November 19, 2020
Earlier this week, we sent out a letter notifying our families that we had made the difficult decision to return to online learning for all students beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 with on-site services available to students who need in-person support.
In that letter, we noted that benchmark metric data released each Thursday by the ADHS and Maricopa County is delayed by two weeks, and we believed that data to be released today would show continued increases in community spread of COVID-19. This data-driven assumption was proven correct with the release of updated information today:
Please click here if you would like to see a document detailing our analysis of the data released
today regarding the substantial risk that continues to exist within our school communities.
We wish everyone well and hope you are staying safe through these times. If your student is currently attending in-person learning, we would like feedback regarding your anticipated needs beginning November 23, 2020. Please complete a survey regarding your student’s needs by clicking here.
Skyline Education Administration
November 17, 2020
We appreciate your continued patience throughout this Pandemic and hope everyone is doing well. Our number one goal is the health and safety of our students and their families, and we always consider this goal when making decisions regarding how to provide an exceptional academic learning environment for our students while being sensitive to individual student and family needs.
Our school administration has been closely monitoring the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) COVID-19 Dashboard along with the Maricopa County dashboard for schools. In recent weeks, one of the three metrics, Cases per 100,000 individuals, has increased into the substantial spread category for Maricopa County. Additionally, the zip codes adjacent to both our North Chandler and South Phoenix School campuses show Cases per 100,000 individuals above or nearly above the 100/100,000 benchmark with Percent Positivity increasing and nearing the 10 percent benchmark. A Percent Positivity rate at or above 10 percent would put two out of three metrics in the substantial spread category.
The benchmark metric data released each Thursday by the ADHS includes data that is delayed by two weeks. For example, the most recent benchmark metric data released on November 12, 2020 is updated with data through the week of October 25 ~ October 31. Since October 31st, the Laboratory Testing and Confirmed COVID-19 Cases by Day data suggest that the number of COVID-19 Cases per 100,000 individuals and the Percent Positivity metrics continue to increase raising concerns that benchmark metric data releasing on Thursday of this week will show continued increases in both of these benchmarks. Please click here if you would like to see a document detailing our analysis regarding substantial risk within our school communities.
We also know we are entering the season when families and friends traditionally spend time together celebrating various holidays over the next few weeks and months.
Considering the substantial community spread and anticipated continued increases in benchmark metrics, we have decided to return to online learning for all students beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 with on-site services available to students who need in-person support. To curb the substantial spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season, we will remain in an online learning environment for all students through the end of our regularly scheduled winter break with students tentatively scheduled to return to in-person learning for those students electing this learning option on January 5, 2021.
Although we will be returning to online learning for all students beginning November 23, 2020, we want to be sensitive to the needs of individual students and families. We will continue to provide on-site services to students who need in-person support including transportation services, if necessary, to students who currently use our school transportation. We will also continue to provide the free school breakfast and lunch programs.
We wish everyone well and hope you are staying safe through these times.
If your student is currently attending in-person learning at our South Phoenix or Chandler campus, we would like feedback regarding your anticipated needs beginning November 23, 2020. Please complete a survey regarding your student’s needs by clicking here.
August 13, 2020
Dear Skyline Families,
We appreciate your patience throughout this Pandemic. While we realize in-person education for students is important, the safety of students and staff is a critical path. On July 23, 2020, our Governor in consultation with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Arizona Department of Education issued an Executive Order. The Executive Order recommends that schools consider public health benchmarks, developed by the Arizona Department of Health, prior to in-person instruction.
On August 7, 2020, from the direction of Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Department of Health Services issued recommended benchmarks for opening schools. Based on these recommendations, our schools have decided to open in-person instruction beginning October 12, 2020.
Skyline Education and its schools will continue to provide virtual instruction and remain closed for in-person learning until we meet the benchmarks provided by the Arizona Department of Health. Our leadership team will convene on September 25, 2020 to review benchmarks and determine if we are on track to open October 12, 2020. We will send a new survey to parents in early September allowing parents to choose between online vs in-person to confirm your choice.
All schools will be open for on-site targeted supervision Monday – Friday during standard school hours. Targeted supervision may include but is not limited to students with disabilities, English learners, and those in care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, including foster care. Targeted supervision is not instruction, but only a safe place to complete virtual instruction provided by the school. The school administrator will identify if students meet the above criteria by asking parents and guardians to identify their evolving needs on an ongoing basis, including the targeted service their student requires and their scheduling needs. Space is limited at each site and is capped when capacity is reached.
Starting the school year in a virtual instructional model will require students to be academically engaged daily. We encourage students to participate in virtual learning during normally scheduled class time. Regular class attendance is essential for success in school. As required by state law, student attendance must be taken every day. Students will be marked present if they have been academically engaged in class that day. Academic engagement is achieved by logging in and completed work through the CLEVER portal. Access your CLEVER portal by clicking on “Student Login for Online Learning” at https://www.skylineschools.com/digital-learning/. The CLEVER portal provides access for students to Google classroom, Google Email, Edgenuity, Odysseware, Pathblazer and other online applications.
We thank you for your understanding and support during this time.
Skyline Education Inc.