UPDATED JULY 6, 2020
Widefield School District 3 is committed to safely reopening schools on Monday, August 17 for all students to attend in-person, on-site, five days a week. While the modified in person learning plan is our intention, it is clear we need to have plans to change quickly depending on the situation which we will undoubtedly face. We continue to plan for all three scenarios, modified in person learning, a hybrid model, and a fully accessible distance learning if confronted with that possibility.
As we continue to plan, we would appreciate some additional feedback to help us determine your child’s intent to return to school in August. Please take this very quick anonymous survey.
Governor Polis publicly announced his expectation that schools in Colorado be back on schedule to start the school year. Given the vast diversity that exists among El Paso County school districts in (1) student and community demographics and values, (2) the size, age, layout, and design of school buildings, (3) the ability and capacity to deliver digital instruction and services, and (4) a host of other individualities that define what is great about El Paso County, overly prescriptive or inflexible guidance will impede many schools from operating as they need.
The following principles are guiding our process as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year:
- Quality Instruction
- Equity for all Students
- Safety, Health, and Wellness
- Partnering with Families
- Collaboration Around Best Practices
As we have all seen, conditions can change quickly, and we must understand that plans will have to be adjusted as our health partners advise, to ensure they are as strong as they can be to protect the health and wellness of staff, students and community. We will have plans in place to pivot as needed from a “normal” model to a hybrid model or full distance learning.
Thank you for your continued support, patience, and most importantly, flexibility, as we navigate planning for the 2020-2021 school year.