Introduction of Hybrid Learning Environment for K–12 Students
Dear Little Wound School Community,
This letter contains important information about Little Wound School’s return to on-campus learning for the first quarter of the 2021–2022 school year. As we make decisions about the instructional environment we offer to students during COVID-19, our school’s mission remains front of mind: to provide a sacred environment for students to achieve academic and Lakota language and cultural excellence.
One of the factors that our school’s board and leadership considers when making decisions about on-campus instruction is the level of COVID-19 community spread. This is measured and reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Recently, the CDC has identified an increase in community spread in Oglala Lakota and surrounding counties.
Based on this and other information, Little Wound School has finalized its plan for the first quarter of the upcoming school year. For the first quarter of the fall semester, Little Wound School will welcome back students to campus in a hybrid manner, with cohorts of students attending on-campus classes on different days. This decision helps us to maintain physical distancing in our classrooms and common spaces and minimize the potential for COVID-19 spread within our student and staff community.
All K-12 students will be placed into one of two cohorts of students. One cohort will attend on-campus instruction on Mondays and Wednesdays and a second cohort will attend on-campus classes on Tuesday and Thursday; all students will participate in online instruction on Fridays. Cohorts will be determined based on a number of factors, including transportation availability and to ensure that family units can attend school on the same days. Cohort members are being determined and will be shared with students, parents, and caregivers before the first day of school. Little Wound School strongly encourages all students to participate in this hybrid model of instruction.
A parent or guardian may request that their student(s) receive only virtual instruction for this first quarter of the school year. All requests for virtual instruction must be directed to the student’s principal by Friday, August 27, 2021. Please note that a student who starts the year receiving only virtual instruction cannot transition to on-campus instruction at any time during the first quarter of the school year. This is necessary as we plan for how to best serve all our students. Virtual instruction for students in middle and high school will be delivered through the online program Odysseyware; elementary school students will be placed into a virtual classroom with a designated online instructor.
During this first quarter of the school year, Little Wound School will continue monitoring COVID-19 levels of community spread and other indicators and make a determination about the method of instruction for the second quarter of the school year. This information will be communicated at the time a final decision has been made.
If you have any questions at this time, please contact your school’s individual principal:
Charles Cuny, Jr.
Superintendent, Little Wound School District