Note to Families - LS Learning Plans

Note to Families - LS Learning Plans
Posted on 07/28/2020
Dear L-S Families,

As you may recall from earlier communications, we are required to develop three learning plans for the opening of school: 100% all remote, hybrid in-person and remote, and 100% in-person. We are required to submit the learning plans to the state by July 31st after approval by the L-S School Committee. The state is also requesting that we indicate which plan we anticipate utilizing when we reopen school this fall. The School Committee is scheduled to take its vote at its meeting scheduled for July 28.

As stated in the preamble for the initial draft for fall opening it is my recommendation that we reopen school with a hybrid of in-person and remote learning and not 100% in-person. This recommendation is based on the challenge of ensuring a safe environment with 100% students in school all at one time and the compromise to delivery of instruction. Maintaining 3’ separation would significantly compromise delivery of instruction in all science classes. Maintaining 6’ separation significantly compromises delivery of instruction in all classes. And, finally, maintaining a strict protocol of social distancing and disinfection during lunch periods, mask breaks and travel through the school between classes is not feasible with 100% in-person.

L-S Staff have been working non-stop preparing plans for school opening. Every single aspect of how we will support learning and safety has been pored over by the staff. All input received through listening sessions including staff, students and parents have been shared with and considered by the planning committees. State guidance regarding transportation, food service, Performing Arts, Wellness, suitability of the facility were released at the end of the last week. The protocols are numerous and we are working on how they will be implemented. The final plan for reopening of schools must be submitted to the state by August 10th. This plan will fully incorporate all aspects of school opening plus the final learning plan.

Here are the links to the three plans:

Remote Plan  -  actual schedule here

Hybrid Plan  -  actual schedule here

In-person plan

If you have a question or comment about the plans, please enter it in this Google Form. Your question or comment may be shared with the School Committee, the administrative team and the Learning Continuity Committee. We will take your feedback and concerns into consideration. You are also welcome to join me at any of the following drop in sessions via google meet to ask questions and/or provide comment. To manage the volume of participants I suggest the following format.

Monday 10:30 am to 11:30 am Last name A through F

Monday 1 to 2 pm Last name G through L

Tuesday 1 to 2pm Last name M through R

Tuesday 2:30 to 3:30 Last name S through Z

Tuesday 4 to 5 pm Families with students receiving services

A Remote Academy is being developed for students who cannot attend in-person and will need to be in 100% remote learning. Information about how to enroll in the Remote Academy will be sent out in the coming week. This enrollment information will be essential to our final development of a plan to meet the needs of students through the Academy

Best Regards,

Bella Wong