Superintendent's Blog - COVID-19 Re-Opening Tentative Plans

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July 24, 2020

I know that we are all anxious about the start of school next month and about the pandemic in general. I wanted to touch base with everyone and let you all know the plans that the organization has made to date.

First, the State is mandating that all students and staff wear masks 100% of the time that they are on a bus or on campus. Second, the State is also requiring 300 clock minutes of instruction each day.

To make all this happen, we are looking at having both an in-person and remote engagement option. The in-person would be every day from 8a-11:30a with 90 minutes of independent study in the afternoon. Even with the shortened day, students will have to go five hours (including bus travel) in a mask without taking it off…that’s a big ask, especially for our little ones.

We are also looking at spending our five allotted planning days right at the beginning of school to provide training for students, staff and parents. This would bump the first day of student attendance back a week to August 28 th , but it would not change the date of the last day of school next May.

I know that our COVID environment is a fluid one, but now you know what I know as of today. I am hoping to drop the entire back-to-school plan (which details everything from daily sanitation routines to quarantine processes to instructional models ) to everyone in the next week or so.

Be safe. Be well.