Dear LSUU Families:
We are pleased to share the July 30, 2020 draft of LSUU’s Strong and Healthy Plan for 2020-2021. The plan is a work in progress, but provides a clear picture of the district-level framework for the reopening and on-going operations of our schools throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Please note two important points. First, there are two significant documents that will be linked soon, a Family Health Handbook and Employee Health Handbook. All procedures follow Vermont’s strong and Healthy Start Guidance and will be shared as soon as we are able. Second, some links are unavailable to parents at this time as they refer to internal working documents. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to articulate a comprehensive plan to address the complex needs of all students, employees, and schools of LSUU.
As my previous communication indicated, recent guidance from the Secretary of Education in a memorandum - Decision-Making for School District Operations During the 2020-2021 School Year - delegates the authority for school district operations to Vermont’s school boards. Through careful study of a wide range of options, evolving health, safety and regulatory guidance, educator feedback, and consideration of plans from other parts of the state we have framed two options for consideration by the Board. The Board will consider these plan options at their next meeting on Monday, August 3.
As we prepare for the start of school, we are planning to open in ”Step 2” and the options we propose can be adapted for fully remote instruction, Step 1, or more in-person learning, Step 3. We are calling the two options “remote” and “hybrid” and want to emphasize that instructional design for each is different, as is reflected in the glossary included in the Stong and Healthy Plan 2020-20201.
Remote refers to learning that is designed to be delivered remotely. All students, including those with health needs, would participate in an LSUU designed remote program. Some students could be in school for specific, individual support, and needs as a supplement to remote instruction.
Hybrid instruction refers to in-person learning on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday’s would provide for remote learning, planning, support services. Student days of attendance may be split and we are considering the possibility of a slightly shortened day, with a 1:30 dismissal. A fully online program for students in grades K-12 would be offered in partnership with Vermont Virtual Learning Collaborative prioritizing student health, family health, and family preference to our partnership capacity.
With the policy direction established by the board, schools can dive more deeply into decision-making regarding the day-to-day details. We know you have many questions about who will attend school when, schedules, learning supports and options, school-specific health and safety protocols and so much more. We are excited about moving into this phase of planning and will share school-specific information with you as quickly as we can.
No matter the plan, be assured that our return to school will be full of celebration and joy. We care deeply about the well-being of your children and are eager to get back to school - in whatever form it takes.