Let’s start with gratitude: We are so grateful for your patience, your dedication, and your commitment to safety. We’ve been committed to communicating with you from the very beginning of this global pandemic, and we will continue to fulfill our duty to foster an understanding among all of our stakeholders an understanding of our approach to educate our community’s most valuable resources: our kids.
We hope this information helps you understand the development of and our plan to implement our fall school district reopening plans. However, if you have questions or concerns, you should always know that we invite you to reach out.
Vision and mission statements are most important when an organization faces a crisis. They define who you are as an organization and provide the “guideposts” to map our problem resolution. For SPASD, we have lived out our vision and mission through a cascaded strategic plan. Today, the tectonic plates of education have shifted, and it requires us to respawn in a way that reflects the needs of our community while fulfilling our number one priority: safety.
School districts across the State of Wisconsin are not short of “guidance.” Recommendations have been issued by the Center for Disease Control, Wisconsin Public Health Services, the Department of Public Instruction, physician associations, national and state teachers’ unions, education think tanks, and the list goes on. School districts are mandated to follow the guidelines developed by their county health departments, and school districts may be liable if they do not implement the county health department guidelines. The SPASD is located in Dane County, and Public Health Madison & Dane County is the organization by which we are required to abide.
The plan to reopen school in the fall is a complex decision that requires clear decision making criteria, collaboration, and feedback. In order to facilitate a fall reopening decision that keeps our staff, students, and families safe and best lives up to our vision and mission, we’ve created a reopening timeline:
We may have multiple pivots throughout the year. We will continue to work with Public Health Madison & Dane County to monitor countywide health metrics and to engage with staff and parents to determine our best option for the second quarter and second semester.
DISTANCE LEARNING WILL BE OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS AS AN OPTION FOR FAMILIES WHO CHOOSE NOT TO RETURN TO SCHOOL IN-PERSON.
Current Plan for Fall Reopening:
Full-Time Distance Learning
ALL students will attend full-time distance learning.
Student Learning Schedule:
Student learning will take place Monday-Friday: Schedules for whole group/small group synchronous learning will be created for staff/students
Wednesdays will include independent online learning activities for students to allow staff to prepare, collaborate, and communicate with families, students, and one another.
Other Proposed Options:
Adaptable Four-Day In-Person Week
Students will attend 4 days a week in-person, with learning on Wednesday occurring online and/or self-directed learning while buildings are closed for deep cleaning.
Hybrid Two-Day In-Person Week
Students attend two days a week in-person on a rotating schedule with a small group of peers. Students would access online and/or self-directed learning the other three days a week. Buildings would still be closed on Wednesday for deep cleaning.
With 4,031 parents and guardians who took the survey, and with 808 staff who took the survey, we believe that this data along with the focus group engagement has given us clear feedback for fall planning.
One of our core beliefs is in the value of input from our community. Our school space planning committees, our school attendance boundary committees, our taskforces like the most recent one on student behavior and bullying, our School Board liaison program all point to our commitment to community engagement and communication. This situation is not different. We are committed to gathering input from parents and staff, students and community stakeholders in an effort to appropriately respond to whatever the future holds.