Toward the end of last school year, seven task forces were created to help prepare for returning to school during a health pandemic.
TASK FORCE 1: The Scheduling and Logistics Task Force looks at the daily experience of students, including transportation to and from school, participating in classwork, meals eaten during the school day, and the cleaning of the school during the day and after students return home. Following guidelines from the Utah State Board of Education, Federal, State, and local government entities, recommendations are given to the BOE concerning school schedules based on the least, moderately, and most restrictive return to school.
The Scheduling and Logistics Task Force was made up of: 3 Area Directors, high school educator and TEA officer, Elementary teacher, 9 administrators, Child Nutrition Director, Custodial Director, Transportation Director
TASK FORCE 2: The Instructional Programming and Technical Support Task Force was made up of the: Teaching and Learning Director, Technology Director, CTE Director, Elementary Educator and TEA officer, four Ed Techs, and three Curriculum Directors
TASK FORCE 3: Diagnostic Assessments and Progress Monitoring. Members included the three Assessment Department personnel, an elementary instructional coach, a principal, curriculum director, and 8 classroom teachers (elementary & secondary).
1. Compile listings of assessment tools our educators have access to, and in many cases have previously used to measure student learning in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and science. The work being done provides details regarding the assessment, a menu list with indication of whether they are available for use within different risk phases and resource links with additional details for the available tools.
2. Redesign the district assessment schedule to include information for assessing during different risk phases.
3. Determine potential professional learning opportunities for teachers on how to best use formative assessment as part of the active instructional design process.
4. Emphasize use of the district diagnostic flowchart for determining further testing needs in reading proficiency grades K-6.
5. Determine needed testing protocols for safe administration of requires one-to-one individual assessments where physical distancing may not be possible.
The Diagnostic Assessments and Progress Monitoring Task Force sent out a survey
to employees and families in June of 2020 requesting information to gain a better understanding of the communities perspective on reopening schools and lessons learned from the Spring 2020 remote learning. This data was used to help make recommendations to the Board of Education for reopening schools.
Task Force 4: Members included the Technology Director, Business Administrator, IT specialist, Building Administrator, Teachers
TASK FORCE 5: Team Members include- Special Education Director, Behavior specialist, Psychologists, Safe Schools Director, Social Worker, Special Education Educator.
The focus was on Social Emotional Learning supports for students, staff, and parents.
Task Force 6: Team members include- Special Education Assistant Director, ELL and Federal Programs Director, specialists from the Special Education department
Task Force 7: Team members include- Human Resources Director and Assistant Director