2021 Spring Semester-COVID Restart

Holiday Greetings to all of our Grand View families.

We hope you have had a good holiday break and that your family has remained healthy. We
want to take this opportunity to communicate plans to start the spring semester.

First, I want to share with you some background information on how our planning decisions are
made. Your Grand View School Board has been very sensitive to the importance of safely
getting your child back on campus. They know students need to be in the classrooms, parents
need to work, and teachers want to return to a normal school year. Still safety is the number
one priority. As school board members, their job is to listen to patron feedback and consider
recommendations from the superintendent. They can then make informed decisions.

Next, understand that as the superintendent I do not make recommendations to our school
board without talking to my Cherokee County colleagues. More importantly, we have an
administration team and department leaders that meet regularly to discuss strategies on a
variety of things. At no time has their input been more important than these COVID decisions
that began way back in March. I want you all to know how blessed Grand View is to have such
an experienced team. Nine team members were on our conference call this morning. Their
experience in education totals 270 years, for an average of 30 years per team member! Five
have superintendent certification. Three have principal certification. And one even has a
Doctorate degree in Education. While this group may sometimes be surprised, or learn a new
trick, it doesn’t happen often. With that much experience we have seen about everything. That
is until COVID came along we had seen most everything. Remember too, our school board
members are volunteers. That is why we urge you to contact someone on the administration
team before contacting the board; it is likely that we can resolve the issue or explain why or
how we do things at Grand View without having to interrupt their jobs or free time.

And finally, patrons had a voice as a result of the survey conducted in mid-December. The
survey response rate was very good and we appreciate your participation. We were also
pleased with the support of our existing efforts and the positive comments about our cohort
and scheduling strategies. Your voices were heard and we will address the points, but what we
saw: Parents wanted to safely get students in school as soon as possible. You wanted to have
the option of virtual learning for those uncomfortable with sending their child to school under
these circumstances. Families asked for better resources for younger students. Parents wanted
refresher information on technology usage, checking assignments, and monitoring grades. And
the majority wanted traditional school using cohorts instead of an A-B schedule like some
schools have utilized.


Here are the tentative re-entry plans for Grand View:

● January 4 - Professional Development for teachers (as originally scheduled.)

● January 4 – Meal delivery, meal pickup and packet pickup will occur as normal. The meal
delivery program will serve virtual or distance learners only beginning January 4, 2021.
The sign up list has been reset. If your child will remain a distance learner and you are
interested in registering for the weekly meal deliveries, please visit the Grand View
website. Go to www.grandviewchargers.org to find information linked to meal delivery
and pickup.

● January 5 – Classes resume as normal, both in-person and with the distance learning
model.

● All on-campus COVID policies remain in effect (masks, hand washing, classroom cleaning,
social distancing, cohort groups, seating charts, no campus visitors, etc.)

● We will continue to offer a distance learning, or virtual option for those families
interested.

● Any changes to your students status requires notification to the main office. Students
that were on campus first semester may use the virtual model, but you must contact the
school by Wednesday, January 6. Students that used the virtual, or distance learning
model during the first semester are welcome to return to on-campus learning. These
students must check in the office on their first day back. They will be retained in a room
with social distancing while administrators check class size and assign them to a cohort
so that the class sizes are balanced.

● iPads and Chromebooks will start being distributed to 1st
and 2nd grade students. These will be available to virtual students and to those on campus in the event we have to again move to a distance learning model. Hotspots will also be made available upon request. Families will be provided instructions for log-in, grade checks, and software usage.

● Technology training reminders will be shared next week. We will also provide reminders
about checking your child’s grades and assignments. And in the event of any special
software instructions, your child’s teacher will reach out with details to help you support
them.


Dr. David Gahn, Cherokee Nation Epidemiologist warns that holiday gatherings may cause
numbers to rise dramatically even though the reporting may lag because of holiday closures.
The current numbers in Cherokee County currently show lower incidence of COVID than last
week, while he noted record numbers across the 14-county Cherokee Nation. Oklahoma Health
Department reports will become official on Friday. These reports will be reviewed and
considered. Additionally, the status of other schools in Cherokee County will also be
considered.

Remember, you must do your part at home in order for us to have a chance to keep school
open.

● Keep students home if they show any signs of illness.

● If you feel your student needs to be tested for COVID-19, please do not send them to
school while testing arrangements are being made.

● If your student has taken a test for COVID 19 you must keep them home until you
receive results of a negative test.

● And finally, follow all CDC, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Cherokee Nation
Health and Grand View School guidelines.

In summary, we expect to start school on January 5. We will need to evaluate many factors
moving forward as we attempt to remain open. We want our patrons to always be prepared for
COVID-related changes to our schedule.

Thank you for your support of Grand View Schools and we look forward to a better year in
2021!
Ed Kennedy
Superintendent, Grand View School