2020-2021 Reentry Plan
Dear TTSD Families,
We hope this letter finds you and your family well as we head into the summer months.
We are reaching out today to provide important information relative to the work that the district has begun to get our buildings, campuses, and classrooms ready for school in the fall. First, however, we start by sharing our deep gratitude for your partnership. Your continued support of your student(s) and your ongoing feedback and contributions to our district priorities are welcome and make us stronger. Serving our students and families is a privilege and our top priority.
Today, although we continue to navigate the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are focused on creating a learning environment for the 2020-2021 school year that is committed to the following:
- Safe, inclusive and respectful;
- Meets and exceeds the educational needs of all our students;
- And, tends to their social and emotional well-being.
District administrators have gotten to work in this planning as directed by the recent guidance provided by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in the Ready Schools, Safe Students plan. This plan focuses on the reentry back into our buildings while providing the requirements we must meet to keep our students, staff, and community safe. This guidance is informed by what is now known about the coronavirus and with an understanding that we will all need to continue to navigate the State’s evolving efforts to mitigate COVID-19. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) epidemiologists contributed to this guidance by providing clear health and safety protocols that will help us prepare for a variety of scenarios.
Along with direction from OHA, ODE also gathered feedback from over 8,000 parents from across the state in creating the Ready School, Safe Students plan. We urge you to read the plan and provide your input to our state officials using this survey. ODE will continue to update this guidance as we move through the summer and schools prepare for the fall.
Here at TTSD, two teams are currently building the state’s required “Operational Blueprint for Reentry” plan. This plan must be completed and submitted to the TTSD School Board by August 10. The Public Health section of the plan must be reviewed and approved by the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services. Once both of these steps are completed, TTSD will file our “Blueprint for Reentry” with ODE no later than August 15, 2020.
TTSD’s Operations team is leading the planning for the reopening of our facilities and campuses. Our administrative team, with representation from elementary, middle, and high schools, is creating a plan dedicated to the teaching and learning environment. As presented at the June 22, 2020, School Board meeting, considerations for TTSD’s plan includes:
- Maximizing teacher time with our students in our physical classrooms while following the guidance centered on keeping students and staff safe
- Being prepared – our teachers, students, and parents – to pivot to distance learning when required due to COVID-19 status in our community
- Building schedules with consideration given to families with students across multiple grades as much as possible
- Students continuing to being taught through the 1:1 use of TTSD iPads/Chromebooks with access to online lessons including literacy and math
As required by the ODE and OHA physical spacing requirements, we will be offering families two options this fall: A hybrid model or an online program.
- A HYBRID MODEL means a combination of in-class and online distance learning. This model will be guided by maximizing in-classroom, face-to-face time for students along with rigorous online instruction for all students based on their needs and grade level. Students will be assigned to smaller learning groups. These groups will stay together both on the bus and at school to maintain health and safety guidance. Students will attend school in person for part of the week and on days students are not in the physical buildings, students will engage in comprehensive distance learning, online assignments, and instruction, along with homework as directed/assigned. The amount of time a student spends at school may vary depending on grade and needs.
- An ONLINE ONLY MODEL means that students attend school 100% online and receive their instruction through a comprehensive distance learning program. More details about this option will be available in the coming weeks.
We recognize our students, families, and community play an essential role in identifying what is needed in our school environments to provide a high quality, equity-focused education for all students. Your participation and feedback are vital to our decision making. The district will host virtual presentations beginning the week of July 20 that will include opportunities for our community to help guide this planning. Please watch for invitations to those meetings in the coming weeks.
You will be hearing from your principals the week of July 13 with more details regarding planning specific to our school communities. We will also continue to send out updates in the coming weeks as this work evolves and we receive further guidance from ODE.
Throughout the summer months TTSD’s schools, campuses, and administrative offices will continue to follow the guidelines as directed by the State and Washington County’s Phase status. Only essential and designated personnel will be working in our buildings. Staff are available via email and phone so please do not hesitate to reach out. Please also watch the district’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for up-to-date information.
Thank you for your ongoing participation, support, and patience as we work together to keep students safe, engaged, and learning. Have a safe, healthy, and peaceful summer.
Dr. Sue Rieke-Smith
Dr. Lisa McCall