School Board Approves a Move to Stage 4 Beginning March 15

Return to School 2020-21

Moments ago, the School Board approved the superintendent’s recommendation that the school division progress to Stage 4 of our Return to School plan; however, the start date for that move will occur on March 15 rather than March 1.

In an effort to prioritize messaging around inclement weather this evening, the school division will widely announce this information to our school families and the community tomorrow morning via email, phone, text, social media, and a news release.

As you know, Stage 4 provides some level of face-to-face instruction for all students: four days per week for students in Pre-K through third grade, and two days per week for students in Grades 4-12.

On Monday, March 15, schools will open in Stage 4 for all students. In preparation for this transition, please note the following schedule adjustments:

  • Monday and Tuesday, March 8 and 9, will be asynchronous (independent) learning days for all students.
  • On Wednesday and Thursday, March 10 and 11, schools will open to all elementary school students as well as students in Grades 6 and 9 (the transitional years for middle and high school), as follows:
    • Students in Pre-K and Grades K-3 will attend both days.
    • Students in Grades 4, 5, 6 and 9 will be assigned to attend one of those days.

Under Stage 4, students who receive face-to-face instruction two days per week will participate in a combination of synchronous (teacher-led) and asynchronous (independent) learning for the remaining days of the week. Friday will remain an asynchronous learning day for all students. More details about Stage 4 can be found on our Stage 4 Plan web page.

Please note: In Stage 4, families continue to have the option for their child to participate in fully virtual learning, including four days per week of teacher-directed online instruction (Monday-Thursday) and one day per week of independent learning (Friday).

Thank you for your partnership.