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Hybrid Schedule Update

October 5, 2020

(This message was sent to all Saline Area Schools families on 10/5)

SAS Families, 

I hope your family is settling into the “new normal” that exists for your student, whatever that may look like. Our staff has worked tirelessly to provide the best education possible to all students, regardless of the delivery platform. Their efforts should be acknowledged and praised given the circumstances. Our students and families have responded with resilience and have shown a tremendous ability to adapt. 

Virtual families are experiencing a distance-learning model unlike any we have ever seen before. This innovative approach, borne out of necessity,  allows students opportunities to learn in both asynchronous (self-paced assignments) and synchronous (everyone learning together) formats. 

For our hybrid families, students started in-person instruction last week. Our COVID-19 mitigation strategies allow each student two days of face-to-face learning with smaller class sizes, safe transportation, social distancing and mask wearing. 

Our original published timeline indicated our hope to begin full, in-person instruction on Monday, October 12th. However, given local conditions and internal metrics, we will be extending our hybrid format another two weeks. An updated timeline for your reference is below:

  • Week of October 5th: Hybrid student schedule is Blue/Gold/Blue/Gold/Async
  • Week of October 12th: Hybrid student schedule is Blue/Gold/Blue/Gold/Async
  • Week of October 19th: Hybrid student schedule is Blue/Gold/Blue/Gold/Async. **On Monday, SAS Administration announces intended schedule for October 26th and the weeks following
  • Week of October 26th: TBD 

Please attend (or watch live on Facebook) the next Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, October 13th at 6:30 p.m. at Liberty School. I will be providing the community instructional model updates on a regular basis as more information becomes available.  

Your flexibility has allowed us to evaluate our systems and plan for the coming trimesters. We will seek additional feedback from you (via survey) in mid to late October. Thank you for your continued patience and support. 

Sincerely, 
Scot Graden

Superintendent

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