West Central’s Return to Learn Plan (R2L/RTL) will be made available to the community on the district website and social media by Tuesday, July 21. The previous Return to Learn outline was a list of assurances that were turned into the Iowa Department of Education (DE) by July 1st. This assurance and initial plan outline was accepted by the DE in July. In the following weeks, five separate subcommittees and a District Leadership Team worked hard to determine what school will look like next year. The subcommittee areas include: Leadership and Infrastructure, Health and Safety, Social Emotional Learning, Academics and Student Equity. Each of these groups have been meeting weekly to determine how to safely educate our students next year in a face to face setting, distance format, or a hybrid model. This has been challenging work, but our plan will remain fluid as guidance for schools continues to change.
The full R2L will be a document with the details associated with face to face learning, distance learning, and our potential hybrid plan. Our hope is that all students return to school on August 24th, however the ultimate decision will need to account for all health related eventualities. We believe in the importance of face-to-face interactions between students and teachers, which is why we will continue to support a structured return to school in whatever form that takes. We also understand every family's situation is different. Because of this, West Central is working on developing a Virtual Instructional Program for families that may not be ready to send their children back to traditional style of schooling.
After we have shared the return to learn plan with the community, we will be hosting some virtual meetings for parents surrounding technology, health protocols and social emotional support. These meetings will happen over Zoom or will be recorded and addressed on the district website.
Our goal with all students in the virtual learning format, is that they return to school as soon as they are able. The virtual learning format is not something that students can move in and out of on a daily basis. Once this option is selected, the student will remain in this format until a plan to return to school can be made with the building principal and the students’ teacher(s) along with state and county health officials.
Please remember that our plan to return to face-to-face instruction in August is subject to change. Based on the guidance we receive from the governor, the Iowa Department of Education, and the Fayette County Public Health Department, there may be a need to alter the plan to align with current health trends. As we update and change the plan, we will communicate these changes to you.
I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. Please take care of yourself and your family.