Superintendent Gdowski to present recommended learning model

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 2:45pm
Learning Pod students

Board to consider recommendation during special meeting Sept. 10

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Superintendent Chris Gdowski will present his recommendation on a learning model for the remainder of the fall semester during a special Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10. The superintendent used the following factors to make his recommendation: COVID-19 case data by county; staffing levels; current quarantine guidelines and experiences; and community feedback.  

The board is expected to consider and vote on the superintendent’s learning model recommendation during this meeting. Any change to the current learning model would become effective Monday, Sept. 28. 

Highlights of Superintendent's Recommendation

  • The Superintendent’s recommendation for the remainder of the fall semester is:

    • Elementary School Level (Grades K-5): In-person Model - Full time, five days/week in person with a teacher. (Learning Pods will no longer be in place)

    • Middle and High School Level (Grades 6-12): Hybrid Model - 2 days in-person with a teacher, 3 days remote (remote learning days will be 2 days asynchronous and Wednesdays synchronous). 
    • Preschool will follow its current hybrid model. 

    • A full-time remote learning option will remain available for families who prefer that model based on need or preference. 

  • Learning Pods will no longer be in place.

  • K-8 schools will follow the learning model by level listed above. K-5 students will be in-person five days/week; students in grades 6-8 will follow the hybrid model. 

  • Families will have the option to select an in-person/hybrid or full-time remote learning model for each child. Pending board adoption of the recommendation, families will receive a learning model selection form on Friday, Sept. 11 to select the learning model (in-person/hybrid or full-time remote) for each child.

  • There will be adjustments to teacher and student assignments in order to ensure appropriate staffing levels for both the remote and in-person learning models. 

  • Students in person will remain in small cohorts for the majority of the day. 

    • Elementary level: Students will remain in their classroom cohort. 

    • Middle and high school level: The hybrid model allows for two cohorts (A/B) with only one cohort in the building on a given day. Hybrid scheduling supports smaller cohorts of students ensuring that less than 50 percent of students are present in the building during any particular day.

  • All students and staff in person will follow prevention and health management guidelines as outlined by public health in order to provide a safe environment for all students, staff and families. Review district health and safety protocols.

  • Key proposed dates:

    • Monday, Sept. 28: New remote learning assignments begin for full-time remote learning students and staff.

    • Between Monday, Sept. 28 & Wednesday, Sept. 30: Schools host in-person orientation sessions for in-person/hybrid students. 

    • Thursday, Oct. 1: 

      • Elementary and K-8 Schools Grades K-5: In-person instruction begins full-time for students. 

      • Middle, High and K-8 Schools Grades 6-12: Hybrid learning begins with Group A attending in person on Thursday (10/1) and Friday (10/2) and Group B attending remotely on those days. More details about hybrid schedules is forthcoming.

If you’re interested in learning more about the superintendent’s recommendation before Thursday’s meeting, you can visit BoardDocs (en español) where the presentation is posted for your review.

The district will update staff and families on the board’s decision by the end of the week. Schools will share additional details as they relate to their individual school. 

*The learning plans for district charter schools may be different. Please check with your child’s charter school for more information.

How to view the special meeting

The district will live stream the meeting on the district YouTube channel. The broadcast will also be accessible via the video camera link that will be posted in the agenda in BoardDocs prior to the start of the meeting. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish will be provided during this meeting. Please check the BoardDocs website for information on accessing interpretation services.

How to provide public comment

There are two options for providing public comment during the board meeting:

  1. Signing up to speak live during the Zoom meeting

  2. Submit feedback in writing for the board to review

Both public comment options are available by submitting this Google Form. Requests to address the board in public comment must be submitted by noon, Thursday, Sept. 10.