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Springfield weighing options for return to school

From a full remote option to a blended option, officials said families will be able to help with their planning by choosing which they’d like to enroll their student in for the coming year.

Posted: Jul 24, 2020 12:29 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – As Springfield Public Schools looks to the upcoming school year, more than one option is on the table, according to a draft plan released this week.

From a full remote option to a blended option, officials said families will be able to help with their planning by choosing which they’d like to enroll their student in for the coming year.

Officials said they drafted their initial plans following guidance from health officials and input from parent surveys. However, many details still need hammered out.

And no matter which option is selected, officials said remote learning will be more robust that what was put in place in spring when schools first turned away from in-person learning to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Officials also said all children will receive a laptop or tablet to ensure equitable and consistent education.

The first option would see students in full remote learning through SPSOnline. Students would have access to local teachers and follow an established curriculum. Families could transition their students to their neighborhood school or a blended option at the end of a trimester or semester.

The other alternative would involve a combination of on-campus and at-home learning. This “blended instruction” would provide two to four days of in-person learning per week depending on guidelines from the state. Remote learning would round out the week. There will likely be changes to transportation, school start and end times and more.

“Thank you for your continued flexibility as we navigate ever-evolving circumstances. SPS staff are anxious to provide structure, stability and connection for our students and your support and partnership is critical to their success,” a statement from school officials said.

The district said they will provide regular updates and make decisions following guiding principles of health and wellness, care and connection, equitable access and quality instruction.

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