The summer has been a time of widespread communication and an opportunity to create an element of certainty during a time when little of it actually exists.
Fightmaster’s school district created a tool that touched on a wide variety of topics such as health and safety, models of learning, well-being, etc.
The toolkit, which includes links to the most up to date information is accessible to students, staff, and families.
Having the information available in one place closes the gap for many people … [who are] anxious that no one knows what they’re doing since things are changing so quickly.
Similarly, Corey’s district created a set of guiding principles to help ground the decision-making process.
Cross functional working groups studied different areas such as curriculum instruction, health and safety, technology, facilities, etc. and each group worked on developing a plan to present to the community via a Board of Education meeting.
While creating their plans for the school (they will be all virtual), the district considered concerns that came up in the spring.
For example, families noted issues with navigating the LMS since each course had a different layout. Therefore, they’re introducing common instructional design for all courses, so that families and students have an easier time navigating coursework.
In Cook’s district, a taskforce was created to ensure all bases were covered for the successful reopening of schools in the fall.
A taskforce that included students, parents, medical personnel, administration, teachers, etc. developed the “ready, set, start, smart initiative” in Cook’s district.
By having so many players involved, the Florida district has been able to consider many perspectives.
The district is offering face to face learning, hybrid learning, and complete virtual learning as options to their students.
Regardless of the selection, unit plans were created to make sure all students have access to important information such as SEL components.
“Equity is extremely important to us,” explained Cook.
To help teachers adjust, the start of the school year was pushed back to two weeks.
The district also created a coaching academy with key people from each school throughout the district. This will help with creating a safe environment in their schools and enabling smooth transitions for teachers who are teaching virtually.
“We’re feeling good that we will have what they need to get through this,” explained Cook.