The rapid spread of COVID-19 continues, and by all indications, Lake County is on the verge of hitting Level 4/Purple this week, so we will continue in the virtual environment. The plan is to continue in the virtual environment through at least December 22, and I want to give you enough time to prepare. My understanding is once a county is at Level 4/Purple, it will take two weeks of a decrease in the indicators in order for the level to change. The district will continue to monitor the conditions in the county and make decisions accordingly. All extra-curricular activities and sports will also be on pause.
Please know that many factors are weighed in this decision, the most important being the ability to adequately staff our buildings for the health and safety of all. Even while on virtual learning, we are receiving reports of staff testing positive. The second factor is the recommendation of the Lake County General Health District. In communications related to this surge, the LGCHD has advised districts to go to remote learning if at Level 4/Purple.
We know that this year has been challenging and hope that we can bring this spike in cases down. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. I hope that each of you finds time to relax and enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.
Angela Smith, Superintendent