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By Beka Compton
The Times 

Prescott School Board monthly update

 

December 24, 2020



PRESCOTT—The Prescott School Board met on December 17 for a regular meeting.

A brief update from the Associated Student Body (ASB) Co-Advisor Bob Young, thanking the administration for their continued support of the ASB and the students.

Superintendent Justin Bradford said that more than 60 students attended a virtual hot cocoa party. Bradford said the kids were happy to see their teachers and thanked staff for making the event happen.

He said they have been having some student engagement problems since transitioning back to the HOPE 1.0 distance learning model. He said most of those issues were connectivity related, and the district was working to accommodate students as needed.

Superintendent Bradford attended a webinar about SB 5395 and shared updates regarding the curriculum. He noted that the younger grades, K-3, focus on social-emotional learning instead of development and health. The bill requires schools to teach scientifically and medically accurate comprehensive sexual education at age-appropriate levels.

The school district will be switching over to Qmulative for school correspondence, grading, and other functions. That program will take the place of Skyward after January 6.

An update on the athletics department was given. The earliest possible start date could be February 1, but board members expressed that they did not anticipate a start that soon based on COVID-19 case numbers. The next athletic director meeting will be on December 21, and more information would be available then. Updates will be sent to families, as well as posted on social media.

Prescott School District will return to the HOPE 2.0 in-person learning on January 6, 2021. Students group “B” will return to school on Thursday, January 7. Group “A” students will return to school starting Monday, January 11, 2021. Wednesdays will be set aside for remote learning for all students. Classes will be held five days a week- two days will be in person, and three days will be remote. Information has been sent out to parents and students.

Meals will be available for students learning from home, with deliveries starting January 7. Students will receive four meals at the school and six meals at home.

Masks and other protection measures will still be required, and Bradford expressed some concerns with staff getting sick and leaving the district shorthanded. He said they have been exploring distance teaching options, should a teacher test positive but still feel well enough to teach from quarantine, and they have explored substitute options. He said that he and two other staff members, who all hold the proper teaching certifications, can sub if needed.

The board meeting adjourned shortly after the HOPE 2.0 discussion.

 

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