2020-21 School Teaching and Learning Plans Update Timeline
October 16-22: Collecting stakeholder data
- Survey staff and parents
October to November:
Analyzing data, and developing scenarios and plans for different, blended learning models.
- Superintendent’s Teaching and Learning in Safe Environments Advisory Committee
- Advisory Committee Subcommittees (district staff, stakeholders)
- Board Study Session - December 3, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
- Implement allowable (per county and state health orders) contingency plan, developed with stakeholder input and incorporating county and state health guidelines.
- Contingent on board approval, implement allowable (per county and state health orders) contingency plan based on these School Teaching and Learning Models, developed with stakeholder input and incorporating county and state health guidelines.
The Superintendent's Teaching and Learning in Safe Environments Advisory Committee met on October 27, November 2, and November 9 to solidify their recommendations regarding the hybrid model. The committee is provided data about the current COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County, results of the parent survey, and considerations related to the hybrid schedule. This committee's recommendation, along with parent, student and staff input will be reviewed at an upcoming Board Study Session on December 3, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. and the Board Meeting on December 11 at 6:30 p.m.
The District's ability to proceed with the hybrid model will rely on several considerations:
- The county's COVID-19 restriction phase and number of COVID-19 cases;
- The availability of teachers and staff to teach in this model from the classroom;
- The implementation of required health and safety measures, which will require reinforcement by teachers, staff and parents;
- Feasibility for facilities to support safe distancing of student cohorts indoors in the classrooms and other areas of campus; frequency of required cleaning in the hybrid schedule; and ability to install required air ventilation by January 2021;
- Impacts on the quality of teaching and learning that may change if the district brings students back to in-person learning in a hybrid learning model;
- Ability to maintain stable cohorts on campus;
- Potential of disruptions to on campus learning due to increases in COVID-19 cases, necessitating a transition back to distance learning for all students;
- Addressing the needs of the district's highest need students and students who are struggling academically; and
- Parent preferences to return to hybrid versus continuing distance learning.
While we eagerly anticipate the return of our students to each of our school sites, it is critical that we take a cautious approach and address all safety concerns before considering reopening schools in our district. The safety of our staff, students and families has always been and will continue to be a top priority in our district. We also want to emphasize that parents will continue to have the option of distance learning for their student when and if the district transitions to the hybrid model this school year.The District will continue to share regular updates about this process, and will post these updates and information on the Evergreen Safe Together website at www.eesd.org/safetogether.
As we move forward in our school reopening planning, there are several variables and facts that our district will be keeping in mind:
- The COVID-19 pandemic still exists throughout our world, country, state and county. Evergreen School District’s school reopening plans will continue to adhere to state and county health orders, and may need to change at any time, including closing school buildings again, if necessary.
- Evergreen School District’s school reopening process will be transparent and approaches will be responsive to and flexible for our district community, which includes families, classified and certificated staff, and students. As such, the district will communicate in a timely manner, and will incorporate stakeholder input into our school reopening process, including a Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, stakeholder input sessions, and identifying other means for stakeholders’ perspectives to be heard.
- Evergreen School District recognizes that the pandemic, its associated school closures, and events in our nation around racism have had a profound impact on the mental, social, and emotional well-being of our students and staff. Our district remains committed to addressing and responding to these needs before and during the 2020-21 school year. The Evergreen School District will also continue to increase its focus and approaches to improving equity in our district for our students and staff.
- Regardless of how instruction is delivered, Evergreen School District will continue to uphold high standards of instruction aligned with California State Standards.
To develop a robust reopening plan that addresses:
- How we keep students and employees safe.
- How to reopen schools under various circumstances.
- How we adapt our learning environment to various circumstances.
- How we create an equitable learning environment for all students under any circumstance.
Factors to be Considered
Public Health Risks
- To what extent can the health of students, staff, families and the general population be safeguarded while opening schools?
Impact on Student Learning and Achievement
- To what extent do students fall behind when schools are closed?
- To what extent are inequities exacerbated during school closures?
Ability to Safeguard Schools
- To what extent are we prepared to reopen with the right safety measures in place?
- To what extent are we prepared to offer learning options for students whose families may want 100% online distance learning?