Fall 2020 - School Reopening Information

Reopening Plan

South Windsor Public Schools
2020-2021 DRAFT School Reopening Plan

About This Document

This document was submitted in DRAFT form to the State Department of Education on the prescribed due date of July 24, 2020. It is important for students, parents and staff to know that information and guidance changes daily, and as such, this document should be viewed as a draft and will be subject to change. The purpose of this document is to share our current thinking so that families can plan to the extent possible during this unprecedented time.

Upon reading this document, we hope one of the key takeaways for families is that the safety of our students and staff is and will continue to be our highest priority. In any typical school year, we understand the enormous responsibility that comes with families entrusting us with the safety and well-being of their children. That responsibility is even greater within the context of the current challenges we face.

In addition to state guidance, many teachers, administrators, and support staff contributed to this document. It has also been reviewed by our local health department and district medical advisor. The three steering committees that guided the work in creating this document are listed on page 4. We also thank our parents for responding to the parent survey that informed our thinking.

A Message to Families

The uncertainty that confronts all of us is stressful for students, parents, teachers, staff and administration. I want to recognize our families for your patience and flexibility. Because we are receiving new, and at times conflicting, information daily, we must respond accordingly to the fluidity of our situation.

I must also recognize the kind words so many families have shared regarding their appreciation of school staff and all that the district is doing to support students and families. Your kindness and compassion fuels and inspires us to do everything in our power for the children and families of South Windsor Schools. I am heartened by the fact that I cannot think of a more supportive community with whom to go through this challenging time.

Kate Carter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

A Note of Appreciation

The current health crisis and its unprecedented impact on schools has amplified the need for educators from across the state to promote collegiality and to strengthen our commitment to work together. All Connecticut students and families benefit when educational leaders collaborate with colleagues in other school districts.

South Windsor Public Schools wants to thank the many school districts who were willing to share ideas and information in furtherance of our common goal to ensure that the safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority as we navigate the complexity of reopening our schools.

South Windsor Public Schools Reopening Committees