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By Allan J. Bassler

Herald Offers Clarification on Spring Cove Fall Re-Opening Plan


A story on Page A-6 of the July 23, 2020, edition of the Herald, may have been misleading regarding the Spring Cove School District’s plans for this fall.

According to Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker, a letter was sent to all parents/guardians/staff regarding the district’s plan.

The district’s plan under both the state’s “Green” and “Yellow” pandemic phases is to fully reopen on a normal Monday through Friday schedule.

The exception will be the option of SCSD Cyber for any students/families who opt for distance learning due to safety or health concerns.

The district does not expect to use a hybrid plan; however, it has prepared a hybrid plan.

Under the hybrid plan, a “Group A” of students would attend on Mondays and Tuesdays and a “Group B” of students would attend on Thursdays and Fridays, with remote learning on all remaining days.

The hybrid plan is a back-up plan in case the situation with the pandemic would lead to it becoming necessary. The district’s goal is to remain in full reopened status, if possible.

If the situation with the virus would be such that the district could not remain in full reopen status, the district would most likely need to shut down, rather than implement a hybrid plan.

However, the district plans to have a hybrid plan ready to implement, if by some chance, it is feasible to make that shift in order to avoid a school closure.

“The district’s goal is remain fully open, and we very much hope that with everyone working together and following our Health and Safety Plan, we will be able to do so,” Dr. Baker said.

The current plan

The district’s current plan, based on each of the state’s phases, is as follows:

Green Phase – Total reopen for all students and staff with the option of SCSD Cyber for students/families that opt for distance learning due to safety/health concerns.

Please note: SCSD Cyber differs from the remote learning offered in the Spring of 2020. Cyber education is reading and writing intensive, requires self-motivation, and typically necessitates parent/guardian support at the elementary level. Any family interested in pursuing the option of SCSD Cyber should contact Kim Moyer at 224-3098 no later than Aug. 3 for more information and to register.

Yellow Phase – Same as Green Phase with additional restrictions to group sizes and activities. Every effort will be made to remain in total reopen status, but the situation may dictate a need to move to a hybrid model. If a hybrid model becomes necessary, the model implemented would consist of Group A attending on Mondays and Tuesdays and Group B attending on Thursdays and Fridays with remote learning on all remaining days. Siblings would be assigned to the same group to assist families with scheduling.

Red Phase – School closed for in-person instruction. Planned instruction would continue through remote learning using a combination of asynchronous and synchronous learning to allow for student-teacher engagement.

Note: Regardless of the phase, a school or community outbreak could lead to a temporary shutdown and remote learning as described in the Red Phase.

Additionally, individual students may be placed on temporary remote learning due to situations such as isolation or quarantine.

Editor’s Note: We strive to get it right every time, but we do make mistakes. The Herald sincerely apologizes to any parents or students who were misled by the July 23 article. Thank you to those who called this matter to our attention. Thank you also to Dr. Baker for taking the time to provide us with accurate and detailed information for this correction.

If you spot an error in the Herald’s pages, please let us know. We will be grateful; we don’t bite! Please call 793-2144 or send an email to:

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