#Suptchat Recap: Return to School 2021-2022
Yet another back-to-school unlike the last. How are district leaders approaching it? The first #suptchat of the school year happened last night, and the Paper team is here to highlight some of our favorite tweets! Hosts Michael Lubelfeld and Nick Polyak asked district leaders across the nation to share what's top of mind for them.
Q1: What did you miss last year that you are looking forward to this year?
Try as we might to stay connected through the internet, there’s no way to replace the hustle and bustle that is the school community and all who partake in it.
A1: I missed hosting in person family nights or bring your parent to school days and truly making connections with our school community! I have always loved having conversations with families or seeing them interact together with our staff. #suptchat pic.twitter.com/MeVZ2VRoCL— Mariana Nicasio (@mariana_nicasio) August 5, 2021
Q2: How is your school district planning to address new guidance from the CDC or your local/state leadership this Fall?
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this experience, it’s that we know how quickly things can change. Whatever the regulations are now, we need to adapt to put safety first no matter how things progress.
Today the IL Governor ordered a mask mandate for all schools P-12 in the state of IL -- public and private - indoors for all personnel, students, & visitors. #suptchat A2 We're reviewing all COVID protocols to best support full in person learning in @NSSD112— Michael Lubelfeld (@mikelubelfeld) August 5, 2021
Q3: What social-emotional supports are you putting in place to help kids and staff transition back to school this year?
Q4: What academic supports are you putting in place to help kids transition back to school this year?
The time to accelerate learning is coming to a close. Soon, students will be expected to be back on track, but what are we doing to make that a realistic expectation?
A4: Our focus will be to pick up where we left off last year & continue to provide students with what they need to have access to grade level learning with necessary scaffolding! This will include continuous formative assessments & feedback to help our students grow! #suptchat pic.twitter.com/su9TwvFpeT— Mariana Nicasio (@mariana_nicasio) August 5, 2021
A4: @AnaheimUHSD @AUHSD_ELMS put Sat Lang Academy 4 EL/ML Ss 2 increase multilingualism, credit & grade recovery. Focus on recovery & resiliency not learning loss. Focus on Career Prepared Sys Framework. Use EL SWD task forces; EL/ML Success Monitoring use @TeachFX. #Suptchat pic.twitter.com/OvEZujmuBS— Dr. Renae Bryant (@DrRenaeBryant) August 5, 2021
A4: We have been partnering with @TNTP on acceleration strategies that will focus on engaging students in grade-level content, with additional support as needed. The research is clear: remediation does not catch students up. It holds them back. Not in @HighlineSchools!#Suptchat https://t.co/Wp6ystoakN— Susan Enfield (@SuptEnfield) August 5, 2021
Q5: What did you learn during the pandemic that you will maintain this Fall?
Once you’re able to, looking back at a time of crisis will enable you to learn and grow from the experience.
A5: That every student needs, deserves and benefits from a 1:1 adult connection in their school. And that every student needs a team consisting of their family and teacher/school staff communicating and partnering to ensure their success. #TeamKid #Suptchat https://t.co/U4BleAF7CD— Susan Enfield (@SuptEnfield) August 5, 2021
A5: Never just think it can't happen - the pandemic taught us so much about crushing perceived boxes - I really want to help staff continue the mindset of try it first and then regroup if it doesn't work rather than the "this is how we've always done it" approach #suptchat— Kristen Bordonaro 🌟 (@Kmbordonaro) August 5, 2021
Q6: After a year of Zooming, what place does video in meetings have moving forward?
The jerseys of the video chat services we relied on throughout the past school years will hang in the rafters, but they still have their place in the months to come. Maybe even permanently.
A6 - Zoom is part of our regular planning. Our admin team continues to think about how virtual participation has supported many in our community to be able to be more involved and engaged. Currently, we are working on back to school integration of this tech support. #suptchat— Dr. Lisa Leali (she, her, hers) (@LisaLeali) August 5, 2021
Q7: To mask or not to mask - how is your district handling mask-wearing to start this year?
A7: Even before the CDC's change of position, we had announced masks for all, regardless of vaccination status. Our local vaccination rates are low and we are trying to prioritize keeping kids in front of their teachers this year. (Ask me again in a month) #suptchat— Nick Polyak (@npolyak) August 5, 2021
A7: We hear & understand the strong positions & feelings on all sides of this issue. Our 1st priority is to protect the education of our children. In doing so wearing masks give us the best chance to maximize in-person instruction & continued particpation in activities. #suptchat— Dan_Cox (@Dan_Cox) August 5, 2021
Q8: What is one thing about the pandemic that you hope to never see again in our schools?
A8: The sense of frustration, defeat, disconnection, discouragement and disengagement that we saw with some students and families. So many important things were either changed or lost. Reconnection and engagement are key this year as well as thicker skin/softer heart #suptchat— 𝓓𝓻. 𝓛𝓲𝓷𝓭𝓼𝓮𝔂 𝓗𝓪𝓵𝓵 (@MS_Supt) August 5, 2021
A8 - Our communities have been shaken by all the events of the last 18 months. I am hopeful that we can heal and move forward together, committed to doing great things for all of our students. Also, sick of the locks on the water fountains, hope those go away for good. #suptchat— Dr. Lisa Leali (she, her, hers) (@LisaLeali) August 5, 2021