Families asked to complete reopening survey by July 22
The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District has shared with parents and guardians a brief survey to gather feedback from families regarding the potential reopening of school.
The survey, which will close Wednesday, July 22, was sent to families via the district’s SchoolMessenger email notification system. Parents and guardians are encouraged to check their spam folder or, if using Gmail, the promotions tab if they don’t see the survey email in their primary inbox.
“In considering reopening, our top priority is the health, safety and welfare of our students, staff and families,” Superintendent Peter Smith said. “The information and data gathered from this survey will help the district best prepare plans, protocols and safety measures.”
The state is requiring all school districts to submit by July 31 reopening plans that take into account different educational scenarios, including in-person instruction with new safety requirements, remote learning and a hybrid model of both.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will announce during the first week of August whether he will allow schools to reopen in September. However, even if given the green light to open, he could close schools again if the COVID-19 infection rate climbs.
While J-D’s reopening plan ultimately will be shaped by state Education Department and Department of Health guidelines, district officials are hoping that the responses to the district’s reopening survey will help them plan for potential student needs, such as transportation and technology.
“We understand families are anxious because there are so many unknowns surrounding the 2020-21 school year at this time,” Smith said. “We are gathering as much information as possible to put together a reopening plan that follows the guidelines from the experts and takes into account families’ concerns expressed in our recent ThoughtExchange.”
The district’s plan, which will be presented to the J-D Board of Education during its July 27 meeting, will focus on strategies to keep the school community healthy while providing high-quality instruction that meets the needs of all students.
The plan’s framework will take the following into account:
The health, safety and well-being of the children and adults is paramount.
Educational equity will be at the forefront of decision-making.
Maintain continuity of instruction for all students.
Communicate with stakeholders, such as staff, families, students, and the community.
Ensure flexibility to meet the needs of all students, regardless of changing circumstances.
Once the district’s plan is finalized, the district will notify families and share the plan on the J-D website.