Have you reached out to families or students to ask for their input in this process?
- The District sent a Thought Exchange out to all families and staff members to gather input on what topics they were thinking about in regards to the start of school in the fall on June 29. We had 1,949 parents and 611 staff members participate.
- The District also sent out another survey on July 10 to all families, which received 3,255 responses. This survey asked about the likelihood of sending your child(ren) back to school five days per week, the likelihood that you would send your child(ren) back to school with a blended model of in-person for two days a week and then remotely for three days a week, and if it was an option, would you prefer distance learning.
- Please know that our number one priority is to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and the larger community as we continue to plan for equitable access to learning this fall. This was evident as well in the comments and thoughts from parents and staff alike in the two surveys that went out.
- Our district is following the constantly-changing guidelines of the Vermont Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Vermont Agency of Education as we prepare for the many possible return to school scenarios.
- With that information that the EWSD received, we continued planning for three different learning models as we were guided to do so by the Agency of Education (in-person, hybrid, fully remote), while also trying to stay in-sync with the other local districts so that we can create as much similarities as possible so that it can help with such things as work schedules and child care for families