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Posted on 05/15/2020
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DEAR FAMILIES

 

I imagine many of you have read about or seen Jeffco's conversations about what school might look like in the fall. Earlier this week, district leaders shared their preliminary thoughts with the Board of Education about returning to school buildings in August. There was discussion among board members and leadership about some aspects of a "plan" that include a hybrid model of learning, in which students would have some access to school buildings and would continue to do some of their learning remotely. Parts of this conversation were captured and shared by the news media.


Please understand the plan in these discussions is very much in skeletal, draft form, and the assumptions grounding district leaders' thinking are the current public health advisories at this time, which of course, like many other things, may change significantly over the summer.


Jeffco believes in-person learning and interactions are a vital part of student academic and social-emotional well-being. That belief, in alignment with Jeffco Public Health guidelines, is central to our conversations about how best to do school in these difficult circumstances. While in-person learning presents challenges, the district's draft plan attempts to maximize opportunities for students while continuing to prioritize the health of students, educators, and our community.


Next Friday, May 22, Jeffco Public Schools will send all of you a first draft of a plan to reopen schools in the fall with a hybrid model of in person and remote learning. This email will include links for you to provide feedback. I implore you to engage in that process-- to ask questions, to raise concerns, to celebrate sound ideas and to propose your creative solutions. District leaders will use your feedback to solidify a finalized restart plan that will be shared with schools and the community in July.


The Manning Leadership Team has been engaged in preliminary conversations about what a hybrid model might look like at our school; however, none of those plans can be solidified until we know the guidance that will come from our state, our county and our school district. There are several variables that remain unknown that make it impossible for us to finalize and share a detailed plan with you. We will make it a priority to engage you and communicate with you when we can, and we promise that we will keep the best interests of students at the heart of our decisions.


District Leadership's understanding right now:

  • It is safe to assume that the structure of how our schools operate in August will be different than what we had in place prior to COVID-19, and also different than the remote learning system we have in place now.
  • There are two educational models that Jeffco MAY implement in the Fall of 2020: Hybrid (a combination of remote learning and in-person learning) or Remote Learning.
  • At this time, we believe that Remote Learning will continue to be an option for all students.
  • The first day of school will still be Tuesday, August 18th.
  • We are currently gathering feedback from Leadership and Administration. Throughout the next week, we will gather feedback from all employees.
  • On May 22, a model will be released to the community, at which time all families will have the opportunity to give feedback.
  • There will be a final Restart Plan released in July. However, as public health guidelines change, adjustments may continue to be made up until the start of school.


I know that this provides little clarity, and I am sorry that the circumstances demand for all of us to remain in a state of uncertainty. I appreciate your thoughtfulness, your support and your engagement moving forward.


If you have any questions, I will do everything I can to answer them. I will likely not be able to answer most, but I will give you the best information I have.


Thanks, as always, for sharing your kids with us; it is our honor to serve them.



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Jeena Templeton, Principal

The Manning School of Academics and Arts

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