Reopening of Schools
Norwin School District plans to begin the school year on Monday, August 31, 2020 with a hybrid operational model that balances in-person and remote learning for students.
- Starting the school year by limiting the number of students in each classroom. Students will be grouped into cohorts (“Blue” and “Gold” groups based on last name) and assigned to come to school on two designated days per week, depending on group. The other three days of each week will consist of remote learning in Google Classroom. (See table below).
- No students will come to school on Wednesdays so that schools can be sanitized.
- Staff members and students will wear face coverings to comply with the state face covering mandate.
- Classrooms will have hand sanitizer stations, and students will be provided ample time to wash hands and transition between learning spaces.
- Families may choose to transport their own children to school. Busses/van routes have been planned for efficiency to limit transit times as possible. Student seating on busses and vans will be assigned based on the order of pick-up, loading from the rear to the front of the bus. All students will be required to wear face coverings while on the bus.
Reopening of Schools Committee
Seventeen subcommittees have developed plans for all aspects of school operations. Their plans reflect CDC and state guidelines pertaining to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic.
The Reopening of Schools Committee's final report was submitted to the Board of Education in late July and shared with parents.
The School District greatly appreciates the time and expertise of the approximately 300 Norwin parents, educators, and community members who volunteered to serve on these 17 subcommittees of the Reopening of Schools Committee.
In June, the School District sent a survey to families about the reopening of school. Each family was asked to complete one survey for each Norwin student living in the household.
A phenomenal 80 percent of recipients responded, including nearly 4,400 responses with 1,116 written comments. All schools were evenly represented in the responses.
Families’ responses to the survey are helping to guide programming decisions for a return to school.
STATE AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE
(PA Dept. of Education)
Considerations for Reopening Schools
Considerations for Reopening PA Schools
Interim Guidance for Schools