Parents, Guardians And Community:
Thank you all for your attendance and/or viewing of our Board meeting last evening at Mohave Valley Junior High. For those who weren’t able to get the information, the Board voted to start the first quarter using our Distance Learning Model. The specifics of this plan are located within the framework of our Road Map for Re-entry, which can be accessed with the attached link. Please know one of the guiding principles to this plan was the health and safety of our staff and students.
Our plan has been vetted by local health professionals, follows CDC guidelines, aligns with the White House guidelines for Opening Up America and speaks to the guidance provided by local, state and national health professionals.
MVESD is welcoming both new and veteran teachers back next week as they prepare for school to start on August 5th. Please know that school has never been shut down, only buildings have closed. Distance Learning has come a long way since the end of last year. Please know that teachers are excited to return and meet their students, your children. They will be reaching out next week, introducing themselves, talking about the first day of school and explaining about how the first quarter will look. It is ok to be a little nervous about how all of this is going to work. Our teachers will paint the picture of what the day in the life of Distance Learning looks like and what to expect as we embark on this educational journey together. This is a great opportunity for us to see this as a way to Reinvent, Reimagine and Redesign what we have known traditional education to be, removing the walls of the classroom. We know that in-person learning is what is best for kids; however, our goal is to make the Distance Learning model one that is meaningful and relevant for your child.
Our Road Map for Re-Entry allows for maximum flexibility and fluidity, as needed within the framework of instructional models. Our goal is to have in-person instruction beginning the second quarter. Between now and then, we will continue to monitor local health conditions and work with health officials to determine the most appropriate learning environment for the second quarter, and will communicate with parents well in advance for what learning opportunities will be available. Technology and devices will be made available to students and families who are in need so they can successfully engage with their teachers and peers in this remote learning environment. As schools begin to reach out, they will be surveying the needs of devices and internet access.
As we all know, the information we are receiving is only as good as the moment it is being given. I think it is safe to say that everyone - staff, students, parents and our community hope to welcome students back to our SMALL. SAFE. Neighborhood Schools. second quarter.
Please keep up with District communications via social media and website. Don’t hesitate to contact your child’s school or the District Office if you should have any questions. While this is the most challenging start to a school year that any of us have ever experienced, we are excited to begin the 2020-2021 school year. As always, thank you for being part of the MVESD educational family. Have a great last week of summer vacation!
With much appreciation,
Road Map for Re-Entry: https://5il.co/ilh3