Posted Date: 08/03/2021
Dear Andover Families,
I hope you have had a safe, enjoyable and relaxing summer. We are looking forward to the start of the 2021-22 school year!
We will begin the year in a challenging environment of rising Covid cases in our area. Most of the new cases are coming from the Delta variant. Thus, we will continue to monitor data and health conditions very carefully.
You may have questions about what this school year will be like. At this point our plan that was announced in May for the 2021-22 school year remains in effect. That includes:
As we have done since the pandemic began, we will have a district Covid playbook available that provides more information on a variety of topics for you and your students. The playbook will be an action item that our Andover Board of Education will consider at its regularly scheduled meeting Aug. 9. We will make the playbook available to families on Aug. 10.
We realize there will be anxiety and concern among many families as the school year begins, especially for our youngest students who haven’t had the opportunity to be vaccinated. Throughout the pandemic, we have regularly received information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state health and education leaders and agencies, local health departments, the Kansas Covid Workgroup for Kids and other related organizations. We take this responsibility very seriously, and will continue to meet with these experts to receive updated guidance as the community’s health situation evolves. As we learned last school year, Covid-19 is a fluid situation, requiring us to have the adaptability and resilience that are part of our Portrait of a Graduate.
Keeping all of you informed is extremely important to us. Our approach has been to communicate with staff and families as often as needed when important decisions are made. We also want to be respectful of your time, so if there is nothing new to share, we won’t send a message to you. Thus, if you hear rumors and gossip, and if you haven’t heard from us, you can have confidence knowing that the rumors are just that. We truly appreciate your partnership as we continue to navigate these difficult times.