Commitments, Goals & Assumptions
School Year 2020-2021 Return-to-School Planning - June 2, 2020
Together, the Board and the Superintendent commit to the following:
- We will account for the health and well-being of each and every student, as well as our staff and community, in the plans the we make for learning and all supporting activities.
- We will create a variety of healing spaces within our learning and working environments to support students and staff as they transition from various stresses and traumas they may have experienced during the spring to a more regular schooling experience.
- We will take into account best practices and guidelines from state and county health departments, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, and other relevant and credible health, science, and education-based agencies.
- We will have a plan to address the health and safety of any staff at high risk from the coronavirus.
- We will ensure that students who are high risk or otherwise unable to attend in-person schooling activities due to virus-related concerns, even if other students are able to be on-site, are provided with equitable and accessible opportunities to learn.
Educate Each & Every Student
- We will all need to strive to be flexible and agile in designing and implementing learning scenarios, evolving them, and moving among them as needed.
- While location and delivery method may change during the course of the year, we will work to flexibly provide each and every student a full school year of learning, to course or grade level standards, that meets our mission for education to be rigorous, relevant, innovative, individualized, equitable, and exceptional.
- We recognize that due to COVID-19 adjustment to the 2019-2020 school year learning plans, many students may not have fully mastered all skills that may apply to their 2020-2021 learning. In addition to any supplemental summer learning opportunities we are able to provide, We will strive to apply best practices to assess students learning in the context of their 2020-2021 grade-levels/courses and to provide targeted mitigations to enable students, whenever possible, to continue on pace with 2020-2021 grade-level/course-specific learning.
- We will design plans that account for the well-being of whole students, including their social-emotional health as well as their learning. This will include a combination of not only interventions, but also construction of learning plans that account for social connectedness, social-emotionally sound practices, non-academic outlets and growth opportunities (such as activities, athletics, mentorships, volunteer opportunities, etc.), and a continued commitment to reach out and actively ensure that all students are engaged and supported.
- Learning plans for students with disabilities or other special needs will be created or updated, including goals for students, in collaboration with their families to account for relevant learning contexts.
- We will start the school year with a robust, rigorous, fair and well-supported plan for grading, assessment, and attendance.
- In designing new learning opportunities, we will not only mitigate virus-related circumstances, we will apply what we have learned, and what best practices show, are most effective for all kids. This may introduce changes or new practices into our work.
Engage & Support Stakeholders
- We will include all key stakeholder groups in some way in our planning processes. We will seek regular feedback from key stakeholder groups (students, families, educators, staff), as well as regularly examine outcome and execution data, and we will make adjustments to improve experiences and outcomes in concert with our mission, vision, values, and strategic and annual goals.
- We will provide clear, manageable communication that enable families, students, educators, partners, and our community to have the information they need to participate productively and meaningfully.
- We will actively collaborate with community partners towards shared goals, with appropriate sharing of information, to help address the needs of our students, especially those who are most vulnerable.
- We will provide resources, training, and other supports for staff to learn about new tools, technologies, and changes to practices.
- We will strive to recognize the constraints and contexts of our educators and all staff in various scenarios, and to demonstrate respect and flexibility in how we serve and meet our commitments to students.
Help Meet Essential Needs
- To the extent possible, we will proactively evaluate and address technology needs prior to the start of the school year, and prior to any switches in learning contexts.
- We will provide meals for all students who need them and will work with partners to address food instability for families.
- If funding, spaces, and regulations allow, we will continue to provide some childcare options.
- We will ensure our community is aware of and has access to the various resources to help with their new and existing needs, such as those around food, healthcare, child care, and other supports.
- Our vision, mission, and values remain the same.
- Vision: To affirm and inspire each and every student to learn and thrive as creators of their future world.
- Mission: To serve each and every student academically, socially, and emotionally, through a rigorous and relevant education that is innovative and individualized. As a learning community that values one another’s humanity, we provide courageous support for an equitable and exceptional education for all students.
- Values: Service, Integrity, Compassion, Excellence, Respect, Collaboration
- Our strategic plan, including strategic goals, will be updated as planned in the fall, and will remain the focus for our direction, regardless of which learning context(s).
- Our annual plan that is drafted this summer and adopted early in the school year, will establish goals for the year that will apply regardless of which of the predictable contingency plans (or combinations thereof) the we enact.
- Learning contexts may vary, and may include non-standard instructional situations, but a full school year of learning opportunities will be available. (E.g., there will be no extended closures that include a full shut-down of all activities, including remote learning.)
- State and federal funding for education continue at previous levels without any significant reductions. Local funds also continue at previous levels. And some additional resources to address COVID-19 related expenses, are also provided by state and federal governments.