Summer School Update

Vanguard Families,

I write to you today to provide an update on our planning with regards to summer school offerings for this year.  What do we know as of today as a result of the Safer At Home Order and the Badger Bounce Back Plan?

  1. Our school facilities cannot host on-site instruction of any type until at least June 30, 2020.
  2. The Badger Bounce Back Plan has strict limits on the number of individuals that can be in rooms as we progress through the various levels of the plan.  This plan will make a traditional, on-site, enrichment-based, summer school offering unfeasible for July.

With that in mind, what are we exploring for planning options?

  • From July 6 – 30, four days a week (Monday – Thursday)
    1. Offering targeted instruction for students on an invitation basis.  Our hope would be to run these small groups (ten or less) in our school buildings.  If the state does not allow this option, we would still run the program online.
    2. Offering a variety of online courses for all students.  We are exploring ideas to make these courses as enrichment based as possible through an online format.

We are cognizant of the fact that ending the 2019-20 school year with ten weeks of online/offsite instruction is creating some challenges for student learning.  With this in mind, we are considering a “Jumpstart” program that would run in August of 2020.  The purpose of this Jumpstart would be to reacclimate students and staff after over five months out of the school building.  Ideally, we will run this program in-person, and our days would resemble normal in-person instructional days.  If the state does not allow for this type of option at this time, we would still look to run the program online, as this may remain our required methodology for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

The execution of a Jumpstart program will require a great deal of coordination and support from staff, students, and parents.  The district will be surveying its staff in the next few days to assess feasibility.

Parents, you can expect summer school offerings to be communicated on Friday, May 22, with sign-up being open on/around Tuesday, May 26.  We appreciate your patience as we continue to take directions from the state and adjust our plans accordingly.  We are committed to the safety of our students and staff, while at the same time providing the best opportunities possible.

Take care,

Mr. Jordan Sinz
District Administrator