Friday, May 29, 2020
A letter from Superintendent Ciancio
Dear Mapleton Families,
As we close out this unusual school year, I want to thank for trusting in us, finding opportunities within challenges, and welcoming uncertain times with courage, curiosity, and confidence.
I know you have a lot of questions about our plan to welcome your family back to school in the fall. We continue to work closely with the Tri-County Health Department, as well as other state health leaders to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our community. Our reopening plan is being informed by the latest guidance on precautions so we may continue to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our students, our families, and our staff.
It is our intent to reopen our schools in August. With that said, we know that they will look and operate a little differently than they have in previous years. On-site modifications will be made at each school to promote social distancing, limit group gatherings, and provide for plenty of handwashing and school sanitation opportunities. We will also introduce a blended learning approach for students at each school. This will allow for seamless transitions between in-person and intermittent remote learning, should a temporary closure be deemed necessary.
New August Start Date
To ensure that our teachers have the right amount of time to prep our schools for your child's return, we are moving our first day of school to Thursday, Aug. 27. We will open our doors for all students, grades PreK-12, on Thursday, Aug. 27, and Friday, Aug. 28. As a part of our cautious and progressive start to the upcoming school year, students will not have school on Monday, Aug. 31, or Tuesday, Sept. 1. These two days will allow schools to apply what they learned in the first two days back to school and make the necessary modifications and adjustments. All students will return to school on Wednesday, Sept. 2, and the regularly scheduled student calendar will resume. Updated calendars are now available on our calendar page.
Within our bricks and mortar schools, the environment and schedules will be modified, and a blended learning approach added. We know that schools will look and operate a little differently than they have in previous years. And we anticipate the need to promote social distancing, limit group gatherings, and provide for plenty of hand-washing opportunities and school sanitation protocols to assure that kids and teachers stay safe and healthy.
Through our recent family survey, we discovered that some of our families might feel that a remote learning option is a better fit for their family and children. Based on that feedback, and consistent with our “school choice” system, we are excited to introduce an additional K-12 model school choice for the 2020-21 school year. We are calling it Mapleton Online. This new school choice will allow students to stay virtually connected to us while continuing to learn from home.
As a parent of a Mapleton student, you have a choice to either go back to a brick and mortar school in August or attend Mapleton Online for the 2020-21 school year. If you are interested in considering Mapleton Online, please complete the Mapleton Online Interest Form by June 15th. We will be sharing more information regarding the school, platform, and additional logistics.
We thank you for your partnership and look forward to seeing your family, either in person or online, in August.