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Loveland Schools Moving to Asynchronous Learning 1/13 & 1/14

Loveland Tiger Families,

Due to rising COVID cases in our community, and increasing absences among students and staff, Loveland City Schools will be in asynchronous learning on Thursday, January 13, and Friday, January 14, 2022.

Asynchronous learning means Thursday and Friday are still learning days for students, but they will be learning from home. Look for an email from our building principals about what that means for your students. Staff will be reporting to the buildings and available to support students remotely. 

Since returning from Winter Break, districts across our area have had higher numbers of students out due to positive COVID tests, quarantines, and other illnesses. Our staff has been impacted too. Our staff has stepped up in an incredible way to cover classes and keep our students in school. Absences and illness are also hitting our custodians, bus drivers, and food service workers.

Two days of asynchronous learning, followed by the weekend and the Monday holiday will give us five days without students in the building. During that time we will clean our buildings, quarantines and illness should run their course, and when we return on Tuesday, January 18, we should see more of our students and staff back in the classroom. I know that a schedule change can be difficult for some families and I wanted to communicate it as soon as possible. 

Our case rates have been amongst the best in the state this year and our mitigation plans seem to have helped make that happen. We had hoped that any spike in cases and absences after Winter Break, would resolve by January 18th and that we would go mask-optional for everyone on that day. Unfortunately, the current wave of absences is higher than anticipated. When our students return on January 18, our current masking policy will continue, with masks being required for students in PreK-6, and strongly recommended for students in grades 7-12. Please understand that the goal is to get to mask-optional for all of our students, but we need to be diligent for the next week or two.

I’ve received hundreds of emails from parents expressing concern for their children during this time, with many urging me to mask everyone, and many others urging me to drop masks entirely. Everyone has been respectful and passionate, and even with very different views, it’s clear everyone is focused on what they believe is best for children. I appreciate all of the communication as it helps me make these important student-centered decisions. 

I wish your family good health and I thank you for your patience and support as we navigate these difficult decisions.

Mike Broadwater
Loveland City Schools