The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what school will look like in 2020-2021. New this year is a K-12 virtual learning option, school start times, school startup procedures, and bus schedules.
Return to School Guidelines
Every department in the district has played a role in collaborative problem-solving to implement precautions and practices intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The following guidelines explain the procedures and protocols for both elementary and secondary students with an emphasis on a layered approach to virus mitigation. Plans in the guidelines are subject to change as new information becomes available or as new situations arise related to COVID-19.
Guidelines at a Glance
How will School Start on August 13?
Our number one priority is student and staff health and safety while also providing a safe and positive learning environment for all 25,000 EPS students. Edmond Public Schools understands the importance of in-person learning. Our goal is to start school in person on August 13. We realize there may come a time when we have to close a classroom, school, or the entire district down due to a rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19. If we find ourselves going “brick to click” overnight, we want to assure parents that our teachers and students are equipped with the resources and knowledge to conduct and participate in remote instruction through the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).
What if a School or the District Has to Shut Down Due to COVID-19?
Additional models of instruction have been developed and may be necessary in the event that we must close a single school or the entire district due to a dramatic increase in cases of COVID-19 or if we are required to limit the number of students that can be in a building at the same time. If any such cases arise, we will be ready to immediately implement either a remote or hybrid model of instruction to provide seamless learning for students.
Remote Learning or “Brick to Click”
Students’ teachers will remain in the classroom and record lessons for students to receive. Students will be at home working remotely on their Chromebooks or Ipads. Teachers will deliver lessons using Canvas with a variety of delivery options. Remote learning is self-led with teachers checking in. Students work on lessons individually and submit their work through Canvas. With this model, teachers will be available to answer individual questions. This model will only be implemented if necessary.
Blended Model of Instruction
This model is also known as an A/B schedule and will only be implemented if we are required to limit the number of students that can be in a building at the same time. Upon implementation, half of a school’s students attend on Monday and Tuesday while the other half attend Thursday and Friday with Wednesday set aside for disinfecting the building. Students will work remotely on the days they are not in class. A/B schedules would take into consideration family households with different age and grade levels and EPS would work to make sure families attend on the same rotation schedule.
District Launches VIRTUAL EDMOND
Virtual Edmond is a unique educational opportunity designed to serve families who desire a full virtual option. Virtual Edmond offers the best of a traditional educational experience, coupled with the flexibility of an online program that can be accessed from anywhere at any time. With Virtual Edmond, students also have the opportunity to participate in on-site extracurricular activities with their peers. The free program aligns with Oklahoma Academic Standards and offers a self-paced education option for K-12 students. Highly qualified, certified teachers provide online instruction and work closely with students and parents.
Students will be enrolled as an EPS student assigned to an EPS school. However, the curriculum will be provided by an outside vendor rather than EPS. The skills order will be different than what will be taught in an EPS classroom, therefore a student must stay on that track and would not be able to re-enter an EPS classroom setting. The virtual schedule is set by the students and parents but has time frames that must be abided by to ensure the student is on track to finish in time. Google Meet and similar settings can be used for teachers to interact with students.
We have heard your concerns about making a year-long commitment to Virtual Edmond and have made changes. Virtual Edmond now requires a semester commitment. Please be aware that this option is implemented for the entire semester and cannot be reversed after the trial period has ended.
Virtual Edmond F-A-Qs
For questions about Virtual Edmond, contact email@example.com
School Start Times to Change in 2020
The district is altering its transportation schedules for the 2020-2021 school year which will require a change in start times for every school in the district.
To help alleviate overcrowding on several buses, the district has added a middle school bus route which will require a change in start time at the middle schools from 7:50 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. Middle schools would dismiss at 2:15 p.m. instead of 2:40 p.m. to give bus drivers time to transport students home before returning to pick up high school students. The change in middle school start times, will, in turn, affect all other drop-off times and corresponding school start and dismissal times.
School Startup Procedures to Look New in 2020
Due to the pandemic, elementary Meet the Teacher Day, middle school SPUD (Schedule Pick-Up Day), and even the high schools’ fun-filled Howdy Weeks must be postponed until the 2021-2022 school year. In their place, we have initiated Zoom-Your-New-Teacher-Day, electronic schedule releases, and many other fun transmission free activities.
Check your child’s school website, social media platforms, and other communication methods for school-specific information on events and activities.
State Department of Education “Return to Learn” Framework
The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s “Return to Learn” Framework is an excellent document that provides guidance to local districts on how to begin the school year with a focus on learning and the safety and ongoing health of students, staff, and families. The framework suggests a layered approach to COVID-19 mitigation, adopting those policies and practices that are feasible, practical, and acceptable within each school community.