School Administrative Unit #9

Re-Entry Survey

July 29, 2020


Dear SAU9 Families,


The purpose of this letter is to update you on the planning for the re-entry to school in SAU9.  Over the past two weeks we hosted over 20 separate listening sessions and have heard from hundreds of parents, guardians, and staff.  We appreciate your acknowledgement of the tremendous amount of work that has gone into this process as well as the thoughtful questions and concerns shared during these discussions.   


The SAU9 team believes strongly in the benefits of having students physically present in school.  Through our listening sessions, some parents have expressed the desire and need to have more choice in how their children will participate in education as we re-enter school this fall. Therefore, we are exploring a distance learning option. 


The distance learning option would allow students to access their education from a location with an adequate internet connection.  Learning would primarily be independent, and be supported at home through digital interactions.  Depending upon demand, distance learning may be provided via VLACS or SAU9 educators. If we need to use VLACS, students would be working independently with VLACS staff.  If we are able to assign SAU9 staff, your child would likely be in a cohort of students from across multiple schools and with a teacher not necessarily from their home school.  


Participation in distance learning would require a commitment through the December holidays for K-8 students and through the end of the first semester for students at high school.  (Please Note:  Students who elect a face to face model and have to be out of school for a COVID-19 related reason would have access to remote instruction that is separate from this distance learning model.)  Refer to this page for more information about the two options.  We ask that you review the comparison between the models prior to completing the survey.  As we move through the fall we will continue to monitor conditions, making adjustments and planning for the spring.


In order for us to assess interest in this potential option, please complete the following survey no later than August 4, 2020.  We are asking you to complete it once for each of your children. Students entering grades 10-12 should be receiving phone calls in an effort to gather this data so there is no need for the survey to be completed for those students. If you have any questions, please contact your building principal.


Sincerely,

Kevin Richard
Superintendent of Schools

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