Return-to-Learn Update (9/16/20)
We would like to provide information regarding the process we are using to determine movement between learning models (100% off-site, hybrid, 100% on-site). Much like the decision-making process for inclement weather days, our Board of Directors has authorized the Superintendent to make decisions regarding transitions between learning models. To help guide that decision-making process, we have developed a COVID-19 Decision Matrix which was approved by the Board on September 1, 2020. The matrix was developed in collaboration with Johnson County Public Health and Johnson County Emergency Management. It provides data guidelines to determine if a shift in learning models is required for an individual building or the entire District.
The District continues to monitor the daily COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County. Permission was granted from the State last week for the District to continue in a 100% off-site learning model for up to an additional two week period. However, last night we informed the Board of the possibility of transitioning to the hybrid learning model earlier if positivity rates fall below 10% in Johnson County. We will continue to track rates this week and plan to announce on Friday our plans for transitioning to the hybrid model.
While we prepare to reopen our schools, we have developed a COVID-19 dashboard to provide up-to-date information regarding active COVID-19 cases within our school district community. We are committed to providing transparent, accurate, and timely data regarding COVID-19 cases while also maintaining the confidentiality of our students and staff. Information is compiled from each building and the dashboard is updated each afternoon.
We can all agree on the need to return to in-person learning as soon as possible; however, we remain dedicated to the health and safety of our students and staff. Health and safety will continue to guide our decision-making. We are hopeful that conditions will allow us to welcome our students back to in-person learning soon. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate this process. #ICCSDtogether