Welcome to the 2020/21 School Year, Pandemic Style
Back in July, the Cypress School District Board of Trustees approved the district’s 2020/21 School Reopening & Safety Plan which provided three options to meet the needs of students and their families… a Regular on-campus school schedule, a full-time Distance Learning schedule, and a Hybrid school schedule, which includes a little bit of both. However, when the first day of school arrived on August 26, Orange County was still in the state’s Purple tier, so the new school year began with all students and teachers engaged in Distance Learning.
Despite the awkwardness of meeting for the first time on a computer screen, our teachers worked tirelessly to ensure a positive experience for students. Back to School Night was also held virtually with teachers welcoming parents and families in online meetings to learn more about what their children would be studying during the year. While it wasn’t your typical Back to School Night by any means, the warmth and professionalism of our teachers made the evening feel as if it were all perfectly normal.
When COVID Gives You Lemons, Our Schools Make World-Class Lemonade!
A.E. Arnold Elementary School
Since fifth-grade students can’t travel to the Joint Forces Training Base to participate in STARBASE this year, the program came to them! In a safe and physically distanced manner, Arnold students had the opportunity this month to study molecules, create compounds, and explore pressure.
Clara J. King Elementary School
Ms. Abuebeid, Student Activity Supervisor Coach at King, facilitates enjoyable games for students at recess while at the same time observing current safety guidelines. Students enjoy participating in these games since many organized sports opportunities outside of school have been suspended.
Margaret Landell Elementary School
First-grade teacher Ms. van der Putin designed recess zones for each class cohort. Students can enjoy outdoor playtime with their classmates with plenty of room for physical distancing. During a “Brain Party” in Mrs. Robledo’s class, first graders learned that the brain is like a muscle, it gets stronger when you do challenging things and have a growth mindset.
Steve Luther Elementary School
Mrs. Ochoa is a champion at providing instruction for students in the Learning Center while juggling the Regular, Hybrid, and Distance Learning schedules all at the same time! Her ingenuity and amazing support staff enable students to feel “together” even when they are learning in different locations.
Juliet Morris Elementary School
Mrs. Sorenson transformed first graders’ desks into Jeeps to make desk shields and physical distancing in the classroom fun for students. She also created recess baskets for each student to supplement their play options while avoiding shared equipment.
Frank Vessels Elementary School
Not only are students thriving in the Regular, Hybrid, and Distance Learning classrooms, they are also having fun at recess with structured, physically distanced activities provided by the Student Activity Supervisors.
This article was released by Cypress School District.