‘All remote’ model added to district’s 2020-21 instructional framework; 2020-21 School Reopening Plan to be submitted on July 31

As July 31 approaches, the Minisink Valley School District is finalizing its plans for reopening schools that focuses on three important areas:

  • Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff
  • Providing academic instruction which maximizes each student’s academic achievement and success.
  • Supporting the social and emotional well-being of all students, families and staff during these challenging times.

Based on our extensive research, meetings and review of evolving guidance, our plan continues to be to reopening schools this fall by focusing on a hybrid instructional model framework that will include both in-person classes and remote instruction

As part of this fluid and evolving process, it’s clear that it’s important for the district to provide an “all remote” model for those families who feel this is important to them.

In addition to this “all remote” model, the global framework for the hybrid model currently remains:

  •  K-1 students would attend school in-person each day in smaller class sizes, adhering to all social distancing mandates and requirements.
  •  Students entering grades 2-12 would attend on an alternate day cycle, in smaller class sizes, and participate in distance learning on the days they do not physically attend school.  Both groups participate in daily interactions with their teachers.
  •  Students and staff will be grouped and remain in the same room as much as possible.
  • There will be a reduced capacity for students on school buses.

Aw we’ve previously stressed, this planning is fluid, based on the governor’s decision on when and how to open school, following his Phase IV metrics of our area. We all must continue to be flexible and embrace the requirement to be adaptable.

Our next steps are to address the extremely voluminous work of school schedule formation, synchronous and asynchronous instruction**, substantive remote curriculum development, teacher/student interactions, extracurricular activities, athletics and much more, following the instructional framework we are confident will work best for our Minisink Valley school community.

This work will take place in August, and like all our planning, will be fluid and flexible.  Prior to the start of the school year, the district will provide detailed information for students and parents that will best prepare everyone for the opening of our schools.

We encourage you to read our 2020-21 School Reopening Plan, which will be available for review by the end of the day on July 31 on this website.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we continue our work.

Additional reading:
July 27: District unveils reopening framework plans for the 2020-21 school year  

**Synchronous learning is online or distance education that happens in real time, such as when an instructor is teaching material to students in remote locations like home.  Asynchronous learning occurs online without real-time interaction, such as accessing instructional materials through Google classroom and without live instructional interaction. Many hybrid learning models can include a blend of asynchronous and synchronous learning.