declare if they didn’t do so previously,” Herring wrote.
APS first sent out those forms in the fall, when about a quarter of all students indicated they planned to return to in-person learning if given the option. The district had proposed reopening elementary school buildings in October, but decided not to because of rising COVID-19 case numbers.