In early June, the Oregon Department of Education released information about returning to school in the Fall for the 2020-2021 school year. There were three options in this document for planning for instruction. Forest Hills has chosen to prepare for the face to face learning option for the coming school year.
Throughout the summer, Forest Hill is working to develop their plan for face to face instruction. At this point, according to the ODE instructions, we know that students will not be required to wear masks, yet staff who are within six feet of them will. We will need to enforce social distancing in the classroom and on the playground. We will also have to take other precautions in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
In order to meet the per-person space requirements, we have also capped our class sizes. The average class size for students next year will be 20 students, with one or two classes varying, based on square footage of the room. As a result, space for enrollment is limited, yet some of our classes still have room.
Forest Hills has developed a committee that is working on the publication of our school’s Blueprint for Learning, and once it has been adopted by our school board, it will be published on our website.
We believe the best learning environment for students is one where they can engage with their teachers directly. While we integrate technology into our daily classroom routines, we value all the benefits that come with face to face engagement for students when it comes to social-emotional learning, as well as academics.
Keep watching for our plan as we look forward to a return to school in the fall!