DECATUR, Ind. (WFFT) — An Adams County school district announced it will delay the start of its school year by a week in order to complete COVID-19 contact tracing.
Officials with North Adams Community Schools announced on Monday that the district was "notified of the necessity to complete contact tracing" for COVID-19.
North Adams schools were slated to start on Tuesday, giving parents and guardians less than 24 hours to now make new arrangements for their children.
"This is new information that we received today and we are communicating it as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, as rapidly as information changes, we have to be prepared for short notices but we will do our best to notify families as quickly as possible," the district said.
NACS will now have their first day of school on Monday, Aug. 17.
You can view the full letter below:
Parents and Guardians,
This is an important message from North Adams Community Schools.
This is an urgent message regarding the start of school, which was scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, August 11th.
We have been notified of the necessity to complete Contact Tracing in our district.
Due to the amount of time it will take to complete Contact Tracing, North Adams Community Schools will not start school as planned tomorrow.
Instead, the first day of school will now be Monday, August 17th.
This change is being made to ensure the safety of all staff and students.
Please note, in addition to the change to the start of school, events scheduled for this week, including: the Back to School Night at Bellmont High School, the Device and Materials Pick-Up Night for online students and Middle School athletics have all been cancelled at this time.
We will be communicating updates and revised schedules in the coming days.
Thank you for your patience as we ensure the safest return to school for all of our students, staff and community.