At this point in time, students can be expected to return to school on May 1st. If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 before that date, it would change.
Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, Wrangell Public Schools will extend the Spring Break for students until Friday, March 20th, 2020. The staff will continue to work in the schools doing the necessary deep cleaning and lesson planning required if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Wrangell.
Why this amount of time?
* Allows time for further understanding of the local COVID-19 situation (e.g., community spread)
*Increases social distancing amongst the immediate school community
*Gives time for potentially exposed individuals to develop symptoms while not in school
*Children may be less impacted by social isolation from their peers for shorter time frames
*Schools are better prepared for short term closures because they’ve been more likely to have experienced those (e.g., for weather)
*Given current timing, some schools may be able to take advantage of spring break closures
* Provides protection for older staff and students and staff with underlying medical conditions
The school playground and rec areas will be closed
As the pandemic progresses, assessments will be made on a regular basis and decisions made accordingly. Thank you for your patience in waiting for this formal announcement.