Emergency Operations & Communications
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)
The First Day of School is Monday, August 17
Based on the Governor’s July 17 Order, we will begin the 2020-21 school year with 100% Distance Learning through the end of the first trimester for all students. The first trimester ends on Friday, October 30. If Orange County is removed from the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list sooner than the end of the first trimester, the district will begin a transition process to shift to on-campus instruction. Please know that our District is committed to ensuring that our Distance Learning Program is meaningful and representative of the high caliber of education that Savanna School District is known for. Students will be expected to attend daily to take full advantage of daily live standards-based lessons, rigorous and engaging pre-recorded lessons, small group instruction, and grade-appropriate assignments. Students will be graded on the assignments they submit; grades with progress toward their grade level standards will be issued.
Please watch for information from your child’s teacher and school principal with more details about what you can expect.
While we can’t wait to have our students back on campus, please know that the safety of students and staff is one of our highest priorities. While this isn’t the way any of us expected to begin the school year, I know our students will continue to have strong learning opportunities through Distance Learning.
Reopening Schools Information Updated July 18, 2020
Dear Savanna Parents,
We are working on how we can provide devices to students who will need them to participate in Distance Learning.
Devices for Distance Learning will be provided on an as-needed basis with a contract parents will need to sign. While details are still being worked out, the contract will include that parents acknowledge they understand, at a minimum, the device will only be able to used for instructional programs. It can only access our instructional programs including Benchmark Universe, GoMath, Accelerated Reader, iReady and Moby Max. In addition, the devices will be filtered similar to how devices are filtered on campus; this prevents student access to inappropriate sites as well as to social media. The device will be able to be tracked and turned off if it’s being misused or reported as lost or stolen.
Because this will necessitate additional planning and preparation, we’ve made the decision to move our first date of school to Monday, August 17. An updated school calendar is available by clicking here. We will continue to keep you informed as we have more information on what you can expect during Distance Learning. This is not how I expected to begin the year but I know we will make it a great year for our students because that’s what they deserve.
Reopening Schools Information Updated July 16, 2020
The disruption to all of our lives caused by the COVID-19 health crisis has been profound, and we know parents are seeking clarity on the Savanna School District’s plan for re-opening our schools. We want to thank parents for their patience as we work toward clarifying our tentative plan for teaching and learning in the 2020-2021 school year. I know you need information so you'll be able to plan. With rapid changes coming from the State and local levels, we've revised our plans several times in the last few weeks. And, although we may need to make alterations, one thing is clear: we owe you the best plan we have so you can begin planning for your family's needs.
First and most importantly: We are planning to reopen our schools as scheduled on August 10, 2020, with additional safeguards in place, for students and families who feel comfortable to return. In response to feedback from the recent parent survey, we will be offering two different learning programs for the 2020-2021 school year. It is important that the programs are comparable without compromising the education of our students. We anticipate providing both an in-class option as well as a virtual learning option for parents to select when registration opens. Information on each option will be sent to parents prior to registration, allowing time to review each and make a determination on which program will best fit their child’s and family’s needs. Parents will be asked to register children for one program when our student registration opens.
Please be mindful that information coming from state and local authorities is changing daily; this has caused us to delay our student registration. Registration is scheduled for July 20-24; however, please keep in mind that plans may still need to be altered to meet any necessary requirements or mandates. Although this is a short registration window, we will have assistance available for those without internet access. More information will be provided on dates and times assistance will be available.
Information on each Option is available below. While our school offices are closed until July 21, please feel free to reach out with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, our students’ education and their safety is our top priority.
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