Dear UCF Community,
Yesterday, we welcomed our K-5 students back to school for the first day of in-person instruction - I can tell you firsthand that the enthusiasm of both students and staff was palpable. I visited many classrooms throughout the day and was impressed with what I saw. Our teachers and staff were well prepared - eager to greet their students and engage in an exciting day of learning. I loved seeing the passion of our teachers and the pure joy from our students as they entered their school and classroom for the first time this school year. They were so happy to be back - and we are more than thrilled to have them back!
Last night, the Board approved the hybrid learning model for 6-12 students to begin on October 26. Our middle and high school students will return for in-person instruction and will follow the approved AB/CD/EF schedule. We look forward to welcoming them back on October 26! Be on the lookout for emails regarding declaration of instructional model (hybrid or virtual), transportation, and food service - all of this information will help us prepare for a smooth opening in two weeks.
Also last night, Dr. Sulieman presented the most recent COVID-19 transmission rates and metrics. See the report here. Overall the numbers are good for Chester County and the UCF community. These are the important takeaways:
- Chester County has seen a weekly decrease in positivity rates from 3.8% to 3.3%;
- Chester County has seen a weekly decrease in incidence rate per 100,000 from 49.0 to 46.9;
- UCF municipalities have seen a decrease in incidents from 22 to 13;
- Projected incidence rates per 100,000 - in the coming weeks - remain flat for Chester County with cases expected to be in the 30s.
We will learn quite a bit from our K-5 reopening. The first two days have been a success and we are prepared for any challenges that arise. This is still new to us all and we appreciate your patience as we continue to tweak and refine our processes. What we learn from our elementary schools over the next few weeks will help us better prepare for our 6-12 reopening.
I am so proud of our teachers, staff, students and families for contributing to what - in my eyes - what was an incredible “first day.” If you would like to see just how great the day went - please enjoy this video!