Parent/Guardian Town Hall Virtual Meetings - April 2020

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Due to the current mandate from the governor to close schools and stay-at-home, MVCSC will be offering our Town Hall Meetings virtually to discuss students staying home during the Delayed Start/Early Release for the 2020-2021 school year.

Specifically, MVCSC will be offering five virtual Zoom meetings for the first 25 people who sign up for each meeting. We have to limit it to 25 parents/guardians for the meetings to have effective interaction. If you want to attend, ask questions, and share your thoughts, please sign up for one meeting by clicking the date below. MVCSC wants this decision to be formed from a collaborative discussion with our community. Participants will be emailed a Zoom meeting link prior to the meeting.

Wednesday, April 8 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 9 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 10 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 14 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Delayed Start/Early Release Wednesday Proposed Concept:

In January, the principals asked the MVCSC School Board to consider delaying buses on Wednesdays next school year so that students won’t be at school while teachers are working in their Professional Learning Communities (PLC). Another option is to have an early release instead of a delayed start. The information that was presented is compelling and MVCSC launched a survey for parents to provide input; (deadline to participate is April 5). Take a moment to review the principals' powerpoint presentation to the school board below. 

Click here for the Principals' Presentation & Data

In summary, the data shows:

  1. Our Professional Learning Community (PLC) activities that staff engage in during Delayed Start Wednesdays are highly valuable.
  2. Student discipline is substantially worse on Wednesdays. A staff survey showed that a strong majority state that teachers believe student discipline is worse on Wednesdays.
  3. That same staff survey noted that a strong majority of teachers believe that student engagement is worse on Wednesdays.
  4. Students have increased tardies on Wednesdays.  In the elementary schools, tardies are too numerous to count.
  5. Not all staff are able to be involved in PLCs due to their supervision of students.

Based on the gathered data, the five MVCSC principals came to a consensus that the best way to improve school safety, student engagement, behavior, and tardiness is to have all students stay home during the Delayed Start/Early Release Wednesdays in the 2020-2021 school year.  This would cause the bus route times to differ on our Delayed Start day should this option be pursued.  

If you have a question to ask or an opinion to share, please join the principals and Superintendent Dr. Parker in one of the Virtual Town Hall Meetings by clicking one of the meeting links above.  

Below is a video on our teachers' PLC process.


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