Dear Evergreen School District Parents and Guardians;
Today we emailed you a survey (English | Spanish | Vietnamese) to inquire about your preferred model of learning for your child in the upcoming school year. We would like to provide some clarification regarding why we are requesting this survey before we have all of the details available for each learning model under consideration.
First, we realize that you would like to make an informed and confident decision about your child's education in the upcoming year, and with so many conflicting details and messages at the national, state and local levels regarding COVID19 and schools reopening--and without having all of the details in place regarding our proposed learning models--this feels like an impossible decision to make. We have posted some Frequently Asked Questions to our website, which may answer some of your current questions.
Next, please rest assured that you will be provided the opportunity to change your preference once the Board of Trustees approves the learning models, and more details that will be shared later this month about the scheduling and approaches to delivering education. However, we do need to get a strong idea by July 12, 2020 of the percentage of families that are strongly considering either distance education or the blended (hybrid) model so that we can begin addressing appropriate staffing, building, and other needs with both models. And to also clarify, please complete one survey for each child in your family. This will help assist us with creating student cohorts. We are asking you to include the names and schools of siblings on the survey so that we can align scheduling for families to the best of our ability.
So the question is, "How do I choose?" Read more about the reopening learning models under consideration Here are some considerations for your own decision-making:
Distance Education: Choose this option if your child is medically fragile or has health issues that make them susceptible to COVID19 complications, if you simply do not feel comfortable having your child return to school in a hybrid model, or if you feel like distance learning is the best fit for your child. This is guidance provided by the Santa Clara County Department of Health in their COVID-19 Prepared: Reopening Santa Clara County K-12 Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year, which we are closely following for guidance.
Blended (Or Hybrid) Learning With Social Distancing: Choose this option if you are comfortable with having your child in a class size roughly half of their regular class size, with social distancing, and clear protocols to ensure safety, including face coverings, and if you feel like an on-campus approach is the best fit for your child. Again, we are following guidance provided by the Santa Clara County Department of Health in their COVID-19 Prepared: Reopening Santa Clara County K-12 Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year along with CDC and California Department of Public Health Guidance in developing our approaches to on-campus safety, health, hygiene and protocols. Please note that a portion of this approach will involve at-home distance learning with your child's class and classroom teacher.
Last, we do not yet know the duration for socially distanced classroom options or distance education. The nature of this pandemic is that it is unpredictable, and we will plan on providing these offerings for the entire 2020-21 school year. We will explore options for parents to opt in/out of their selected model for the year, should that option not be the best fit for their child, and we will have more information about this later in the year. And, because of the complex and changing dynamics related to the pandemic, we may need to pivot to distance learning, even if an on-campus option is approved.
We thank you for your patience as we work through all of the aspects of planning for the school year and encourage you to stay updated through www.eesd.org/safetogether.
Dr. Emy Flores
Evergreen School District