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Elementary families are asked to have a plan in case school pivots to full remote

Elementary families are asked to have a plan in case school pivots to full remote

Assistant Superintendent Michele Ingenthron sent a message to families on November 10, 2020 about being prepared with a childcare plan in case their school pivots to full remote.

 

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. As you have heard several times this fall, we must plan for the potential transition to 100% remote learning (no students in our elementary schools) if the impact of COVID-19 requires us to do so. There are three things I need you to be aware of:

  • Be prepared with a childcare plan. Based on the increasing COVID-19 numbers in our community, this letter is intended to notify you that this transition to 100% remote learning is a very real possibility. While I understand the impact that a transition to remote learning may have on our families, it is vitally important that you have a plan in place now in the event that data indicators at your school cause us to send all students home to engage in remote learning. It is my hope that we will be able to give you 2-3 days notice before we have to make such a transition, but the reality is that based on what we see happening in our district and our community, that notification could be provided one day to take effect the following day.
  • Be prepared for technology distribution. For elementary students attending Onsite, we are pleased to tell you that the balance of the laptops we will be deploying to our elementary students are beginning to arrive in Wichita. Your school will be sending communication home very soon with details on when you can check out your child’s device. This technology will be used for both in-class instruction, as well as remote learning, should we have to temporarily shift to that model due to the impact of COVID.
  • Be prepared for notification of temporary school transition to 100% remote learning. In the event we need to temporarily transition your elementary school to 100% remote learning you will be notified via phone, text and email. Please make sure your contact information is up to date in ParentVUE. At that time you will receive additional information about how we will continue to engage your student in learning, how long remote learning will last, and how we will provide meals during the time school is closed. We will work diligently to meet the needs of your child, including any special needs, while your student is learning remotely.

Our ability to keep our students 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,

Michele Ingenthron

Assistant Superintendent, Elementary Schools