Family input requested as plans for 2020-2021 school year evolve

on July 10, 2020



Once the final celebrations in honor of our graduates was over, district leaders quickly turned their attention to planning for the start of the new school year. More than 80 individuals, including parents, students, Board of Education members, administrators, teachers and community members are serving as a Reopening Task Force to help develop workable solutions for the 2020-2021 school year.

Our goals are to ensure digital equity among all students, address emerging psychological, social and emotional needs of students, staff and families, and implement a comprehensive instructional plan. To support the work of the Task Force, we are asking you to complete one final survey: Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year.

Members of the Task Force are serving on subcommittees to explore these key topics:

  • Bilingual Education
  • Digital Equity & Access
  • Health Safety/Nutrition/Facilities
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Transportation
  • Social Emotional Needs
  • Special Education

While we await further instruction from the state, the school district will carefully consider three possible instructional models for the start of the school year:

  • Traditional in-person
  • Fully remote
  • Hybrid: combination of in-person and remote learning

The subcommittees are developing plans based on the following essential questions:|

  • What do you think are the greatest challenges that our school district will face under each of the three instructional models?
  • Can you provide concrete examples of creative solutions to challenging problems that could work in our school district under each of the three instructional models?
  • When discussing the hybrid and fully remote models, which solution yields the best outcome for students?

In recent days, M-W families have received requests to complete two other surveys: one related to digital access and one regarding remote learning. Responses from the digital access survey identified the need to accelerate the district’s 1-to-1 device distribution plan, as addressed in the letter to families late last week. As a result, we will soon begin distribution of Chromebooks and iPads to all M-W students. Sign up information for distribution appointments will be released to families shortly.

The second survey regarding Social Emotional Needs/Remote Learning is still open for responses. We are grateful to those families who have already shared their insights and invite everyone to complete the survey. The school district will use responses from our students and parents/guardians to help guide decisions about the 2020-2021 school year.

As always, our focus remains on doing what is best for our students. We will continue to keep families updated as planning proceeds.