USD 234 Special Board Meeting:
Thursday, August 6th, 2020 the USD 234 School Board approved, in a 4-3 vote, to open our schools on September 9th with two learning options for USD 234 students, those being Onsite and Remote Learning. Onsite means if students want to attend in-person, daily in the school buildings they can. They would follow a "normal" school schedule for a school day in the building when school is in session. Remote learners would receive asynchronous learning with the on-site learners. The remote learner will be expected to be directly involved in learning for at least 6 hours a day when school is in session. Parents will need to log the learning time for remote learners which could be either online, engaged with a teacher in a classroom or while doing "homework" as assigned by the teacher on their own. The remote learner will also need to have daily contact with at least one teacher. USD 234 will provide a device for all remote learners.
On Monday, August 10th, 2020 USD 234 will be releasing the learning plan and school operations guidance document to the public. This document will provide specific information for families about the learning plans and how schools will operate when students and staff are in the buildings. This document will be a fluid document as we learn more about the coronavirus and how the school district needs to respond to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff.
USD 234 will be working with the SEK Multi-County Health Department in regard to isolation and quarantine of students and staff, contact tracing, and the school's response to the level community spread.
USD 234 teachers return on August 14th, 2020 to being preparing for the return of our students on September 9th, 2020. Our staff will be receiving training and professional development in areas of hygiene and symptom checking, viable remote learning, and focusing on content, standards, and assessments to measure students learning and social/emotional gaps to be prepared for the return of students.
The USD 234 School Board appreciates the feedback they received from the community in regard to reopening our school buildings. USD 234 takes very seriously the safety of our students and staff, and community input helps in making decisions in the best interest of everyone.