Fall school letter

Dear Families,

I want to inform you to the greatest extent of what we know today regarding how we will deliver school in the fall of 2020.

MDE sent a message yesterday afternoon that identifies that they are working on producing guidelines for schools and a timeline for determining what model of delivery we need to plan for as we return to school.  Administratively, we have been having discussions on the logistics of implementing these possible scenarios.

Most immediately, during the week of June 15, 2020, MDE will be releasing guidelines to help shape school contingency planning for the following three different scenarios for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Return all students to school buildings following the most current CDC and MDH guidelines.
  • Return students to school buildings implementing a hybrid model following the most current CDC and MDH guidelines.
  • No students return to school buildings. Implement a distance learning model.

MDE cautions that this situation is fluid and decisions will continue to be reviewed in the best interest of public health and our school communities. As the situation evolves, decisions may change. MDE is urging school districts and charter schools to prepare for each of the three scenarios.

In partnership with MDH and the Governor’s Office they plan to announce a decision for which model of educational delivery will be utilized to begin the 2020-21 school year by the week of July 27, 2020.

Current MDE timeline:

  • Week of June 15
    • Release public health parameters of the three models for schools to consider while contingency planning for the 2020-21 school year.
  • Week of July 27
    • MDE and MDH share determination on educational delivery model will be in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, school staff, and school communities for the 2020-21 school year.

I can only imagine how eager your children are to get back into the school building to see their friends, staff, and regain normalcy.  The school feels the same way.  We can’t wait to see the kids again and are willing to do whatever precautions necessary to make their safe and healthy return to school happen.  We will continue to work towards making the best experience out of whatever scenario we are held to.  

Look forward to seeing you and your children soon.  Enjoy your summer.

Keith Kottke
Superintendent
Springfield School District