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School board member Corey McEnry said Monday that he would like to pivot toward five days of in-person learning next school year, with the possibility of offering the fully remote Camas Connection Academy to families who do not want to — or are unable to — send their students back to the classroom while COVID-19 is still circulating.
“It’s tough in this climate to know with any certainty what is going to happen next week, much less months from now,” McEnry said. “But we need to have those planning sessions and conversations (about what school will look like next fall) now.”
“As we continue to gather input (from the community), having an interim superintendent allows us to really get this right,” added board member Corey McEnry, “and lays the groundwork to talk about who this community is really looking for.”
“What our district and community needs most right now is stability,” McEnry said, adding that appointing Hood to the interim position “will allow for that stability.”
“We’ve never heard so much from teachers and staff in the district,” Hennessey added. “We all need to be aware of the different impacts on all of these groups — on our teachers and the fact that our kids are really, really suffering, so it’s important to get them back in the classroom.”
McEnry agreed, and thanked everyone who has reached out to Camas school board members over the past couple weeks.
“It’s definitely a tough needle to thread,” McEnry said. “There are no easy answers here, and there are valid arguments and points in every single email I get and every conversation with neighbors and staff that I’ve had.”
Members of the Camas School Board said this week they are calling on Governor Jay Inslee, Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal and the state’s department of health to ensure K-12 educators are moved up on the list of Washingtonians allowed to receive COVID-19 vaccines.
“We’re fairly late on the list compared to other states,” school board member Corey McEnry, who also works as a high school band director in the Hockinson School District, told other Camas School Board members on Monday, Jan. 11.
McEnry added that Washington’s COVID-19 vaccination schedule would allow one group of K-12 teachers, those over the age of 50, to receive vaccinations in February, while other teachers would not receive their vaccines until April.
“Other states are administering those vaccinations to staff now,” McEnry said.
Corey McEnry, a Camas school board member and high school teacher in the Hockinson School District, said he felt comfortable with the new reopening timelines Snell showed board members Monday.
“We’ve said from the beginning that we were going to listen to the experts and support recommendations made by county and state public health (officials), so I have to put my faith in them that what they’re saying is based on the latest research,” McEnry said.