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Welcome Back to Campus

Mr. Zimmerman is looking forward to a great second semester, as we navigate the state-mandated covid guidelines.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
 
We were thrilled to welcome our Middle School students back on campus today, and we are equally excited to welcome our Upper School students back tomorrow, January 19, for in-person classes starting at 9:00 AM. 
 
The purpose for waiting an extra day for Upper School was to ensure that we stayed in Orange after a month in red, stagger the return, and provide time for our local boarding students to get back on campus.
 
Governor Justice’s Executive Orders explicitly state they apply to all public, parochial, and private schools in the state. Therefore, though Linsly is an independent school, we must abide by the Executive Orders. In December, West Virginia eliminated the use of the weekly education color-coded map that was released on Saturday evening. The new Executive Order requires all schools to use the daily WV DHHR map to guide decisions as we move forward with in-person decisions for the Upper School. If Ohio County is in Red, the high school students must return to virtual learning the next day. I understand this is extremely frustrating to flip back and forth, but these are the guidelines we are required to follow. Please note: Middle School students are able to go in person in Red, so these rules apply only to our Upper School students. 
 
Until our numbers fall, we all must be flexible and know things can change mid-week. If we are in Red, we will move to virtual learning in the Upper School for at least two days. After two consecutive days in Orange, we will return to in-person learning. For example, if the map turns Red on a Tuesday but then is Orange on Wednesday and Thursday, students can come back to campus on Friday. Our hope is that the numbers continue to decline and we will safely be in a place where we do not have to worry day to day about the map. 
 
Now that our Upper School students will hopefully be in person more consistently, we will adjust our end-of-school time back to 3:30 PM beginning tomorrow for all students and will keep this time regardless of whether Upper School students are on campus. 
 
As always, Linsly continues to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of our students and faculty. We will continue to adhere to all safety standards including temperature checks, the daily REACH Health Survey, masks/face coverings, and handwashing protocols as described in our safe and together plan. 
 
Students who will remain virtual learners should communicate with their teachers regarding a plan for that course and inform Mrs. Allison (mallison@linsly.org) for Middle School or Ms. Leone (mleone@linsly.org), if they have not already.
 
Thank you for your continued flexibility and patience as we work together to return our students to the classroom. 
 
Respectfully,
 
Justin Zimmerman 
Head of School
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