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Middle school students to return to hybrid learning Monday, Nov. 9


Posted Date: 11/03/2020

 

Dear Andover Families,

The Andover Board of Education voted this evening to return to a hybrid learning model at both Andover Middle School and Andover Central Middle School beginning Monday, Nov. 9.

Our community’s health data, including an increase in cases, increase in positive testing rate and a shortage of ICU hospital beds in Wichita were key factors in making this decision. We also have seen an uptick in cases among students and staff in the past two weeks, and that — in addition to household close contacts and close contacts outside school — has led to more students and staff in isolation. We need to stabilize those numbers to make the rest of the year sustainable.

Students will follow the same schedules they did when we started the year in a hybrid model. As of now, this decision applies to the period of Nov. 9 to Dec. 4. We will continue to monitor health data and will convene our COVID Response and Assessment Team as needed.

While we know that hybrid learning is a challenge for some students and families, the majority of our board members believed this change back to hybrid learning for middle schoolers is in our district’s best interest to help slow the spread of COVID in our community. 

Elementary students will remain in an in-person learning model, and high school students will remain in a hybrid model.

This is where we need your help, Andover. We need you to follow the same safety protocols in the community as our students and staff do at school. That includes:

  • Wearing masks in public.
  • Social distancing.
  • Avoiding large gatherings.
  • Avoiding small gatherings, or at least being smart with distancing and wearing masks.
  • Hand sanitization.
  • Don’t leave your home when you don’t feel well.

It is essential that we all band together as a community, and are smart and methodical in our actions, so we can slow the spread. I encourage you to join me and others in our community in making these sacrifices, because I believe it is worth it if it means our students can remain attending in-person school.

Brett White
Superintendent