Letter from Dr. Ahlemeyer

From July 20, 2020

Dear Maroa-Forsyth School District Families,

At a Special Meeting Friday, the School Board approved some recommendations from the District Return to School Planning Team. We want to thank all of you who filled out the parent survey as the team worked hard to take into account that input in developing the recommendations. Safety for all was our number one priority. Please read the full Executive Summary and Memo to the BOE about changing the start of school dates.

Here are the highlights:

• In-Person Learning 4 days a week with remote learning for ALL one day per week. In-Person days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday with dismissal times set at 2:03 for MS/HS and 2:13 for the GS. Wednesday is a Remote Learning Day for ALL. Details about how In-Person Learning will be implemented will be released after July 24th so parents can make an informed choice. Masks will be required for ALL per health/state guidelines.

• Parents also have the choice to do Remote Learning instead of choosing our In-Person plan. If choosing for your student to be a full time remote learner, you must commit to this option for the entire first semester.

• For parents that choose Remote Learning or if the entire District gets put into Remote Learning mode, expectations for all will be different than the spring. Parent and staff survey data made it clear that there needs to be more accountability and consistency with Remote Learning. Details about our Remote Learning plan will be released after July 24th so parents can make an informed choice. These items will be addressed: grading expectations for all remote learning; monitored daily attendance; consistent technology platforms; family and staff access to Chromebooks/Hotspots; and specific expectations for our teaching staff, parents, and students.

• Full Day Kindergarten will change to a Half Day program (Scheduling TBA).

• High School graduation requirements will be modified for Seniors only (TBA).

• First day for Staff moved from August 17 to August 24.

• First day for Students will start Monday, August 31 and each building will be putting out a schedule for the week of August 31 bringing in separate grades one day at a time. All grades first day back will be Tuesday, September 8th. The last day of school moved to June 4 from May 27th. More calendar changes could happen. Stay flexible.

In closing, please know these plans can change at any time, but we felt it was important for you to know now so you can plan ahead. Also, as previously mentioned, we need more time to put together the exact details of how In-Person and Remote Learning will work. We recognize parents need these details and answers to many questions before they can make a choice for Remote Learning or In-Person Learning. We plan on releasing those details after Friday, July 24th. We also recognize that not everyone will approve of our plans and the changes we have made to this school year. We are working hard to do our best to be in school AND keep everyone safe. I plead for your compassion, patience, and understanding as we forge ahead in these uncharted waters. We will be in touch soon. In the meantime, please call or email anyone on our administrative team and we will do everything in our power to help you.

Take good care,

Dr. John Ahlemeyer, Superintendent of Schools