As you are all aware, Governor Whitmer shared her “MI Safe Schools: Return to School Roadmap" earlier in the week. This plan was developed in partnership with educators, legislators and public health officials to ensure the safety of students, staff and families as we eagerly look forward to the start of the 2020-21 school year and the return of in-person instruction.
In May, we unveiled our Classroom to Cloud Framework for Learning to the community consisting of three potential roadmaps for what school could look like in West Bloomfield in August. After reviewing the Governor’s plan, we feel we are right in line with what the expectations and requirements will be for school districts moving forward. To review our Classroom to Cloud Framework, visit www.wbsd.org/c2c.
Our Return to Learn Task Force consisting of instructional and operational leaders within the district will continue to review best practice models and adjust our plans accordingly to ensure the safest learning environment possible for those within our buildings.
Our final plan will be consistent with the State’s recommendations and we will work closely with public health officials at the county and state level.
We know that for many of you, returning to in-person instruction is not something you are comfortable with and we respect that. That is why our school leaders have worked around the clock to create Lakers Online, our 100% remote learning opportunity for families starting in the 2020-21 school year serving students in Kindergarten through 12th-Grade. Lakers Online is open to all current West Bloomfield School District students and to students across Oakland County through the district’s Schools of Choice program. To learn more about Lakers Online, visit www.wbsd.org/lakersonline.
Concurrently, we also understand that remote learning may not be an option for many students and families. Rest assured, we will do everything in our power to ensure a safe return to in-person instruction for students and staff in our buildings for the 2020-21 school year by following the State’s recommendations and guidelines.
So much of what school will look like in the fall depends directly on what stage of our State’s recovery we are in (Phase 1-6). In order to help our local area and state progress through the six recovery stages, we encourage everyone to follow the state guidelines of wearing face masks, regularly washing hands and observing social distancing. Following these simple steps will help our community, state and country mitigate the effects of COVID-19 as we move forward in an effort to return to normal.
A key planning consideration will be the health and safety of students and staff. With that as our guiding principle, we will continue to work, adjust and monitor developments moving forward.
We will keep you informed every step of the way and share our insights and plans with our school community throughout the summer.
Have a safe and restful Fourth of July holiday, Team WB. We appreciate your patience, cooperation and support as we face these unprecedented challenges together.