MCBOE District Plan for 2020-2021

MCBOE District Plan for 2020-2021

Message from Superintendent

We are looking forward to the start of the 2020-2021 school year. We understand that anything less than a full-time, in-person traditional school schedule creates challenges for many of our students and families. The vision and mission of Marshall County Schools has remained unchanged. The health and safety of students and staff is our single highest priority. We understand for students with compromised immune systems or those who live in homes with at-risk family members, a virtual, on-line learning option might be best. For other students, a return to face-to-face instruction would best suit their individual needs. With this unpredictable pandemic, we know that we cannot anticipate every challenge, but we are making every effort to address all possibilities.

It is imperative that we reopen our schools in a process that is well-planned, cautious, and gradual. It is important to understand that school reopening is not a first step in restoring “normality,” rather, it is the first step in creating a new model of education. Our staff have worked very hard to provide parents with options for learning environments that best meet the needs of their children, and have worked hard to provide students with opportunities to excel educationally by utilizing individualized and adaptive cutting-edge technology five days a week ExcelEd Program.

In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, the district has distributed hotspots ($102,000), and provided Chromebooks ($650,000) to students in need. In addition, over $200,000 have been spent on supplies for cleaning, sanitizing and personal protection measures.

We appreciate the feedback from our preliminary parent survey. After parents have had an opportunity to view the current Marshall County Reopening Plan, a second parent survey is scheduled to be sent on Monday, July 20, 2020. The new survey will provide our school system with more information regarding the exact number of students in each grade level who want to choose virtual instruction or face-to-face instruction, as well as their transportation needs. The results of the survey will be used to determine specific class schedules and bus routes, so it is very important that we collect this information for each Marshall County student.

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