Student First Day of School: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
New Grade Level Centers for Instruction!
2020-2021 Instructional Plan
Reopening schools during COVID-19 is critical to reopening the community and even the state. This is not an obligation our district takes lightly. However, our first commitment is to the students and families we serve. Our priority must be keeping them safe. This School Reopening Plan aims to define clear guidance for the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year to the degree possible and practical that align with the regulations developed by local, state, and national health guidelines.
The areas outlined in this plan represent major considerations our district is addressing to reopen schools safely and to sustain their reopening. Each department has taken the safety of both staff and our learners into consideration.
Zion District 6 will offer two instructional delivery pathways; an At-School (Bricks) or Remote (Clicks) learning model. We strongly believe the actions brought forth in this plan are in the best interests of our students, families, staff, and community.
Our plan remains fluid and ongoing as necessary to address changing needs during these unprecedented times. Parents and guardians are encouraged to review the choices to better understand what might be best for their families. We encourage our families to check the district website and/or their child’s school website frequently for ongoing updates regarding the Return To Learn plan.
Strategic Opening of Schools
In preparation for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, through our registration process, parents shared opinions regarding instructional delivery models for their child(ren) returning to school. Parents were asked their level of comfort in sending their learner back to school, as well as interest in virtual learning options. Also, Zion District 6 invited parents, community members, and staff into the conversation through our Return To Learn Committee in our quest to develop robust instructional models for learners in the fall. This collaboration and feedback was an integral part of our district’s planning process as we proactively developed safety protocols for each instructional model as well as was important in understanding stakeholders’ attitudes and beliefs about COVID-19, which will allow the district to better align with stakeholders’ needs and expectations.
Zion District 6 will begin the 2020-2021 school year by giving parents a choice between the At-School (Bricks) or the Remote (Clicks) learning pathway model. Parents are provided an electronic form to complete a Return To Learn Declaration of Intent to secure their child’s choice of instruction. If a parent does not complete the form, their child(ren) will be automatically placed into the At-School model. Enrollment in the either model can only be changed before the beginning of each quarter as the information obtained drives staffing and class placement decisions. As students and staff return to school in the fall, their learning environment may look different due to enhanced safety and health protocols. This new normal will require an adjustment for all, but ultimately these changes will keep health and safety as the top priority on every campus.