Return to Learn Plans (July 31, 2020)
The onsite learning model will mimic traditional experiences from previous school years, but would take into account the implementation of several additional health and safety measures. We understand that this model would require ongoing monitoring of the health & safety of our staff, students and families. In the event that we could not maintain the health and safety of our staff, students, and families, we would transition to an alternate form of learning.
The Waukee Community School District hybrid learning model will include two options for families. It will be a blend of our onsite plan and our required online plan. In our hybrid plan, parents and guardians have the choice to have their student attend school onsite or in a required online setting. Students and families who choose the onsite option will follow the onsite plan and the students and families who choose online will follow the online plan where applicable.
Required Online Learning is a model that would feel similar to what was experienced in the spring. A key difference from the spring is that online learning would be required for all K-12 students. Another difference is that there will be a daily schedule for students rather than a weekly schedule. While online learning cannot fully mimic the traditional classroom, our intent will be to provide high-quality instruction and learning while being responsive to a variety of circumstances and situations of our staff, students and families. Students in grades K-7 will have access to a district-provided iPad and students in grades 8-12 will have access to a district-provided Macbook to help with required online learning.
We have a 26 person team composed of staff and community members providing feedback on and leadership for this work. We also have more than 30 content action teams including several teachers who are working through the summer to address health and safety, solutions for identifying and addressing learning gaps and delivering the best support for a return to learning.
- WCSD Return to Learn 2020-21
- Iowa Department of Education Reopening FAQ
- SAMPLE LEARNING PLANS
- Sample PreK Online Schedules
- Sample K-2 Online Schedules
- Sample 3-5 Online Schedules
- Sample 6-12 Online Schedules
AREAS OF FOCUS:
- Leadership – The district leadership team has the responsibility to implement and support educational plans and allocate resources across buildings in order to improve student learning. In the current circumstances, this team focuses on developing, implementing, monitoring, and supporting the Return-to-Learn Plan as it directly impacts all learning across the district.
- Infrastructure – This area includes organizational structures critical in day-to-day operations. This includes ensuring everyone has access to the technology needed to support student learning, establishing district/school calendars to maximize student learning opportunities, understanding how to approach attendance and grading/promotion across delivery models, supporting needed professional development opportunities for teachers and staff, and adhering to privacy/FERPA concerns.
- Health & Safety – There are specific several health and safety considerations due to the current COVID-19 crisis that will be addressed in any Return-to-Learn Plan.
- Iowa Academic Standards – Academic learning will continue to be a priority, regardless of the methods by which students return to learning for the 2020-2021 school year. While some planning considerations will be similar across different return to learning delivery models, there are also unique factors that need to be considered, such as grading, credits, attendance, and learning requirements defined in federal law and state code.
- Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health (SEBH) – The social-emotional-behavior health (SEBH) of Iowa’s teachers, staff, students, and families is one of the highest priorities in planning for the 2020-2021 school year. The critical focus is securing and enhancing supportive relationships with staff, students, and their families during this crisis.
- Equity – Creating equitable learning opportunities is of the utmost importance to our teachers and families. The district recognizes families are at different places in their capacity to provide distance learning. Equity in this context is focused on ensuring all students have access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), are able to access the Iowa Content Standards, and have the supports needed to progress in their learning.
- Data Considerations – The monitoring of data will enable districts to make informed decisions throughout the development and implementation of the Return-to-Learn Plan (e.g. What are the technology and basic needs of the teachers, staff, students, and families within our district? Which delivery model are we best able to support based on the Resources and Needs survey? What are the professional development needs of our teachers/staff? Do we have the PPE and cleaning supplies needed to keep our teachers, staff, students, and families safe/healthy?).
Whatever the plan, it will call on the district to follow all guidelines from the Center for Disease Controls (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Education, and Office of Governor Kim Reynolds. The first day of the 2020-21 school year will be Monday, August 24.