Dear Berkshire Local Schools Community,
I hope you find yourselves well during this unprecedented time. The purpose of this message is to share with you some of our plans regarding school this Fall for the 2020-2021 School Year. While we have seen that this situation is fluid and has changed on a moment’s notice, our intention is to be prepared to open our schools for in-person learning, five days per week, and to resume as normal of a schedule as possible for our students and families to start the school year. That said, the health and safety of our students and their families continues to be our top priority, and as such, we will be changing our cleaning and sanitation routines, adding more hand sanitizing stations throughout all of our schools, purchasing new sanitation equipment, and stocking our schools with the personal protective equipment needed to ensure the comfort and safety of all who attend.
At the same time, the Berkshire Local School District will also be ready to serve the families who may not feel comfortable with their children returning to in-person class. We want you to rest assured that no matter what option you feel is best for your child, Berkshire will be able to serve your needs. Accordingly, we will be launching the Badger Virtual Academy, which will be piloted with various summer school options and ready for full-launch in the Fall of 2020. The Badger Virtual Academy will be focused on students in grades K-12 for fully online immersion, with some optional in-person lab, or check-in times, available for those who need extra assistance. More specific information about how to enroll in the Badger Virtual Academy along with details on this online learning platform will be shared in the next few weeks.
With the Badger Virtual Academy, and other measures currently being prepared, the Berkshire Local Schools is dedicated to doing everything possible to meet the diverse needs of all of our learners, whether you would like your child to return to school full time, or you would prefer to continue their learning from home. Bottom line, we will provide the best option that works for you. Feel free to reach out to your building principals, or me with any questions. Please keep on the lookout for more information in the near future. Have a great day.