Dear Reavis Students & Families:
Cheers to 2022! We look forward to welcoming our Reavis students back to the second semester of 2021/22 school year on Friday, January 7th. We are acutely aware that coming back during this recent surge of Covid is concerning, but we also believe we can come back and welcome our students to in-person instruction safely. We all know that having students in the building, interacting with each other, and learning face-to-face with their teachers is the best way for our students to grow and prosper.
To help keep everyone safe and slow the spread of the virus, I want to remind everyone of some important measures we need to continue, in addition to outlining some of the new mitigations we plan to implement in the coming days.
WE WILL need to continue to properly wear masks at all times while in the building. The IDPH and Stickney TWP Health Center indicated that an N95 or KN95 mask is best for the Omicron variant. With this in mind, Reavis will offer and distribute one of these masks to every student who wishes to have one. Information about mask distribution will go out early next week.
WE WILL ask that teachers reconfigure seating charts to keep students 3 feet apart. This will virtually eliminate any close contacts if or when a positive case is detected within a classroom.
WE WILL examine our student lunch periods to allow more separation between students while eating. We are looking to use a larger area or room within the building in order to space out students more effectively.
WE WILL continue to promote vaccinations as the best and most effective way to keep you, your family members, and all of our students safe from severe illness and hospitalizations. We encourage everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to please reconsider, and if you are now eligible for a booster shot, get it as soon as possible.
WE WILL always consult our local health department, Stickney Township, to track positive cases, get the most updated CDC & IDPH guidance on quarantines, and share their expertise regarding what other measures we can take to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
To be crystal clear, we will closely monitor our student, faculty, and staff positive cases, absences, and quarantines. It is our intent to remain in our regular, in-person school day schedule. We would only consider deviating from this if we could not safely operate the building with sufficient teachers and staff. Just like last semester, if a student needs to quarantine, they will be given remote access to all of their classes through Zoom.
Again, we look forward to seeing our Reavis Rams this Friday. If we continue to work together and do what is best for our school community, I am confident we will get through this latest surge and have a great spring semester for our students.
As Always, GO RAMS!