As we begin our new week, I want to provide you with an update to the work that we are doing to expand in person learning experiences for our students. Since presenting my initial draft of a proposed reopening continuum last Tuesday, my team and I have been working to make revisions to the initial draft in anticipation of our next School Board meeting on October 13.
It is our division’s goal to provide students and families with an in-person learning option. We want to expand in-person learning for students safely and at the right pace, given the many different variables at play with the current pandemic. Since August 27, we have had no positive student or staff COVID-19 cases. As this transition to increase in-person instruction takes place, it is important that everyone continues to implement all of our current mitigation efforts (health screenings, temperature checks, required face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, etc.). In preparation for this transition, we will add additional layers of mitigation in an effort to prioritize the health and safety of our employees and students.
As I make a recommendation to the School Board for the next steps, it is my goal to maintain the same level of success that we have achieved to date with our synchronous distance learning plan, while also increasing the number of students who learn in person. I want to marry the best of our initial July 14 reopening plan with the best of our current August 11 distance learning plan, while allowing families to choose what works best for them. I am very optimistic that we can accomplish this goal!
As we get closer to the School Board’s next meeting, I will continue to keep you up to date on our work. Please stay tuned to our division’s communications for more information as I will be seeking input and feedback to help us in our planning efforts. Please continue to ask our team questions or share your thoughts via email or telephone. Our partnership and collaboration is critical as we work to continually strive toward excellence. Please stay healthy and well!
Yours in Service,
Jeremy J. Raley, Ed.D.