The surge of infections from the Covid-19 Omicron variant and winter weather has impacted Wright Tech’s return. Covid-related staff shortages forced the school to run a half-day schedule and forgo lunches to start. An icy morning commute and a winter storm then forced two emergency shutdowns.
And that was just the first week of January.
Principal Justin Lowe said his focus is on keeping the building open as best as he can through all the challenges. In a Parent Square message (caps and bold are intentional), Lowe wrote: “MANY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSING DUE TO STAFFING SHORTAGES BUT MY PRIORITY IS TO KEEP OUR BUILDING OPEN AND STUDENTS IN SCHOOL. “
For the start of 2022, the indoor mask mandate for staff, including during the delivery of instruction, was reinstituted. In the Fall, staff had been permitted to remove their mask for instruction for short periods as long as they maintained a 6-foot distance. Masks for students has been consistent throughout the 2021-22 school year. Lowe is asking for students to stay home and get tested if they are exhibiting symptoms. If they receive as positive test results, students are asked to report that to school administration as soon as possible.
For weather related events, Parent Square should be monitored closely along with notifications on the school website and Instagram