Reopening of Schools - Overview
The District's goal is to bring back as many grade levels and students as possible in the cohort/flexible/in-person instruction model while still providing the option for virtual learning for parents who do not feel comfortable transitioning their students back into buildings at this time.
School Reopening to Date
On January 19th, students in Grades K-3 and in our low-incidence programs of Life Skills Support, Autistic Support and Multi-Disability Support at Hillcrest Elementary, Westbrook Park Elementary, Primos Elementary, Drexel Hill Middle, and Upper Darby High School returned to school in the flexible/in-person, cohort instructional model. On March 1st, students in Grades 4 and 5 have returned to school in the flexible/in-person, cohort instructional model. See the chart below for our next step in expanding the option for in-person instruction in cohorts to more grade levels.
** Returning students at between 3ft and 6ft of social distance will only be possible if enough students/families commit to remaining fully virtual for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.
The revised elementary and secondary schedules will be reviewed at the March 9, 2021 school board meeting. Once board-approved, the schedules will be posted here.
We will continue to monitor positivity and community transmission rates as we make decisions about bringing back additional grades. We will also continue to communicate any updates to our plan as close to two (2) weeks as possible to allow you and your family as much planning time as we can. Please review the table below and the most recent ParentLink email communications for the most up-to-date information regarding our pandemic reopening of schools plan.
We are aware that the worldwide pandemic, along with racial tensions in our country, and the transition to virtual learning has been stressful for our students and families. We recognize the social and emotional toll all of this has had on our students, staff, and community. We understand it is important to have students in front of teachers and that the social and supportive benefits that come with in-person instruction are priceless. These issues are complex and ever-changing. We want to navigate this difficult time with care, and balance the safety and health of our students and our staff during this COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of these complexities, the District intends to respond to school reopening with continued flexibility.
Please review the following resources for the reopening of schools:
- UDSD Reopening of Schools Video - This video contains useful information on the transition back to school.
- UDSD Daily Symptom Screening Tool - This tool is meant to help families determine whether or not students should attend school each day and to help families identify when a child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Please reference it regularly.
As always, our priority is to provide all of our students with the safest, most engaging educational experience possible. Please remain vigilant in your safety efforts and encourage your child to maintain social distancing, to wash hands, and to wear his/her mask. We intend to continue to support students as they adjust to their in-person return and students who are continuing in virtual learning. We want again thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through our pandemic reopening of schools plan.