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Reopening Plan & Online Learning Contract

July 15, 2020

Dear Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to share my thoughts about the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. After 26 years in education, I know that this year will be very different from any other year. I want to assure you that our Board of Education, system leaders, and school
administrators have spent a tremendous amount of time planning for the 2020-2021 school year.  The plans have been developed with input from our stakeholder survey responses, school nurses, school leadership teams, and guidance from the Georgia Department of Education, Department
of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the Academy of Pediatrics.

Commerce City Schools is truly a community school. It is my hope that our plans will best meet the needs of our students, parents, employees, and community members. From the online learning survey with stakeholders, our system received 337 responses. We had 45.4% of parents who are very comfortable with students returning to school on-site in August; 38.6% of parents are somewhat comfortable with students returning to school on-site; and 16% are not comfortable with students returning to school in August. The survey results also revealed that
parents and students would prefer one platform for online learning.

In an effort to address the educational needs in our community, our plan is to open our doors to students once again on Friday, August 7, 2020. The Reopening Plan is a summary of in-person instruction for students. For our population of students who are most vulnerable and not
comfortable with in-person instruction, our system is offering an Online Learning Plan. The system has invested in one platform (K-12) for online learning using Edgenuity. If you choose for your child to follow the online learning plan, please complete an Online Learning Contract
for each of your children by Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

As trained educators, we are not health care providers. Therefore, during this pandemic, our system has employed one school nurse for each school. The Screening and Responding to COVID-19 in K-12 Schools provides a summary of the protocol our school nurses will follow with our students and staff.

Finally, as a result of the pandemic, the system is also faced with budget cuts from the state. Therefore, the school calendar has been reduced by five days for our students and staff. The Revised FY21 Calendar is the system calendar that Commerce City Schools will follow this school year.

Though much thought has gone into all of the plans, we know that information is changing at a rapid pace. I ask for your patience and grace throughout this school year as we face a year like no other. Through these uncertain times, please know that our school system will treat your children as our own while they are in our care. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have. Go Tigers!



Joy R. Tolbert, EdD

Please carefully review all documentation before completing the Online Learning Contract.