School Year Will Begin in 100% Distance Learning

2020-2021 School Year Will Begin in 100% Distance Learning
Posted on 07/25/2020
2020-2021 School Year Will Begin in 100% Distance Learning

Today, the Affton Board of Education unanimously voted to begin the 2020-2021 school year in 100% Distance Learning. Please check your email for an important message from Dr. Bracht.

What We Know:

  • In-Person Learning will begin in 100% Distance Learning at home for the 1st Quarter.
  • This decision does not affect students opting for the Online or Online Plus Learning options.
  • From Melissa Mendoza, Affton Education Association (AEA) president: “The AEA endorses the district’s plan to begin the school year in 100% Distance Learning at home. We believe this is the safest course of action to protect not only our teachers and staff but our students as well.”
  • The first day of school for all students will be Monday, August 24, 2020.
  • Distance Learning is not the same as the Continuation of Learning, which was a response to an immediate crisis last spring.
  • Students will not face 6 straight hours of screen time. 
  • There will be set times for direct instruction, small group or individual instruction, and then independent work time. 
  • Not all independent work will be on the computer, some time will be spent reading and practicing skills in other ways. 
  • All assignments and standards will be covered just like in-person.
  • Flexibility will be key. Video recordings of any direct instruction will be available for students and parents to access at a time that works best for their family.
  • Student attendance will be tracked.
  • Online assignments and assessments will be graded.
  • As we move forward, our decision-making will remain guided by health, safety, equity in learning, science, and the many needs of our stakeholders in the midst of a dangerous global pandemic.

What We Don't Know...Yet:

  • Health conditions will be reevaluated prior to the end of 1st Quarter on October 23 in the hopes that a Fixed Blended schedule would be possible.
  • Daily schedules by school or grade level will be made available in August.
  • Childcare will be a real need for many of our families. We are hoping our community will help us wrap our arms around solving this challenge together.
  • Affton Early Childhood will move forward with in-person programming at reduced capacity with additional health and safety guidelines in place. More information to come.

For additional information on our Roadmap to Reopening, including FAQs, please click here.

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