Parents and Guardians:
As we close in on Winter Break, I wanted to take a moment and share decisions made at our Governing Board Meeting last Tuesday evening (12/8/2020). The Governing Board, at the request of teachers and staff, approved to remain in the Hybrid Model of Instruction to close out the second quarter. This was a tough decision, as our primary concern continues to be the safety and welfare of students and staff. The dramatic increase in the number of positive cases over the past few weeks and the diminishing beds available in our local hospitals are vital considerations when making decisions on a day-to-day basis. The teachers and staff of Mohave Valley Elementary School District recommended to the MVESD Governing Board staying in the Hybrid Model of Instruction for the last two weeks before Winter Break instead of going directly into Distance Learning (Virtual). This district-wide staff recommendation was based on parents communicating with us regarding their family wellness, MVESD intentionality of preparation, protocols, specific circumstances with the use of the current instructional model (Hybrid), and our routine use of PPEs (masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning procedures).
In saying that, MVESD will continue in the Hybrid Model of Instruction for the remainder of the second quarter (12/14-12/18), pending health metrics. After Winter Break, MVESD will be in the Distance Learning Model of Instruction (Virtual) for the first two weeks back. This will allow for any symptoms from students and staff to manifest before returning and attending in-person Hybrid instruction on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, pending health metrics and consultation with health professionals. This re-entry strategy was the best, in our eyes and supported by the County Health Department, to help mitigate the spreading of the Corona-19 virus at school after the holidays.
Staff will be calling parents and guardians this week to provide information about your child’s schedule entering the third quarter and to assist in any questions that you may have moving forward.
We will continue to communicate with you concerning any changes made to our instructional programming. This simply means MVESD we will be continuing with our current cohort scheduling with Cohort ‘A’ attending in-person on both Mondays and Tuesdays and Cohort ‘B’ attending in-person on Wednesdays and Thursdays. See below for more details concerning the month of January. For those of you that have chosen to stream in conjunction with Google Classroom or use our Mohave Valley Connections Academy, the online platform, will also remain the same with no change.
Thank you for your continued understanding, flexibility, and support as we work together to provide your child(ren) the best instructional programming, taking into consideration the current COVID-19 local health conditions. We appreciate you being part of our educational family. We are working hard to return safer and healthier for everyone! Please enjoy your Winter Break, and Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Winter Break: 12/21/20 - 1/1/2021
Distance Learning ‘Virtual’: 1/4/2021 - 1/15/2021
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School) - 1/18/2021
Hybrid for the first week back: 1/19 & 1/20 (Tuesday/Wednesday) - Cohort ‘A’
1/21 & 1/22 (Thursday/Friday) - Cohort ‘B’
Hybrid Week 1/25 - Cohort ‘A’ Monday and Tuesday, Cohort ‘B’ Wednesday and Thursday