Dear Butler Area School District Community:
My goal has been and remains to find a way to safely return to school in person. After making our announcement regarding our transition back to live in-person instruction for our students, we have experienced tremendous staffing challenges.
In addition, I have been in frequent communication with Dr. David Rottinghaus, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Butler Health System. We spoke again today. He informed me that based on what they are now seeing at the hospital along with conversation with his colleagues, their updated recommendation is that we remain in remote instruction until the end of the winter break.
Our teachers and our staff have put a tremendous amount of effort into making remote learning as effective as possible for our students. I know all of you, as parents, have also worked hard to support your children. Remote learning has been successful for some students. For others, it has been okay -- not great, but also not completely detrimental. However, there are also many students and families for which remote learning is simply not working, particularly for long periods of time.
While I feel strongly that live, in-person instruction is best for the majority of our students, I have always followed the guidance of our local medical professionals to date. Therefore, we will remain in remote learning for the week of December 7-11. I will share another update next week with our plan for the week of December 14.
I apologize for the confusion this has caused you and your families. I also ask that you please disregard any communication that was sent by your child’s principal or teacher regarding their schedule for the upcoming week. This communication supersedes those plans.
Brian J. White, Jr., Ed.D.
Butler Area School District