Resuming students' education while we are closed

Resuming students' education while we are closed
Posted on 03/23/2020
Good evening! As most of you probably heard, earlier today Gov. Tom Wolf announced he is keeping schools closed through April 6th, and ordered a “stay in place” for residents of seven counties, including Bucks County. While governors from Kansas, Virginia, and Delaware have closed their schools for most or all of the rest of the academic year, Gov. Wolf has taken a more incremental approach to the pandemic in regards to decisions about closing schools.

What we do know about the scientific modeling of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is that things will get worse before they get better. Community spread has arrived in Bucks County and is becoming more local to us. The model tells us that the most significant challenge for Pennsylvania will probably be in early May. Therefore, the environment and conditions under which we will move forward and work are set for well over a month, probably into the summer.

With this in mind, our game plan is to get your child(ren) back to learning opportunities next week in a virtual setting. This is the first scenario that I outlined in my last blog - moving to optional online instructional activities provided by our teachers. Students will be able to participate and learn in this way for the remainder of the school year, or until the governor reopens our schools and we locally determine that it is safe for students, faculty and staff to return. The last day of the school calendar remains June 16th.

What to expect and when to expect it? On Friday, March 27th, we will be providing more details about what education in QCSD will look like going forward. We expect that our instructional model will support your children in reinforcing the skills they have learned, as well as acquiring the additional learning they will need to be successful in school next year.

QCSD Technology will continue to support the needs of our students and staff during this time. We will continue to provide support based on appointments. The following form should be submitted for any issues that may arise: https://forms.gle/u6Zfc4LhEaSKgFLB7

I didn’t want to let too much time get in between the governor’s announcement and letting you know our next steps. Please stay tuned for our plan on Friday.

Bill Harner
Superintendent

@BillHarner
wharner@qcsd.org
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