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End of Year Plan - St. Ignatius
End of Year Plan - St. Ignatius
Jason Sargent
Friday, May 01, 2020

School District #28 Proposed School Plan Covid-19

 

The proposal for re-opening that came from Governor Bullock to authorize local control and decision-making in the best interest of students has forced districts to make the decision for ourselves when and how we re-open.  I believe we have conducted the best possible remote self-learning plan to stay productive and press forward while remaining safe.  We have made it a point to guide the education of essential understandings and expectations that must be met with all the tools that are available.

 

Schools are unique in that we would have many issues in conducting business as normal in schools under the current guidelines set forth by the Governor.  Issues with school opening include:

  • Social Distancing with class size of 15-30
  • Group congregation in lunch room, recess and passing time
  • One student per seat on the bus
  • Getting students to come to school with health concerns of parents
  • Teachers or Staff with health risks of exposure
  • Moving from a stay at home order to congregate with close to 600 people daily in close proximity seems to be extreme

 

The latest directive provides for the phased reopening of Montana.  It establishes guidance applicable to all phases and provides direction for Phase One, including the Stay at Home Directive and reopening non-essential businesses.  It also provides local schools the flexibility to make decisions about the remainder of the academic year.   Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 declare that a state of emergency exists in Montana due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. 

 

The meals and buses will continue as planned for the remainder of the year.  During the finals period we will run the buses on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday twice a day at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm for students to utilize for finals, school material and checkout return. 

     

Proposal 

I. We continue with our plan of support and achievement of essential understandings for every student in every class until finals.  We will continue to conduct online enrichment with study guides for every student in every class for the goal of understanding the expectations of the semester essential understandings.  The elementary continues to work on standards and expectations set forth at the beginning of closure.  The education plan will continue as established at the beginning of closure until finals.  All students will need to check in books and chromebooks at the completion of the year and adequately check-out. 

 

II. Finals Period:  May 18 to June 5- All teachers will be required to be in school during times that are set up for student assessments and times required by building principals for end of the year reporting and check out with social distancing protocols in place.  Teachers will remain available for student support either in school or remotely during the finals period.  End of the year assessments will need to be graded and submitted with a letter grade attached. If rubber gloves and masks are needed for grading, let us know, and we will make sure we get you the needed protection.  Teachers will be required to hand-in or submit electronically the summative evaluation itself and results of those evaluations for every class by June 5.   Teachers will be done:

  • When every student has been assessed either at home or at school during the finals period.
  • When final grades are submitted.
  • When building administration has signed off on all end of year expectations and reporting.

 

  1. Elementary Students/Staff/Parents:  Students will be given the option of taking final assessments at school or at home over the three-week final assessment period.  The expectation will be to have a Math and ELA summative assessment that will measure expected growth of essential understandings. This summative assessment must be something that can be measured and compared to the beginning of the year and/or semester.  All other summative evaluations can be completed with needed measurable outcomes that the building principal feels appropriate and needed for final reporting.  All students that choose to use the school for final assessments will need to contact their teacher and set up a time and place for assessments.  Any students in the building must be supervised with as limited human contact as possible. Students can come in and take the final assessments, turn in books and chromebooks then leave. If online options are available for assessments that will suffice, but students will still need to come in and return books, chromebooks and check-out.  We will sanitize any area that has had any human contact.   Finalize the summative standard-based assessments and properly check out and students are done for the year. 

 

  1. Middle School Students/Staff/Parents:  Students will be given the option of taking finals at school or at home over the three-week final assessment period.  The expectation will be to have a Math, English, Social Studies and Science summative assessment that will measure expected growth and effort. This summative assessment must be something that can be measured and compared to the beginning of the year and/or semester.  All other summative evaluations for electives can be completed with needed measurable outcomes that the building principal feels appropriate and needed for final reporting.  All students that choose to use the school for final assessments will be set up and supervised with limited or any at all human contact.   Students can come in and take the final assessments, turn in books and chromebooks, then leave. We will sanitize any area that has had any human contact.   Finalize the summative assessments, check-out and students are done for the year. 

 

  1. High School Students: 
  • Seniors will be required to come in or complete finals remotely, when possible, during the week of May 18 to May 22.  The finals that are required by teachers for the essential understandings are a requirement and will be graded. Project based assessments will also need to be handed in during this week.   Senior Projects must be complete and signed off by May 22.  Check out forms must be signed before final checkout will be approved.  All chromebooks, finals and checkout forms must be returned before checkout is complete.  Any students who do not take finals or meet the expected effort of essential understandings will fail the semester. 
  • Grades 9-11 High School Students will be required to come in or complete finals remotely, when possible, during the weeks of May 26 to June 4. The finals that are required by teachers for the essential understandings are a requirement and will be graded.  Check out forms must be signed before final checkout will be approved.  Project based assessments will also need to be handed in during these two weeks. All chrome books, finals and checkout forms must be returned before checkout is complete.  Any students who do not take finals or meet the expected effort of essential understandings will fail the semester. 

 

 

8th Grade Promotion and Senior Graduation Recommendation

 

 

8th Grade Promotion:  Promotion will be conducted on the football field on Wednesday, June 3 at 4pm.  Student and Parents will be in one car, and they will park on the track at 3:45.  We will promote 8th Graders at this time and have all other folks who choose to attend remain outside the track or within the designated family area; we will recommend social distance and that guests stay as far apart as possible.  There will be a short statement from the principal, two student speeches with all other presentations presented on the website.  Students will be introduced and given the promotion certificate followed by a parade of 8th Graders behind a fire truck immediately following the promotion.  Community is encouraged to congregate along the city streets to give our 8th Graders a proper salute.   

 

Senior Graduation: Graduation will be conducted on the football field on Saturday, June 6 at 2pm.  Students and Parents will be in one car, and they will park on the track by 1:45 pm. We will conduct Graduation at 2 pm and have all other folks who choose to attend remain outside the track or within the designated family area; we will recommend social distance and that guests stay as far apart as possible. For the safety of students please stay outside the track.  We will conduct Graduation beginning at 2pm with Superintendent Introduction, Principal Words, Speeches of Valedictorian and Salutatorian and then graduation certificates presented by board members.  All other graduation components will be pre-recorded and available on the website. Following certification of graduation we will play music, load vehicles and parade the city streets following the fire truck.  Community is encouraged to find places on the street where cards and proper salute can be given if you so choose.  We will work with Seniors for any requests and/or adjustments to this plan. We will also be honoring our retirees at Graduation. 
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Jason Sargent

St. Ignatius School District #28

Superintendent

406-396-7839

jsargent@stignatiusschools.org