Good morning BCSD Parents and Guardians,
Thank you to those who have reached out with questions regarding the Intent to Return Survey sent out yesterday. The email this morning is a follow up to the survey to address the questions we have received.
As was discussed and approved at the December 7th, 2020 Board meeting, the current plan is to remain in the hybrid learning model for the 3rd quarter. However, as shared at the Board meeting this past Monday, Governor Reynolds outlined in her "Condition of the State" address that she expects students in the state of Iowa to return to in-person learning 100% of the time. Our understanding that a pending bill is currently working its way through the Iowa legislature may require school districts to offer a 100% in-person learning model with an effective date more than likely prior to the end of our 3rd quarter. In conversations with local legislators, we are hearing the return to 100% in-person learning could be as soon as the week of February 16th. At this time, we are unclear if this legislation will pertain to students in elementary only, elementary and middle, or elementary, middle, and high school. We will continue to provide updates as we have additional information.
Staff continues to work on finalizing plans for a return to 100% in-person learning. While we know we will be unable to ensure the recommended 6 feet social distancing, we are working on strategies to minimize exposure to the greatest extent possible when possible. Masks will continue to be required as will frequent handwashing and/or hand sanitizing. It was confirmed last week that educators in Iowa would be in the 1-B group for vaccinations. We are working closely with our Scott County Health Department. We are hopeful that educators in Scott County are on schedule to begin receiving their vaccinations by early to mid-February.
The next step that is critical in preparing to return to 100% in-person learning is to ascertain how many students will be attending 100% in-person and how many students will be participating in 100% online learning. The Intent to Return survey sent yesterday is not specific to the 3rd or 4th quarter. It is simply an effort to determine the preference of our families if we are required to provide a 100% in-person learning model.
We will be extending the deadline to respond to the Intent to Return Survey to next Tuesday, January 26th, at noon. Thank you in advance for completing this survey by the deadline. This data is critical in our planning for both learning models: 100% in-person and 100% online.
Dr. Michelle Morse
Bettendorf Community School District
3311 18th Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722