Evergreen School District Board of Trustees Approves Full Online Distance Learning to Start 2020-21 School Year
(San Jose, CA) At a special board meeting on July 15, 2020, the Evergreen School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a full online distance learning model to commence the 2020-21 school year, which begins on August 19, 2020.
"Due to the recent increases in COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County, and out of concern for the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students, staff, and community, all students will start the school year in full online distance learning," said Dr. Emy Flores, Superintendent of the Evergreen School District.
The plan approved by the board also directs staff to develop a hybrid learning model, which is tentatively scheduled to be implemented in January 2021, when students return from Winter Break, depending on the level of positive COVID-19 infections in Santa Clara County. "We will re-evaluate our ability to safeguard schools and keep students and staff healthy and safe at the end of the third week in December so that, if we can change to the Hybrid Learning Model, we will do so in January, when students return from Winter break," said Dr. Flores, who also emphasized that parents will still be provided choices for learning model options for their children at that time. Details regarding distance learning--including the Preschool-sixth grade schedules, platform, and student and staff expectations and requirements resources for parents, and mental, social, emotional wellness supports that will be provided for students and staff later this month.
Dr. Flores also emphasized the Evergreen School District's commitment to providing a high quality of education to students: "Through professional development our teachers and staff will be prepared for delivering engaging and quality education in the distance learning format, and we will also identify additional ways that students can be supported so that they can be successful and have an enriching educational experience." Prior to the beginning of the school year, the District will also ensure that all students have access to technology and internet access.
The Safe Together Schools Reopening Plan is led by Dr. Flores, and is supported by the Superintendent's Teaching and Learning in Safe Environments Advisory Committee (TLSEAC), an advisory committee composed of district staff, principals, teachers, support staff, counselors, special education staff, and parents that was appointed by Superintendent Dr. Flores, and has been meeting since June. Data gathered from stakeholder feedback from focus group meetings with students, and surveys of parents, staff and students is also being used for input for the schools reopening process. Superintendent Flores is also providing regular updates to the Evergreen community through community information sessions, the Safe Together website, emails, phone calls, texts and social media.
The TLSEAC is also working alongside three subcommittees on developing specific plans for the distance, hybrid, and homeschooling learning models. Each subcommittee meets concurrently and provides information and updates to the TLSEAC throughout the process.
This committee and the subcommittees will continue to meet in order to finalize plans for the hybrid and homeschooling learning models, so those can be implemented at appropriate times. "Our community clearly wants options for their children's instructional model during the pandemic. We have been offering families options to choose from distance learning, hybrid learning, and homeschooling for the 2020-2021 school year, and will implement these when appropriate and will return students and teachers to the classroom when it is safe to do so," said Dr. Flores.
The district will continue to meet with the community to provide updates and obtain additional stakeholder input throughout the month of July and August on the following dates:
July 16, 2020, 6 p.m. | This meeting will be conducted in Spanish
July 21, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
July 23, 2020, 6 p.m. | This meeting will be conducted Vietnamese
August 4, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
More information and register at: bit.ly/ESDCommunityInfoMtg
About Evergreen School District
The Evergreen School District serves 10,516 TK-8 students and operates thirteen (13) elementary schools (Gr. TK-6) and three (3) middle schools (Gr. 7-8) that provide a wide variety of educational programs to children who live in the Evergreen community located in the eastern area of San Jose, California. Evergreen prides itself on having teachers, classified employees, and administrators who are dedicated, experienced professionals who care about each student's well-being and academic preparation. More information about Evergreen School District can be found at www.eesd.org.
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