A Message from Dr. Wheeler
As our 10th week of in-person learning comes to a close, we want to thank our faculty, staff and community for your courtesy and grace as we developed our programs and processes in these unprecedented times. While we have had our challenges and setbacks we appreciate the feedback and conversations as they have helped us reframe our work.
Based on our actual experiences to date, our feedback from our faculty and staff and from members of our community we want to provide an update on two specific items we plan to recommend to the school board Monday evening.
Extension of the 4-Day School Week: As the positivity rate and number of Coronavirus cases spike both regionally and nationally, we have been fortunate that our 4-day week instructional model has provided the opportunity for us to both keep our in-person functional without temporary closures. While simultaneously work through the technical issues with our Blended Learning Program. We could not be more proud of the work our faculty, staff, and administration, and the diligence and focus our kids show when in school.
As a result, we are recommending the extension of the 4-day school week through January 29, 2021. This recommendation:
- Recognizes the potential for a challenging winter with a mix of the Coronavirus case increases and the onset of flu season.
- Continues to protect our fragile ecosystem which to date has shown strong performance both in terms of district-wide attendance and student growth and achievement.
- Our virtual Fridays for in-person learning, after several glitches in the first week of implementation has shown to be an effective learning environment, allowing many of our teachers to use technology to add technology-based teaching and learning to their curriculum.
As a time-sensitive recommendation, we will make this recommendation on November 2, 2020 asking for board approval on November 2, 2020. This is to allow families and our community time to adjust to our extended schedule.
Administrative Structure: In order to ensure a safe and productive school environment and to improve the daily management of both our in-person and Blended Online program we are recommending making the following administrative assignments permanent.
- Kim Honabach: Memorial Elementary Principal/Federal Programs Coordinator
- Michelle Prybyla: WW Evans Principal/Cooperative Education Program Coordinator
- Josh Tabor: Beaver- Main Elementary Principal/PIMS Coordinator
- Melissa Day: Director of Curriculum
These shifts provide each of our buildings with a permanent and daily presence, which we believe is essential in these unprecedented times, even beyond the pandemic, while also allowing us to continue our important and innovate K-12+ programming work.
Consistent with our traditional practice, we will make this recommendation on November 2, 2020 asking for board approval on November 16, 2020.
Thank you again for your courtesy and grace as we work together in these challenging and unprecedented times.
Dr. Donald Wheeler
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