The Wayne County Board of Education approved Wayne County Schools’ re-entry opening plan during a meeting on Thursday (July 9) evening, while continued public health restrictions make a “normal” opening of school impossible. Recognizing the value of in-person instruction, the board plans to provide it to the greatest extent possible, while maintaining abundant safety steps. The district will adhere to all applicable public health orders.
Understanding parents’ concerns about the continued spread of the COVID-19, the district is taking a flexible approach to the upcoming school year by offering customized options to meet different students’ needs. The opening day for students will be August 24th, regardless of whether students are attending classes on campus or returning to a remote learning environment through online means.
"Over 1,500 parents and staff members responded to the online survey regarding this situation," noted Wayne County School Superintendent Wayne Roberts. "We are so grateful for their input, which represented 2,000 students, in helping us develop our plans. In addition, 600 respondents took the time to provide comments on the survey. We valued their comments and used them in the decision making process."
With their help, the district designed a parent choice model providing creative and sustainable options for student learning both in the classroom and at home. The plan includes four different choices, so families can make their decision regarding what is best for their child, during this first nine-week period.
Choice One involves students attending school four days per week with Friday designated as an NTI (Non-Traditional Instruction) Day. The teacher will have a full class of students in attendance each day. Due to limited space for social distancing within classrooms, students are expected to wear a mask most of the day. Preschool and kindergarten students are not required to wear masks per public health guidance.
Choice Two provides an alternating schedule for students to follow by attending classes on either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. All other days will be NTI days. The teacher will have only half their class in attendance each day, allowing for better social distancing within the classroom. Smaller class sizes will likely allow students to remove their masks when seated in the classroom during instruction; but will be required to wear masks entering and exiting the building, traveling in the hallway or moving around in the classroom.
Choice Three is for students to participate through virtual (at-home) instruction. Students will receive instruction through virtual means like Google Classroom, Google Meet, and YouTube. While instruction will be provided with the support of a certified teacher, students will need to take ownership of their learning and are expected to participate on a daily basis.
Choice Four has been designed for high school students only. Students will report to campus for certain classes like automotive, agriculture, machine tool, consumer science, AP courses, and Project Lead the Way classes. Other courses are completed virtually. This option works best for students who drive or who have reliable transportation.
Important healthy at school guidelines will be followed and the district is revamping their services to enable instruction to continue.
Parents are being contacted by their child's school with detailed information to make an informed decision on which is best for them. If/or when the Governor’s Office, Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Kentucky Public Health (KPH) and/or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend different options, the school district will revisit the model.
Check out the following link WCSD Re-entry Plan to learn more details!