Important Update to SLPS Return to Learning Plan
We’ve received a significant amount of feedback over the past several days relative to our Return to Learning Plan. The purpose of this email is to update you on a few important changes and to address next steps.
The most significant feedback had to do with fears and concerns about social distancing within classrooms, on buses, and within the school buildings in general. As we listened to parents, we began to walk back on our full-time, face-to-face return option. The second area of concern that required an adjustment is relative to the virtual learning option. You shared, we listened.
Change #1: SLPS will start the school year with a plan that only has 50% of our students learning in-person at any given time. For example, students may attend on an alternating day schedule or an AM/PM schedule. On days when students are not receiving in-person learning, they will be engaged in some form of remote learning. NOTE: all other safety precautions will remain in effect, including a requirement that students wear masks. Details for this option will be shared with parents later this week.
Change #2: For the virtual learning option, students who elect this option in grades 9-12 may transition back to in-person instruction at the beginning of second trimester and again at the beginning of third trimester. This new flexibility will better meet the needs of our high school students. Our partner in providing virtual content to students in grades 6-8 only offers semester courses for those grades, so a mid-year return to in-person learning is the only option for grades 6-8.
These two changes will provide additional certainty around safety as well as flexibility around learning options as you look to the fall.
Next steps: a revised plan with specific details relative to in-person learning will be prepared and shared with parents by mid-week. At that time, SLPS will again ask parents to elect a learning option for the fall.
While it is always best to get it right the first time, the most important thing is that we eventually do get it right. Your patience is appreciated and not taken for granted.
Dennis Furton, Superintendent