We are facing some uncertain times and with this dilemma comes many questions and concerns about how we are going to move forward for the upcoming school year. We understand your concerns and thank you for your patience and understanding as we develop our reentry plan.
In an effort to maintain transparency in our planning process, our communications team has set up two blogs that will serve to bring you the latest Superintendent Message and the ongoing planning process for our upcoming school year.
You can find these blogs at:
As we move forward with our reentry planning process, please note that we are following guidelines from The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education as our priority is the health and well-being of our students and staff. With that said, also note that we will not reopen our schools until it is determined safe to reopen by public health experts from the State of Oregon.
In the case that schools are not reopened in the fall, student learning will take place online until it is deemed safe to return to a traditional school setting on campus. How to best serve and inclusively support the academic learning and social-emotional needs of our students are key motivators in the development of WSD’s reentry plan.
Planning Process Timeline
Workgroup draft plans are scheduled to be completed by July 14th and will continue to be developed until they are finalized and presented to the WSD School Board for adoption on August 4th, following this process and timeline. Once these plans have been developed, WSD will coordinate with local health authorities to review for compliance and make any necessary changes.
The development of the final reentry plan will also consider feedback received from school board meetings, the community, and the local health authority.
Aligning with WSD’s mission
In alignment with WSD’s mission and promise to engage, inspire, and prepare all students to learn, lead, and contribute toward a just community, the development of the reentry plan centered in the following ideas:
- Centered in Equity: All Workgroups utilize the Oregon Educational Investment Board Equity Lens
- Prioritizing health and safety: Keeping staff and students’ social, emotional, mental and physical health and safety at the center of all decision making
- Focusing on the student experience: Create meaningful and enriching experiences by maximizing students and family engagement.
- Collaboration: Working with various stakeholder groups to collaboratively problem solve, developing thoughtful solutions, and inspiring ideas for these unprecedented times.
First Day of School
Staggered starts for Pre-K, as well as grades K. 6, and 9 are still under consideration, as is the first-day start date for all students. While we work to finalize our plans, we are considering how best to meet the needs of our students and staff as they prepare for their new learning environments. We will continue to update the community on this subject as plans evolve.
Above is a table representing the instructional schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. This schedule reflects a hybrid model in which students would come on-site two days per week and would engage in distance learning the other three days. We refer to this schedule as the A/B Schedule.
With an A/B Schedule, In-Person Learning would include a schedule where students attend on Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday. Wednesdays may be used for additional on-site student supports.
Teachers may also use this time to prepare for instruction, make student/family connections, and engage in professional development.
Wednesday would also be a time when sanitizing takes place to prepare for the group of students who will attend on Thursday.
In the event that we move to a comprehensive distance learning model, for any period of time, all impacted students would meet online and check-in with their teachers digitally, rather than attending school on-site on their prescribed days.
WSD thanks you for your ongoing support, patience, and confidence in our ability to develop a flexible, health-focused, and student-centered reentry program for the upcoming school year. And regardless of the model that is implemented, WSD’s vision will continue to align with our strategic plan vision of creating an exceptional, equitable, and multilingual district, where all students are motivated, empowered, and prepared to succeed.
Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we move forward in developing our reentry plan.
We are all in this together and together we are Woodburn Proud and Bulldog Strong.