I hope this message finds you well and staying warm on a snowy Sunday afternoon. I know a lot of students were hoping for a snow day tomorrow, but it looks like the bulk of the snow is coming today. We will keep an eye on the weather tonight and in the morning and make a call if appropriate.
On Friday night, I presented to the board the reasons we chose the Hybrid Model for grades kindergarten to grade 8. If you missed the board meeting, I would encourage you to watch it to hear the board of education discussion regarding the current instructional model in the district. Also, a link is included below if you would like to view the presentation.
Attached to this message you will find a link for a parent feedback survey regarding the current learning model in the district. Please complete this survey as soon as possible. The information provided will help us make a decision as to whether or not continue with hybrid model in Grades K-8 and the “all-in” model at the high school level.
In the presentation to the board of education, I outlined what it would take to get our K-8 students back to school, all in, five days a week. At the meeting, I recommended that due to distancing issues and enrollment, the middle school will have to continue with the hybrid model.
However, we can return to an all in model in grades K-5 with some changes at both Streetsboro Elementary and Henry Defer Intermediate (please refer to the presentation or video of the meeting for details). It is very important to understand that if we return to an in person model, parents could receive phone call very early in the morning due to having to place specific grade levels in a remote status at a moment’s notice due to lack of classroom coverage (similar to a calamity day).
While this would create an issue for some families, it would get our students back in full time in the elementary. Again, please complete the survey so that we can use this data to make our decision.
Finally, we received word that the staff in Streetsboro will have the opportunity to be vaccinated the week of February 12th. This is great news and we are hopeful that once our staff is fully vaccinated, perhaps the distancing requirements will be relaxed and we can get back to what we once knew as a “normal” school day.
Thank you for your continued support as we navigate something none of us has experienced. Our staff continues to do an amazing job and gets better every day with synchronous learning.
Please continue to practice the safety measures at home in order to keep your loved ones safe and healthy.
R. Michael Daulbaugh
Streetsboro City Schools