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Polson schools moving to 4 days of in-person instruction

Polson Schools
Posted at 8:52 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 10:53:57-04

POLSON — Students in Polson will soon be heading back to school four days a week.

The Polson School District has announced that students will soon transition to four days of on-site instruction, keeping Fridays free for remote learners.

The four days a week on-site model will begin Monday, Oct. 5.

The decision was made after considering input from the staff, students, the Lake County Public Health Department, Tribal Education, and the community, according to a social media post.

School district officials also have been monitoring the surrounding districts as they implemented a four or five day on-site model.

Click here for more information on the upcoming scheduling change.



Read the full news release below:

Posted September 18, 2020
Dear Polson Community,

Our hybrid A-B schedule was created as a temporary measure to address the challenges we anticipated facing as a district during the reopening of our schools in August. We recognized the advantage of smaller class sizes to reconnect with our students in smaller groups while teaching our expectations and safety protocols. We needed to address and assess our transportation needs and numbers to ensure student safety on all of our bus routes. Also, we needed some flexibility to make adjustments to our remote teaching.

We feel it is the appropriate time to transition to 4 days of on-site instruction keeping Fridays free for remote learners. This four days a week on-site model will begin Monday, October 5th. This decision was made after considering input from the staff, students, Lake County Public Health Department, Tribal Education, and the community (including survey results and written and verbal comments), examining numerous data points, and monitoring the surrounding districts as they implemented a 4 or 5 day on-site model. The survey data concluded that the 4 day on-site instruction model was supported by approximately 50% of our district staff and 70% of our parents. This decision was not made without careful consideration by the admin team and is grounded in what’s best for teaching and learning.

We are grateful to the staff, parents, students, and community members who contributed their input and expertise in preparing for this transition. We thank you for your patience and support and hope that we will continue to share our thoughts, ideas, concerns, and continue to extend grace to one another.

Sincerely,

Tom DiGiallonardo
Interim Superintendent
Polson School District