A message from Superintendent Cobb

Friday, April 3, 2020

I hope you’re all staying safe and well, and keeping your families close. Over the past few weeks, we have been working on our Continuous Learning Plan (CLP), with input from teachers, principals, and curriculum specialists across the district. Here are some things you should know about the plan, prior to us making it available to you for Monday, April 6.

As we all know, the teacher-student relationship is the foundational block of public education. Teachers have already been reaching out to their students during the past couple of weeks, just to make sure they’re doing well. The phone calls, virtual meetings, and school parades have been all about connecting with each other. Next week, those calls will continue, but teachers will also be asking about our students’ ability to access the academic content we are providing. We know that we can’t recreate every subject that we teach in just a few weeks this way, so our activities will focus on learning for the sake of learning.

We have frozen all grades as of our last physical day of class, March 12, 2020. All work completed from this point forward is for student enrichment. Students wishing to improve grades will have the opportunity, but we don’t want any child to be penalized for what they are able to do (or in some cases, not able to do) from this point forward.

We understand that not every family has internet access at home. That is why we chose to create a menu of activities that all students can access. Yes, there are online activities, but we also have produced enrichment work in paper form that families will be able to pick up at any of our eight feeding sites. If students and their families can’t access online content or get to one of our feeding sites, we will do everything we can to bring the work to your porch.

The CLP also does not attempt to recreate the six hours of instruction that students typically receive at school each day. We knew from the first moment of planning that this would not be possible. We also understand that every household dynamic is different. That’s why our menu of activities also comes with grade-level recommendations for the amount of time each student spends working.

Starting Monday, it’s fair to say that learning will be different. We’re going to make the most of it and show our students that we care about them and do our best to keep learning. As humans, we all love our routines. We crave normalcy, but we’ll adapt and do everything possible to help our students thrive. We also know that we live in a generous community that will come together to help our families in need.

With all the uncertainty we are all facing, communication is more important now than ever before. If you have any questions we can answer, feel free to reach out to us at Covidquestions@mid-del.net. We’ll do our best to answer you in a timely manner.