While they will do the majority of their learning AT SCHOOL in the upcoming weeks, we encourage you to stay engaged and available to assist and encourage your student when they are learning from home on Wednesdays or with their homework. Research shows that students who have families who are engaged with their school experience are more successful.
As you have learned through district communication, we will be returning to in person learning in a phased approach. Next week, elementary students will return IN PERSON on Monday and Tuesday, and then will have remote learning the rest of the week. After the MLK holiday on January 18th, students will attend IN PERSON on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Beginning the week of January 25th, students will attend IN PERSON four days a week, with Wednesdays being a remote learning day.
Starting Wednesday, January 20th, you can expect the following for the Wednesday remote learning days:
- students will have assigned work where they will be asked to apply in-person learning, standards, and skills in both reading AND math every Wednesday (except Jan 27th, which will become a teacher professional development day)
- assigned work will largely NOT require access to technology and will not include new learning
- assigned work will come home with students on Tuesdays in a packet form with full directions and clear expectations for completion
- assigned work will be designed to be completed asynchronously, meaning the student should be able to complete the work with minimal assistance
- assigned work will be completed and returned to school on Thursdays
- teachers will be available during established office hours for students and families to receive assistance
- teachers will be engaged in providing targeted interventions and additional supports to individual or small groups of students as needed, in communicating directly with families, in reviewing student work and providing specific and actionable feedback to students, in reviewing student data to determine appropriate interventions and supports, and in planning their upcoming lessons
We will continue to be vigilant in monitoring student and staff symptoms and responding according to district policy, which is in alignment with San Juan Basin Health. We ask for your understanding when your student has symptoms, and to keep them home until they are symptom free. If your child develops symptoms during the day, we ask that you arrive to pick them up within 30 minutes, and that you have contingency plans to keep them home up to 10 days depending on the circumstance. In the event of you or your child contracts COVID-19, the length of quarantine and/or isolation can vary. In some situations, students who are living in the home with someone who has tested positive may have to be quarantined up to 20 days because their quarantine period doesn’t start until the last day of the infected person’s quarantine (considered the last contact day and Day 0 for exposure). The quarantine period for someone who is a close contact can vary based on a negative test as well. For more information please reference these documents: Quarantine vs. Isolation AND Quarantine Timeline. Note that the quarantine period has been accepted as 10 days based on updates in CDC recommendations.
We can’t wait to see everyone on Monday and look forward to the second half of this school year. We welcome feedback, questions and the opportunity to address any concerns at any time. Have a fabulous weekend!
Shannon Morris, Principal
Tony Roderick, Assistant Principal