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Dear McGillis Families,

 

I write today to inform you of a modification to our Hybrid Teaching & Learning model. This change comes as we currently have zero COVID-19 cases at our school, our community has improved greatly in indicating their health by using the screening app, and despite growth in cases in our state and nationally, the increase is not correlating with our city or county at this time. Most importantly, our McGillis community is healthy. 

 

Effective next week, we will phase in one extra in-person learning day to our Hybrid model, welcoming students on campus Tuesdays-Fridays. Although we are fortunate not to have any COVID cases to date, we are experiencing student absences, we have had community members tested, and community members have quarantined due to close contacts outside the School. This, and the record-high COVID-19 cases in Utah, leads us to continue to take a cautious approach, and our intention is to implement this change in two phases: 

 

Beginning Tuesday, September 29, all K-2 students may attend in person Tuesday-Friday. 

Beginning Tuesday, October 6, all K-8 students may attend in person Tuesday-Friday. 

 

Mondays will remain remote learning days for all students with a mix of asynchronous and synchronous learning until further notice. Teachers will use Mondays for lesson planning and preparation, collaboration, student support meetings, and more. Our students will continue to build their independent learning skills, remote learning skills, and technological skills on remote Mondays, as we will continue to be prepared to pivot between and amend any of our learning models throughout the school year. Remote learning will continue to remain an option for all students who choose not to attend learning in-person.

 

This change to our Hybrid Teaching & Learning model entails updates to our 2020/2021 Roadmap including:

  • Density reduction of 25-50% to up to 100% of students on campus daily
  • Classroom sizes range from 8-12 students in a classroom to 11-17 students in a classroom 

 

Separately, please look for an update from me in this Sunday’s Messenger. We will provide further detail about our response to COVID positive cases, quarantining, close contacts, and a snapshot of data our COVID Task Force reviews regularly.  

 

We continue to adapt to what we’ve planned and have been practicing and also the evolving regulatory guidelines and recommendations. We are excited to increase our face-to-face time with students, yet we will remain prepared as always to adapt in accordance with the situation as needed. COVID-19 continues to challenge and surprise, and yet our community thus far remains healthy, and this is our most important goal.

 

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the incredible challenges of this pandemic together.

Jim Brewer

Head of School