District Recovery Plan & Updates
At this time, Somerset County Public Schools is working diligently to produce a COVID-19 recovery plan for the 2020-2021 academic school year. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has provided all MD school districts with guidance for reopening, which includes a list of 13 requirements that each district must address in their recovery plans.
Additional guidance from MSDE includes the reopening decision matrix below.
Somerset County Public Schools has addressed these requirements in this document in advance of releasing our district recovery plan, which should be available here no later than August 14, 2020. At the July 21, 2020 board meeting, the Somerset Board of Education approved SCPS' proposal to begin the 2020-2021 school year virtually for the first four weeks, with a staggered phase-in period beginning in early October that prioritizes our most vulnerable students, as well as changes to the school calendar to allow more planning time for educators and more days of in-school instruction at the end of the year.
The graphic below describes the two options parents have for the 2020-2021 school year. In both choices, students will begin the school year virtually in order to give the district time to open to students for face-to-face instruction in the safest manner possible. Families choosing the remote learning Option 1 must commit to a full semester (until Feb. 4, 2020) under this model. SCPS will then evaluate remaining in-classroom capacity and student needs to determine who can switch from Option 1 to Option 2 for the second semester. For families choosing the phased-in Option 2, students will remain in the virtual learning environment until their group is called back to physically return to schools. We will post important health, safety and operations protocols for students' physical return as they are finalized in our plan.
A timeline of activities to date as well as anticipated future dates are below.
June 17: Parent Survey #1 - Results
June 18: Recovery subcomittee meetings
June 23: Recovery Steering Committee Meeting
June 29: Staff Survey #1 - Results
July 1: Recovery subcommittee meetings
July 14: Parent Survey #2 - Results
July 16: Recovery Steering Committee Meeting
July 20: Somerset Education Association Survey - Results
July 21: Board of Education Meeting - Approved for a virtual start for the first 4 weeks and changes to calendar
Aug 13: Special Board of Education Meeting - Board Vote on Recovery Plan
Aug 14: SCPS Recovery Plan posted to district website
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