E.O. Smith Reentry Plan for 2020-21 School Year

E.O. Smith Reentry Plan for 2020-21 School Year
Posted on 08/07/2020

Good afternoon E.O. Smith families,

As you all know, we have been working on three scenarios for reopening E.O. Smith in the fall.  We presented those scenarios to families this week, along with the guidelines from the governor and the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE).  Based upon the guidelines and the metrics we have been provided, as well as the plans we have developed, we are planning to reopen E.O. Smith in a 50% in-person Hybrid Model.  I am including the PowerPoint presentation so that you can review the slide on the Hybrid Model.  I am also including the full version of the E.O. Smith re-opening plan for your reference.    I understand the concerns we have heard from parents who feel school should be opened at 100% in-person learning, as well as those who feel 100% remote learning is the most appropriate option, and both present valid points.  We feel that we can safely open and acclimate staff and students to the stringent protocols under the hybrid model, as well as allow for students and teachers to build in-person relationships that set the foundation for full in-person learning or full remote learning, when either should become appropriate. 

Please know that these decisions are not easy and that they are based on the information that we are being provided by the Eastern Highlands Health District, the State Department of Public Health, the CDC, and the CSDE.  We also know that the situation is fluid and that the declaration of a hybrid model could shift  if threshold metrics or directives from the governor or state change.  Should that happen, families will be informed as soon as possible.  With all of that said, families always have the option to keep students home for distance learning.  Teachers will live-Zoom their instruction to students who choose to be 100% remote.

In order to plan, we ask you to fill out the following survey so that we can determine instructional, transportation and technology needs.   Please take the time to review the information in the plans and submit your survey by Sunday evening 8/9/2020.

E.O. Smith Reentry Plan 2020.pdf

E.O. Smith Updated Reopening Plan Executive Summary.pdf


Thank you in advance for your responses and your support.  As always, please reach out to Lou or I should you have any questions. 

All the best,


Sharon M. Cournoyer

Superintendent Region 19


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