Algoma School District’s Guiding Principles, Preventative Measures and Guidance for Families in Response to COVID-19

To Our School District Community:

As our August 31st start date inches closer, we understand that we have many challenges ahead. In response to those uncertainties, we continue to rely on our Guiding Principles (refer to our website) in creating the safest environment possible. That being said, our students will not return to the school environment that existed prior to COVID-19. There are no easy answers, or simple solutions, and denial is not part of a successful pathway forward. The success of our children is a community-wide responsibility, rather than one that primarily rests with the Algoma School District. We must work together, for our students, and for each other. We have evidence from the past that when we do this our outcomes allow for further opportunities and fewer restrictions.

On Friday August 7, a Google form will be sent out to allow you the opportunity to make the learning choice that is best for your child and your family. We are asking families to make their learning commitment for the first quarter (45 days), at which time families will have an opportunity to reevaluate. Families will have the following options for each individual child:

  • Return to our One-Room School House Model
  • Attend 100% virtually from home

*Note: hybrid options may be available at each grade level keeping in mind staff, students’, and parents’ capacity, as well as, available resources.

When making your commitments, please take into consideration the prevention measures our school will lead with in order to ensure the health and safety of ALL  We support the decision each family makes, and the commitments we receive from you will be used to determine transportation logistics, building specific programming and the proportional reallocation of resources to meet the needs of ALL our students.

In addition, we know that going beyond our school walls affords us even more opportunities to explore, problem solve, and socialize responsibly. Our teachers and students will be encouraged to use the abundance of spaces and resources within our community to help reconnect our students, while providing experiences that cannot be replicated in a classroom.

We have an opportunity to know and understand our environment, connect with our community members responsibly, and explore the assets available to all of us. Even under the best case scenarios, we will need to give ourselves, and each other, patience as we monitor and adjust to this new way of being, and I encourage you to think of what is now possible rather than what has been lost.

Lastly, we must continue to respect each other in this process. When we build trust, listen openly, speak civically, and support each other, we have the ability to recover from COVID-19, build resilience, and become a model for others to follow.

Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Algoma School District 2020-21 Guiding Principles for returning to school

Guiding Principles

These are themes that they Algoma School District will lead with as our guiding principles this school year:

  • Unified Decision-Makers: make informed decisions with the hea Ith & safety of ALL in mind
  • Space Matters: follow social distancing guidelines
  • Lead with Facts: we know that contact and exposure increase the spread of COVI D-19
  • Commit to Prevention: proper precautions should be utilized to limit the spread of COVID-19
  • Be Resilient: monitor the current situation. pivot when needed, and adjust on a consistent basis

Algoma School District Preventative Measures

Algoma School District’s Preventative Measures

  • Always wear a mask
  • Be aware of illness symptoms
  • Clean your hands and your space
  • Distance physically, but not socially

From the University Hospitals Healthy Restart Playbook. Find more information here:

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Algoma School District COVID Guide For Sending Students To School

Algoma School Decision Tree On Sending A Child To School

Families should follow this guide on when you should or should not send children to school including:

  • what to do if a child exhibits symptoms of COVID-19
  • what to do if a child has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed or tested positive for COVID-19
  • requirements for a child returning to school if he or she has been quarantined due to testing postive, experiencing symptoms of, or being in direct physical contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19
Guide For Sending A Child Back To School