After seeking input from families, staff, and community, the Brandon Valley School District has developed a Return to Learning plan. Parents have two options to choose from. The learning models described in the Superintendent’s introductory video and below provide families the flexibility to choose an instructional model to meet their needs during these uncertain times, and reflects our District’s commitment to providing a high-quality educational experience, regardless of the setting.
This model represents a return to the school campus and the classroom where students will interact directly with their teacher(s) and classmates. The school day will follow the standard bell times and standard schedule that includes all the core classes and other subject areas. In short, it represents a return to the traditional school environment – with several significant changes involving enhanced health and safety precautions.
Our goal is to create an environment that provides an opportunity for students to return to the traditional school experience, while providing safeguards to protect the health and safety of students and staff.
Health Actions on Every Campus
School Bus Safety
At the elementary school level, we are creating a cohort model, where students will spend the majority of their time on campus with the group of students in their class, including in the classroom, the cafeteria, media center, and the playground. Interaction with students from other classes will be limited to the greatest extent possible. If a student displays symptoms of illness, it will likely impact their cohort classmates, and not the entire school, in terms of quarantine or other interventions.
At the intermediate, middle, and high school level (Grades 5-12), each school will have a customized plan to discourage large gatherings of students in hallways and common areas, using clear communication and signage to reinforce the message.
Extra-curricular activities will resume and will adhere to recommendations from SDHSAA, ESD/Metro Conferences, and the Brandon Valley School District Administration.
This full-time learning experience is designed for families who don’t yet feel comfortable sending their student(s) back to school on-site. In this learning model, students will independently work on assignments and maintain contact with their teacher using web-based platforms and tools, email, and phone calls.
We will offer courses for students in Early Childhood through 12th grade, provided by a team of teachers who offer support between 7:45 AM and 3:45 PM, Monday through Friday. Enrollment requires a semester-long or year-long commitment, as well as an adult who can partner with the Distance Learning teacher by serving as the learning guide for the student, especially at the elementary and intermediate levels.
Students enrolled in the Distance Learning model must participate in all required state assessments.
Students in grades JK-6 will access their distance learning plans through our distance learning website and will submit their assignments to their teacher electronically or drop them off at a designated campus.
Grade 7-12 students will be issued laptops and will participate in accredited online courses via Edgenuity* and will be supported by Brandon Valley Staff.
Middle and high school students will have access to academic advisement and college planning. Graduates earn a standard high school diploma accepted by colleges, universities, and other postsecondary programs.
*Edgenuity courses and curriculum are built using an instructional model grounded in research and are aligned to state standards. This online curriculum combines direct-instruction videos featuring expert, on-screen teachers with rigorous assignments, performance tasks, and assessments to engage students and ensure subject-area mastery.
If you have reviewed the Frequently Asked Questions (below) and you still have a question, please email your building principal.