The Plevna School district has a plan for how to start school and presented it Tuesday at a public feedback meeting.
The goal according to Plevna School Superintendent Nick Schumacher, was to get input from the families and public and adapt the plan as needed for later adoption by the Unified Board of Trustees.
The meeting was designed to get information and not to take any action, according to information sent out to the parents and families.
The statement in the release to the families said that the global pandemic led to many changes in the normal operations of families, communities, and schools.
“Through public input, state guidance, and the work of many of our teachers and staff, the District has developed the following plan for the on-time, on-site reopening of our school.
This plan is designed to be a dynamic and elastic document. The public health climate in Montana, in Fallon County, and in Plevna can change rapidly. The District will amend this plan as necessary, based upon guidance and the status of public health,” the statement explained.
The district officials stated that it is committed to remaining “Kid-Centered” and the draft of the plan creates a more restrictive environment. “We apologize for this necessity and remain committed to returning our school climate back to “normal,” the notice said.
For the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year the district intends to offer two educational choices - onsite education with physical distancing and real-time off-site instruction, according to the information posted online.
The physical distancing guidelines for the on-campus students will be set by the state and county while also establishing policies and procedures to maximize safety from communicable diseases.
The district will be offering off-site instruction, but the students and families would have to apply for the program. As the draft explains, there is a minimum of two weeks to participate in the off-site program.
Part of the off-site instruction will deal with the requirement for video conferencing with Google Meet or connect with the classes using teleconference software. Attendance would be be taken by the teacher both online and on-site.
The district is not planning to have hard copy packets given to students in the fall, according to the draft. However, families using off-site instruction can apply for a stipend being issued by the district.
The school district announced that they would be following state and county health directives on the requirement or use of face coverings by students and their families.
The district has said that it will encourage everyone in the school to use protective face coverings or masks.
At the elementary level, the district will be using Google Classroom, Google Meet and SeeSaw as platforms.
At the middle school and high school levels, the district will be using Google Classroom, Google Meet, and Montana Ed Ready, along with additional programs used in conjunction with the programs.
Tuesday’s public meeting was open to the public at the library on campus in addition to accessible on the Zoom program online.