Fall 2020 Reopening

The COVID-19 crisis has shown us that schools are the heart of our community, not only for learning, but for nutrition, safety and social-emotional well-being. As we look to the 2020-21 academic year, we know returning to school will be different than we have ever known.

We must become more skilled at delivering virtual learning, work to address learning loss by accelerating learning, implement health and safety protocols, and support the mental health and social emotional wellness of students. When schools reopen, it will be essential to provide students with a learning environment that is friendly, supportive, and caring. 


Our Fall 2020 Planning Committee is working to address these needs. Beginning in May, we identified work that must happen whether schools can open without restrictions, open with some social distancing requirements and restrictions, or remain closed. Our work centers around the following areas:


Fall 2020 Planning icons

Continuity of Learning
Early Childhood
Elementary Curriculum & Instruction
Middle School Curriculum & Instruction
High School Curriculum & Instruction
Special Education 
New Staff and Substitute Professional Development
Health, Safety & Wellness
Physical
Social/Emotional
Family & Community Outreach
School & District Operations

Continuity of Learning Area    

Early Childhood-Jennifer Skibba

 

Deliverables

1.     Scheduling

2.     Virtual platform for delivery of materials

3.     Scope and sequence of standards

4.     Continuum of learning to replace report cards

5.     Curriculum and assessment

6.     Professional development

 

Elementary C & I-Alexis Nass

 

Deliverables

1.     App vet - narrowing the scope of technology resources we will need to start the fall

2.     Pacing guides

3.     Instructional minutes guidelines

4.     Scenarios

5.     Unit creation

 

Summer Work

1.     Prioritize subject areas/classes

2.     Prioritize standards

3.     Staff available to teach (whether as subs or as more adults for students)

4.     Online resources needed for virtual/blended learning

 

Middle School C & I-Ann Franke

 

Deliverables

1.     App vet - narrowing the scope of technology resources we will need to start the fall

2.     Interdisciplinary unit creation and technological housing

3.     Planning ideas

 

Summer Work

1.     Prioritize subject areas/classes

2.     Prioritize standards

3.     Who can help teach (whether as subs or as more adults for students)

4.     Online resources needed for virtual/blended learning

5.     Scenarios like elementary

 

High School C & I-Annelies Howell, and Dave Van Nostrand

 

Deliverables

1.     App vet - narrowing the scope of technology resources we will need to start the fall

2.     Assess all HS courses to see which one can be done fully online, blended, or need to be face to face. Survey staff to see what they need to bring their classes online.

3.     Establish best practices (UDL) and workflow (common template) for Canvas courses, deliver professional development

4.     Update grading policy

5.     Create feedback loop between teachers and families

 

Summer Work

1.     Prioritize subject areas/classes

2.     Prioritize standards

3.     Who can help teach (whether as subs or as more adults for students)

4.     Online resources needed for virtual/blended learning

5.     Teacher collaboration to build online content

 6.   Link curriculum work to scheduling work

 

Special Education-Sara Halberg and Stacy Tremaine

 

Deliverables

1.     To have a voice on each of the sub committees regarding how decisions may impact students with IEPs.

a.     Members of the SPED committee are on curriculum, scheduling or professional development sub-committees

b.     Attend specific subcommittee’s meetings.

c.     Attend this SPED sub-committee meeting and create alignment of services for students with IEPs across the district

2.     Subgroup focusing on specially designed instruction (EC,ES, MS, HS) and how services will look for student who receive Specially designed instruction or who participate in the  18-21 year old program (best practices, platforms, curriculum)

 

Summer Work

1.     Read literature regarding planning, curriculum and scheduling related to students who have special needs and participate in subcommittees.  Share ideas amongst the special ed committee to assure alignment across levels.

2.     Creating a list of students with IEPs who were not able to access virtual learning

3.     Review IEPs and complete phone surveys with family members regarding needs of students.

4.     Create guidelines for determining how to implement services for students with IEPs

5.     Plan for specially designed instruction

 

New Staff and Sub PD-Barbara James

 

Deliverables

1.     Needs assessment from current new staff and mentors

2.     Identify site specific focus and district-wide focus

3.     Course creation

 

Summer Work

1.     Create common content that applies K-12 for new staff; place into Master Class, that can be pulled from

2.     Create content for grade level bands

3.     Summer meetings: June 16, July 10

 

 

 Health Safety Wellness area

Physical Wellness-Anne Iverson

 

Deliverables

1.     Health education for staff and students

2.     Health office ventilation and set up

3.     Processes and procedures with ill staff and students and their return to school

4.     Disinfecting strategies

5.     Family communication

6.     PPE

 

Summer Work

1.     Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

2.     CDC Coronavirus and Schools

3.     Public Health, Madison and Dane County- COVID

4.     COVID-19 Health Service Recovery Plan

 

Social/Emotional Wellness-Emmett Durtschi and Amy Tranel

 

Deliverables

1.     Mental Health Supports

2.     PBIS Universal Systems of Support

3.     Social-Emotional Learning

4.     Authentic relationships/engagement

5.     Mandated Reporting

6.     Suicide Risk Assessment

7.     Families in Transition

8.     District-Wide Crisis Response

9.     Trauma Informed Practices

 

Summer Work

1.     Which items can be completed right away?

2.     Which items require some additional wait time or guidance from public health and/or DPI?

3.     Which items need to be connected to other groups, such as scheduling issues around social emotional learning for ALL as a universal?

 

Family Community Outreach area

 

Districtwide Outreach and Communications-Laurie Burgos

 

Deliverables

1.     Family survey

2.     Staff survey

 

Summer Work

1.     Focus groups (could be all online; might be face-to-face)

 

School District Operations area


Scheduling - Elementary-Theresa Taylor

Deliverables

1.     Scenarios

 

Summer Work

1.     How can our schedule support our most vulnerable students?

2.     What grade levels would be the most important to bring back first?

3.     What other plans could we have to spread out the students to other schools?

4.     What rooms in the schools could be used for instruction that aren’t now (especially large open areas)?

 

Scheduling - Middle--Rick Kisting

Deliverables

1.     Discussed scenarios

2.     Discussed possible scheduling scenarios and how they impact other levels (elementary, high).

3.     Agreed to bring representatives of three scheduling committees together to create agreed upon parameters. 

Summer Work

1.     How can our schedule support our most vulnerable students?

2.     What grade levels would be the most important to bring back first?

3.     What other plans could we have to spread out the students to other schools?

4.     What rooms in the schools could be used for instruction that aren’t now (especially large open areas)?

5.     How can we leverage certified staff to cover smaller groups of students while maintaining social distancing guidelines? 

 

Scheduling – High School-Pam Hammen

Deliverables

1.     Worked to identify scheduling parameters

2.     Discussed possible scheduling scenarios and how they impact other levels

3.     Agreed to bring representatives of three scheduling committees together to create agreed upon parameters

4.     Sought guidance from Dane County Public Health regarding number of students on buses and per classroom

5.     Next steps include completing building capacity audit and busing calculations based on neighborhoods

Summer Work

1.     Moving forward, all work is summer work.

2.     Principals will complete a room and staff capacity audit

3.     Subcommittee will review bus capacity/routes by neighborhood

4.     Once these two data points are complete, the K-12 committee will meet again in June

5.     Once constraints are agreed upon K-12, individual level groups (elem, middle and high) can resume

 

Student Grouping-Brad Humphrey

Deliverables

1.     Fall 2020 Planning Dashboard

2.     19-20 Bussing Information

3.     20-21 Breakdown by Zone/Bussing/Levels

Summer Work

1.     Working on developing groupings of student based on neighborhoods and bussing constraints

 

Operations-Roger Price and John Bremmer

Deliverables

1.     List of things to take under consideration when making decisions

Summer Work

1.     Flowchart

 

Facilities Use-Building principals

Deliverables

1.     EUA study on classroom sizes

Summer Work

1.     Principals will create a team to study facility use at each school (use of classrooms, lunch and recess schedules, etc.)

 

Transportation-John Bremmer

Deliverables

1.     Rough Bus Capacity Numbers

2.     Groupings Committee/Bus Route Determination

Summer Work

1.     Work with Brad/Badger Bus/scheduling committees to determine possible bus routes

 

HR (Personnel)-Jason Olson

Summer Work

1.     Survey staff about returning to work

 

Technology-Dan Wang

Deliverables

1.     iPads are being collected from seniors and those leaving VASD and will be sorted the week of Memorial Day

2.     Assess how many we have and what should be kept at VASD and formulate a plan.

3.     Technology Hotline will remain open over the summer. This is for issues software and hardware related. Already have a remote and physical process in place.

4.     Hotspots will remain with families. As requests come, we can provision more.

5.     Rollover is being figured out between tech and Brad for summer school classes and other applications to remain open for students.

6.     Scenarios being thought through for deployment of new iPads, apps to be loaded (from C & I groups above), and new MDM implementation. (All dependent on what restrictions are on us for a physical deployment).


Current planning document (Printable version)

Board presentation--June 15, 2020
Board presentation--May 18, 2020

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