Dear CR School Community–
I write today to inform you of important work occurring regarding the reopening of our schools in the fall. Currently, we are simultaneously planning for an in-person opening of school in the fall and a cyber option for those who are not comfortable returning to school. At the bottom of this letter, you will find a link to complete a survey that has been developed to help us better understand your thoughts relative to schools reopening in Council Rock. It is important, and I respectfully request, that you fully read the guidance document that we recently received from the Bucks County Health Department prior to completing the survey. This letter will be available within the survey itself. Please note that this survey will be live for one week, until Wednesday, July 1 at 5:00 PM.
Please also note that we have assembled a Reopening Task Force, with a Steering Team and six committees. These groups are working through the complexities of educating our nearly 11,000 students in a sustained Covid-19 environment. This work includes the development of a specific plan for athletics and marching band, which will be in effect through much of the summer, as well as the creation of a more comprehensive CRSD Health and Safety Plan that will be in effect for the beginning of the school year. Both plans require School Board approval. The following are important milestone dates relative to plan development and plan approval (please note that all meetings will be held virtually and will begin at 7:00 PM):
- June 24 – July 1, 2020: Window for Parent Survey Completion (Survey window closes on July 1st at 5:00 PM)
- June 30, 2020: Special Board Meeting: Athletics/Marching Band Health and Safety Plan Approval
- July 9, 2020: Special Forum on Reopening Schools - Health and Safety Plan Public Discussion
- July 16, 2020: Joint Committee Meeting - to Include Health and Safety Plan Public Discussion
- July 23, 2020: Board Business Meeting: CRSD Health and Safety Plan Approval (backup date: July 30, 2020)
Please also note that we have developed a Reopening Hub on our CR website which will house our reopening process timeline, our state-mandated reopening plans, pertinent Bucks County Health Department, PDE, and CDC guidance, FAQ’s, and a Reopening Email Center for continued community feedback and questions. We will continue to build upon the materials currently in the hub in the coming weeks.
It goes without saying that the start of the 2020-21 school year will be unlike any other we have experienced. As is always the case, we move forward with wellness and safety at the forefront of every decision we make. Thank you for completing this important survey and for your continued support as we work to ensure success for every Council Rock student, every day.
CRSD FAMILY SURVEY
-Dr. Robert Fraser
Superintendent of Schools