A Sincere Thank You to our Parents/Guardians
We want to extend a sincere thank you to our parents/guardians for your support with our digital home learning. We appreciate your patience and kindness as we entered into a different way of teaching and learning for both students and teachers. We know this added a lot to your plate and are thankful for your partnership. You did an outstanding job!
Preparing for the 2020-2021 School Year
With just over two months until students are scheduled to return for the 2020-21 school year, many are asking what school will look like in the fall. We have heard from parents, students, and teachers on the importance of preserving in-person learning to the extent that it is possible. As educators, that is our desire as well. It is important that in doing this, we are providing the safest health environment for all. It is our intent to open our schools for our August 17, 2020 start date. However, what ‘opening our schools’ looks like is still a very dynamic plan. Much of our work continues to be driven by our state and local leaders’ guidance which gives a number of factors that must be considered. We are taking all information provided into our planning considerations for Murray City School District.
At the time our school buildings closed, we understood very little about COVID-19 and the decision to close our buildings was made to protect the health of all. Since that time, we have learned quite a lot about the virus and tremendous work is being done each day by medical experts towards creating a vaccine and other solutions that will help protect our communities, particularly the most medically vulnerable among us. With our scheduled start date of August 17, 2020, we suspect that our reality at that time will look different than the current state – perhaps significantly. The best we can do at this point is prepare for a wide array of possibilities for the return to school and then progressively narrow the scope as we learn more throughout the summer.
The primary consideration for our plan will continue to be the health and safety of our students and staff. We will not implement a solution that counters the guidance provided by health officials. At the same time, these considerations have tremendous operational impacts. For instance, adhering to 6-foot social distancing measures would mean school busses may have to run with limited students. Social distancing in school buildings would also carry numerous operational challenges, such as tight hallways, doorways leading into the building, cafeterias, bathrooms, and in the classrooms. All of these factors will be taken into consideration with the top priority being the health and safety of our students and staff.
One constant throughout this pandemic is that everything is subject to change in a moment’s notice and we must begin to prepare for an environment that may take any of multiple forms. To create a fall reopening plan based on the current state would be shortsighted. Instead, we are beginning now to plan ahead, but incorporating flexibility into our planning to allow for ambiguity, meaning that the final plan may not ultimately be completed until later in the summer. Updates and information, when available, will be provided throughout the summer on our district website at www.murrayschools.org and our social media channels.
Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year
Online registration for the 2020-21 school year will begin on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Online registration access will be on the Murray City School District website (www.murrayschools.org). All students must register every year.
Elementary Summer Learning Activities
Many elementary families requested access to summer learning activities with Chromebooks. This flyer provides suggestions for elementary families to continue learning in the summer. You can access it by navigating to https://bit.ly/MCSDSummerLearning.