Update for Beacon School families

Dear Families of Beacon School,

The health and safety of the individuals we serve is our highest priority.  This has been driving our actions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will continue to be our priority.

After thoughtful discussion and consideration, we have moved our tentative date for returning to in-person instruction to Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.  If we are able to move forward with this plan, in-person instruction will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Wednesday will again be reserved for deep cleaning of the school building and virtual learning activities for all students.

Why was the date pushed back, and why is it tentative?
The extra week of virtual learning after the holiday break will allow time for the ACBDD’s Administration team to reassess the situation at the local level, in consultation with the local health department, and determine if it is safe to bring all students back into the building.  If it is determined not to be safe to bring all students into the building, we will explore other options and announce those plans as soon as possible.  Please note and be aware, it may not be until the week of January 4 before we can know our plans for moving forward.  We will continue to monitor the situation, as we have been, and we will make announcements as quickly as we can. 

What does this mean for Beacon School families?
Remote learning and food deliveries will continue throughout this period.  We will keep families updated through All-Calls, emails, social media posts, and letters sent home.  We are also available to speak with families individually.  If you have general questions, please call the school directly during normal business hours. 

We understand this has been a challenging year.  So much has changed in such little time.  We hope you understand these steps are being taken as precautionary measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the individuals we serve and staff.  As you have experienced first-hand, this is a very fluid situation.  We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly, and we will make additional announcements as necessary.

Most importantly, we will continue to meet the needs and serve individuals with disabilities (and our staff) in a safe manner.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Kevin Davis, Ed.D.
ACBDD Superintendent