Silex R-1 School District
March 16, 2020
Dear Silex R-I families and staff:
Following this morning’s meeting with the Lincoln County Health Department regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), it has been decided that it is in the best interest of our students, staff, and community to close our district schools, March 23 through April 3, 2020. At this time, classes will be set to resume on April 6. All extracurricular activities and facility usage will also be canceled until further notice.
As you know, the safety and security of our students and staff are a top priority, and we feel that these measures are necessary. We are a learning institution, and providing a quality education to every child in our district is also at the top of our list. We recognize the hardship this places on families and will do our best to provide structure, learning, and community support through this time of uncertainty.
There are many questions about the next steps, schedules, and support. I assure you that our team is working diligently to prepare and move forward in the best way possible. As we continue to plan, information will be forthcoming.
We are working on at-home activities and the processes available to put these in the hands of each student. In addition to the alternative methods of instruction, the District is working on ways to make take-out meals available. More information will be provided in the next few days.
Our custodial and maintenance staff are already at work deep cleaning our buildings and buses to prepare for when our students and staff return.
Throughout our closure, we ask that students and staff follow the CDC guidance - practice social distancing, stay at home, wash your hands, and practice good respiratory hygiene. Contact the Lincoln County Health Department with questions or concerns specifically related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Thank you for your continued patience and partnership as we work to slow the spread of the coronavirus and keep our families safe.
David M. Deets
Superintendent of Schools