2021-22 Public Input About Health & Safety Protocols
We have had several ways that families could provide feedback regarding our health and safety measures. When we sent out the administrative recommendation on July 29 we included a link for families, staff, and students to share any questions or additional considerations. When we revised our recommendation on August 18, we sent another opportunity to submit a feedback form. The information both helps us understand our school community’s thoughts about the protocols and helps us clarify any questions. We also provided a form for comments to the Board and read all the emails that families sent as well.
The district leadership team receives feedback in several forms (district leadership team feedback forms, emails, phone calls, and in-person meetings). For all of this feedback, we don’t keep a tally or running score because our health and safety decisions are based on information from scientific, public health, and medical experts. The feedback about our health and safety protocols gives us additional considerations and questions in order to inform our operations and communications (not which protocols to have in place). Over 100 community members (staff, families, and students) completed the first feedback form and 82% of the comments related to requiring and recommending face coverings. We also heard from community members about physical distancing, cleaning, reporting cases, vaccinations, and quarantine. The second feedback form opened on August 18 and will remain open, so far 50 responses have been collected. Some of the themes in this form include testing, physical distancing, and specific mask protocols related to certain instruction like phonics and American Sign Language.
Families, staff, and students may share additional considerations and questions for our district leadership team via this Mahtomedi Public Schools Health & Safety Protocols 2021-22 Form.
2020-21 Public Input
We surveyed families at each of our school buildings about the three potential scenarios and received 2,300 responses. These surveys were in addition to the annual family surveys done at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
Focus Groups: During the week of July 20, we conducted family focus groups and discussed the draft plans and ideas with approximately 80 families across the district.
On July 24, we shared our draft plan with families. During the week of July 27, principals worked with their staff to finalize school schedules and further develop the details under each plan. Families also were able to provide additional ideas and recommendations via our feedback form.
2020-21 School Year
During the 2020-21 school year, we used several indicators for public comment and feedback including surveys, staff meetings, family conversations including Principal Roundtable meetings, student surveys, Incident Command Team meetings, and public comment submissions for our School Board meetings.
The following are feedback themes we heard from our public input during the 2020-21 school year.
- Health & Safety
- Rigor & Engagement (Consistent course and content expectations and feedback)
- Schedule & Structure (Continuous Learning, small group, and independent practice)
- Maximize Face-to-Face Learning
- Maximize In-Person Opportunities
- Stability for Staff, Families, and Students
- Relationships (Peer and Educator)
The public input informed the continued development of our plans.