The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff members remains a top priority in ensuring that each student, every time, is empowered to succeed - the vision of the Mequon-Thiensville School District. We have worked diligently over the summer to formalize a plan for a responsible return to the 2020-2021 school year that supports the needs of all students. The operational plan developed by school and district leaders includes the implementation of practical measures to mitigate the spread of disease when on campus, while allowing flexibility in family choice for instructional delivery by making distance learning available.
In preparation for our responsible return, we are carefully prioritizing health while considering how to accommodate the instructional, social, and emotional needs of our students, faculty, and staff members. The operational plan outlines the procedures to ensure a safe and responsible return to instruction this school year. It was developed in consultation with local and state health department officials, including physicians, nurses, and public health experts. In addition, our guiding principles set the foundation for how our organization will operate in the 2020-2021 school year.
I encourage all parents/guardians and stakeholders of the District to review the contents of the operating plan in an effort to understand what school will look like in September, understanding that elements of the plan will continue to evolve as we gather information. Likewise, our ability to hold on campus instruction in the fall is dependent on many factors related to the challenges of an active pandemic. We are committed to transparent and ongoing communication as we navigate this uncharted territory together as a school community.
I look forward to welcoming students, families and staff back to the 2020-2021 school year. Regardless of the learning environment your family chooses, or the instructional scenario we are able to implement - on campus or distance learning - we will be ready and prepared to support you.
Thank you for your partnership.
Dr. Matthew Joynt
Superintendent of Schools