Returning to Learning 20-21

Returning to Learning 2020-21


Dear SHPS Families:

Since the beginning of our planning phase for the 2020-21 school year, it has always been our goal and intention to return to in-person instruction. I believe the gradual start has served us well by allowing our students, families, and staff to get comfortable with our learning management systems and to enter into our new normal slowly while providing the district some time to solidify numbers and health and safety protocols to re-engage safely and responsibly.

Taking into consideration numbers and social distancing requirements, our local COVID-19 spread rates, and discussions with our health department, it is time to begin that physical re-engagement with our school community.

In correspondence with our Extended Learning Plan, we have placed an emphasis on in-person K-5 instruction which will begin on Monday, September 21, 2020. Students that selected in-person instruction at Maple Grove, Lincoln, and North Shore Elementary can expect to attend in-person schooling on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at regular start and end times. On Wednesdays, students will participate in remote learning along with time for assessment and deep cleaning at the buildings.

Due to class sizes at the middle and high school level and the difficulty that adds to cohorting, our 6-12 model differs from our K-5 plan. We will begin bringing our Baseline and high school students that selected in-person instruction back on Monday, September 28, 2020 in a hybrid model where students are cohorted into two groups, each attending school physically two days a week and learning remotely on the remaining days. Just like at the elementaries, Wednesdays will also include remote learning for students, assessment, and building deep cleaning. Students will be notified by their building leadership as to what days their student will be scheduled for in-person instruction.

WAY students should continue to work remotely and follow lab schedules for instructional support and to satisfy engagement expectations.

Students enrolled in the 100% virtual Ram Connection program will remain in that setting.

While I know returning to in-person instruction will be an adjustment, I want to assure you that our district is being proactive to keep our students, staff, and community safe. Not only do we have plans in place to maintain safety within the buildings, but we will continue to work closely with our local health department to prevent and contain COVID-19 if we were to see a case in our district.

Just as we saw beginning the year remotely, as much as we plan and prepare, we can't always anticipate the hurdles and challenges when taking on something as new as these COVID-19 learning responses. However, I do know that our staff at South Haven Public Schools is committed to providing our students with a quality school year and that step by step, we will work through this and overcome obstacles in stride together. Thank you, again, for your patience and support and please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns going forward!

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