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QACPS District Plan to Reopen

QACPS District Plan to Reopen (PowerPoint hyperlinked) 

 

The QACPS District Plan to Reopen is a comprehensive roadmap that outlines the essential components and actions required to open schools for the 2020-2021 school year given a variety of different factors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan is organized into six sections which include: (1) facilities and operations, (2) continuity of teaching and learning, (3) accountability, grading and reporting, (4) social and emotional support, (5) technology and connectivity and (6) staffing, professional development, and teacher evaluations. Please review the document linked above and provide any public comments below. The public comment period will be from July 1, 2020, to July 24, 2020. 

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Section 1: Facilities and Operations 

This section provides recommendations on the essential actions necessary to ensure district and school assets are, and remain, safe for students and staff to inhabit. Key focus areas include (a) building access, (b) supplies, cleaning, and sanitation, (b) transportation, (c) school meals, (d) school health/nurses, and (e) athletics. 

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Section 2: Continuity of Teaching and Learning  

This section provides recommendations on the essential actions necessary to ensure effective teaching and learning when students and teachers return. Key focus areas include (a) recovery education and summer transition, (b) schedules and learning time for the 20-21 school year, (c) distance learning, (d) curricula, (e) academic interventions, (f) learning packets, (g) parent and teacher survey to collect feedback on the current model (h) services and supports for students with special needs, English learners, economically disadvantaged, etc. 

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Section 3: Accountability, Grading, and Reporting 

This section provides recommendations on the essential actions necessary to ensure effective accountability when students and teachers return. Key focus areas include (a) state testing, (b) local testing, (c) testing calendar, (d) grading and reporting, (c) student attendance, (d) student records, and (e) enrollment. 

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Section 4: Social and Emotional Support 

This section provides recommendations on the essential actions necessary to ensure that students, staff, and families have the supports needed to return. Key focus areas include (a) mental health services, (b) social and emotional needs, (c) student attendance, (d) self-care, (e) family support, (f) community and agency support, (g) crisis response teams, (h) student support teams, and (i) college and career readiness. 

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Section 5: Technology and Connectivity 

This section provides recommendations on essential actions to ensure technology infrastructure, assets, and guidance support an organized transition to classroom instruction. Key focus areas include (a) connectivity and access (b) mobile hotspots, (c) school building outdoor WiFi, (d) grades 3-12 student devices, (e) teacher devices, (f) device return, (h) Prek-2 devices proposal, (i) technology infrastructure, (j) asset management, and (k) chronic technology issues. 

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Section 6: Staffing, Professional Development, and Teacher Evaluations 

This section provides recommendations on essential actions to ensure the effective use and professional development for human capital. Key focus areas include: (a) recruit, interview, and hire new staff, (b) underutilized staff, (c) teacher professional development, (d) Administrator & Supervisor (A&S) professional development and meetings, (e) teacher evaluations, (f) observations in a virtual classroom, (g) providing teacher feedback and coaching in a virtual environment, etc. 

 

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Timeline 

  • July 1-24, 2020 - Public comment on QACPS District Plan to Reopen

 

  • August 5, 2020 - Revised QACPS District Plan presented to BOE 

 

  • August 14, 2020 - Final QACPS District Plan to Reopen Posted on QACPS website