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UMTSD Virtual Return to School for Fall 2020 - Approved July 30, 2020

Dear Upper Moreland Families:

The Board and Administration of the Upper Moreland School District wants to take this time to thank you for the support and feedback many of you have engaged in as the district prepares for the opening of the school year.  We all recognize that the start of the 2020-2021 school year will be like no other that any community has faced.   There is and will continue to be uncertainty and anxiousness given the context of what we know and do not know about the spread of COVID-19 and its effects.

Although there is no way that any organization can eliminate all the uncertainty and anxiousness, there are actions that can be taken to mitigate how they affect students, staff and families.  At the July 30, 2020 Special Committee of the Whole Meeting of the Upper Moreland School District, the administrative team presented two options for a return to school:  a hybrid and a remote option from which families could select to start the year (A PDF of the evening’s presentation can be found here).   After a very lengthy discussion of the options with over 170 comments and questions submitted by those watching the virtual meeting, the Upper Moreland Board voted to start school on August 31, 2020 in a full virtual environment for all students until at least November 25, 2020 (the day before the Thanksgiving Holiday).  The virtual plan for schooling will be continually evaluated and updated in conjunction with guidance, data and recommendations from local and state officials.

This was not an easy decision to make and we realize the additional questions and challenges this decision will raise for families.  However, the administrative team has already begun the necessary planning, collaboration, and support that will be shared over the next week in informational updates for families. We appreciate your continued support and patience as we work to develop the details of what a fully virtual opening to school will look like for students and families in conjunction with up-to-date guidance and regulations that are meant to protect our students. Families can learn more about the  virtual return to school as it will be discussed at the regularly scheduled Programs and Services Committee Meeting of the School Board on August 11, 2020.

The community demonstrated its commitment to supporting each other during the crisis that befell with the physical closure of schools in spring.   We are confident that the same level of commitment and collaboration will continue as we partner to deliver a solid and more robust educational experience for all Upper Moreland students in this new virtual environment. 

Thank you for your continued support, feedback and collaboration as a part of the Upper Moreland family. It makes us stronger and better together.

Sincerely,
The School Board and Administrative Team of the Upper Moreland School District