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Oct. 14, 2020: Update regarding changing student learning models

On Oct. 14, 2020, Jamesville-DeWitt Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchooMessenger to families regarding changing students' learning models. 

Dear Jamesville-DeWitt families,

Now that students have had several weeks of instruction, we want to give you the opportunity to change whether your children are participating in our remote or hybrid instructional models. 

Prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year, we asked families to make a 10-week commitment to their preferred learning model. If you are interested in switching your child to in-person instruction on or around Nov. 16, please complete this form by Nov. 6. 

The district will then assign your child’s student group (A, B, C or D) based on classroom space, not their last name as we did for the first marking period. This is to ensure social distancing will be maintained in classrooms. We anticipate having the groups assigned by Nov. 12.

If your child’s instructional model is staying the same for the second marking period, they will continue with their existing student group and schedule. There is no need for you to take any action. 

We understand that comfort levels for in-person instruction may have changed for some families since the start of the school year. To be as responsive as possible to those concerns, if you want to move your child from in-person to fully remote learning, you may do so sooner than the second marking period. We have pushed up the date to change to Group E (remote learning only) to Oct. 16. Please submit this form to indicate your preference for this change, which will begin Oct. 19.   

We anticipate that both models of instruction will evolve throughout the school year, especially as we continue to review the feedback from our recent Thought Exchanges. Partnering with our families is crucial this year, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility.

If you have questions on the process to change your child’s learning model, please reach out to Assistant Superintendent Nate Franz at 315-445-8300 or

As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. 


Peter Smith



Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 445-8300

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