Bond County Unit 2 Superintendent Wes Olson has sent a letter to district parents.
In the letter he acknowledges the unusual nature of the start of the 2020-21 school year. Olson points out that the year will start in a hybrid model which combines in person instruction with remote learning. In addition, many families have elected for the online learning only format. Olson said the district will start in the hybrid model and re-evaluate after Labor Day, to determine if they can safely move to 5 day week in person, remain hybrid, or be remote only, if directed to do so for safety reasons. Parents are urged to prepare for all three of those options at any given time, as health data will drive the district’s decision on which learning format they will be in, at any given time.
Olson reminds that masks are required for students and district employees at all times during the school day unless they are eating or outside. In order to help students prepare for this requirement, he encourages parents to have children practice wearing a mask at home to aid in their transition back to school.
To meet instructional needs associated with remote learning and comply with safety guidance, district officials have had to alter the daily schedule. Details of the schedule are outlined in the letter.
Individual students’ schedules will be finalized no later than August 7th. Building principals will be sharing building specific information in coming weeks as well information about district provided transportation.