A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend
Dear Parents and Families,
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the process around a safe and effective school reopening plan. The LSUU Board met last night and determined that our community should return to school with a hybrid instruction model in place. Hybrid instruction refers to in-person learning on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday’s would provide for remote learning, planning, and 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. We understand that you are all waiting anxiously for more definitive answers concerning the upcoming school year. We will be finalizing the details of this hybrid instruction model in the coming days and will communicate those additional details as quickly as possible.
Given the most recent health data, this plan reflects the intent to maximize in-person learning for all students. The wellbeing of our faculty and staff, our children and the entire community is at the core of the recommendations for safety, learning platforms and daily operations.
The Board also understands the fluid nature of this situation and that it may require revisions and changes. Flexibility remains at the foundation of our approach. We will have the ability to adapt to evolving environmental factors and the evolving needs of our students.
We also understand that some of you would prefer a 100% remote learning option due to student and/or family health concerns. A fully online program for students in grades K-12 will be offered in partnership with Vermont Virtual Learning Collaborative prioritizing student health, family health, and family preference to our partnership capacity. We will be reaching out in the coming days to survey families to better understand individual needs.
Thank you again for your patience and support as we navigate this extraordinarily challenging time.
Lamoille South Unified Union Board Brief
August 3, 2020
In order to plan for the 2020-2021 school year, school boards are charged with determining the “instructional disposition” for learning. The board engaged in a comprehensive review of the two instructional dispositions identified by the LSUU’s Task Force and contributing members of the faculty and staff as options for the coming school year, “remote” and “hybrid.” These options were selected for consideration after a comprehensive review of numerous options and with careful consideration of the context and considerations that are specific to the schools and communities of LSUU.
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, and 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.
The board expressed appreciation for the thorough and thoughtful presentation, Board Review - Instruction and Learning Dispositions 8.3.2020, by a team representing teachers, school administrators, and central office leadership. Board members asked questions to ensure deep understanding of the implications of each option and engaged in thoughtful discussion of the two options.
Ultimately, the board acted unanimously to endorse the hybrid model as the instructional disposition for the 2020-2021 school year and went on to express encouragement to provide in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible. LSUU’s planning teams will now dive deeply into planning for the hybrid model, and will provide updates at each regular board meeting and continue regular communications with families and community members as outlined in the communication plan incorporated it LSUU’s Strong and Healthy Plan for 2020-20201.
Finally, the board identified strong, positive partnerships with families and the community to support all in contributing to safe and healthy schools and communities as a priority. This will be on a future board agenda for further discussion and is an area where the board and administration will be seeking parent engagement and support.
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