Beaverton School District will announce details for fall plan
For many parents, the upcoming school year may hold more questions than it does answers, but the Beaverton School District is announcing more details next week about students returning to school during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, July 28, the district will announce a date for the first day of school and provide a finalized return-to-school plan with more details for parents, said the Beaverton School District's public communications officer, Shellie Bailey-Shah.
"It's really going to help parents, because we're going to be laying out what the expectation is for at least the first couple of months of school," said Bailey-Shah.
Currently, the district's website features an outline with different return-to-school models for students in the fall.
One option is for students to enroll in FLEX Online School, which is a separate online school through the Beaverton School District. The school is designed to be a long-term option for families who want a full online learning experience for their children.
To enroll in the school, you must complete an application by Friday, July 24.
Many families may prefer to stick with their neighborhood or option school instead of enrolling their children in online school. That's going to be an option as well, Bailey-Shah said.
She added that the first way this happens is comprehensive distance learning — in other words, 100% online.
"Let's say you have a parent who's not comfortable with their child coming back to school — they can opt to just remain online with their regular schoolteacher," explained Bailey-Shah. "When it's safe to do so, we'll start to introduce a hybrid model where students would be at school two days a week and three days a week online."
The announcement will give more clarity to the timeline of comprehensive distance learning versus hybrid learning, added Bailey-Shah.
If the district decides to move towards just comprehensive distance learning, then it's up to the superintendent, advice from the district's leadership team, and guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority.
The five largest school districts in the state are also collaborating with the Beaverton School District to have a unified plan. Those districts include Portland, Salem-Keizer, Hillsboro and Eugene.
The Beaverton School District suggests for parents to wait for school principals to reach out to them after the announcement is made next week, so school administrators can explain the specifics of how the fall semester will work for their schools.
For more information, visit beaverton.k12.or.us/.
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