February 25th, 2021
Dear Parents and Caregivers of CMSD Students:
I am writing to provide an important update regarding our shift to hybrid in-person learning.
Our entire District team, from the central office to the classroom, has been hard at work preparing for the return of students in the next several days. However, there are a number of important things that must be in place in order for us to ensure a transition that is not only safe but is also as smooth as possible for both students and educators who will be returning to school in both an in-person and remote learning mode.
To ensure an effective transition, CMSD will delay the phased-in return of our students by one week, with Phase 1 students returning to school the week of March 8, Phase 2 students returning to school the week of March 15, and Phase 3 students returning to school the week of March 22. Because of this one-week delay, all CMSD students will remain in remote learning for the week of March 1.
This one-week delay will enable us to ensure that each family has received their children’s back-to-school mailers and has had the opportunity to opt out of hybrid learning if they wish. It will also allow school and District staff to better plan for necessary adjustments to classroom and staff assignments, transportation schedules, in-school meal planning, staff professional development and classroom readiness.
Even with this one-week delay in returning to in-person learning, I am still confident we can complete these important transitions during the month of March. In this way, when our students and educators return from spring break, CMSD will operate in a full hybrid learning model for both in-person and remote learners for the full fourth quarter of the school year.
I will continue to keep you updated on our planning efforts as we move through this transition period.
Eric S. Gordon
Chief Executive Officer