Dear Johnson Parents and/or Guardians,

As we enter into October, things are beginning to “fall” into place (pun intended). I know that this has been a start to a school year unlike any other, but as all stakeholders become more familiar with expectations and routines, my hope is that we all begin to find a rhythm and cadence to our daily and weekly lives - at least as much as possible during a time of what seem like continual change.

Hopefully, you were able to attend our first ever virtual Curriculum Night. After debriefing with staff and families, I noticed that there were some frequently asked questions that I’d like to share with you, along with attempt to answer the best I can at this point in time. As you’ve likely heard  before, we remain nimble and flexible knowing that our framework and protocols can be altered at any time.

 

How long will we be in the hybrid model of learning?

At this point in time, there is not a hard start/stop date for changing our model of instruction during the pandemic. The School Board must reconvene every 30 days to review our plan as well as any and all state, county and local data as it relates to Covid-19 and the safety of our students. Using this information, it is up to them to make that decision.

 

What do we do if a student or staff tests positive?

Our Covid-19 Preparedness and Response Plan is available on the HVS website, follows the Oakland County Health Department guidelines, and follows all the governor’s Executive Orders. To view the plan and HVS protocols, click here.

 

When will you be live teaching students online?

Mr. Gignac sent a video home explaining the difference in asynchronous and synchronous learning. Think of asynchronous as Netflix or On Demand and synchronous as being live. On asynchronous off days, you can click on the lessons at any time to complete them but the expectation is that they are completed by the due date. All of our “off days,” including Wednesdays are asynchronous. This is because we are still face to face on 4 of the days and Wednesdays are dedicated for professional learning, BEST, BIT (meetings about interventions) and PLCs and planning. Think of asynchronous as Netflix or On Demand and synchronous as being live.”

 

Will my child’s “off days” work be graded?

The short answer is yes. Unlike spring where every student received an “R” on the report card, this time around we do have to provide grades. That said, we will always be empathetic and do realize that many of the same roadblocks that were present for families in spring still remain. If you or your child is stuck on a lesson or has a technology hangup, just reach out and let us know. We may be able to give extra time for an assignment or find a different method of completing it, but at the end of the day, the expectation is that students are completing and turning in their assignments.

 

I hope these help to answer some of your immediate questions. If ever you have additional questions, feel free to email me at josh.gignac@hvs.org or access our Return to School resource page by clicking here.. Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Gignac

Principal, Johnson Elementary