Dear EPASD Families,

Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey concerning bringing students back for in-person instruction four days per week.

Based on the academic and social-emotional needs of our students, and based on the CDC Guidelines that state “vaccination should not be a condition for reopening schools for in-person instruction” we are planning on returning students to school. While we had hoped to offer the vaccine to our staff, as you may be aware, it is not currently available to those who are in Group 1B. In keeping with the CDC Guidelines, we have decided not to delay the return of our students to four days of in-person learning per week.

Based on your input, we are planning as follows:

Students who are currently attending school in-person in our hybrid model (Groups A & B) will begin in-person instruction Monday through Thursday on Monday, March 1st.   Fridays will remain Livestreaming days for all students. Group C students’ schedule will remain the same as it has all year.

Students who are currently enrolled in full-time Livestreaming or Panther Academy will have the opportunity to start attending in-person four days per week on March 29th, the start of the 4th marking period. If you intend to switch your student(s) from Livestreaming or Panther Academy to in-person for the fourth marking period, you must contact the school principal no later than February 22. Otherwise, your student will remain a full-time Livestream or Panther Academy student for the remainder of the school year.

There will continue to be a full-time Livestreaming and Panther Academy option for students through the end of the school year.

In summary, these are the key dates:

February 22

  • By this date notify your building principal if you intend to move your student(s) from in-person to Livestreaming due to the move to four days per week.  This will take effect on March 1.
  • By this date notify your building principal if you intend to move your student(s) from full-time Livestream or Panther Academy to in-person instruction. This will take effect on March 29.

March 1

  • Students who are currently attending school in-person in our hybrid model (group A and B) will begin in-person instruction Monday through Thursday.

March 29

  • Students who are currently enrolled in full-time Livestreaming or Panther Academy will have the opportunity to start attending in-person four days per week.

Thank you for your support as we work to bring students back in-person four days per week.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donna Dunar

EPASD Superintendent