Return-to-School Plan for SSD Schools

Letter to Families and Staff in SSD Schools

  • August 3, 2020

    Dear SSD school students, families and staff,

    A few weeks ago, we announced that as conditions stood that day, our SSD schools would reopen on Aug. 24 under Plan A - Family Choice, in which families could choose between in-person attendance at an SSD school for their child or distance learning.

    Since then, we have been carefully monitoring the status of the pandemic in our community.

    With the County Executive’s announcement of the growing spread of COVID-19 in the community as well as the new directives he issued last week, it became clear that we could not move forward with in-person classes for the safety of our students and staff.

    Consequently, our plan has changed.

    We will start school on Aug. 24 under Plan B – 100% Distance Learning for all students who attend SSD schools. The SSD Board of Education approved moving to this plan until data show that students and staff can go back to school safely at a meeting earlier this evening. The data will be reviewed on a monthly basis. We’ll also be consulting with health experts and considering guidance from St. Louis County and the CDC.

    Please visit the Return-to-School Guidance page on our website for additional information, which will be updated periodically.

    We realize families who chose the in-person option will be disappointed. We are disappointed as well and look forward to the day when we can safely welcome all of our students and staff back to school in person.

    Thank you for your patience, understanding and your flexibility as we start the new school year online.

    Take care and stay safe.

    Elizabeth Keenan, Ph.D.
    SSD Superintendent