Toward the end of last school year, seven task forces were created to help prepare for returning to school during a health pandemic. Those task forces include: Scheduling and Logistics, Instructional Programming and Technical Support, Diagnostic Assessments and Progress Monitoring, Technology Availability and Support, Social and Emotional Learning, Special Populations Accessibility, and Staffing Support and Substitutes.
They’ve put a great deal of thought into what the 2020-2021 school year needs to look like in order to meet the needs of our students, parents, faculty and staff, and still provide a safe learning environment. We know face-to-face instruction is the most effective method for instruction and student learning. We believe we can meet the safety protocols for our students and teachers and provide a version of school that will operate very similar to what we are accustomed to. However, we believe in a parent’s right to choose what is best for their children and have online options available. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Furthermore, we have been proactive in ordering additional hand sanitation products, disinfectant, cleaning products, equipment, personal protective equipment such as masks, face shields and gloves. Our custodians have implemented new cleaning and sanitization routines throughout the district in all buildings. All staff will receive mandatory trainings on hygiene and best practices to keep students and staff as safe as possible.
Last night, task force leads presented their findings and recommendations to the Board of Education. Afterwards, board members voted on beginning school with 4 days of face-to-face learning in the classroom, (Monday-Thursday), and 1 day of digital learning at home, (Friday). Students will begin instruction on Tuesday, August 25 with the first week, (August 25-27), being a half-day schedule. The half-day schedule for the first week has been implemented to allow time for faculty to prepare and train for the upcoming school year.
A more detailed plan for reopening schools will be sent out through email to parents and employees within the next couple of weeks. It will also be located on our website at www.tooeleschools.org. Schools will send out school-specific items and procedures prior to August 25.
The pandemic continues to be fluid therefore, we will be flexible and responsive in the ongoing situation. While these decisions are difficult to make due to the unique and individual circumstances, I am confident we are moving in the right direction for our district. I truly believe in the collective wisdom and goodness of our communities.
Dr. Scott A. Rogers
Superintendent of Schools
Tooele County School District