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Superintendent's Update to Parents

Note: On Monday, July 27, the Jefferson County Department of Health issued official recommendations to all school systems in the county regarding the reopening of schools. We are also awaiting additional guidance from the Alabama Department of Public Health and Governor’s office related to the current health order. Vestavia Hills City Schools will be evaluating these recommendations and guidance to determine necessary revisions to our reopening plan. We will communicate updates to the reopening plan to VHCS families and staff directly by email and on our website on Friday, July 31.

July 28, 2020 -- Hello, my name is Todd Freeman, Superintendent of Vestavia Hills City Schools. Today, I want to share with you some updates to our reopening plan. 

Today’s update is related to our remote instructional model. It has been our goal from the beginning to hold both the traditional and remote models to the same expectation of excellence in teaching in learning. Accordingly, we have determined that in order for our students and teachers participating in the remote learning option to have the true VHCS experience, we will be using a different content provider.

Edgenuity will be our content provider for grades 6-12 and Accelerate Education for kindergarten through fifth grade. We also have TeachTown and Unique Learning System for Pre-K. The courses and content available from these providers are robust and aligned with our expectations to make remote learning a success. All of the teachers in the remote learning option will be VHCS teachers who will lead our students through this learning experience.  

Students who are on remote learning will have a designated time to pick up Chromebooks. Each school will send out that information prior to the beginning of school.

In the coming days, I will share additional updates to our wellness and operations routine and enhanced procedures and precautions. I look forward to sharing with you again soon.

Todd Freeman, Ed.D.