Throughout this pandemic, the school has focused on using the most up to date information from local and state sources. As we prepare for the new school year we will continue to do the same to work towards our goal of providing a safe working and learning environment for both our staff and students.
Our “return to learn” district leadership team has been meeting the past several weeks to gather information and make recommendations for a safe return to school. We have been reviewing a variety of guidance from federal, state, and local authorities. One of the best resources we have found has been from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Our school teams will continue to utilize guidance to develop our routines and procedures to keep staff and students safe at school.
Our leadership team reviewed data obtained through surveying our district families, 6th-12th grade students, and staff. In reviewing the data it became clear one of the first priorities was to provide professional development around the idea of continuous learning to our staff. This is a new concept for which teachers have not been trained in. This learning will begin in July and August to prepare for the school year.
The committee has also made recommendations for purchasing a variety of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment. Our goal is to have everything available for if/when needed. We will be following guidance on when and where it is appropriate for the use of PPE. Typically, face coverings will be recommended when physical distancing is not available and students are in a confined area, for example, the bus. More information will come on specifics about mitigation strategies.
The plan as it stands now, with the information we have, is to start school face to face on the regular start date of August 24th. We have also created a hybrid plan if needed to reduce the number of people in the building at one time. This hybrid plan will group students by families and then split evenly into an “A” group and “B” group. The “A” group would attend face to face on Monday/Tuesday, the “B” group would attend face to face Thursday/Friday. Wednesday everyone would be off and the buildings would be sanitized while teachers have time to prepare their continuous learning lessons and materials.
I hope you find time to enjoy the rest of the summer while staying safe and healthy. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out.
Mr. Kyle Koeppen