OAK PARK, IL — Most Oak Park and River Forest High School students will probably kick off the 2020-2021 school year remotely, according to a Monday update from Superintendent Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams. A plan drafted by school administrators during Thursday's board meeting call for plans significantly different from what students experienced this spring, the superintendent said. According to Pruitt-Adam's update, the plans drafted by school administrators call for remote learning for most students, while some on-site instruction and/or services may be provided for the "most vulnerable students." Staff and students for on-site services have not yet been identified, the superintended said.
The remote learning plans being developed will not be what students experienced this last spring, and include several significant differences, according to Pruitt-Adams, including:
Set schedule of class periods
Mandatory student attendance
A requirement for each class to meet via videoconference (such as Google Meet or Zoom) for 30-100 minutes per class per week.
Academic support services
"The plan is not finalized, and Board members had a variety of questions and suggestions," Pruitt-Adams said, in the update. "The Board’s voice indicated confidence in the administration's decision-making on this issue. The state requires only superintendent approval of the plan."
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However, the superintendent added that their summer school classes have already implemented some of the elements listed above.
"We’ve received significant positive feedback on how much better students are doing with summer courses than the spring experience," Pruitt-Adams wrote, in the update.
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Administrators will reconvene with the board at the beginning of August with a revised plan, and will request board approval of a resolution of support, with direction to implement the plan, the superintendent added.
Administrators are developing a FAQ that will be posted on the school's website to address common questions they've received about the plans for fall, and will send a link to the school community when it's ready.
Stay tuned for details on an upcoming virtual town hall during which school officials plan to go over the plan and answer questions.
Read the superintendent's entire update via https://www.oprfhs.org/news.
More information: July 9, 2020 Reimagine Education OPRF Board of Education Update