Return to School
August 4 - For the next six weeks, Return to School Countdown will be shared with you, pointing parents to information to help you prepare for the virtual start to the new school year. This week, we have updates on sports, SAT/ACT testing, and bell schedules.
The changing course of the COVID-19 pandemic with infection rates surging both nationally and regionally has required us to alter our plans for school year 2020-21. We will begin the 2020-21 school year with virtual learning for all students. The online school year will begin, as scheduled, September 8.
Should health conditions improve, we would first bring back students for intervention supports on a limited basis. Following that, we would work to bring students back to school as soon as possible starting with elementary school students, select PreK-12 special education students and English Learners.
For distance learning, our first priority is to provide access and equity in the learning experience for each of our students. We understand that there are significant academic and social/emotional challenges to our students learning remotely. We have strengthened our digital learning model so that we can provide an even more rigorous and engaging virtual-learning program with greater connections for all students at all grade levels.
Students will receive virtual instruction 5 days per week. The week will include 4 days of live, face-to-face online instruction with teachers Tuesday through Friday. Mondays will be used for independent learning with some students identified for teacher-directed specialized instruction/intervention.
- At the elementary level, students will receive real-time, interactive instruction Tuesday through Friday.
- The elementary day will also consist of additional small group instruction, intervention supports, and independent learning activities assigned to students.
- Middle and high school students will follow an A/B block schedule.
- Student work will be graded, and attendance is required.
- Teachers will have planning time on Mondays and will provide intervention supports for selected students that we hope can be provided in-person.
Individual schools will communicate with parents regarding schedules and other information to prepare for online learning.
As we move forward, our decision-making will remain guided by safety, equity, science, and the many needs of our stakeholders in the midst of a dangerous global pandemic.