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As We Await the Appellate Court's Ruling on COVID Mitigations

Dear Dimmick Families,

As I had indicated in my letter sent out on Sunday, February 6, at this time, we are continuing with the current protocols outlined in our Pandemic Learning Plan. With that being said, in the meantime, we are working to draft modifications to the Plan should the appellate court issue a ruling allowing local districts to decide for themselves. We expect that the ruling could be issued sometime in the next week or so.

The challenge at this point with districts electing to go mask optional or refusing to follow COVID quarantine protocols, is that within the next few days the request for a "stay" and or the appeal may overturn the ruling issued on Friday causing Districts to then have to revert back to mask wearing. We want to work to ensure that we have a smooth transition. Hopefully, once the mask mandate is lifted, we can move forward without interruption.

In addition, we are currently working with our attorney and insurance carrier to ensure that any steps we take do not result in increased risk in liability or render our liability coverage null and void as we need to ensure that we are acting responsibly to protect the interests of our District and its taxpayers.

We are also working with our staff to ensure that their voices and concerns are considered. We have an amazing staff here at Dimmick and want to be sure that they have the opportunity to provide input. We also must be prepared to deal with the possibility of increased employee absences in a time when there is a significant sub shortage.

Each of these issues needs to get resolved in order to proceed with lifting the mask mandate and potentially other protocols to ensure that when we do it, it is done correctly. My plan is to continue to work with each of these groups to discuss plans for moving forward and returning to a more normal learning environment should the court allow us the power to do so.

I cannot thank our parents, students and staff enough for their patience, understanding and support over the last two school years. To say it's been challenging is an understatement; however, I believe we have weathered the storm better than most. I am proud to be part of this amazing community!

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great day!

Mr. Ryan Linnig



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