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Parent Update from Dr. Sparlin

Good Evening SD308 Families,

Thank you for your flexibility and cooperation today as we worked quickly to problem-solve the last minute changes for school instruction. At this point, we anticipate tomorrow as a normal school day. However, in preparation for any future transportation staff shortages, our district leadership team has worked diligently to build plans for potential scenarios. 

Our priorities today were to find ways to build multiple scenarios based on transportation staff availability to prepare for future shortages, while maximizing the amount of in-person instruction available to students. We know that students learn best when they are in school and engaged in person with their instructors and peers. 

For any situations where bussing may be limited or unavailable, all schools and programs will run in person for those families able to arrange for transportation on their own. 

In either scenario students on paid tuition attending our schools from other districts will receive transportation from their home district as normal.

Scenario A- When we do not have enough transportation staff to run busses for any level or program:

Elementary and Early Learning:  Students should attend in person when transportation can be provided by families, for those who are unable to secure their own transportation to school, make-up work will be provided and their absence will be excused. Special education students not able to come to school will be provided with make-up services.

Junior High, High School, GOAL and Transition/Pathways: Students should attend in person when transportation can be provided by families. Students will participate in their classes remotely if they are unable to secure transportation to school. Students who participate in either the in person class or online via remote learning will not be marked absent.

Scenario B-  When we have a reduced transportation staff, allowing only select bus routes to run:

Early Learning: Students should attend in person if families can provide their own transportation.  For students that can’t come to school without bus transportation, staff will have choice boards prepared and distributed for students to use. Special education students unable to attend will be provided make-up services. *Students in the class for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will have transportation provided and should attend in person.

Elementary: Students will attend in person and transportation will be provided.  Absences will be recorded as they would be on a normal school day. 

Junior High, High School, GOAL, and Transition/Pathway: Students should attend in person if families are able to provide their own transportation.  If students are unable to get to school, they should participate in remote learning, using instructor provided Google Meet links. Students who participate in either the in person class or online via remote learning will not be marked absent.

Eastview Academy (EVA):  Elementary students at EVA will attend in person and receive bus transportation. Junior high and high school students at EVA can attend in person if families can provide their own transportation; Google Meets links will be shared for those students that can’t come to school in person so they may participate in remote learning. 

We will provide as much notice as possible should we have to use either of these scenarios. In situations like today, where a large number of absences are reported on short notice, we may need to pivot to one of these plans very quickly. Again, we appreciate your cooperation and flexibility as we work together for the benefit of our students. 

Sincerely,

Dr. John W. Sparlin

Superintendent