Letter to Families 02-14-2022

Letter to Families 02-14-2022
Posted on 02/14/2022
Letter to Families 02-14-2022Dear Redding School District Families,

I would like to thank our families for the continued support and efforts to put childrens' needs in front of your own.   We at the Redding School District know that it has been difficult at times to continue with the many processes that the State of California has put in place for us to follow in regards to COVID-19.  It is with a heartfelt thank you for your continued support regardless of your personal choices.   It’s during times like this where we have the opportunity to lead with kindness and be at our best to serve others.

There are those who feel that wearing a mask gives no benefit and there are those who feel it provides them safety. We are a district that works very hard to work with all of our families.   On February 15th, tomorrow, the indoor mask requirement will end for vaccinated individuals while in many public spaces outside of school. While this does not mean a change for schools, it is understandable the difficulties this makes for families and perhaps some confusion for students. The announcement today by Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of California Health and Human Services, did not specifically end the masking mandate for schools, but it did give us a date, February 28, 2022, to know that a change is coming if the data continues to track down as they predict.   It seems that masking will be optional in the near future.

We need to work together to provide a school environment that is safe for all. California is still emphasizing safety measures in schools.  We ask for your patience in maneuvering through the mask mandate in our schools.  We still need to wear masks at school and that disappoints some and gives relief to others. Let us continue to partner together in keeping kids in school as California is moving towards a change in COVID-19 school guidance. Children need to be in school. Please help us work together on this.  School staff are community members who hold a wide range of beliefs and are also professional educators who are obligated to follow the rules and laws that they are given.  Let us honor school staff by recognizing that as public employees, they follow the guidance provided by the State of California.   

Again, thank you for your continued efforts to help keep our schools a location of learning.  We want to focus our daily efforts on planning and implementing great instruction each day.

Robert Adams
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