March 30, 2020
Recently, I was required to submit a “Continuity of Learning Plan” for Bertrand Community School. This plan describes the temporary actions that support the continuation of teaching and learning for all students due to the interruption of normal school attendance operation. This form was requested/expected by the Department of Education Commissioner’s Office.
From listening to Commissioner Blomstedt, it has been apparent that the Department of Education EXPECTS education to continue even though we sent the students home. Each district has its own unique plan, however, they will all include teaching and learning. For high school students, the plan includes a “continuation” of their course work. At this time the students in grades 7-12 are only being asked to meet 40% for each of their core classes (Math, Science, Social Science, Language Arts) and less than 40% for classes that are non-core classes (electives.) Since the students will only be meeting 2 out of the 5 days per week the amount of work will also be 60% less than normal. The students can communicate with their teachers through several digital methods to answer any questions they may have during the day. The students in grades K-6 will also meet with students on an abbreviated schedule, but their teachers will still expect education to take place. In a nutshell, all students are still in school…just not at our facility.
Thank you for understanding that continuing educational opportunities, during this difficult time, are required by the Nebraska Department of Education. Our dedicated teachers are doing their very best to accommodate every family’s unique needs. In fact, if any family doesn’t have wi-fi (and hasn’t visited with Mrs. Edgren or Mrs. High) please let the office know as soon as possible! Several providers are willing to provide students with free Wi-Fi during this time-frame.
I hope this brief explanation will help alleviate any misunderstandings.
Dr. Dennis Shipp
Bertrand Community School