South Sioux City schools moving to 4-day school week due to illness-related absentee rates

Published: Jan. 21, 2022 at 11:19 AM CST
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(KTIV) - The South Sioux City Community School District will be moving to a temporary 4-day school week starting next week. Leaders with the district say attendance among students is starting to improve, but there have been more and more staff members calling out sick.

“So what that means for our existing staff, which we are really grateful for, is our teachers are giving up their planning, personal time, and lunches maybe to cover for each other to make sure that in-person learning can occur with our students in the classroom,” said Todd Strom, Superintendent for South Sioux City Schools.

According to a letter from the district’s superintendent, the change is due to an all-time high in illness-related absentee rates. The district says there will be no school for the next three Mondays:

  • Monday, Jan. 24
  • Monday, Jan. 31
  • Monday, Feb. 7

Students will not attend class on the above dates, while staff will report as normal on Mondays and use them as prep days.

“We recognize planning time has been lost throughout the week as staff cover for each other during their prep periods. We are grateful to our staff for stepping up during this time,” said Superintendent Todd Strom in a letter to staff and parents.

In-person learning will continue in the district from Tuesday through Friday. All activities remain as scheduled unless otherwise notified by the hosting building.

“I am hoping that the next three weeks will allow for our staff and our students and families to experience some recovery,” said Strom.

The district says it will continue to monitor and evaluate the schedule as time goes on. They plan to provide an update to the community on or before Feb. 4 with a decision on whether or not this protocol will be extended.

“We appreciate our staff, families, as well as our students, for their flexibility and desire to succeed. Please understand the intent of these short-term adjustments is to reach our long-term goal of finishing the year with in-person learning,” said Strom.

Strom says school activities and after-school activities will continue as normal throughout this time period, and will not be affected by the 4-day school week protocol.

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