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Secondary families receive an update about the 2nd 9 Weeks Learning Model

Secondary families receive an update about the 2nd 9 Weeks Learning Model

Assistant Superintendent Gil Alvarez sent a message to families on November 10, 2020 about the learning model for the 2nd 9 weeks.

 

Good afternoon, parents,

As we conclude the first nine weeks of learning in this most unusual of school years, I want to say THANK YOU for your flexibility and understanding as we have worked to create an engaging learning experience for your child. We have learned a lot through these first nine weeks about education during a pandemic, and we look forward to an even better learning experience for your student as we move forward.

We have also faced tremendous challenges because of the impact of COVID-19 on our staff, students, and our families. As COVID-19 continues to spread at an alarming rate in our community, our school district is working to balance safety and educational opportunity for all of our students, and safe working conditions for our staff. Currently, we are monitoring staff shortages, absence rates due to illness, and the fill rate for positions that require a guest (substitute) teacher, as well as community health data published by the Sedgwick County Health Department.

Following extensive conversation last night with the medical doctors who are part of the Kansas Covid Workgroup for Kids, the Wichita Board of Education voted to retain the learning model used during the first 9-week academic quarter which is full remote learning for all middle and high school students. Their decision applies to the second 9-week academic quarter that extends through Jan. 21. Special education students would continue to be served based on their individual needs, and in consultation with their IEP teams. You will receive additional information very soon from your child’s school with specific details.

While we are looking forward to welcoming students back to our campuses, the COVID indicators in our community and our district do not allow us to do so at this time. Our ability to bring secondary students back to learning in school is directly impacted by the health of our community and the impact of COVID-19 on our staff and students. We must provide safe learning and working environments. Please make sure you wear a mask at all times, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Kind regards,

Gil Alvarez

Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Schools