Important: Changing Learning Preferences

Dear EVCS Families,

You may have heard that yesterday the city announced a new policy and timeline for changing learning preferences and opting into blended learning. The big headline is that families will no longer have the opportunity to opt in to blended learning quarterly throughout the year, as had been previously announced. The upcoming enrollment period, which starts on Monday November 2 and goes until Sunday November 15, will be the last and only opportunity to switch from fully remote learning to blended learning this school year. I recognize that this news comes as a surprise and possibly a huge disappointment to some of our families. It came as a shock to me as well.

Within the next couple of weeks we will all need to make critical decisions about how our children will learn and experience school for the remainder of this school year. It’s obviously an important decision with significant implications, so I think it’s a good time to check in on our current models for blended and remote learning and create opportunities for families to ask questions and be well-informed. Later this week I will email an overview of our current framework for blended learning, and then on Monday evening November 2 at 5:00 we will host a town hall meeting so we can process and discuss together. Look out for a link to this meeting in the coming days. There are pros and cons to each mode of learning, and we want to make sure that parents are able to make this decision with as much information as possible.

After the enrollment period closes on November 15 we will have a sense of how we need to program our school and what our remote and blended learning cohorts and pods will look like for the remainder of the year. When possible, we will make an effort to keep students with the teachers and classmates they have been with up until now, but of course there may be a need to shuffle some of the groups to accommodate updated preferences. We will be arranging a curriculum share for parents in each new cohort on the afternoon of November 24th. More information on that to come soon, but please mark your calendars.

Thanks so much for your patience, flexibility, understanding and support as we find our way through this unprecedented school year together.