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Return to Learn Plan

and Referendum Info

Meridian Community, 

At last night's (January 7, 2021)  Board of Education (BOE) meeting two major decisions were made by the Board of Education that will impact the course of our second semester. Acting on my recommendation, the BOE unanimously approved our return-to-learn plan and placed a referendum on the April 2021 ballot. I will detail the impact and details of each below. 

Return-to-Learn Plan

All students who wish to return to in-person learning will do so on January 19th. Those students, at all grade levels (including JH and HS), will attend in-person Monday through Friday. Students who choose to remain remote will have that option and will experience the same level of service they have throughout the first semester. Mrs. Showers and Mrs. Davis will be in touch directly with their parents to articulate any scheduling, logistical, and or placement change concerns. 

While the district understands that this switch will increase the amount of contact students and staff will have in any given day, we believe that in an incredibly complex set of circumstances and data points that this is the best option for the most amount of people we are trying to serve and support.

For those parents who want to change the learning environment of their child, below are the instructions. As you consider this, please note that if you were attending hybrid instruction or full face-to-face instruction before the adaptive pause taken at Thanksgiving and you want to remain a face-to-face learner you need to do nothing.

Moving forward, if you choose to move your child from the in-person learning model to remote, you can do so at any time. If you were full remote prior to Thanksgiving and wish to move your student to in-person, please contact their principal before January 13th

Referendum

The Board of Education voted to place a referendum on the April ballot that asks to extend the current Education Fund tax rate permanently. To clarify, this will be the same question asked to the community in the November election. This decision was not entered into lightly, but the district would like to give the community one more chance to answer the question. If the tax rate is not extended the district will be pushed into making significant reductions and alterations to the learning environment. Before we impact our kids, staff, and community in this manner we felt it appropriate to ask the community to consider this question again. 

I know this is a lot of news as we enter into the New Year. As always, we appreciate your support and engagement in your student's education and in our community. 

Thank you, 

 

Dr. PJ Caposey