March 22 Target Date for Return to a Full Five-days of In-Person Learning - February 12, 2021
February 12, 2021
Good evening MUSD Families,
I am writing to provide you with the latest updates on the District’s plan to return to a full five-days of in-person learning.
Based on continued research and support from community health partners, a motion was passed at the Governing Board meeting last evening to set a target date of Monday, March 22 to transition to a full five-days of in-person instruction. All families will again have the opportunity to choose between in-person and remote learning. MUSD administration will explore either a phased approach, starting with returning pre-K and elementary students or pre-K-8 students to in-person instruction first, or a full implementation, returning all students in pre-K-12 at once.
At this point, there are still several moving targets that the Administration is monitoring to make this target return date a reality. The date is dependent on several factors which may impact whether we will be able to shift to a full five-days of in-person instruction, including:
- County metrics – ensuring COVID transmission is continuing a downward trend
- Pima County Health Department continued support of the District’s mitigation plan and contact tracing efforts
- School mitigation strategies – Continued success with school mitigation plans, communication around COVID cases and contact tracing
- Vaccine progress – allowing time for our teachers and staff who wish to receive the vaccine to have it administered and in effect
- Continued low rates of transmission in the schools
One of the first steps that we will take is to distribute a commitment survey to families. The survey will allow families to indicate their preference for student learning – full five-day in-person or remote. We anticipate sending this survey out next week to families. Results from this survey will help school leaders and staff with schedules and class assignments for fourth quarter.
Over the next few weeks, District leaders will work with school leadership groups to discuss planning and implementation of this transition. School leaders will collaborate closely with their site-level leadership teams to plan details specific to each school.
This past year has undoubtedly challenged us as a District, community and society. A target date for a full return to in-person learning provides an opportunity to work together to prepare for this final transition. I continue to be incredibly proud of efforts led by our teachers and staff, and I look forward to preparing for this much-anticipated date.
Daniel Streeter, Ed.D.