September 27, 2020 Edition

Message from the Superintendent

As one of the largest school divisions in the Commonwealth, I am so proud of how our teachers, administrators, staff, students, and community continue to navigate this remarkable time together. Far from perfect or ideal, we have continued to provide quality instructional services, social emotional connections, and meals to our students and families.

Below are this week’s division updates:

Highlights from the Week

  • We have completed 6 weeks of predominantly distance learning for our over 23,000 students. In two weeks, we will have completed our first quarter of this school year.

  • During this time of synchronous and asynchronous learning, the school and division-wide planning efforts in preparation for a transition to the Hybrid In-person learning on October 12th.

  • Among the most frequent questions we continue to receive from both staff and parents involve student scheduling adjustments, more clarification regarding detailed procedures and health protocols for hybrid, and contingencies for positive cases and quarantining. We are updating the current Return to Learn plan to include the most recent information and guidance. Additionally, this weekend we are finalizing an addendum that our staff has been working on for the past couple of weeks. While there will be unique site-based procedures and adjustments, this companion piece to the Return to Learn plan provides additional detail about what the model should look like in practice.

  • We appreciate your continued support and partnership as we move forward in our planning of this model along with the simultaneous implementation of distance learning. It is complex and we are trying to ensure that we best match our resources to the needs.

  • On Monday, September 28th, we will be sharing the latest updates with the school board in a special meeting. That meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. and can be viewed livestream or through ETV. Our report will continue to include progress, challenges, and adjustments relative to our planning for October 12th. Also, the aforementioned Hybrid In-Person Model addendum will also be highlighted during the report.

Family Connection Webinar

  • Our first Family Connection Webinar was this past Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 5 p.m. Thank you to the parents and families who joined us during that time. Knowing that the time and date may not always suit your schedule, but the information may be of need or interest, we have the entire webinar available for you to view. Our next Family Connection webinar will be on October 22nd, 2020 at 5 p.m. Please save the date.

SCPS COVID-19 Dashboard

  • Just a reminder that we update the COVID-19 Dashboard each week SCPS COVID-19 Dashboard. The purpose of the dashboard is to provide our families and staff with an accurate summary of COVID-19 cases. In addition to including the summary of positive cases, we are also including the impact on students and staff in terms of required quarantining.

Thank you for your continued support!

Dr. S. Scott Baker