Dear Wissahickon Parents and Guardians,
As the 2019-2020 school year came to an end in June, we were all hopeful that we might return to some form of normalcy with the start of the 2020-2021 school year. In some ways, perhaps, we will. In other ways, however, we must continue to keep safe by wearing masks and socially distancing. The pandemic has challenged each of us and our families in different ways, but it is clear that our approach to the start of this school year is not a one size fits all.
Since the close of school in June, our Teaching and Learning Task Force has been planning for the start to the new school year. As information and guidance has been shared over the summer, various instructional delivery models have been explored, considered, and shared with the community. The educational merits of each model and the safety considerations associated with each of them have been thoughtfully weighed in arriving at the reopening plan shared in this document. This document – “A Student and Family Guide” – provides you with a summary of the four instructional delivery models that will be in effect to start the 2020-2021 school year. Our middle school and high school 100% virtual model with all students being taught by Wissahickon teachers will be in place through the first marking period. We will reassess at that point to see if we can implement the hybrid model for the second marking period. Whatever the direction at that time, our Wissahickon teachers will continue to teach our students learning in-person as well as those learning at home.
Now that we know the instructional plans for reopening school, we are focused on ensuring that each model provides a rigorous and robust teaching and learning experience for your son or daughter. We look forward to the day when we can welcome all of our WissNation back to our classrooms free of the current pandemic challenges. In the meantime, however, we are excited to meet all of our students on August 31 for the start of 2020-2021.