Dear EWSD Families,
The EWSD Leadership Team is continuing to prepare for the possible scenarios of what school will look like when we return on Thursday, August 27, 2020. With that, we have broken out into four task teams (resources, instructional, operations, and communications/stakeholders) to help accomplish this work most effectively.
We will have more guidance from the Vermont Agency of Education this week, which will direct us with an instructional model.
You will be receiving weekly updates from our task teams during this process, which will focus on the work that each is taking part in, how the latest updates from the Vermont Agency of Education affect our work, and also what information is dependent on outside sources. The first set of updates can be viewed below.
Thank you for taking part in our recent Thoughtexchange, the feedback that it provided will be very influential in our work.
Instructional Task Team
Recommending all grade levels follow an established scope and sequence that includes whole group, small group, and one-on-one instruction/feedback.
Social distancing practices/PPE/technology will allow students to remain within cohorts for learning. Recommending teachers intentionally teach/train students in using Google Classroom/Seesaw for if we need to move to a remote environment.
Resource Task Team
All ordering and staffing decisions are being made based on what is essential for health, safety, and learning. We are running all decisions through an equity lens.
Waiting on guidelines specific to safe cohort size, appropriate length of an instructional day in a remote environment, and clarification on what is reasonable/feasible in some recommendations.
Operations Task Team
Met with EWSD Transportation Manager Jamie Smith to learn more about transportation during the Extended School Year summer services that are currently taking place to help us better understand the needs for this fall.
Communications/Stakeholder Task Team
Distribute a weekly email communication to be delivered each Monday morning to families with updates and information. The frequency will pick up as the summer moves on.
Create a page to store all reopening information similar to the one the EWSD uses for COVID-19 updates. This is in development.
Parent survey creation (sent out on July 10)