This update was sent to Ada School residents today from Superintendent Meri Skilliter:
Dear Bulldog Families,
With our number of Covid 19 positive cases growing, and all of the quarantined students and staff we have as a result of those positive cases, we have come to the decision that it is time for Ada Schools to switch to Remote Learning.
Because there are only three weeks and a day between now and Thanksgiving, we will be starting remote learning beginning Monday, November 2 through November 23.
Close to the end of that Remote Learning Plan period, the administration, in cooperation with the health department, will determine what instructional delivery model is best and when to return to in-person learning.
On Monday, November 2, students will work at home on assignments from Friday and/or any work they need to complete and catch up on. Teachers will use this day to reach out to their students, share information about how they access their work, when to Zoom in for various classes, how to turn in work, etc. We are sending home Chromebooks with all students and are having them take all their textbooks home. Full remote learning will begin on Tuesday, November 3.
All athletic practices scheduled for today, Friday, October 30, through Sunday, November 1, have been cancelled. Additional information regarding athletics will be sent on Monday, November 2.
It is being reported that the uptick in cases has been due to group gatherings, which can end up as “super spreader” events. Things like parties and family gatherings can also cause a large number of attendees to get infected. As such, we ask you to honor the true intent of quarantining. Keep students at home and not around other students or adults. People can be asymptomatic and still be contagious to others. If someone does have cold like symptoms, they should not attend activities of any kind. Other precautions include good hand washing and cleaning of high contact surfaces.
Thank you to all of our students and families who have been diligent in following precautions. Our students have been overall very compliant and have adjusted quickly.
But, it is NOT a time to get complacent, rather we need to double our efforts in the midst of a school, county, and state surges in cases.
We will continue to communicate via community updates that will be shared with you. Please monitor school communications sent via text alert, social media, and our website.