Superintendent David Broskie
I am thankful for the support of our parents who have worked in conjunction with our teachers and staff to support their student’s learning experiences during these unprecedented times. I am extremely proud of our OneClay teachers, staff, and administrators for their flexibility and commitment to make the best of a difficult situation and their dedication to serve as a source of support and encouragement for our students.
Our district staff has been working tirelessly over the past couple months to prepare for the reopening of schools in accordance with guidance from the Florida Department of Education and local health department. A task force consisting of school district employees, parents, and local health partners to provide guidance on how schools may operate during the 2020 - 2021 school year. Each department in Clay County District Schools made school reopening decisions based on three separate scenarios and addressed an action plan for each scenario.
In accordance with Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s emergency order, Clay County District Schools’ intention is to begin the 2020 - 2021 school year operating our traditional brick and mortar schools five days a week for all students who choose to attend. CCDS is also offering the additional options below to meet the educational needs of students and their families.
As we begin the school year in the traditional brick and mortar environment, students and staff can expect classroom instruction to look different this year in accordance with health and safety guidelines. Instructional personnel have worked on plans to ensure that students have the best instructional models possible, including frameworks for closing achievement gaps and rigorous distance learning options. While online learning has been found to be an effective tool for instruction for many students, we do not believe that it can replace the quality of instruction students receive face to face from their teachers and support staff. For this reason, we are eager for students to return to our brick and mortar schools. However, we recognize that each family has their own unique needs. We always recognize the ability of parents to make the choice they feel is best for their student(s) and the options for back to school reflect our commitment to parents having the ability to make the choice between returning to a brick and mortar school, a blended learning model, or full time virtual instruction.
Please choose one of the following options for back to school for 2020-2021:
Traditional Brick and Mortar School
This model represents a return to the school campus and the classroom where students will interact directly with their teacher(s) and classmates. Our goal is to create an environment that provides an opportunity for students to return to the traditional school experience, while providing effective safeguards to protect the health and safety of students and staff. No action is required by parents for this choice. Please verify your transportation eligibility for next year by visiting Bus Planner Web. If you qualify for bus services, please complete this Bus Transportation Survey by July 16th to let us know if you plan to have your student ride the bus to/from school. Your student’s school will be in contact with you about schedules and next steps as we get closer to the first day of school on August 25th.
Clay Virtual Academy
Clay Virtual Academy (CVA) has successfully served thousands of full time students learning online since 2010. This full time virtual school experience is ideal for students who wish to have more control over their learning path and pace, and for whom a flexible daily schedule is important. In this learning model, students often work on assignments during non-traditional hours, and maintain contact with their teacher and classmates using web-based class sessions, email, text messages, and phone calls. commit to this option for at least one semester.
This model is designed for families who would like to maintain their connection to their enrolled school, but do not yet feel comfortable sending their student(s) back to school in August. Students will attend school remotely and teaching will mirror the pace and rigor of brick and mortar. Enrollment requires a semester commitment, as well as an adult who can partner with OneClay Online teachers.
The Blended Learning option allows students to choose to come to the brick and mortar schools for select courses and choose to take other courses through Clay Virtual Academy. This allows for students to remain connected to their home school, but also take some courses in the virtual environment.
Students who choose this option will need to work with their school based guidance counselor in order to determine the courses and daily schedule that are available in each school.
In the Commissioner’s executive order for reopening schools, local health departments were given guidance to advise school districts to move to a different delivery phase of instruction based on local health data. The district has worked in collaboration with our local health department and emergency management to devise three possible scenarios for academic models should local data warrant a need to shift to a hybrid or distance learning model for instruction. Rest assured the district is prepared to operate in any scenario.
The scenarios are as follows:
Traditional Brick and Mortar School
Schools open for all students with social distancing measures in place to the maximum extent possible, as well as enhanced health and safety protocols.
Hybrid Model (Health Department Recommendation)
Schools open for all students with a cohort model for elementary and a hybrid model such as an A/B day rotation for secondary students to minimize the number of students on campus at one time determined by the Department of Health- Clay County due to the possible spread of the virus.
Distance Learning (Health Department Recommendation)
Schools are closed and students are instructed through distance learning.
As new guidance is received from national, state, and local leaders and experts, our Smart Restart Reopening Plan will be revised to reflect the most recent information regarding school health and safety protocols as well as any changes necessary for student learning.
I always say that the best thing about Clay County is our sense of community. We are truly #OneClay. This sense of community has been highlighted as we have navigated these unprecedented times together. I would like to offer my sincere appreciation to the greater Clay County Community, especially our Clay County Emergency Management Team and the Health Department - Clay County for their leadership and collaboration throughout these uncertain times and as we plan for the future education of our students. The health, safety, and wellness of students, staff, and families remain as our number one priority.
Superintendent of Schools