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EMS Orange Hybrid Communication

Dear EMS Families,

The Board of Education voted last night for the middle school to move into our orange hybrid model.  In this model students will be placed in cohort groups of 12-16 students that allow for 6 feet of separation between them in the classroom.  Each teacher has been assigned a cohort group and that group will be together all day.  Students will be in the classroom throughout the day except during PE, lunch, and opportunities to get outside.  We are moving into this model due to the orange phase that our county has been in the past few weeks.  It meets the recommendations from the county for hybrid while in the orange phase.

Our teachers will either be teaching live through zoom or providing pre-recorded videos, but will also be able to float around to other rooms to help students with their school work.  For PE, students will either go to the gym, wrestling/weight room, or go to another classroom to do health lessons.  During lunch, students will still be going to the gym or commons and will be seated by their cohort group.  Teachers are going to, or have already, emailed their cohort group of students.  Students need to report to that teacher's classroom in the morning on Monday, December 7, 2020.

We know there are many questions and concerns about students being in an elementary model that has students in one classroom throughout the day.  We know this model is not a long term fix and having students confined to a classroom most of the day it is just not sustainable.  However, we feel that it is important to mitigate transmission and get students back in the building as long as we are able to follow all the safety protocols and guidelines provided by the health department.  Remote learning is a struggle for many students, especially for families that did not choose remote.  With our County being in an orange and a possible spike in Covid-19 next week after the holiday break, we want to be proactive in our approach.  I feel that this model helps us get students back.  My hope is our numbers are able to drop more and once we get into a yellow phase, we can go back into our modified in-person model.   In order to do that we need everyone to keep doing their part to slow down the spread of Covid-19.  

Washing hands, wearing a mask, and social distancing will continue to play a critical role in our ability to provide an in-person education. Please continue to be mindful of the COVID-19 high-risk symptoms (new cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell), and low-risk symptoms (fever/chills, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, sore throat, headache, muscle/body aches). Most importantly, if you or your student(s) are not feeling well, stay home.   

Please contact the district nurse, Stephanie Sudduth ( if your student is experiencing one or more COVID-19 symptoms including: cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste and smell, fever, cold, congestion, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, headache, muscle or body aches. If your student has a known positive COVID-19 exposure or gets tested while remote please contact the district nurse for additional guidance.

If you are wanting to switch your child to remote learning, that will require your child to be remote until the end of the 1st semester.  Since we started late this year, our 1st semester does not end until January 14th.  If you are on the fence and just not sure I would encourage you to give it a try this next week.  No matter what we know it is a difficult decision for you and we will be here to work with your child whether they are in-person or remote.  By Thursday evening next week we will know if we are continuing in this model or possibly moving back to our modified in-person model.  

As we prepare for next and your child is a bus rider, please click here to view the Transportation Shuttle Schedule during this Hybrid model. 

Back in August we had families worried about how school was going to look with all of the changes but once students got in they realized we still have an amazing building.  I am confident that all of our students will still feel that way.  Our staff is committed to making this work and helping our students be more successful.  Yes, things will be different but EMS Cardinals are resilient and know how to come together to beat the storm.  We will get through this and we will always be EMS!

Thank you,


Jeremy Thomas

EMS Principal