Monday Morning Message
Thank you for a great school year. It was great because we were all flexible and did our part to make a trying time as good as it could be. We learned so much from virtual learning and teaching. Some of those things will change our teaching in the future, but the one thing we know is nothing replaces actual contact with our students and their interaction with one another.
Monday night the Tracy Learning Center Board adopted our three-part plan for reopening. We are committed to opening with the appropriate plan given the circumstances at the time. You will note that we are hoping and planning to implement Plan Two in August. In order to be ready for that plan, we are assigning each student to a learning group. We are attempting to keeping family together. If we have not achieved that, please notify the office. If there is a hardship for the days your family has been assigned, please provide documentation and/or an explanation and we will try to accommodate the change. We need to keep a balance between the two groups, but we think we can work it out.
We are notifying Champions of our plan and we will ask them to consider child care for before and after school, on the days the children are at school.
We are excited at the possibility of reopening with actual in-person class time. As you can see from our plan, safety is a big factor in the plan. We know we can count on all of you to follow our guidelines and to help reinforce the expectations at home. Your attitude towards the plan will affect how your child reacts to the plan as well. Take the time to explain the plan and the details to your child. (Younger ones need this the most). We will keep you posted, but we want to be ready for the most probable plan.
Please be sure to wear your masks and maintain social distancing to help make Plan Two a reality. Everyone doing what is needed to help us recover makes a difference.
The following are plans 1, 2, and 3 approved by the board for opening. At this time, we are planning on opening with the hybrid plan 2. Obviously, this is a fluid situation and we will be working closely with the county and state to ensure we are following all guidelines to keep our families and staff safe.
Tracy Learning Center Reopening Plan
for August 3, 2020
Bans have been increased, social distancing and masks are the law, COVID 19 is increasing in numbers and state mandates indicate schools must remain closed.
- Tracy Learning Center will offer virtual learning daily for all students. Students will meet with staff virtually for instruction and be assigned work to do independently in addition to virtual Zoom teacher instruction. The instruction all be standards-based curriculum.
- Tracy Learning Center has a proven track record of using this model for three full months and while we believe it was successful, we are aware of the limitations.
- Attendance will be taken daily and contact will be made with all students who are not regularly attending classes to inquire as to why and how it can improve. The calendar for 205 days will be implemented.
- Technology will be available through check out for all students in need of assistance or support.
- Grades will be issued, as usual, work and attendance are mandatory,
Plan Two (MOST LIKELY THE PLAN WE WILL USE AUGUST 3)
COVID 19 seems to be slowing, schools are allowed to open with caution. Social distance and masks remain required.
- All students will be placed in an A or B group ( by the last name to keep families on the same schedule K-12)
- Each group will attend school in person for two full days. Group A will attend on Monday and Tuesday, Group B will attend Thursday and Friday)
The A and B groups allow for a tremendous decrease in the class size allowing for a great deal of individual attention and focus. The curriculum will be relevant, rigorous, and interactive.
- On Wednesdays, all students will be expected to attend virtual classes for two one hour sessions in grades TK-4) and one hour per class session in grades 5-12. Attendance will be taken and is mandatory.
- On the two days not in attendance, each group will be assigned specific independent work related to the instruction they have received that will be due the same day. Attendance will be taken. Teachers will be available for questions during independent time if needed. The work, though new, will be an application of what has been taught in class that week and must be completed for a grade.
Plan Two required safety guidelines
Parents will not be permitted inside the gated areas but must wear masks for drop off and pick up
Temperatures will be taken daily at the gate area before entering the school grounds
Sanitizers and soap and water will be available in each room
In the event of a child who becomes ill, a closed-off but visible area will be the waiting area until a parent arrives for the child.
Bagged Lunches may be purchased for room delivery by our food service, lunches from home must be in disposable containers including water for drinking. Fountains at school will be closed. No backpacks at school. Individual pouches of pencils etc. will be given to each student for individual use and kept at school for grades TK-8)
Bathrooms for each school will be monitored allowing one child inside at a time.
Social distancing will be enforced in the rooms and areas will be marked with tape
Students and teachers will wear masks
Outside hall doors will remain open for ventilation
Individual considerations by school when implementing Plan Two
Primary students will be assigned a chair, marked with their name for exclusive use.
No carpet sitting or carpets will be used in the primary classrooms
DCS students will remain in their first-period class for all classes except PE and lunch. Teachers will travel to their rooms.
MHS schedules do not permit staying in one room for all classes, so hallways will be set up for one-way direction.
In the event that a child or the child’s family contracts COVID 19, the child will be quarantined for 14 days. Independent work will be assigned.
The hybrid plan ( Plan Two) will be reviewed once a month. When conditions improve in the county, the plan will change to more closely resemble Plan Three.
All restrictions for masks, social distancing, or other reopening issues are lifted and COVID 19 is showing a strong decline in identified cases and deaths.
- All students will return to a traditional school setting as usual. There will be classroom attendance 5 days a week following standards-based curriculum
- The school schedule given to students will be followed.
- All curriculum will be standards-based and learning will be aligned for rigor, relevance, and interaction.
- Students’ needs will be addressed through special programs and individual consideration.
- The 205-day calendar will be implemented