Dear Reavis Students, Families, Teachers, and Staff:
I hope this update finds your family and loved ones safe and healthy. The purpose of this letter is to publicly announce that Reavis High School is working towards transitioning our students to a Blended Learning Model starting on Monday, November 9th. I would also like to give everyone an update on some important information regarding the results of our parent and student surveys. The feedback we received gave us valuable input for enhancing our Remote Learning, which included incorporating Wednesdays into the weekly schedule, promoting increased communication between students and teachers, addressing any and all technology needs, and working towards increasing instructional minutes per class period starting on Monday, October 26th. The results of the survey also gave us a window into how families felt about coming back for some in-person instruction.
As everyone knows, we are still dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic, but I feel like we have developed a safe, secure, and healthy transition plan to a Blended Learning Model with some in-person instruction for our students and teachers. I appreciate and continue to thank everyone for their patience throughout these first 8-10 weeks of our Remote Learning Model. Our 4 themes...Simplicity, Clarity, Flexibility, & Collaboration continue to be the foundation of every decision we make. I fully understand that students and parents are anxious about returning to school, so with this mind, we will give each family the opportunity to choose which educational model they feel best fits their student. Families still have the option to have students stay in our 100% Remote Learning Model, or they can choose our Blended Learning Model, with in-person instruction 2x-3x per week. A separate communication will be sent out soon so that families can select which learning model they prefer.
In the following pages, you will be able to read all of the details that went into developing our transition to a Blended Learning Model beginning on November 9th. This plan was developed in collaboration with the Reavis Board of Education, the Administrative Team, Faculty, Staff, and the Stickney TWP Health Center experts. It is also aligned with the guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Restore Illinois: A Public Health Approach to Safely Reopen Our State. It is my hope that you, your family, and your friends are continuing to stay safe, healthy, and positive during this challenging time. Even though this fall and school year have not been typical, if we continue to work together, we will make the best and most appropriate decisions for our Reavis Family moving forward.
Daniel J. Riordan, Ed.D.