PCS Return to Learn Plan 2020
Dear Plainwell Families, Staff, and Community Members:
We have made a commitment to you that our Return To Learn plan is a plan designed with the health and safety of our students and our employees as the top priority, and based on the best available and most up to date public health information. This plan to return to school is student-centered, focused on the social-emotional and physical health and safety of our students and staff and designed to keep our kids learning at a high level. There is no doubt that the 2020-21 school year will look different, but we are dedicated in our effort to provide both a safe environment and a positive learning experience. The Plainwell Community Schools Return to Learn Plan was a group effort guided by our own Task Force of parents, teachers and administrators, local and state health officials, and Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap. As conditions change we will continue to work with you and make the necessary adjustments to keep everyone safe.
Currently, our region is in Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan. In this current phase, Plainwell Community Schools will begin the year with a Hybrid Learning Plan. This means our students will be broken into two cohort groups - Group A & Group B - and each attend in-person classes two days a week with remote classes three days a week. Group A will begin school on Monday, August 31st; Group B will begin on Tuesday, September 1st.. Group A attends school in person on Mondays and Thursdays; Group B attends school in person on Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students with virtual intervention opportunities for those needing extra help. The two groups will be set by August 14th. Students in the same household will be in the same group.
For families with additional health concerns, or those not yet comfortable in sending kids back to school in person, there will be an all-virtual learning option, the Virtual Academy Allegan County. Students will join this online learning opportunity as Plainwell students. More information will be forthcoming soon regarding this option.
We will be sending families a survey on July 31st asking all families to inform us of their choice for returning to school, either hybrid or virtual.
Please know, this plan is fluid and may need to be adjusted as new guidance from the Michigan Department of Education, Governor’s Office, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Allegan County Health Department and other public health officials is received or as necessary to best support the health and safety of our students and employees. All updates will be posted on our Website and shared with our families and employees using our usual means for communication.
Should our region (Kalamazoo Region #3) in the MI Safe Start Plan move from Phase 4 back to Phase 1, 2 or 3 due to a resurgence of the virus, we will follow the MI Safe Schools Roadmap requirement to close our buildings and move to our Remote Learning Plan which requires 100% remote learning. If we move into Phase 5, we will adjust and plan to move to our Face-to-Face Learning Plan, with all students back to in-person instruction, but do so with consultation with health officials. As a district, we are preparing for a variety of scenarios and, as always, we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way.
We are excited for our staff and students to return to school and sincerely hope we can get back to some semblance of normalcy soon. We appreciate your support and help as we adjust to a new way of doing things. As always, if you have questions, concerns, or ideas, please know that we appreciate the feedback and will do our best to meet your needs and support our students, families, staff, and community. GO TROJANS!
Matthew J.M. Montange
Please click here for the 2020/21 *Return to Learn Plan
*Please note that these plans are subject to change as we receive additional guidance from the county and state.