Carrollton City Schools Supt. Dr. Albertus has announced the district reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year following an exhaustive evaluation of the best way to move forward following a shortened school year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic last spring.
Before releasing the plan to the general public, Dr. Albertus wanted to ensure Trojan families and community supporters had the opportunity to see it first. Later this afternoon it will be released via social and traditional media and posted on the district website.
Details include a mandatory requirement for all teachers, staff, students, parents, and visitors to wear face coverings to support the health and safety for all.
“For academic, social-emotional, and economic reasons, we highly support the in-person learning model,” wrote Dr. Albertus in a letter to parents and community stakeholders. “But we also cannot ignore the continued threat of the virus. We must take all prudent steps to keep our schools from becoming agents that could spread COVID-19 in our community. Our community expects us to provide a quality and meaningful learning experience for our students while also ensuring we maintain a safe learning environment model our schools and teachers can execute to fidelity.”
The comprehensive plan features four tiers of intensity with the first level reflecting a normal school opening and the fourth a complete on-campus school closure that implements at-home online learning exclusively.
At this time, Dr. Albertus said plans are for the district to follow Level Two, which is an on-campus learning model that minimizes large group settings and implements social distancing measures and robust cleaning and hygiene practices.
“This document presents our most current thinking,” said Dr. Albertus. “It is still a work in progress – and we believe, through continued candid and constructive feedback from our community, this plan can improve even more. We recognize that some of the concepts might cause some anxiety. But we must remain open to what’s possible and consider all options to move forward.