Wake school board meeting to decide on all-online classes
Wake County school leaders discuss if the first weeks of school should be fully online as coronavirus cases increase in number.
There's so much I want todo I want to make a difference. I want to create things. I want to change the world or at least the world around me. When I look up in this guy, I think maybe I'll be the first person to walk on Mars. I love anything like to paint, But I also like music too. Maybe I'll do both. I want to work with people. Maybe a doctor. Her teacher. I don't know. I just really like helping people. Do I have to know what I want to do right now? Because I don't. But that kind of excites me. I'm ready for what lies ahead. I am ready for what lies ahead. I'm ready for what lies ahead. I am ready for what lies ahead. Our students are the dreamers, doers, the adventurers. We're giving them the room. All right. Good afternoon, everyone. It is, uh, one o'clock, someone to call our special call. A meeting of the way. Kind of What of education Meeting to order. It is one on one on Tuesday, July 21st. When welcome, everyone. Everyone is staying cool. It's hot, sweltering day and somewhere they managed to do that. We've got quite a bit of information to cover and territory to cover. End this much anticipated me. So we will start with a determination about arm. It looks like everyone is here, but I will start with the roll call. Oh, nice chair, Cash. Yeah. Mr. Fletcher, Here is Johnson Hostler here. Is Mahaffey here? Mr Haggerty. Here it is, Kushner. Good happening. Good afternoon, Dr Martin here. And Mrs Scott here. All right. You can have everyone here is so good afternoon to you all, if you will stand with me and I was have the Pledge of Allegiance. I appreciate it when we sequenced to fly the skin of America and to the republic for which it stands One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Thank you. All right, so enough with I information Williams, If there are any comments to start with that Superintendent Super 10 more The comments this afternoon. I'm just just keep it brief and say I appreciate the board members agreeing to an additionally scheduled meeting today so that staff could bring a discussion around the reopening plan for W c P ss. We do have a lot of information to present, so I will leave it there. Thanks to be here. Thank you. All conservative more likewise is one again. Welcome, everyone. Thanks, but being here, Thank you for your flexibility on certainly your commitment to district and students that found this tree and wait kind of soap. I appreciate that. Everyone being here and I were turned over to Mrs Catch. Any comment from my vice chair? Kai, Chair something. Thank you so much for everybody being here today. Um, I know that we are in the situation that we are are in, and we're gonna take that very seriously fight. I want to mention that, you know, the teachers have weighed in, the parents have weighed in, the principles have weighed in, and we're pretty much you, like, all over the board on that, but I I would assume we would be So I appreciate the fact that everybody has given us lots of information and I for one and very thankful for all the emails we have gotten, we are in a situation now that we're gonna have to come up with a plan that we can best do than to stay for all. Um, I do want to mention at the beginning of this, I think will have additional opportunity to talk about this. Elaborate on it. But I for one I am really committed to finding, um, safe and affordable child cares for our working parents. And, um, I think that, um we have to be able to facilitate the remote learning for our Children that are not in school, and therefore, that will be a commitment by me, and I think all of the board to try to figure out the best way that we can do it. So if if you are not in school, we have not take that lightly, we will talk about that. Um, and as one just one school board and I We may hear that later. I am one school board that would be a school board member that would like to see our pre K and special add kids into our schools as soon as possible for one on one. And in addition, I will like to see us move as fast as we will safely f we can towards getting our cake. Oh, that learning to read is very important for reading toe. Learn later. And so, if we can do that by getting them into the classroom as soon as we can, I would appreciate that. That's it. Thank you. Thank you, Mrs Cash. Mrs. Kushner will start with you in the comments this afternoon. Thank you. Chair something. Good afternoon. To all our colleagues today, it is truly unprecedented. It's gotten cliche to say that in four months, but it truly are unprecedented time. So we've been dealt a pretty lousy set of circumstances to have to deal with an open school. But we also like the jet. I say we must, uh, unlearned all that we've learned. This is going to be a different way of schooling and of opening schools. And I m like Miss Cash. I appreciate the feedback we've gotten. And for every email, we've gotten a wide variety of feedback from our teachers or parents, community members. And I think folks for that dynamic discussions. But we need to make the best decisions that we can today. And I like my job. Ms. Cash, I'm hopeful that we can shift to focusing on our early grades Are pre K and early elementary school Children um, there's data that's changing every day on this novel Corona virus. We are learning more about how it's transmitted. We're learning more about the effects it has on adults. And Children were learning about changes in adult Andi adolescent transmission of this disease. So we have to be cautious. We have toe recognize that there's no vaccine and that we're are not fully understanding this virus. So I appreciate the support we've gotten from our health and human services about the state and local level. But we also have to recognize it's not fair to put so much burdens on schools when our community needs to also support reducing the prevalence of this virus in our community. So thank you for allowing us to revisit and talk about our plans going forward. Superintendent Warren, the staff. Thank you, Mrs Kushner. Dr. Martin. Thank you. Ah, and like the others, I want to appreciate the community's input and feedback. I've read all the emails, responded to as many as I can. Sorry, I can't respond to everybody on way. We're in a very polarized community and, you know, we hear people saying the science says this. The science says that You know, I don't know that I am a scientist myself, one of things that just like everybody, remember, is it science? Onley disproves things. Science proves nothing correct. Science looks at the conditions around you and say's based on these conditions. This is what can be done on. I think that's really important for us thinking about how we open schools and what not. You know, we need to look at infection rates. When infection rates are going down, we can open schools when infection rates are going up. You have to be much more cautious. So you know lightness, Kushner said. Like others have stated, you know, I'm just calling to the community. We have to work together to get this thing under control. We can do this. You know masks have an efficacy of 15 85%. That's the same efficacy of a good vaccine. We can do this community. We need you to help us so that it's safe for both our staff and for our students. We also need help to make sure that we have. The resource is that the Department of Health and Human Services have said are necessary to safely open to school. We can't open a school without having those resource is in place. And that's personnel I It's the physical plant. That's a lot of these pieces. We need to put those things in place because we all want to be able to reopen schools. But we can't do that alone. We can't do that with community support. So if I could make a call to the entire community, let's work together. We can do this, but it's gonna take a choice, not just, you know, saying you must. We've got to work together to make it possible for our students, for a staff and for our entire community. Thank you. Thank it. After water, Mrs Scott, Good afternoon. Get afternoon share, Sutton and good after noon to my colleagues to everybody watching to our staff, I'll try to be brief. I do also want to extend my gratitude, Teoh, our staff, who has been and are super tenant who all have been working just nonstop since March and we all know they they worked nonstop before them as well. I appreciate the opportunity to come back and take a look at the material that we're going to be seeing today, my echo. But my colleagues have said about receiving emails from the community and that we value this input from students from community members, from parents from teachers. Everybody we have heard from is very passionate about how they feel. And I think that speaks volumes to just how important our schools are and how important a solid education is to the foundation for every child. And I take that with me as we continue to make these decisions that the passion that everyone is showing is because they care that much and the the fear that we're feeling that sometimes behind some of maybe the more negative conversations that are taking place. But it's because we care. It's because these are our babies. These are our Children. These are educators. These are our neighbors, our friends and our family. And we all care very deeply. And I know that we will continue to use that passion throughout this decision and all of the decisions that are yet to come. Thank you. Thank you, Mrs Scott. Mr. Haggerty. Thank you, Mr Sutton. I appreciate it. Um, I'm looking forward to hear this step hearing the staff's recommendation today. you know, I just want to say I acknowledge where we are and I hope everyone else understands as well. You know, we were given a set of guidelines to basically have to reinvent education and education delivery within the narrow confines of what those Department of Health and Human Services and N C D. P I. Guidelines were, and we know it was difficult. And we know we came up with a Plan B doing our best to meet those guidelines. And what everyone may not know is that they just change those guidelines last week. And so now we do have a chance to go in and take a look and see what we can do, um, to address some of the problems that have been brought to us by our parents by our teachers. I think everybody on this board is worried and is worried about the impacts of, you know, the impacts on working families and the need to provide child can our community. We all care about our teachers and making sure we have a safe workplace for them. You know, we care about our pre K students about early learners, about all of our students. Um, I know this is there's a lot of people with a lot of anxiety, and there's gonna be people that are mad that we're changing up a plan. But, I mean, it's my sincere belief that we're going to get to a better plan in a better place now that we have a new set of guidelines to work with. And I just encourage everybody in that in that endeavor. Thank you, Mr Hungary is my half. Exactly. Good afternoon chair, sudden. And thank you. And thank you to my colleagues, to our staff, our superintendent to our parents and teachers who have written and reached out to all of us to share, um, their thoughts on the reopening. Um, as Mr Haggerty said, you know, we received a new set of guidelines last week from DHHS. Um, and even the initial set of guidelines we've received on the eighth of June said interim because they knew that, um, as we learned more about this virus and its impact on our population that those guidance would change. We also know that school as we know it. Um, those traditions, that was protocols, those those those things that make us feel like school are going to change drastically. Whether as a parent, you chose virtual academy, Um, for students, because we know face to face learning is important, and that will be very different over a zoom cuddle, Um, or if we're choosing to to see what in person schooling. Looks like we know that if we're back in school under plan B or even plan A, um, we're gonna have face coverings. We're going to have social distancing, and it's going to look very, very different from the normal school that we have in mind. And what we know is that as we move forward through this year, the only thing that's going to be constant is the change and uncertainty. Aziz, we move forward. So we're going to continue to give our families Our teachers are school communities. That the grace as we move through this and we're going to listen to, um, the science and health officials to make the best choices we we can And, um thank you. Thank you, Mrs My Half Johnson Hostler. Good afternoon to you. Good afternoon, everyone. And thank you to my colleagues. You have said the good thing about going on the last round of the table this time is my colleagues have extended the appreciation that I echoed their sentiments to everyone who has reached out to us and to everyone who is still reaching out to us and the the one thing that I will and here. And I think this Mahaffey reflected this just a bet is right now the only thing that is constant is change, and certainly it is most difficult to make difficult, difficult decisions for our Children's lives are educators, lives and, quite frankly, our community at large, because as we know what the decisions we make as education, institution impacts every single person in our community because of the number of people we employ in the number of students in our buildings. And so I want to acknowledge that we order. And I appreciate hearing from people both community members who don't have Children, where schools but our taxpayers and our justice concerned about the impact that were making and what I appreciate most is people understanding that this truly should be an IT community decision. Each of us have read your emails, heard your voice mails. Many of us have been on phone calls and will continue to do so and one of the things I keep saying and someone said, Why do you keep saying that? But it's true. I hope whatever decision we make, based on the recommendations that our staff provides of us, the data that continuously changes on the impact of Kobe in our community and specifically in the community in which I reside, where the numbers continue to be on the incline, that we are at a place where I hope the decision that we make, that people will understand that decision is decision that we believe is the safest today and that as human beings, the nine of us who are making this decision and the number tireless number of endless staff who have committed to presenting a recommendation to us are doing this for ourselves, for students, bird community and recognize that safe may not be the decision that everyone wants to hear, but we're human and we as you will until you sleaze watch us do over the next couple of months. I believe it's information changes as the data changes is that we will also be in change with you and so I hope that you'll bear with us and continue to share your perspectives in your opinions. But certainly this is the moment where we're all people, we are all human and that we're going to make decisions and sometimes those extensions will change. And I hope that people will understand that we're changing our decisions based on the information that's in front of us on and the information that we're hearing from you also, I hope our community continues to share and staying with us, and I certainly appreciate almost every single email has started with. We understand how difficult this decision is and then sharing their perspective. And I think that speaks to who Wake County is as a community, and so wherever we land, certainly we will still be a community that supports each other, and that's what I hope that we can all remember no matter that would make so I for one, am glad that I'm in a community that has reached out to us who shared in the grocery store on Sunday their opinions on what we should do for our most vulnerable communities of what this means for people who aren't saved, what it means for people who really need to be back in school. At first, you just to be socialized. And I agree with everything. Everyone is sent, which is what makes this challenging for all of us. There's no one has said something that is, it hasn't been true. Um, and that's that's the difficulty of a decision. Is every side of this is valid in every argument. Has so much validity and support to it that I will remind each of us that were community and we're better together and a doctor, Martin said. If we commit to working on slowing down the impact of Wake County, then we'll be better for it. So thank you all for your commitment and support of our school board. And I will end by saying, And hopefully you will remember that regardless of the decision, that we are completely better as one community supporting each other. Thank you. Thank you. Miss Johnson. Hostler. Mr. Fletcher. Good afternoon. Ah, good afternoon. I have, um, little left to say, except that the covert experience has exposed a lot of gaps and how our community is served by different governmental entities. It showed up first in the gap for medical services for our lower income communities, which typically are, which have a preponderance of students of color and families of color. Um, it showed up in the ah lack of availability of high speed Internet and student devices. It's shown up in a lot of ways, and it's also showing up now in terms of the failure of our state government to have properly funded our public schools for the last decade on before. And this is should be a clarion call to our community that the the school district does what it does, and it does it well with at least one hand tied behind his back financially, um, the challenges of meeting new expenses without any reserves without new revenues to provide PP. Two Do, um ah, hand sanitizer just dispenses stations on every carter, etcetera, etcetera, eyes clearly exposed here. And those factors will be part of what we no discussed today or what's what. We'll drive well, undergird the discussions that we have today. So, um, to kind of echo Dr Martin's comments, I just add those and I very much appreciate the, um, kindness with which people express their heartfelt opinions and look forward to continuing that conversation as we move into reopening our schools successfully and engaging every student and in in rigorous and meaningful education. Thank you. Thank you, sir. Appreciate those comments from everyone. Um, so we are here this afternoon really? With one action item, and that is to receive some additional information updates from staff and then toe update are reopening plans or the right kind of public school system for the 2020 2021 school year. What members who do have in your email from Super 10 More a revised crazy that includes some additional information or language that does not require don't believe a A amendments are agenda, but I do want to ask for and approval of the meeting agenda with the revives. Praise it so I can entertain a motion against your pooper agenda this afternoon with the revised Crazy, they're suddenly Kushner, I'll make the motion to approve our agenda. The revised pricey second Monica at a motion on his Kushner in the second bomb was Johnson hacer to amend to approve our agenda this afternoon with the revised crazy I'll start riff you, Mr Fletcher for the roll call. Vote. Ah, a move. Approval. I vote of vote I The problem is not the hospital. I was so happy Isn't healthy? Uh, Mr Haggerty? Uh, you Scott, I Dr Martin. All right, Mrs. Kushner, I Mrs Cash, Uh, how about a swell? Our agenda is unanimously approved with the revised crazy. So with that, we moved to our one action item again. That is the re opening plants or what kind of public school system turned over to Superintendent mawr to begin. Good afternoon again. Board members waiting for the presentation to come up. So we are going to bring today to the Borden update on the reopening. Plans for W, C. P, SS and staff will provide a recommendation to make a change at the end. So to provide a little background on what we're doing and where we are setting the stage for a conversation today. We know that we brought to the board at July 14th some nuts and bolts around our Plan B and moving forward. And we told the board then that based on the fact that the governor was providing some revised guidance, that we would also want to provide an update to the board based on any changes or needs. That became apparent as a result of the, um, update from the governor and North land, the HHS as well as anything that we found in our A community and continued work with families and school staff so that we could continue to move forward on July 2nd, taking you back a couple of weeks further. You did approve a Plan B opening pending pending, of course, what the governor would say. Um, at that time, we thought that it was no longer appropriate to continue to suggest to our staff for families that a full opening or a plan A, as the governor's office called it, would be possible for us on Dnep unless we still had to await the governor's Guidice. That approval came 12 days before the governor actually recommended a Plan B opening for all North Carolina School District's on that recommendation from the governor's office and some of the changes from a clan of the HHS that we had to contemplate really set off a number of decision points, an additional planning moving forward. Those decisions, including the launch of a virtual academy, it included redrawing more than 6000 bus routes for ourselves. Reviewing staff assignments both at the central level in the school level. Obtaining and distributing personal protective equipment. Adjusting health guidelines based on the shifting health metrics in the guidance. Preparing final plans for staff to carry out new protocols based on those guidelines. Also, since, um, June 2nd, we have continued to solicit input from both staff and parents about their needs. And sometimes that input has been competing or conflicting. Were not always on the same page with regards to how we think we should approach the reopening of schools. And so this has led us to today's discussion, our next set of recommendations to you about how we can best transition to Plan B in a way that is logical and safe. So some details moving on. So why are we shifting? What do we know now? So the governor's direction on July 14th when we presented the earlier framework with a specific recommendation, Tobin under Plan B, we did emphasize how it would allow us to pivot to plan a or to a more restrictive Plan C based on state state guidance or continued monitoring of key factors and metrics as well as the feedback that we were getting. We now have Maurin additional information and inner in a different place than we were even two weeks ago. As we have said from the beginning, first and foremost, the health and safety of our students, staff and families is a priority in our decision making. These three critical areas that are interplay are the governor's direction, the prevalence of covert 19 in our community and the strategies that we have continued to devote ongoing consideration and attention to, as we look for reopening so in the governor's direction. On July 14th the governor extended phase two safer at home until seven. At a minimum. The announcement also included direction for schools toe open in Plan B at a minimum with the option of Plan C, and then additional amendments were made to the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, and we will continue to respond to that evolving guidance when it comes to covert 19. We have seen in our communities increased hospitalizations of Kogan 19 positive patients on increase in the percentage of positive test of all tests administered and really a continuing prevalence of the virus in our community in our strategies, as we have stated earlier, we're hearing concerns at both ends of the community and both ends of the continuum. Those who have concerns about returning about the safety of students and families and staff, and we hear from those who are not concerned and feel that we are ready for a full in person return. We've also heard from our staff both instructional and non instructional staff and their concerns, including continued collaboration and communication with N. C. A. A. Adjusting our reopening entry in Plan B allows us to be adaptive and responsive to guidelines as they change and also significantly important. It allows time for additional preparedness to ensure that we have obtained. The resource is PPE that we can establish, refine and actually operationalized protocols that are integrated into our day and prepare staff to implement those protocols and procedures and support the professional learning needs of our staff. As you are aware, many of our staff and probably luckily not returned to the building since March. And so the new guidance that has just come out in the last week, it is important that we take the time and be prepared to open with it. We do believe that this pivot that were asking for this shift in Plan B will allow us to implement a slower and more strategic reopening and entry of students into our schools. We also now data that we didn't have two weeks ago. MAWR definitive data with regards to the Beastie PSS Virtual Academy enrollment numbers, and that can help guide and inform our decisions with regards to returning to in person instruction. As we respond and examine these key areas, we're going to recommend for the 2020 21 school year a Plan B transition where all students not enrolled in the WC PSS Virtual Academy will begin the new year with online instruction more detail on that now. So when we look at the key elements of the recommendation, what we're calling Plan B transition, this is a strategic reopening. All students in W. C. P. SS will begin the school year in online instruction. This initial online instruction is not delivered in a cohort structure or we were contemplating dividing the the students into three cohorts. All students will begin the school year in online instruction at the same time based on their school calendar. The 1st 2 weeks of school for all students will focus on orientation, meeting and greeting opportunities, distribution of supplies, making those connections that we know are important to our students in order to have a good start, a successful start to a school year. Given the environment that we're in when we look at the student online start dates to be clear. August 3rd is the earliest date for many of our earliest college it, but many of our early colleges we have a few that are a little later than August 3rd. But that's the earliest start date for early colleges, and they will begin with online for their W C P SS coursework. We will be making a recommendation today to the board as a part of Plan B transition for our modified calendars to begin with students on August 13 again in an online format and then the remainder of our schools. Traditional and year round schools, which are the bulk of our schools, would begin with online instruction on August 17. Um, and then the w C P SS Virtual Academy is following the calendar of the assigned school. Whatever the base school is of the student who has chosen the virtual cavity, one of the reasons that we're calling this a Plan B transition A strategic reopening is that the district is planning on prioritizing pre K and special education regional students for transition to daily in person instruction with a target date of September 8th. So this is a target date of September 8th for all pre K and all special education regional students. In those programs to daily in person instruction, we will continue to evaluate the best options for transition of additional groups of students. After that, given the high number of virtual academy enrollments, we may be able to consider a more aggressive approach to transition groups of students to in person instruction. That would not have been possible a couple of weeks ago with the information that we had digitally, we do continue to review, receive information and guidance that could impact and inform our decision making process, such as some research that was released just this weekend, that our Department of Health and Human Services is paying attention to so there there will continue to be some changes. Some metrics and data, some research and guidance that evolves as we move forward. And we will be using all of that in our efforts to ensure that were strategically reopening as needed for greater numbers of students so that we can achieve face to face instruction as much as possible with those students. So with that context sort of that precursor to the actual presentation from staff going to provide you the desired outcomes for the remainder of our meeting today, we want to provide the board an overview of the opening of the school year in Plan B transition. We want to provide you an update on the W C P SS Virtual Academy, and we want to provide a recommended adjustment to the modified caliber. Upon the conclusion of our presentation this afternoon, there will be an opportunity for questions and comments, as there are for all board action items. Next, I'd like to introduce a Wake County staff member. Dr. Nicole Knew Chunga, who's awake county epidemiologist who can provide some information about what the metrics look like in our community and point ours. Our school members, our staff members, our community to the resource is that are available in the county. Welcome, Dr Ashtanga. Thank you, Miss more. Hello, everyone in good afternoon. As we take a look at the data presented here, this first flight is take looking at Corona Viruses in North Carolina. And what is showing is the number of cases since school closure on March 13th until July 18. And we continue to see this increase in cases. As we move forward, we really want to talk about the impact that Corona viruses and wait outing. And so Wake County offers on our website an opportunity for students, staff and the community to access information and data that we're tracking and tracking this virus. Looking at the trajectory of cases in Wake County with Kobe it like symptoms. We look at the positive cases per day in Wake County that are confirmed. We also look at the present a percent of positive cases in Wake County. And lastly, looking at hospitalizations of Kobe, 19 positive patients in the county, que is we can take a look at initial dashboard and as we scroll down just a bit, this dashboard here shows it's updated daily and gives us the total number confirmed cases and shows how Maney Jeffs, the average age and the percentage of cases that are male and female this information. The public is able to access this and can really follow along to see what's happening within the county. We can take a deeper dive and look at the data at a more on the next flight. So if we take a deeper dive in the data, this shows the trajectory of Kobe Mike syndrome cases, which this is information that the state is also tracking. And it looks at this information for Wake County for the last 14 days. Um, the next side will show that Wake County's trajectory and positive cases per day and then it also shows the percentage of positive cases her day. But the number of tests that are given in the county in the last section actually shows the trajectory of hospitalizations so that community members can follow along and see these metrics a zehr happening here in the county, and track them along with the state metrics as well. Thank you was more. I hope that you can hear me. I'm not able Get my camera on. Oh, there it goes. So we'd like to just extend the quick thank you to Dr Oceanographer taking some time out of the day just to sort of lead us through the kinds of metrics that are tracked both at the statewide level and the county level. I do think it's important that our community access this resource on a regular basis so that we can see what the trends are looking like. Overall, since the beginning of the virus, how they are recently, Um, not just that trend lines, but also the wrong numbers that we see in our community what the prevalence is in the community. All of these are important data points. And we do appreciate miss much younger joining us today to share this valuable resource and and how to access it for our community because it is a part of what we look at in collaboration with our state and local health officials as we make plans moving forward. So thank you again, Dr Makenga. Um, I'll not over to Dr Lloyd Gardner who will take over from here. Thank you, Superintendent. More four chair, Mr Sutton and members of the board. Thank you and good afternoon. We're deed traveling this journey together with the circumstances and the guidance that we receiving, changing and involving almost daily. But despite the challenges we have with any of the options that are presented to us, please know that we remain committed to do our very best for our students and families, including a priority of the safety, health and where, but welfare of our students families in school based staff. As additional information is provided to you this afternoon about Plan B transition, the information you're about to receive is divided into several sections. This first section would devote attention to teaching and learning through. Cook, assistant superintendent of academics, will present this part, followed by Karen Hamilton, assistant superintendent of special education services, that will speak about our pre K and special education regional programmes. This section will be followed by a focus on critical support areas that we know we need for Plan B transition. Those focus areas will include a focus owned technology, child care programming support as well as our food service. During that transition, I'll introduce the speakers for those respective areas at this time and bite Mr Cook to join us to speak about teaching and learning to Cook, Good afternoon Chair Sutton, Superintendent Mawr and members of the Board of the Child doing well this afternoon. The next segment of the presentation is Dr Gardner. I'm kind of provided an overview on Really Focus his own two critically important questions that we know any reopening plan must effectively answer. The first question is, what will Teaching and learning, um, how well teaching and learning be different in 2021 then what students and teachers and families experience this past spring, and particularly in regards to online instruction on the second question really focuses on the similarities and differences between online learning. Specifically, what are the differences and the similarities between online learning and Plan B transition and in the Wake County Public School System Virtual Academy? We do recognize and understand that this is a particularly important question for those families that maybe on the fence about whether or not to apply talk to apply for or accept enrollment in the virtual academy, which will share more information on in just a few minutes to do our best. And answering these questions will start first by sharing an overview of the primary themes we saw and heard in the survey. Feedback gathered from parents and teachers and community members in June after their first experience with promote learning, which clearly highlighted some key areas for improvement, will then share a few details on how we plan to redefine what online teaching and learning looks like across great levels, including some of the specific strategies to make this possible. And then we'll highlight a few of the key similarities and the primary difference again between online learning and Plan B transition and in the Birds Will Academy. So while there are challenging an unprecedented circumstances related to both what we experienced this past spring and for the upcoming 2021 school year, there are some distinctions that can be made among others. When schools abruptly closed last March, our primary focus was really on establishing and then maintaining contact with students and families to determine what their needs were followed by instruction that prioritized efforts on minimizing learning, loss for students to whatever degree possible. And while the feedback from families and teachers were generally positive, there are some important lessons that we learned from our experience that can certainly be used, applied and applied, moving forward. We recognize that the bar must be raised for the 2021 school year, as in many ways our students, the states that are students face or higher than they have ever been. To put it simply, our families do not want a repeat of the online experience they had last spring, and neither do we. Eso Some of the key themes taken from the feedback and lessons learned this spring include a clear desire for more consistent learning experiences and instructional expectations for students. The higher level of rigor, accountability systems and structures to be put into place to ensure that engagement is occurring on a regular basis. Communication which is an own going priority access which is important, of course, especially as we move to a fully online environment where again we want to ensure that we minimize and mitigate to the degree possible some of the challenges that we know that our families and students will face when it comes to technology and related supports. And so all of that means that we've got to be in a position to provide appropriate support structures for our students, our families and for our teachers. So with these next few slides as we think about some of these key themes and areas for improvement. Um, there are several components of our reopening plan that will better to find our expectations for teaching and learning in 2021 again, particularly in regards to online instruction. First and foremost, unlike this past spring, expectations for instruction and learning will be more clearly defined. Core standards allowing instruction will occur across all grade levels and content areas, which by nature will require new learning for students. Also, teachers will offer a balance of activities to provide students with a mix of online and offline learning in order to make the individual needs of our students. This will include an average of at least 2 to 3 hours of live synchronous instruction per day, with some variants across great levels based on age and developmental appropriateness. Daily screen time that's appropriate for a Kate one student, for example, is much different than what would be the case for 1/10 grader. I'm just in an additional note here, particularly we're talking about scheduling. We know it's important for our families and for that matter, our teachers and our staff to know and learn as much as possible about the daily and hourly details on what exact schedules will look like for their students. We know that even in normal circumstances at this point in July, many schools are still deeply engaged in the schedule building process, with final decisions yet to be made and communicated to students and families about teachers and course assignments, daily schedules. And so on. This year, though a XYZ so much the case everywhere else is an entirely different circumstance. In the past, even when maybe they didn't know a teacher name or a class period assignment, parents knew where their students would be and what generally they would be doing from roughly 7 30 in the morning to 2 30 in the afternoon or from 9 a.m. To 3 30 PM so it didn't matter as much black frankly, about what class was win or even who is teaching it to some degree. Now, in an online environment where students of all ages are working from home, this level of detail obviously becomes much more important, especially in our homes, where multiple students may be competing for the use of a device or even Internet bandwidth. Parents want to be able to plan for baby sitters or work schedules, so we do understand and recognize the importance that this information has for our families. While it is impossible to provide all of those details now, the district and all of our schools will be working in the coming days to develop and finalize schedules for online learning in order to provide as much planning time for our parents as is possible given these new and unique circumstances. Schools at the elementary, middle and high school level are hard at work today, for example, and will be for the foreseeable future in developing schedules based on student needs work, which will include pouring through the data from the course needs generated by tens of thousands of applicants for the Wake County Public School System Virtual Academy. So while it is unlikely impractical that there will be a single common daily and hourly schedule that has developed for all students in all schools across the district, schools will be working within the same district parameters and guidelines for what instructions should look like each day, regardless of which school a student may attend and importantly, regardless of whether or not a student is enrolled in the virtual academy or not. So again, the same scheduling guidelines will be used by all. And while impossible to account for every single contingency or issue, every effort will be made a ZMA, much as it's possible to mitigate some of the potential daily scheduling challenges that we know that our families and our teachers may experience in a fully online environment. So that's a lot of information and comment on just one bullet of one sign. But we feel like it's important to address ignores this issue assed transparently and as directly as we can, but now and moving forward. So while daily live or synchronous instruction, we'll be developed within the normal operating hours of a school day. We also need to acknowledge briefly and point out that there is some great instruction and learning that can happen in the remote environment that does not necessarily involve any device. Students will have the flexibility of the course of a day to complete their work within a time schedule that meets the needs of the students and their family. Whether it's a reading assignment, a project or some other independent or small group learning activity in addition to whatever live instruction they were receiving in that 2 to 3 hour window each day. In addition to a daily schedule for live instruction provided by the teacher, schools will also establish and communicate additional after class office hours where students can access needed support and enrichment opportunities, in addition to other critical services provided by counselor or social workers and other critically important specialised in the building. So just a bit about the accountability structures and specifically on the topics of grading, evaluation, attendance and even our communication structures, as we've referenced previously over the last couple of weeks. Another example of a key difference between the reopening that we're going to experience in 2021 last spring will be that students will be assessed, evaluated and graded in accordance with board policy and or anti 3400 regardless of which learning environment they are in, whether it's online in person or blended. Likewise, regular attendance will be taken. Obviously, this will require some adjustments to traditional attendants taking practices for a fully online environment. Distantly this past spring, it's important to point out and as you may recall, there was an extended period of time or grades were not being issued nor posted in power school. This left many of our parents feeling somewhat out of the loop, to say the least, in terms of being able to monitor and track the progress and performance of their students. The return to a more typical rating and attendance practice will include a return to the use of power school services. Obviously, a vital two way communication link between our teachers and our parents and guardians is we all work together to ensure that our students are making progress and staying engaged. So another challenge that some students and families experience the spring was having to learn and navigate multiple online platforms, many of which were unfamiliar or new to our students and to their parents that were attempting to help. To address this issue in 2021 the district will be implementing guidelines for the use of learning management systems, known as LMS, to provide a more consistent experience for students and families across the district. But doing this, we really hope to accomplish several goals. First of all, students and parents will have a more consistent platform for learning. This will increase the time they spend on learning experiences as opposed to learning new platforms. Additionally, greater centralized technology support can be provided to students and families when they encounter problems using the L. A Mass. And likewise, the district is able to provide greater teachers support by creating far more. Resource is less than a lessons, assessments and other activities that teachers might integrate into their daily lesson plans. These guidelines are being shared and communicated with our principles within the next couple of days, so families can expect to learn mawr from their individual schools about elements and guidelines for their teachers and their school in the very near future. Also, it is always the case, but perhaps now more than ever, our 10,000 plus classroom teachers are by far our most precious and valuable instructional resource. Regardless of what environment that they were working within eso. Providing them with the resource is professional support and guidance that they need is absolutely vital to any successful reopening plan. Many teachers have responded to the district wide survey that was administered back in May, reported that they are comfortable delivering their curriculum in a normal classroom setting, but would clearly like more support and learning how to adjust the curriculum to make it appropriate and effective for an online environment. Additionally, many teachers, as you might expect, also indicated a need for more technical training that would support their efforts to be effective with online instruction. So professional learning and curriculum support efforts will be focused on these and other identified priorities. Based on the direct feedback and input gathered from thousands of our teachers across the district over the past couple of months, we also recognized the importance of sharing and effectively communicating information and support that will help our families successfully navigate through a fully online environment as well. In addition to continuing the development of instructional support, resource is and other learning materials, one of the most significant areas that we intend to address in 2021 in a way that was like, frankly, impossible to do this past spring is with child care, both for our staff members and for our families. The fact is, even with all of the other tools and resource is and strategies, some of which out mentioned over the last few minutes. Even with all of those tools, If our working parents have young Children in the home to take care of throughout the day, then clearly their ability to provide focused online learning or a focused online learning environment is greatly diminished, to put it mildly. So, given the urgency and importance of this issue, now, Mr Simmons will be providing an update with more details in this particular area in just a few minutes. So with that bit of context in background on kind of the why the where and the how we plan to redefine expectations for online learning in 2021 with this slide will address for just a moment that second critical question that we know families have. And quite honestly, many of our faculty and staff members have, which is what will be the similarities and differences between online learning in a Plan B transition and in the Wake County Public School System virtual academy. And to answer this question, there's really just one single distinction that should be made online. Learning in Plan B transition will provide the opportunity for students to move back to in person instruction as soon as is safe and practical, whether it be in Plan B transition or in Plan A. So if you're a parent seeking toe, have your child enrolled in an in person instruction environment As soon as it is possible to do so, then you would stay in Plan B transition. Recognizing that, as has already been the case in just the last couple of weeks, continuously changing circumstances may indeed require adjustments in the future to our strategy and our planning around what that may look like. So, to be clear, Plan B transition is the default option. Eso. It does not require an application or any other action on the part of a parent. Conversely, the Wake County Public School System Virtual Academy will provide students with a consistent, continuous online learning environment through the fall semester or the full school year, depending on parent choice, regardless of a plan A B or C designation. So if you're a parent seeking toe, have your child in a consistent online environment for either the fall semester or for the full year with no possibility of being moved to in person instruction at any point during those time frames, then you would select the Wake County Public School system Virtual Academy as the learning environment for your students in despite really this one primary difference, and it's a significant one. Despite that difference, it is important to point out here that both environments will offer rigorous standards, allowing instructional experiences through both live and non live daily learning opportunities for our students synchronous and asynchronous eso. While there always be some, Newmont's differences from school to school or even class to class, as to some degree, has always been the case in education and learning. The online experience for sentence in Plan B transition or in the Virtual Academy should be largely similar. Um, as instruction will include the use of the same curriculum, instructional practices and online learning platforms all delivered using the same scheduling parameters that will guide school decisions across the district s Oh, that's an overview what teaching and learning will look like in both online environments on again. Dr Thompson will be sharing more information and updates on the Virtual academy a little bit later in the presentation. So with that at this time, I'll turn it over to my friend Karen Hamilton, who will take us into the next phase of the presentation. Thank you. Thank you, Mr Colson. And good afternoon. As we've discussed previously, one of our goals is to bring pre K and regional program students for who, for the most part, can achieve social distancing back into the classroom with their teachers as soon as peaceably possible. At this time, our target dates return these students to daily and class in person instruction is September the eighth. Three factors play a major role in determining whether we can bring these students into the classroom. And for the purpose of this conversation, these factors air actually dependencies that must be in place. In order for us to meet this goal, they order sufficient staffing, transportation and sufficient and appropriate PPE. At this time, we're in the process of determining how many of our teachers will return to pre K and regional programmes. This includes the assessment of the number of teachers will need accommodations through coverted, but also includes teachers who for some reasons that we may not know, may not return to their classrooms for to their schools. The target of September 8th provides us with time to assess returning staff, returning students and provide for services to each of our students. Transportation, as you know, is critical, no matter how prepared we are due to health guidance and social distancing guidelines, if transportation cannot be provided to students are planned for services is on hold at this time. With our moved to Plan B transition, our transportation partners can begin routing for pre K and regional program. Students determined the number of buses, vendor transportation and safety assistance needed in order for us to be ready for September the eighth, Lastly is the element of PPE. Not only does PPE need to meet the required safety and health guidelines, many students served in regional programmes have complex needs and require the opportunity to see the faces of their teachers. Examples would be students who have hearing impairments or for those students who require a sense of safety and routine that often comes from the reassuring faces of their teachers. We recognize that many require specific and unique health considerations and we're working with help the Health Guidelines Committee to determine appropriate protection for these circumstances. Looking to September the eighth allows us to assess our dependencies, make plans in provision and meet the goal to get our most vulnerable populations back into school as soon as possible. With that, all terms back over to Dr Gardner. Thank you, Mr Clarke. Being his hat at this time, we would devote attention to critical support structures for Plan B transition. Well, we have Moreland Gattis, chief technology officer, speak to the technology needs and how we will address those. We'll have Tim experiments, Chief communication officer, big to our child care programming support that we want to offer both staff and our families in the community. And we will also have politics. Lucas, senior director of child nutrition services, beat to the food service that we will have available during this time of Plan B transition. I would now like this Gattis to join us. Thank you, Dr Garner. Good afternoon, everyone. I just want to let you know the regardless of how we return in the fall. The goal for student technology in the district has been to provide every student of device for use for learning at school and at home. By follow 2021 Plan B transition will focus our team on providing devices for learning at home in order to meet the needs of online learning. This will also include our virtual academy. There are currently four streams of work ah that are occurring in tst. The first, The device survey, will be shared with families tomorrow Wednesday and will be open for one week. We're asking every family to complete the very short survey for each student in their household. With the exception of our pre K students, pre K students will be handled differently. The survey will be available in Spanish and English and for our families at home. Without digital access, we will ask that they call the school to get help completing the survey by asking every family to complete the survey, we will better account for every student and understand the number of devices needed at this time. Schools will follow up with any families who do not complete the survey after a week and we will be providing that data to them. Once we have an understanding of need, we will begin device distribution and August in five locations around the county early college students. Their device distribution will be handled separately. States will be provided soon for all of our distributions technology services is staffing the distributions while making sure health Gatlin's air being in hair, too. Families will be able to go to any of the five locations during the two week window to check out devices needed for their family. This will hopefully prevent a family of three from having to go to three different schools to pick up any technology they need. In addition to getting the technology, there will be a brief orientation on how to use a device on while they're there. We do plan on offering some extended hours. Our families, we understand everybody does not work. Everybody has to work and may not be able to do that. Um, get there doing it during the B A C feedback sessions, the TST team heard very clearly that there was more help needed for parents of students on how to use technology used in the classrooms. We're now developing how to guides technology gods for our students, our parents and our teachers. This will hopefully better meet the needs of each of our stakeholder groups. Our focus right now is in three areas getting started digital devices, as you make digital resource is and our, um online safety in getting started will be covering things like how to use the device. I don't get one. And how do I log in? Digital Resource is will have more information about the resource is that are offered and how to complete basic tests within those resource is. And finally, online safety will include what is technology responsible? Use. What are some online safety tips, and how do I keep my data private? We're starting small at first because it can be extremely overwhelming, but we'll add more as the year goes on. We'll also have a form to submit if you have additional needs and would like us to complete some more gods. And finally, in the spring, we were able to open up a student and family helped us that allowed families to call in or submit a form online. Help Best was staffed by many people, which were very thankful for our digital learning coordinators, our technicians, other technology services staff volunteers from the Center for International Moment, our school library, media coordinators and our tech contacts. But because many of these staff work 10 months in a year, we were unable to continue the phone line during the summer. The form, however, is still active, and our families can still submit help there. But in order to open the phone lines in the fall, we have been working with HR to rework some of our positions and hope to hire a couple positions staff members to leave. This weren't going forward. Um, during during this new help desk, we will also be offering some extended hours as well. Our teachers can receive support around technology, as they always do through our digital learning coordinators through their school library, media coordinators as well as our staff help desk. As always, Technology Services is excited to serve and support our families, students and our staff. And with that, I turn it over to, uh, Mr Simmons. Thank you, Marlowe. The next section here is when we've talked about several times before, more specifically, about the childcare aspects of this plan. One need that will increase significantly in any form of Plan B is child care, and of course, it will be critical to the successful Plan B transition. The first step in this process is providing a free childcare option to W C P SS employees who have Children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. We anticipate providing this option beginning on the first day of the school year. For teachers, this is so obviously that their work is able to be carried out. I'm offering this at the school, or the work site will obviously be easier in a Plan B transition. We're working with community groups to locate and underwrite pre K slots for employees, and we hope to announce details of that initiative by the end of this month. Um, what's important here is that we've had to divide from our previous discussions into two groups kindergarten through sixth grade and then pre K. Aziz. The pre K slots are going to be more difficult to fill, based on the response of our community partners and our school system capacities. The next priority after employees, will be families with Children in grades kindergarten through six, and updates on that effort are expected in the next 7 to 10 days when we will reach out to let the community know availability. The goal in that endeavour is to provide families childcare at specific price points from free to below market rates. Those price points are the details that we're working on that we hope to release in the seven next 7 to 10 days. Um, this effort does not envision free or subsidized care for all parents. It will, however, work to provide child care for those who need it most. Um, it is obviously critical for the economic and academic support of our community that we get this piece in place and when we would be remiss if we did not, um, name and offer thanks to some of the partners that we have in this endeavor. Specifically the A. J. Fletcher Foundation, the John Rex Endowment Week Education partnership, local parks and rec programs, Wake County government, the Boys and girls clubs of Wake County and activate. Good. As you can see, it's a fairly broad range of folks, and I want to offer a special thank you to the y o. C. Of that triangle. Their willingness to explore options and take financial risks for the benefit of our community have literally made this initiative possible. So at this point, I will pass it to Paula to talk about child nutrition services. Good afternoon. Thank you, Mr Simmons and good afternoon share certain superintendent more and members of the board. Uh, as we plan for the reopening of schools, Child nutrition Services is really committed to continue providing support to our students and our families. In the Plan B reopening for all students in virtual a key enemy and when students are receiving instruction remotely, there are plans for curbside service and strategic locations that are currently currently being determined, as well as times for food distribution. Up through August 31st all students will receive their meal at no cost. This includes meal served to students, be a curbside, as well as those students that are at school for in person instruction. After August 31st operating under a different set of required federal regulations, students eligible for reduced price meals and those eligible for free meals will receive their meals for free. That includes both breakfast and lunch, and then the students that are not eligible for free and reduced price meals will need to begin paying for their meals. Also, under current federal regulations for those that are picking up meals, be a curbside a student i d number will be required as proof of enrollment in the school system If an adult picks up meals, they will need to prove that they are the parents or the guardians of the student. If the student is not present, this will be done through confirmation of a parent and guardian name that is on file in power school. If federal regulations do change, there is a possibility that our service models will also show. Now I asked for students that are on site for in person instruction at school. Those students will receive meals through three various service options. The first is the cafe service. The second is a hallway kiosk style service. And finally, the third is the classroom delivery service. All of these will be determined by the principal as well. Is the scene s manager at every school site and then finally, our big bus food truck pop up service will not continue. Nor will home delivery of meals, two students at reopening primarily due to benefits, confidentiality as well as the staff availability. As our federal rapers expire, we will show up to meet regulations And if federal waivers are extended, we will adapt. Our food service is needed at this time. Superintendent More will provide a summary recapping some of the important factors of the Plan B transition. Thank you, Paul, and thank you. All who have presented so far want to just sort of bookend the information you've heard thus far from staff to reiterate the main points of what we're recommending with the Plan B transition. The key elements of the plan all students and W C. P SS will begin the school year in online instruction, not in Coke or groups of three, but all students in online instruction. The 1st 2 weeks of the school year for all students will focus on orientation, meeting and greeting opportunities, distribution of supplies, an opportunity to start establishing those relationships that are so important, I mean so difficult to do and, uh, necessary. Nevertheless, our student online start dates to clarify for families are early colleges are at least will begin August 3rd. There may be one or two that begin a little bit later where, but we know that there early college dates our love it different. The W C P SS portion of those early college coursework will be online. August 13th will be a proposal that we're bringing to the board shortly with some information for our modified calendars to delay their start and their first in person of their first day for students would be the 13th again online and then for remaining schools traditional and year round. They would be also beginning with online instruction on August 17 with the two weeks of orientation and in person, and that orientation and resource is and materials as part of that. For those students that have signed up for the virtual academy, they will follow the calendar of whatever they're based school is that they're assigned to a couple of highlights around the transition to in person instruction. Um, we have a target date of September 8th to transition our pre K and special educatio