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7.28.2020 New Parent Survey + Woodland Continues with School Opening

Dear Parents, 
Please take a few moments to complete the newest survey, click here, regarding your family’s plans as of today for the start of the school year. Your input continues to help us best prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. This is a non-binding survey; the survey will remain open until midnight on Wednesday.

The most recent Shelby County Health Department Health Directive updated on July 27, click here, says that “schools, school systems, daycare and childcare businesses may operate”. Woodland continues to plan for the school year to begin on August 11th for LW-1st grade with an 11:30 dismissal and August 12th for all other students.
On Saturday, August 1st, you will receive an email that asks you to make a choice between on campus learning and at home learning due by Tuesday August 4th. More division specific details of the hybrid learning model (some students at school and some at home) will come from your divisional directors later this week. We are asking for an initial commitment to at home learning through Labor Day to help with the planning and organization of our teaching and learning. One week out from Labor Day we will ask you once again to make a choice between at home and in person learning which will extend through Fall Break.
On a related note, Woodland has invested considerable resources into our technology infrastructure over the summer to ensure we are ready for the coming school year. We have made major upgrades to our on-campus bandwidth, added access points, improved network connectivity, purchased additional devices and recording stands for teachers. Our Woodland teachers have also been participating in various teaching and learning professional development sessions throughout the summer to prepare them for the coming school year. In an effort to support the social and emotional needs of our faculty and students, our teachers will be participating in training from licensed counselor, Martha Burke, around the topics of self-care and how teachers can best support both their own and their students’ social and emotional needs throughout the school year.  
We are also moving quite a few classrooms to new locations throughout the building to create appropriate physical distancing opportunities in each classroom. If you have not read our previous communication and our Stronger Together Plan, please take a moment to do that. Although we continue to plan for and make considerable efforts to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 at Woodland, cases of COVID-19 are likely to occur at Woodland this coming school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Our school nurses can be reached via email a . 
Adam Moore
Head of School