Plan for Reopening for On-Campus Learning
Last Thursday, the Meridian School Board considered the Return to Campus plan
and approved a phased return schedule based upon the science-driven methodology prepared by the Williamson County & Cities Health District (WCCHD).
We have created Return to School Protocols
and are on track to reopen Meridian School as early as September 21 on a phased return schedule.
On Thursday, you will receive an email with a commitment survey for each child attending Meridian. (If you have three children, you will receive a separate email for each child). Emails will be sent to the adult listed as parent/guardian number one on enrollment forms only. If you do not receive it, check with the other adults in your household.
You may commit to on-campus or distance learning for the remainder of the first quarter, starting as early as Sept. 21 (see return-to-campus guidelines for details)
. You may also register for after school care.
You will also have the opportunity to commit to either on-campus or distance learning for the second quarter
beginning Oct. 19, if you choose.
Based upon previous surveys with variations by grade levels, 45% to 58% of our families
will return their students to on-campus instruction when the campus re-opens.
Here's what Primary Distance Learning will look like Once On-Campus Learning Resumes:
After students have transitioned back on campus, the distance learning experience and expectations will change. Teachers will no longer be able to offer live lessons throughout the day. Instead, one teacher will post videos explaining the day’s content and walk distance learning students through the expected activity in those videos. Students will have to watch the videos and complete the assignments all asynchronously (similar to our Wednesdays currently). Classwork in math, ELA, science and social studies will still be assigned and due daily.
All specials lessons will become asynchronous. Students will be asked to complete 6 specials activities within the week. Specials teachers will have office hours on Wednesdays to assist with these lessons as needed. Counselors will continue to create opportunities for distance learners to connect in lunch bunch and small groups. Distance learning students will still have the opportunity to connect with their teacher and classmates during the morning meeting (on Zoom).
Students will be required to check-in with their teacher at least twice a week in Zoom small groups at times designated by the teacher. There will be little flexibility in these blocks of time as teachers will only have specific times during the day when they can complete these check-ins.
As a reminder, based on the division of in-person and distance learning teaching on a grade level, your child’s teacher may have to change.