Letter to Families Regarding Annual Spring 2021 State Testing

Good morning, Confluence families:

We remain encouraged by the response of students attending in-person learning at this time. To date, roughly 52% of our students have returned to our schools physically and are actively engaged in learning safely. Our ability to pivot to remote learning, implement safety and health requirements due to COVID-19, and partner with local and national organizations to know and execute best practices is commendable. School staffs have worked tirelessly and are daily implementing best practices to ensure a safe environment.

It is at this time, we share our plans for required yearly testing for our students in grades 3-8 and high school. Annually, all public school systems in the state are required to administer state tests to learn of the progress each child is making in English language arts, math and science. This requirement holds true and remains in place for this spring. All students learning virtually and in-person are required to take the exams. Students learning virtually should expect to receive directions on returning to campus to complete their test requirements. Please work with your school’s principal and administration team on scheduling. Transportation will be provided and students will be served both breakfast and lunch. Students learning onsite will participate in the school’s regular schedule for completing exams. Optimal testing environments will be implemented by all campuses while ensuring adherence to health and safety standards. All students will be expected to wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

We simply cannot thank you enough for your commitment during this trying time. We are grateful for your flexibility, as well as your confidence in Confluence Academies, as we continue to make decisions in the best interests of students and staff.

Take care and be well,

Candice Carter-Oliver, Ph.D.