As we look to the start of the 2020-21 school year, we wish to acknowledge the impact of these difficult times on our students, staff, families, and community members, and thank you for your flexibility and support over the past months. We know that our current circumstances bring a variety of pressures to those in our learning community. In presenting our plans for the new year, we hope to offer choices to our families that help mitigate both risk factors and stress as we move forward and make these tough decisions.
Through collaborative efforts with our District Reintegration Planning Team and guidance provided by the Colorado Department of Education, we release to our families preliminary plans for our return to the new school year. Please note that the guidance provided for schools rapidly changes, so understand that these plans must remain flexible as new health data become available.
Over the past few months, our teams considered a variety of options given a multitude of potential circumstances. We listened to and researched questions, concerns, and considerations about our return to school. Finally, we grounded our decisions in the health and safety of students and staff, student learning, feasibility, community impact, choice and risk. The layers to our planning run deep and involve many factors that will be shared as we move through the next month. Additionally, we remain ready to adjust our plans based on changing health conditions and risk factors within our community.
Today, we launch the next layer of our planning by sharing information with families that will allow them to make decisions on the learning environment for their student(s) and guide our detailed preparation for the start of the school year. Due to the complexity of these plans, we present to families an overarching document that allows for further exploration through links. Embedded links offer our families the flexibility to explore applicable areas in greater detail. We also encourage those seeking additional information or support to contact any member of the Reintegration Planning Team or request a conversation with one of our learning coaches by clicking here.
Important timelines over the next month include:
We ask that families set-aside some time to review the materials found in this communication by clicking on the blue links or opening the attached documents. This information may also be found on our website at wpsdk12.org.
We look forward to reconnecting over the next few weeks with our students and families!