Supt Recommends Return To School

Superintendent Boggs' Letter To Parents: Recommendation For 5-Day-A-Week Return To School
Posted on 07/21/2020
Dear parents and guardians,

I will recommend to our Perkins Local School District Board of Education during a special session this week that we have a five-day-a-week, in-school model for the restart of school in August.

My recommendation is based on many meetings with parents and families, teachers and staff, board members, and our local health experts, including Pete Schade, the health commissioner for the Erie County Department of Health. I also studied the valuable feedback teachers and parents provided in a series of surveys.

I have heard from many parents who have concerns about sending their children back to school, and who prefer an online-only option for their children’s lessons. Perkins Schools will make that option available to families who prefer their students not to be in the school buildings during the pandemic.

I have also heard from teachers and staff who worry about their health. We will make provisions and take precautions so that our entire Perkins School family is safe, and we will minimize risks as much as possible.

As part of the restart plan, we will establish a mask policy.

Students will be required to wear masks while on school busses, entering buildings, walking in hallways, in restrooms, and entering classrooms. Students will be required to wear masks throughout the day, but will have mask breaks. It is vital that we become familiar with wearing masks to reduce risks.

Teachers and staff will be required to wear masks at all times.

I also will recommend that the Board of Education delay the start of school to Monday, Aug. 31. Our current 2020-2021 school year calendar has students returning for lessons on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The delay will enable Perkins Schools’ teachers and staff to take time to prepare for safety protocols and procedures within each building.

There are still many questions to be answered: How will bus transportation and school cafeteria service work? How will we maintain social-distancing in hallways? How long will students and teachers have to quarantine if they show symptoms? These are all good questions and there will be more that arise.

Over the coming weeks, the Perkins School administration, faculty, and staff will fine-tune this plan and work through various scenarios to ensure that we are fully prepared for lessons to begin on Aug. 31. We will continue to share updates and keep parents informed of all developments.

As mentioned above, I will make my recommendations to the Board of Education during a special session scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday. The meeting will be in the Perkins High School cafeteria. Social distancing and masks will be required of all attendees. 

I appreciate your concerns for student and teacher safety, and especially appreciate your patience over the summer as we develop this restart plan. If you have any questions or concerns, you are always welcome to email the school district or call us at the Administrative Service Center at (419) 625-0484.

Todd Boggs, Superintendent
Perkins Local Schools