It’s Not a Question of If, But A Question of When?
I find such pride in the work of our staff, our students, our parents and the support of our community as we move through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Everyone is committed to doing the best possible for each other. We will soon get to the other side and we will return to a more normal sense of our previous lives.
While we obviously have the goal to get everyone to the other side of this safely, we also have the goal that we will be able to keep students engaged and learning.
As we’ve seen to this point, we are in this together and I have faith that amongst us continues to lie the ability to support our students in their continued learning.
Last Thursday, Governor Reynolds presented three options for the continued learning of students across the state. School districts must submit their plan by Friday, April 10th. Our administrators and leadership teams have been diligently working on the plans.
During this time of great disruption in our lives there is no right or wrong answer...but rather “it depends”. As a parent, as a student, as our staff, and as a district there are multiple reasons to align with any of the three choices. Each has pros and cons depending on each of our personal circumstances and perspectives.
The end goal of each of the options presented is that students, supported by their teachers and the district, their parents/guardians and their communities learn and are held accountable for that learning.
How and when it gets done is the variable found within each option with the control mechanism being when the grade or formal assessment of learning can be granted.
- One option is to do nothing and bring kids back to school when the emergency has passed.
- The second option was to provide voluntary continuous learning which means that new learning can be offered, but it cannot be required and cannot count toward a grade or formal assessment.
- And finally, the third is required learning which is basically school with all of the expectations of a brick and mortar learning structure where attendance is taken, assignments are given, and grades/credits are awarded. This model also maintains all of the equity obligations and other state and federal assurances of the typical brick and mortar school structure.
A district can move in and out of the models to meet its needs and can provide different models at different grade levels.Read more