We don’t know how long that we will be in Distance Learning. We have planned a multi-tiered reopening strategy with Plan-A being a full return; Plan-B is a hybrid return of two days on campus and three days in Distance Learning; Plan-C was for those parents who wanted to keep their students in Distance Learning. So, now that we are mandated to be in Distance Learning, we are anticipating that when we are clear to come back on campus by the County Department of Public Health (after Tulare County has been off of the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days), that we will be on Plan-B, the hybrid model.
The School year will still begin with our first day of School on Friday, August 7th. We will have packets for parents to pick up on campus on Thursday, August 6th. We will have a digital Back to School Night on Thursday, August 6th. I will do a 15 minute Zoom for all parents at 5:45 pm. Each teacher will do two 25 minute Zoom classroom presentations at 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm. The teachers will schedule parents and each student into a meeting with the teacher over the first 2 weeks of school to come in and pick up the students chromebook and go over what the expectations are for Distance Learning. The State of California is giving us a grace period in August to get everything checked out to students and parents. Everything must be in place by September 1st. Teachers will begin Digital Learning with students as soon as their class set of technology has all been passed out. Our goal is to go “live” by August 24th.
Distance Learning, like all aspects of education, is a team project. The student, the teacher, the parents, and our staff are all in this together! We will lean on each other for help, for communication, and we ask that everyone be patient through this process. I’m sure that you agree with me that we want this to be over as quickly as possible so we can all take off our masks, bring all students back to school, and resume school the way we all remember it!
Together we will get through this!