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2020-2021 Return to School Plan
Brad Reichert
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Good Afternoon Lake Fenton Families,

First of all, thank you to all of the parents who completed the survey in June. We had over 1500 responses and at that time, 85% of our families preferred a full face-to-face return. We understand many of you may have had a change of heart and we are asking families to complete another survey. Please complete one survey per child. Your responses will be used to help us determine our best course of action for the fall. You will NOT be locked in to the choices you make today.

I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting information about our Return to School plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Back in June, I shared that we were working on three different plans to prepare for whatever the school year may bring. Like you, we have had very mixed messages throughout the summer and we still cannot be certain of what changes may take place in the days ahead. We do know each district is required to create a “Return to School” plan, the board of education must approve it and the plan has to be submitted to the state by August 14th. Our school year is scheduled to begin Monday, August 31st. We are still working out some of the details, but here is a brief description of each opportunity.

Face-to-Face

  • K-12 students will have to wear masks on buses and in common areas.
  • 6-12 students will have to wear masks in classrooms. Masks can only be removed to eat. •      K-12 Breakfast will be in classrooms.
  • K-12 Lunch will take place in the classrooms.
  • K-5 students will have recess with their classroom teacher. (Times will be staggered to avoid    large groups on the playground)
  • The school day may be shortened. This may look like a Late Start Wednesday, but also include an earlier release.       

              *  For instance, MS 8:20am – 1:50pm, HS 8:30am – 2:00pm, TH 9:15am – 2:55pm,                     WS  9:25am – 3:05pm. Pending board & state approval for minutes.

  • Kids Klub will be available.
  • If we shorten the school day, we will have staff available to manage students who need to be dropped off at an earlier time. This will not take the place of families who need childcare for extended times.
  • Students will have assigned seats on the bus and in the classroom.
  • Distancing will take place as much as possible.
  • Desks & common areas in the classroom will be cleaned between classes.
  • 6-12 students would have 6 classes.

Hybrid

This option would be for families who still want their child to return to school, but would like more distancing measures in place. This plan and the face-to-face above would be running, in the building, at the same time.

  • 6-12 students choosing this option would remain in one classroom.
  • 6-12 students would take online courses under the direction of a certified teacher and possibly some in-person instruction depending on staffing availability and demand for this structure.
  •  K-5 students would wear a mask while in the classroom.
  • K-5 students would have a recess with the classroom teacher.
  • More distancing in classrooms.

100% Virtual

This opportunity will be very different than the online teaching & learning that took place in the spring. From March to June of 2020, the governor’s executive order required us to “hold kids harmless” if they did not do any work. That is not the case for the 2020-21 school year.

  • Courses will be more rigorous.
  • Grades will be issued for all work and deadlines for work completion will be in place.
  • Teachers received a week long training in online instruction and delivery.
  • 6-12 teachers will utilize Odysseyware (an online platform that contains content, but is also customizable for our needs)
  • K-5 teachers also have access to Odysseyware, but will likely use Google Classroom as well as other online tools the students are already familiar with.

Please understand, this is just a snapshot of our options and we will publish a more detailed plan once it is approved by our board of education.

Thank you for your continued patience and support. Here is the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8J3QSSP. Please remember to complete one per child.

I hope you have a wonderful evening,

Julie Williams

Superintendent