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Friday, December 11, 2020
Greetings, Community Partners. 

As we prepare our hearts and minds for a much needed winter break and pause to reflect on what 2020 has taught us about appreciating those things we may have overlooked before this outbreak, I want to share the latest information on how the pandemic is impacting our schools. 

As you know, we are keeping the health and safety of our staff and students at the forefront of our planning as we closely monitor new COVID-19 cases and potential exposures to the virus in our community. Unfortunately, in the last few weeks, we have seen an upward trend of coronavirus cases in Shelby County. Due to this increase in cases, the Board and I agree that we will need to delay our gradual reopening of schools and return no earlier than the second semester, February 8.
High-quality virtual instruction and meal services will continue. As we have seen throughout the pandemic, these are uncertain times and we will remain flexible around our reopening proposal. 

We recognize the pandemic presents a growing set of challenges for all of our principals, teachers, support staff, families and students. During times like this, our FAITH can be tested, and it can be hard to imagine brighter days.
But, I know we can get through this as we work TOGETHER on behalf of our children. 
Many plans and activities have been cancelled across the city this year. Yet, HOPE is NOT cancelled. I deeply appreciate your grace, FLEXIBILITY and resilience, and look forward to the day when we can all resume some sense of normalcy.

We are stronger TOGETHER. Coronavirus will not defeat us because WE ARE 901!

Dr. Joris M. Ray,