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Park City Schools will be full-time and in-person as of August 20

I have been writing about what other school districts in Utah have been doing regarding their back-to-school measures. Today, I read what the Park City School District plans to do:

“As a result of our collaboration with health agencies and the hard work of our educational Return to School Task Force Teams, we are plan to open for full, in-person instruction for all Park City School District students. Our first day of the 2020/21 school year will be August 20, 2020 for K-12th grade students.”

So, Park City schools should be operating Monday-Friday in the normal manner from somewhere around 7 AM until 4 PM (or mid-day on Fridays). Likewise, there appears to be an online option, if families would prefer to go that route.

I had previously heard that Park City School District committees were to make recommendations on reopening by July 20th, and we would have to wait until after that to hear about plans for the fall.

I was concerned with that timeline, because the closer it gets to opening, the harder it is to make work-decisions based on childrens’ schedules. Kudos to the Park City Schools District, and all those involved, to provide parents with sufficient lead-time to make decisions.

So, it looks like the schedule will be business as usual. The district said that more details will be provided within the next few weeks. I assume that will include how buses will work, what the school-day will look like, what social distancing measures will entail, etc. I understand that details take time.

I don’t think any of us are prepared for the reality of business-as-somewhat-usual for our schools. Hopefully, we can work together as a community to keep teachers, students, and everyone else in our schools as safe as possible. However, I do think that providing a semi-normal school day has numerous benefits ranging from mental health, to easier access to school lunches, to fundamental learning, to allowing parents to earn a living. There are downsides, of course, but hopefully, we can mitigate those as much as possible.

I appreciate that the school district has given us a broad outline, so at least we can make plans. This school year isn’t going to be easy. However, having a plan makes it far better for working parents. Good job Park City School District.

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Anonymous

Thank you Park City School District. We can do this. If healthcare was the first to step up and rise to the challenge, education can be the second. Support our schools and lets go back safely.

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Becca McHaas

Great news. Thank you to PCSD for all your hard work adjusting to the changing events of last school year and moving forward to this year. I know my kids will be so happy to be back in class with their friends and teachers!

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Anonymous

Too many unanswered questions. Will kids have the option of homeschooling if they try school and it doesn’t work? How will at home kids be graded? Knowing there are plenty of options for help when at home, this will tip the scale on GPA scores unfairly.

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Scott Witkin

The lack of detail here is astonishing. This is a classic PCSD ploy to buy time and avoid public debate so that when time has run out and school is about to start there is a binary option set. This plan is going to adversely affect those who can afford it least – financially and educationally. This is a fidcuciary failure.

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Walt

If they really wanted to buy time, they would have waited another 2 weeks, though, right?

Sounds like (if you actually read the letter) you can choose in person, or if you’re not comfortable with that, you can do remote. Seems reasonable to me. What do you propose instead?

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Gmason

Scott do you have a suggestion?

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Anonymous

It seems everyone but the teachers and staff know how this is all going to work! How did that happen?


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