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September 23rd, 2020 Parent Letter Wednesday Schedule Change

posted Sep 22, 2020, 6:50 PM by Eric Wood   [ updated Sep 22, 2020, 7:01 PM ]


September 23, 2020


Dear Parent or Guardian:


First, thanks to everyone for your patience and support with the transition back to school.

While we have had to be very flexible and reflective about our original plans (and willing to

adapt those plans as we go), we also understand that it has caused families to have to do the

same. Your willingness to be patient and supportive throughout the start of the school year has

been appreciated.


Now that we are a couple of weeks into the school year, it has become very obvious that time is

a very scarce resource. Asking teachers to support both in-person and distance learners is very

challenging and requires careful planning. In order to find additional time for teachers to reflect

on what is working and what isn’t, and to provide teachers with time to better support their

students, we are going to a weekly schedule from September 30th to December 16th where

every Wednesday will be a 12:30 p.m. dismissal. While we feel that it is important to provide all

students with five days of in-person instruction, without the time to reflect and plan we cannot

make the best use of this time. While we understand that this is a change, we wanted to

provide families with advanced notice of this change so that needed arrangements can be

made.


On another note, when we started our planning for the school year, everyone agreed that our

goal was to both: 1) provide all families a choice in how their children are educated; and 2) to

bring as many students back to “in-person” learning as possible. To do this required a lot of

planning, space, and staffing. Based upon that survey feedback, we had to recreate all of our

bus routes, totally refurnish all of our instructional spaces to allow social distancing of six feet,

and find the staffing to help us supervise the additional groups of students. Because of the

planning needed to do all these things, we have asked parents to stick with their original choice

for learning (in-person or remote) until the end of December. While we are willing to work with

families whose children are not being successful with distance learning, we cannot guarantee

that we have the physical space or staffing to take on more students in person. If you are

experiencing difficulties with distance learning, please contact your child’s teacher and/or

administrator so we can support you and your child and so that we can make your child’s

experiences as positive as possible.


Thank you again for your support in these challenging times.


Respectfully,


Jay Robinson

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