As KIPP and schools across the nation transition into the 2020-2021 school year, many unknowns remain that present teachers, students and families uncertainty. However, we all know our community needs KIPP to be ready to reopen whether that is in-person or from a distance. This is a moment when each of us will unite with one another to ensure that students re-enter schools with safety as a top priority so that learning and social-emotional growth can continue.
Since closure back in March 2020, we have done a great deal of reflecting and planning at KIPP. This time has served as a great reminder of the role that schools play in ensuring an equitable education for all students. It has also been a great reminder that families and educators must work together in partnership for students to find and live their purpose. Reopening our schools is going to involve significant changes for all of us. Some of those challenges are unknown to us even as we put forward a plan in this document. We also must understand there will be circumstances that are less than ideal, for which grace will be necessary to do what is in the best interest of our students, staff, and community.
Although we must make sacrifices to ensure the safety of our students and staff, we are even more committed to living our mission no matter the circumstances. As we prepare to open our schools again, we plan to offer our families the option to choose from a traditional 100% in-person teaching-and-learning model OR a 100% virtual/remote education platform. If there is an escalation of incidents of COVID-19 transmission, we will transition to 100% virtual instruction. More information about these decisions and the considerations influencing them can be found in this guide. KIPP is looking forward to working in collaboration with families and the community as our school begins for the 2020-2021 academic year.