Dear Canon-McMillan School District Community,
The first planning step for the return to school on August 24th was approved at the June 25, 2020 school board meeting. That plan includes key health and safety action steps the district will implement based on the county’s mitigation designation (Red, Yellow, & Green) and the type of reopening selected. Given the dynamic nature of this situation, the plan must be adaptable. The school district will continue to monitor public health conditions and new guidance leading up to and throughout the school year. The plan can be modified, as needed, with school board approval at any time.
With this first step complete, the district can now begin the detailed planning beyond the health and safety actions for the return to school. We fully acknowledge no one plan will appeal to everyone or will completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The recommendation to reopen for all students, while providing a 100% distance learning option for anyone who is not comfortable returning, was driven by the input we received from our parent survey. The majority favored a traditional in-school setting return with 11.3% not in support of any face to face instruction.
Survey Results: https://www.cmsd.k12.pa.us/News/284#sthash.gQj3khAF.dpbs
The following provides an overview of school operations and references to key health and safety actions based on the Red, Yellow, and Green designations. The full list of health and safety action steps can be found HERE. Further details and information will be communicated as we approach the start of school. Please note, these overviews and the health and safety action steps are subject to change as we adapt to health conditions in our community, guidance from the Department of Health & the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the interests of our community.
The Green Phase: Students return to school with instruction provided in a traditional manner with an option of 100% distance learning for families with health/safety concerns. Schools will operate on a one hour delayed start each day. Distance learning lessons will be planned and posted each day prior to the start of school for students. This plan allows for students to have the same teacher if they are attending remotely or face to face. We anticipate changing conditions or personal situations may cause students to move between face to face and distance learning throughout the school year. The extent to which social distancing can occur will be dependent on the population of students who opt to distance learn at any given time. Masks are recommended, but not required while in the classroom. Masks will be required while on school buses, in large group gatherings, and in transition from classroom to classroom.
The Yellow Phase: Students will return to school with instruction provided both in person and remotely. Families with health/safety concerns can opt for 100% distance learning. Schools will operate on a one hour delayed start each day. Schools will provide in person instruction at 50% capacity (Schedule TBD). Social distancing can occur at a greater extent, but masks will still be required in some settings. Masks are recommended, but not required while in the classroom. Masks will be required while on school buses, in large group gatherings, and in transition from classroom to classroom.
The Red Phase: Schools remain closed for in-person instruction, therefore, all instruction must be provided via remote learning.
In July, the district will begin identifying the families that are not comfortable returning to school and instead chose to start the school year remotely. Once that population is identified, we can further refine our operations for the implementation of the health and safety action steps. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through this world-wide pandemic.