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Statement From Superintendent Cheek


Dear Arthur CUSD #305 students and families,
We made it and I couldn’t be more proud of everyone for all that has been done to make sure our students were able to spend an entire semester in person! I’m so thankful and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be surrounded with such dedicated educators and committed communities to make this past semester possible.
Listed below are the final numbers for the end of first semester.
Total number of students in the district: 1075
Number of in-person learners: 969
Number of full-time remote learners: 106
Total number of staff: 151
Number of students currently quarantined: 56
Number of students in quarantine due to positive test: 6
Number of staff in quarantine due to positive test: 2
Number of staff in quarantine due to close contact: 10
Number of positive in-person student cases (since the start of school): 48
Number of known positive staff cases (since the start of school): 12
It’s been mentioned before but is certainly worth mentioning again and that is how proud I am of everyone involved in making this semester possible. All of us have been asked to demonstrate a unique and increased level of flexibility, adaptability, cooperation, patience, grace, collaboration and compassion for others. Things haven’t always been smooth and there have been bumps in the road, but the level of support, cooperation and positivity that has been demonstrated has made those difficult transitions easier to navigate.
We are going to continue with the same schedule for the second semester until at least the end of February. We will be meeting with the Administration, Remote Learning Team as well as other leadership within the district throughout the months of January and February to determine if any changes will be made past the end of February. We will continue to communicate any changes and will do our best to keep everyone informed moving forward. We appreciate your patience and continued flexibility as the pandemic has forced us to occasionally create modifications that require all of us to adapt and create changes in our schedules.
I will close with a final extension of thanks and gratitude to all of you. It’s been a trying but also gratifying semester and I look forward to what next semester will bring. Although we cannot predict what that will look like I’m confident that with the dedication that the students, staff and communities continue to provide we will be able to overcome the obstacles that we may face. Thank you for a great semester and I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this holiday season.
Shannon Cheek
Superintendent Arthur CUSD #305

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