Plans still include in-person traditional instruction options.
Earlier this week, Claremore Public School Board of Education held a special meeting to consider the academic calendar for the 2020-21 school year. The recommendation from Superintendent Bryan Frazier was to push the start date from August 20, 2020, to August 27, 2020. This change only affects the start date and not the way in which we deliver the instruction. Our goal is to begin face-to-face traditional instruction on August 27, for those families that selected the traditional learning option. Claremore Virtual School (CVS) will also start on August 27. The Board of Education unanimously approved the recommendation.
The delay allows teachers time for professional development in preparation for the new technology; devices, curriculum, digital resources, and new safety measures, will all be part of the professional development before the beginning of school.
“The three days originally scheduled for PD are simply not sufficient to prepare for all the changes we will be implementing in the school year,” said Mr. Frazier. He added, “Our goal is to make sure our staff and our families have the tools, resources, and knowledge to participate in high quality, rigorous education in any situation.”
There are changes to the previous calendar, to accommodate the new start date.
- Students will be in school on Friday, September 4 for a full day of instruction, originally scheduled as a day out for the Labor Day weekend. This date will not be a distance learning day.
- The first distance learning day will be Friday, September 11.
- The two professional development days scheduled for September 29, 2020, and February 26, 2021, will now be instructional in-session days. The professional development days are now front-loaded to accommodate the additional training days for teachers on August 20 and 21, 2020.
- May 27, 2021, is now the last day of school for students.
- May 28, 2021, is now the last day for teachers.
“We need everyone to do their part to keep the numbers down, wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and use hand sanitizer. Please stay safe so we can start school,” added Frazier.