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Phase 1 Extended Through Jan. 15

Dec. 10, 2020 – The SSD Board of Education has decided to extend Reopening Phase 1 (Family Choice Hybrid) for SSD’s special education schools through the end of the first semester on Jan. 15. This change affects elementary-age (K-8) students in SSD’s special education schools who were previously scheduled to begin Phase 2 (5 days of in-person learning or 100% distance learning), on Jan. 4. Families that have been participating in virtual learning will be able to continue to do so.

This change impacts students and staff at Ackerman, Litzsinger, and elementary grades at Southview. Return-to-school schedules for SSD high school-age special education schools and the technical high schools are not currently impacted.

“Hybrid learning has shown to be effective and safe, allowing us to have students attend learning in-person two days per week,” said SSD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Keenan. “With all of the precautions and safety measures the District has put in place, SSD has seen little transmission of the virus in our schools or buildings.”

Due to the fluidity of the pandemic, the District will review COVID-19 data after winter break to determine whether Phase 1 should continue beyond first semester. Should the decision be made to move to Phase 2, the District will notify families as soon as possible.

The health, safety, and well-being of our entire school district community remains a top priority. We will continue to follow sound protocols aligned with expert health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect everyone’s health.

For more information, visit the Return-to-School Guidance section.