Emergency Operations & Communications

DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

The First Day of School is Monday, August 17

Based on the Governor’s July 17 Order, we will begin the 2020-21 school year with 100% Distance Learning through the end of the first trimester for all students.  The first trimester ends on Friday, October 30.  If Orange County is removed from the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list sooner than the end of the first trimester, the district will begin a transition process to shift to on-campus instruction.  Please know that our District is committed to ensuring that our Distance Learning Program is meaningful and representative of the high caliber of education that Savanna School District is known for. Students will be expected to attend daily to take full advantage of daily live standards-based lessons, rigorous and engaging pre-recorded lessons, small group instruction, and grade-appropriate assignments.  Students will be graded on the assignments they submit; grades with progress toward their grade level standards will be issued.

Please click here to watch a Welcome Back video with information on what parents can expect.  (The Spanish version can be found here.)

Click here for a copy of the District's COVID-19 Flow Charts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please watch for information from your child’s teacher and school principal with more details about what you can expect.

While we can’t wait to have our students back on campus, please know that the safety of students and staff is one of our highest priorities.  While this isn’t the way any of us expected to begin the school year, I know our students will continue to have strong learning opportunities through Distance Learning. 

--Dr. Johnson

Reopening Schools Information Updated July 18, 2020

Dear Savanna Parents,
 
While we’ve provided information to you on our reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year, the Governor announced less than 24 hours ago that schools located in a county on the state monitoring list may not reopen until there has been a county decline in COVID-19 cases for a 14-day period. This announcement impacts Savanna School District because Orange County is currently on the state monitoring list.  This has caused us to pivot our instruction to a Distance Learning format for all children to begin the school year.
 
Please know that our District is committed to ensuring that our program implementation is meaningful and representative of the high caliber of education that Savanna School District is known for.  We will stay updated on the latest information from our health agencies so that we can return to offering  in-class learning as soon as it’s allowable.   
 
Now that the decision to move to Distance Learning has been made, we are shifting our focus to preparing a Distance Learning program that will meet the state mandates.

  • On Monday, July 20, 2020, the Aeries Parent Portal will open at 4:00 p.m. for parents to complete Data Confirmation. This is a process that families will use to access our AERIES database to update and confirm that the enrollment information is accurate.  
  • We will provide in-person assistance for those parents needing help with completing Data Confirmation with strict social distancing procedures in place.  Information on where and when this will be available will be available by clicking here.

We are working on how we can provide devices to students who will need them to participate in Distance Learning.

Devices for Distance Learning will be provided on an as-needed basis with a contract parents will need to sign. While details are still being worked out, the contract will include that parents acknowledge they understand, at a minimum, the device will only be able to used for instructional programs.  It can only access our instructional programs including Benchmark Universe, GoMath, Accelerated Reader, iReady and Moby Max. In addition, the devices will be filtered similar to how devices are filtered on campus; this prevents student access to inappropriate sites as well as to social media. The device will be able to be tracked and turned off if it’s being misused or reported as lost or stolen.

Because this will necessitate additional planning and preparation, we’ve made the decision to move our first date of school to Monday, August 17.  An updated school calendar is available by clicking here.  We will continue to keep you informed as we have more information on what you can expect during Distance Learning.  This is not how I expected to begin the year but I know we will make it a great year for our students because that’s what they deserve.
 
Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor any state mandates related to reopening our schools.

Dr. Johnson

 

Reopening Schools Information Updated July 16, 2020

Dear Parents,

The disruption to all of our lives caused by the COVID-19 health crisis has been profound, and we know parents are seeking clarity on the Savanna School District’s plan for re-opening our schools. We want to thank parents for their patience as we work toward clarifying our tentative plan for teaching and learning in the 2020-2021 school year.  I know you need information so you'll be able to plan.  With rapid changes coming from the State and local levels, we've revised our plans several times in the last few weeks.  And, although we may need to make alterations, one thing is clear:  we owe you the best plan we have so you can begin planning for your family's needs.

First and most importantly: We are planning to reopen our schools as scheduled on August 10, 2020, with additional safeguards in place, for students and families who feel comfortable to return. In response to feedback from the recent parent survey, we will be offering two different learning programs for the 2020-2021 school year.  It is important that the programs are comparable without compromising the education of our students.  We anticipate providing both an in-class option as well as a virtual learning option for parents to select when registration opens.  Information on each option will be sent to parents prior to registration, allowing time to review each and make a determination on which program will best fit their child’s and family’s needs.  Parents will be asked to register children for one program when our student registration opens.  

Please be mindful that information coming from state and local authorities is changing daily; this has caused us to delay our student registration.  Registration is scheduled for July 20-24; however, please keep in mind that plans may still need to be altered to meet any necessary requirements or mandates.  Although this is a short registration window, we will have assistance available for those without internet access.  More information will be provided on dates and times assistance will be available.

Information on each Option is available below.  While our school offices are closed until July 21, please feel free to reach out with questions at reopening.school2020@savsd.org.  As always, our students’ education and their safety is our top priority. 

Dr. Johnson

 
 
 
 
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For Parents:  Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-how-talk-child.html

For kids: Coronavirus: What Kids Can Do?

https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/coronavirus-kids.html?ref=search

MESSAGES TO THE SAVANNA COMMUNITY FROM

SUPERINTENDENT DR. JOHNSON

 

FOR STAFF

EMPLOYEE RIGHTS
PAID SICK LEAVE AND EXPANDED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE UNDER THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT