Planning Principles and Priorities
Reopening Task Force
In the initial stages of the “back-to-school” planning process, we identified the principles that would drive our decision-making and the key features we planned to incorporate in the SAU-70 District’s Return to School Plan. At the top of the list of priorities that informed our planning and thinking was health, safety, and our school community’s well-being.
The reopening task force studied a wealth of relevant data and the school reopening plans of like communities, paying particular attention to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), NH and VT state guidance documents, and local health officials.
From the beginning, the Task Force has worked diligently to balance the district’s commitment to providing an excellent and equitable education to all our students. We must do so with student, employee, and community health and safety as an overarching priority. This plan is based on our region’s current health situation concerning the low prevalence of COVID-19 cases and will change based on the local progression of the pandemic. We will continue to keep the health, safety, and education of our students, staff, and community at the forefront of all decisions.
While currently recommending an in-person return to school in September, the Task Force has brought together planning committees to prepare for each of the three possible educational plans for the 2020-2021 school year. In concert with Task Force workgroups, individual school committees will address specific logistics of School Operations, Health Management, Whole Child Supports, School Personnel, Teaching and Learning, Transportation, and Technology.
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