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Letter from USD 235 Superintendent March 20, 2020
Letter from USD 235 Superintendent March 20, 2020
Bret Howard
Friday, March 20, 2020

USD 235 Parents/Guardians:

We need your help in planning what our Continuous Learning Plan will look like in Uniontown USD 235.  Please fill out the survey using the link below.  We ask that all USD 235 Parents fill out the survey by noon on Monday, March 23.  We will use the information collected in this survey to begin forming our plan. 

Our administration team along with our technology staff be meeting next work during Spring Break so that we may have information ready for our staff to use in forming the Uniontown Continuous Learning plan during the week of March 30 - April 3.   

We appreciate your willingness to work together to make this the best experience possible for your child(ren).

I also want to share again that the Continuous Learning Task Force sent out their recommendations on Thursday, March 19.  Mr. Eden, Mr. Reith and I spent yesterday reading through the guidelines as well listening to several webinars to review and explain the guidance in further detail.

We still want to reiterate even after having another day to review this plan the following…

  • We will be focusing on essential learning and essential outcomes for students – “Less is More”.
  • We will be emphasizing relationships in this new learning environment.
  • Our decisions must support all populations of students.
  • We will establish a consistent and agreed upon framework of expectations, communication models and practices that all stakeholders share.
  • We will be using 1-2 platforms of learning for all students.  We simply can’t have every person using their own platforms.  This would be confusing for students and parents alike.
  • The guidance we received has recommendations on time for students to spend learning each day.  We will be using these recommendations. They are 30 minutes for Pre-K; 45 minutes for KG and 1st grade; 60 minutes for 2nd and 3rd grade; 90 minutes for 4th and 5th grade; and 30 minutes per teacher in 6th through 12th grade. (3 hours maximum in a day.)  These will be maximum minutes and doesn’t mean that it will even be daily.
  • Continuous Learning will not be hours of screen time for students and parents.
  • We will not just be making copies of worksheets and sending them home.

Mr. Eden, Mr. Reith and I met with USD 235 Technology Staff at 8:00 AM today and began discussing Technology issues and concerns.  We will be able to better answer some of those issues after reviewing the survey results.

Be safe Eagles!

Thank you and God Bless,

Bret Howard