From Principal Catingub: Argonne Reopening Updates
Sat, Mar 20 8:01am

Dear Argonne Families,

The reopening school process is very complex with many different layers and moving parts. We have not experienced reopening schools during a pandemic before and as with any new endeavor, we are all learning as we move forward. Guidance has been continually shifting as we try to meet the needs of students, families, and staff, while also following safety guidelines from the Department of Public Health (DPH) and mandates given to us by the SF Board of Education, the State of California and the Federal Government. SFUSD is also having to consider budgetary constraints and the capacity of staff. 

I’m writing to share with you some of the updates we have at this time regarding reopening at Argonne. We are all excited to begin this process and I recognize that many of our families’ schedules will be impacted by these changes. I am working with a committee of teachers to determine the Instructional Reopening Plan and on-site logistics for Argonne, and over the next several weeks, more information will be shared. 

All families are welcome to attend our Informational Town Hall on Wednesday, March 24 from 6:15-7:30pm. Chinese interpretation will be provided. If you’d like to submit questions ahead of time, please share them here. I will do my best to answer as many questions as I can. 

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you next week!

In Community, 

Ms. Catingub
 

Timeline:

  • The week of April 19, 2021 we will welcome back our K-2 grade students in general education classes and students in the K-2 Special Day Class

  • The week of April 26, 2021 we will welcome back our 3-5 grade students in general education classes and students in the 3-5 Special Day Class.

  • There will be a mandatory orientation for families to attend prior to reopening. More information to come. 

Schedule:

  • The K-2 survey closed on Friday, March 12 and the 3-5 survey closed on Tuesday, March 16. 

  • We are currently reviewing the survey results to determine whether we will follow Schedule A (five days in person) or Schedule B (2 days in person). Here are a few sample schedules that have been shared by SFUSD. There are many factors that will impact how we are able to determine this, and we are committed to honoring family preference for in-person or distance learning, as well as bringing students back for as many days as possible. 

  • Argonne’s in person start and end times will be 8:30am-1:30pmStudents must be picked up at 1:30pm.

  • The Distance Learning schedule will be more flexible and we are still trying to determine the details of how it will look. 

  • Special Day Classes will be on a 5 day a week schedule from 8:30-2:30pm.

  • At this time, there will be no before or after school care offered to students on site. 

  • Please look for communication from me next week on any updates regarding our schedule. 

Site Preparation:

  • Argonne completed Moving Day on March 17. Furniture was moved to ensure that student and teacher desks meet distance requirements. 

  • Some families have asked about how Argonne will shift with the new DPH guidance from 6 feet to 4 feet distance for student to student desks. 

    • We will strive to keep student desks at 6 feet but may have desks no less than 4 feet apart from each other with a plexiglass barrier between the students. 

    • Teacher desks are at least 6 feet apart from student desks and tables.

    • Information is constantly being updated and I know that the CDC has now released 3 feet as being the guideline. Please know, we are following public health guidance and also our agreements with labor partners regarding health and safety. For the spring semester, our MOU with the teachers union agrees to a minimum of 4 feet between student desks, which is the current DPH distance. As we plan for the fall this new guidance from the CDC will help us serve more students.

  • When we return from Spring Break on April 5th, teachers will be having 4 full work days from April 5-8th. These work days will allow for teachers to begin prepping for the return to in person learning. On these work days, teachers will host a short synchronous check-in or class circles on Zoom in the morning, and then the rest of the day students will have asynchronous assignments. I appreciate your understanding as we give teachers the time they need to prepare for your child.  

Instruction:

  • Students with an Individualized Learning Plan (IEP): We are still waiting to learn more about what services will look like for both virtual and in person but if a student is in person, the most current information is that their full IEP will kick in. If you remain in distance, the Emergency Learning Plan (ELP) would still stand. I encourage you to attend this informational meeting hosted by SFUSD’s Special Education Department to learn more: Monday March 22, 5:00pm Special Education Informational Meeting. Please use this link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xonM5EEzTVehRf_Xmm9ukQ 

  • We are working to determine what the school day will look like with both students learning in-person and in distance learning. There are considerations for Zoom/simultaneous in-person teaching, and I am working with our teachers to determine how best to serve our students in two platforms, while also continuing to build community for a class that may now have students exclusively in distance learning. 

Important Dates:

  • March 22, 5:00pm: Special Education Informational Meeting. Please use this link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xonM5EEzTVehRf_Xmm9ukQ 

  • March 24, 6:15-7:30pm: Informational Town Hall. Chinese Interpretation provided. Zoom Link: https://sfusd.zoom.us/j/87992931617?pwd=SHJ3Y05lemJ4TDZqejNwcGhJbXJKUT09

  • March 29-April 2: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break

  • April 5-April 8: Teacher Work Days, shorter synchronous Zoom classes

  • April 19: K-2 in-person learning begins

  • April 26: 3-5 in-person learning begins




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