With the close of the 2019-2020 school year, Thompson School District staff members are now devoting their full attention to planning for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic period.
TSD staff firmly believe that in-person instruction provides the best possible educational opportunities and systems of support for students. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic this spring and the mandated closure of in-person instruction state-wide created an opportunity for students and teachers to engage on-line in order to enhance and continue student learning. Information that the district recently received from a family survey will help staff members to adjust and create more effective on-line learning opportunities for each student.
The district believes it is important to plan for potential educational scenarios that may be necessary depending on how the pandemic impacts our community this summer and beyond. Therefore, TSD is currently evaluating the following additional options that can be put into place as needed.
In-Person / Online
Scenario 1.a - Elementary Students in Schools, Secondary Students Online
Elementary students would be in schools four days a week and secondary students would be online full time.
Scenario 1.b - Flexible Small Group Learning and Online
All students would attend in small groups for a certain number of times to meet with teachers in person, get materials and learn online expectations. After this phase, all students would receive instruction online. Small, select groups of students would be scheduled into buildings for interventions, hands-on learning, etc. Students in the daily groups may not be consistent from day-to-day or week-to-week.
All students would be 100% online and no students would be in buildings for instruction.
Thompson School District staff members have been working closely with local and state health officials during these challenging times. Ultimately, the scheduling plan that is chosen will be based on guidance and recommendations that are provided by state and county officials. Officials are closely monitoring the impact of the disease in our community and will continue to do so as we move forward. Please note that it is possible that a 100% on-line learning model may be deemed to be necessary for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
At this time, we believe that a final decision on the educational model for the upcoming school year will be announced in the middle of July. District staff fully understand that this decision will have a significant impact on all district families. We assure you that we are carefully evaluating these impacts as part of the planning process.
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