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Important Message from Wilson County Schools: July 25, 2020

The Wilson County Schools Board of Education has voted to approve a calendar change recommendation from Director of Schools, Dr. Donna Wright. That recommendation included moving the start date to our 2020-2021 school year to August 17 for students (teachers would report on August 10.) The original start date for our upcoming school year was previously set for August 3. This approval provides a two week shift in the calendar. At this point, no scheduled breaks on the current calendar would be affected by this approval. Those breaks include: fall break, winter/holiday break and spring break. Again, those remain the same with no change.

The two week advancement in the calendar would mean that two weeks would be added on to the end of the school year. With this approval, the last day of the 2020-2021 school year would be Thursday, June 4, 2021. Today’s vote can be found in this link on BoardDocs Agenda Motion & Voting.

In addition, the teaching and learning model has been changed to begin the school year. Traditional was the original plan, but Wilson County Schools now intends to start the school year in a Modified Hybrid Model. (Information sheet attached). The modification is due to the inclusion of all K-12 students. The previous Hybrid model was K-8, so this modification would now include all high school students.

Implementing the Modified Hybrid was not a measure that needed board approval today. At our previous Board of Education meeting, the school board approved re-entry plans but also gave the Director of Schools authority to “revise as necessary” on what teaching and learning models would be utilized throughout our school year. Today, Dr. Wright advised the board on her reasoning to move to the Modified Hybrid plan. That motion and vote from the July 16, 2020 meeting can be found on BoardDocs Agenda Motion & Voting.

Among the reasons given by Dr. Wright to start in Modified Hybrid was due to latest health trends and data. She feels this decision benefits our teachers, staffs and students tremendously by cutting student populations in half and placing everyone in a safer environment based on the latest health data.

The Modified Hybrid teaching and learning model is intended be in place until at least Friday, October 2, 2020. Fall break is the following week (10/5 – 10/9). At that point, a thorough evaluation on health guidance and several other important district factors will be taken into consideration to determine what teaching and learning model would be in place beyond fall break. It’s possible our district could move to a Traditional path, and it’s possible to remain in Modified Hybrid. Remote learning could be a possibility as well, however that is considered a last resort of action. As always, health guidance and important district data will determine the course of action surrounding teaching and learning throughout the entire upcoming school year.

Another very important piece of information to come out of today’s BOE meeting includes that families now have the option to move from Virtual Learning to Modified Hybrid via Skyward. We know that this latest decision may have some of our families wanting to opt out of Virtual Learning. Please note, the Virtual Learning deadline was last Sunday and will not be reopened. This newest option is available only to families who chose Virtual Learning before last weekend’s deadline and want to move into Modified Hybrid. THE DEADLINE TO OPT OUT OF VIRTUAL LEARNING WILL BE WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 at 3:30 P.M. FAMILIES CAN OPT OUT OF VIRTUAL LEARNING VIA SKYWARD STARTING AT NOON TODAY (7/25).

To avoid any confusion, for those who were in “Traditional” before today, you are now in “Modified Hybrid.” Traditional, Hybrid and Remote are all under the same umbrella, so to speak. The sheet attached to this message gives information on all three models.

If you chose Virtual prior to last weekend’s deadline, and you prefer to stay in Virtual, then no action is needed. You will remain in the Virtual Learning path throughout the entire semester.

More complete information and specifics on utilizing the Modified Hybrid Plan, including the determination of an A/B student and what days students will attend throughout a school week will be revealed at the August 3, 2020 Wilson County Schools Board of Education Meeting.

Visit School Structure for Famlilies 2020-2021 for more information.

Thank you,

Wilson County Schools