April 9, 2020
These past four weeks have been unsettling and difficult as we try to navigate a path forward. Since Governor Reynolds’ recommendation to close schools, we at Boyden-Hull have tried to provide learning opportunities for our students. The purpose of these opportunities was to keep our students’ brains active and to maintain learning that has occurred so far. Teachers have also been reaching out to students on a weekly basis to keep kids connected to school. The learning thus far has been optional because state law did not allow us to require online learning. However, with school closures extended through April 30, the Governor and the Iowa Department of Education are now giving districts the option of requiring online classes or providing voluntary opportunities for online learning.
Boyden-Hull has decided to approach the rest of the month in this way:
- Grades TK – 8: Voluntary
- Grades 9 -11: Required
- Grade 12: Voluntary
We worked hard at determining what is appropriate at each level, keeping in mind that a perfect solution may not exist and that we should not let perfect get in the way of progress. We also recognize that it is a stressful time for everyone, and we are not looking to add additional stress by assigning overwhelming amounts of schoolwork. Each building principal will be providing additional details for teachers on how to approach online learning.
Additionally, each building principal will be sending a more detailed explanation of how each building will proceed and expectations later today.
While we know that each of us would prefer to have students in school, we also realize that this is an opportunity to explore ways in how we deliver education. Boyden-Hull is committed to making the most of this situation, ensuring our students stay connected to school. We are working to secure internet access for each family for the duration of this closure to remain as connected as possible with our students.
As we all know from recent events, things can change dramatically in a very short time frame. Changes may continue to occur, and we will continue to find solutions that meet student and staff needs and state guidelines.
Finally, I just want to say that we value the partnership with our students and their families, and we continue to stand ready to assist in any way we can to help all navigate this time!
Steve Grond, Superintendent