June 29 Update from the Superintendent

Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 6/29/2020

Peoria Public Schools families,  

 

Following the special Board of Education meeting on June 22, I want to formally announce Peoria Public Schools is adopting a Blended Learning model for the upcoming fall semester.

The plan is based on ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees while also addressing the need for in-person instruction.

The plan is aligned with the current guidance from the federal, state and local health officials.


Here is an overview of what you need to know right now:

  • The intent of the blended model is to allow students in person instruction while maintaining safety guidelines for physical distancing through a reduced number of students in each building.
  • Students will follow an A/B style schedule Monday through Thursday. Students on the A schedule will attend school in person on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • Students on the B schedule will attend in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Friday will be virtual only *(with exception of potential on-campus flexible scheduling for high school) 
  • Families will be assigned the same schedule for student continuity across schools.
  • For those families that do not want their child attending in-person, families will have the option of choosing a 9-week full virtual learning schedule. That option will be available to sign up for starting with online registration opening on July 8th.
  • Students who choose the virtual option will be using an online learning platform. This online K-12 program allows students the option of working in all content areas​ virtually and independently. Students listen to a pre-recorded lesson from a certified teacher and then complete independent activities to practice their new knowledge.
  • We understand that childcare is a top concern for our families. The Return to School Childcare committee continues to work with existing community partners while building new partnerships to provide our families with options for affordable childcare.

We will start the school year safely and cautiously with our approved plan, and my team and I will continue to explore additional ways to increase in-person instruction for the benefit of our district students.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in what has been a rapidly evolving several months.

Peoria Public Schools is committed to keeping your student safe while continuing to provide excellent educational opportunities. Remember the plan is flexible and will continue to evolve.

 

 

Thank you and be safe,

 

Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat

Superintendent