June 2020 update on 2020-21 Learning Plan
Excerpt from 2020-21 Learning Plan message to 27J families (June 2020)
27J Schools continue to plan for the 20-21 school year in the context of COVID-19. Included in our last communication, we detailed four likely scenarios: Fully Remote Learning, Mostly Remote Learning with specialized instruction for some students, Blended Learning for all, and Face-to-Face Learning for most. We are grateful for the 2500+ families who responded to our survey and shared their thoughts, concerns, and hopes for how we will educate our students over the upcoming school-year. Your feedback on our potential plans for learning in the fall and what you felt was necessary to make future learning plans equitable for all students has heavily influenced our planning efforts.
Over 80% of our survey respondents reported that if it is safe, and in-person teaching is allowed, they would send their child to school and 98% of responding families intend to send their child to a 27J school (however that may look) in the fall.
As a community, we have begun to see a steady loosening of the health restrictions related to COVID-19. Parks, swimming pools, gyms, restaurants, and retail shops are opening. Based on these trends and your survey input, we believe that 27J is heading toward a Face-to-Face Learning for Most environment in the fall.
Based on feedback collected from our survey, most parents and students would prefer to engage in this face-to-face learning. We also believe that the best place for our students to learn is in the school. Face-to-face learning allows students to return to a traditional school environment, while maintaining social distancing measures and other safety precautions.
We understand that there are students who are not comfortable, or are not able to participate in face-to-face learning and 27J Schools is preparing to offer a fully remote online learning model for students and families who choose this option.
While we believe that we are trending toward starting the 20-21 school year with face-to-face learning for most students, we will remain prepared for the possibility of flexing into some version of remote learning over the course of the year if there is a second wave of the virus in Colorado.
Your survey responses, and our staff’s feedback, gave us significant insight into improving upon our teaching and learning experiences. Following are some responses to our initial plans for ensuring every student has the tools and resources to be successful.
- Implementation of grade level goals and an expectation that every student will advance into new learning, regardless of the delivery model.
- Increased WiFi access to our 27J families who cannot afford it.
- Improved tech-support and an established help desk hotline for staff and students.
- New learning apps and platforms to enrich the remote learning experiences.
- Ability to allow students to participate in an online only school experience.
Over the coming weeks our #1 priority will be to finalize plans for the upcoming school year. We still have a lot of work ahead of us to make sure you, your children, and our employees are safe returning to school in August. We do not yet have answers to the many questions and specific details you need to make an informed decision about your child’s return to school. We will receive additional guidance and take direction from our healthcare partners at the Center for Disease Control, Tri-County Health, and the Colorado Department of Education to make social distancing provisions, secure PPE, develop school schedules and transitions, plan for transportation, nutrition services, etc. while face-to-face. We will be reaching out to you again in late July so that you have the information you need to make a decision about your students returning to school in the fall.