Boistfort Staff Members, Parents/Caregivers, and Students,
I want to start this letter by thanking the Boistfort community for their patience and flexibility over the past six months. Secondly, even though it is our desire that our district fully open for in-person instruction this fall, we decided not to go against the published guidance from the Department of Health (per Dr. Woods’s letter dated August 3rd 2020 – letter attached). We are continuing to work on ways that we can provide in-person instruction, even if only in groups of 5, that adheres to the guidance given by Dr. Wood. At the soonest availability, we will be looking for a return to an in-person instructional model that supports social distancing and guidelines for schools around health and safety. This is our commitment to the families, staff, and students of the Boistfort Valley.
Monday, August 17th, the Boistfort School Board approved the reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year that will have us start the year remotely. The plan for in-person instruction for the whole school was discussed as well so that we can implement whole school instruction at the earliest possible moment.
We will be scheduling times for families, September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, to meet with teachers and administer some initial diagnostics (star reading and IXL math). Also, this time will be used to answer questions related to supporting students and parents on using the google platform. We will work to ensure open communication routes and support connectivity issues that you may have in your home.
I also want you to know that we are looking for support from the DOH to allow us to provide a modified schedule that meets the guidelines for our school to have in-person learning for kids in groups of 5 each day. Our staff will work together to provide opportunities for every student to learn and grow. We will remain flexible and ready to pivot to in-person instruction when guidance supports this decision.
Our virtual program will be different than in the spring. The daily structure of our lessons will have students meeting with teachers daily. Instruction will be streamed and recorded. Attendance is required and will be taken daily. For those families with connection issues or bandwidth concerns we are working with local cellphone and telecommunication agencies to find the best solution for where you live.
Our individualized approach will feature:
- Daily schedules (initial schedule is attached, we are adapting and modifying schedules to support families with multiple learners to support bandwidth and the potential of in-person learning for small groups)
- Daily teacher-led instruction
- Additional time for students needing support or extension with individual help for students throughout the day.