Decision Making Principles & Priorities

As we front-loaded in May at our State of the School Event, we know TEA’s strategy for addressing the COVID pandemic will require flexibility and adaptability from all of us. We are currently preparing the physical campus to support students in the Fall of 2020, however we recognize that some families may not be comfortable with their child(ren) returning at that time. We have developed three different program scenarios for the upcoming year. We know that each family has their own health concerns and needs, and we remain committed to collaborating with all families to differentiate for those needs to the best of our ability.

Thankfully, dealing with Constructive Adversity is at the core of who we are, and we have always had a robust Risk Management and Mitigation TEAm and a leadership team who has had to make challenging decisions. So this kind of planning, though challenging, is familiar to us. To meet the demands of this situation, we have continued to utilize the experience of our staff as well as state and county expertise and guidelines to conduct safe and fun learning experiences for all students.

Main Principles and Decision Drivers

  • Leading with Empathy: This is a challenging situation for all of us. And our parent survey confirms we have a variety of perspectives and needs.
  • Staying True to Our Professional Duty: Our professional duty, supersedes any varying personal beliefs we may have, is to care for the safety and well-being of our families, students and staff, as determined by state mandates and Placer County Guidelines.
  • Differentiating Instruction: We are committed to delivering on our promise to all of our students and to supporting the needs of individual families to the best of our abilities.
  • Adapting to Thrive: We will strategize and forecast to prepare for what’s ahead and move quickly when we can.
  • Regular Evaluation and Communication: We have implemented a 6 week cycle to provide for ongoing evaluation, adaptation and communication of our program. 
  • Two Way Communication for Data Informed Decisions: We are committed to hear from and listen to the changing needs of our students and families. To do so, we have set up two-way communication with you to get your regular feedback so we can make data informed decisions and adapt accordingly. Speaking of, thank you for completing the TEA Parent Survey to provide input on how we can best support your family. The leadership team and teachers reviewed the survey results. We used CDC and state and county guidelines, as well as this information and teacher input, to determine how to deliver academics, social-emotional and experiential learning as well as to design the spaces available for outdoor learning that facilitates social distancing. 

Top Line Analysis of Survey Data

  • A majority of PK and Elementary School families prioritized in-person 5-day per week social distance school with outdoor classroom spaces. 
  • A majority of MS/HS families emphasized the importance of some in-person learning and their child’s ability to handle digital learning better than the Elementary School. 

We Will Prioritize

  • The health and safety of our students, families, faculty and staff, as determined by state mandates and Placer County Guidelines
  • Supporting the needs of each student and family to the best of our ability
  • Leaning into our outdoor classrooms and activities all year round, as much as possible
  • Using indoor spaces that have been designed to accommodate social distancing guidelines only when necessary
  • In person instruction for all students who choose to participate
  • Our youngest students to be the first and quickest to reopen in person classes (PK to reopen within one school day of being permitted by the Governor’s order)
  • Elementary School students on campus, in person instruction 5 days per week
  • Middle School and High School academic needs balanced between in-person (3 days per week) and distance learning (2 days per week) to deliver on student outcomes and maximize use of outdoor spaces
  • Ensuring all students are well prepared for virtual learning