2020-2021 Planning Process

Your Voice Matters

Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

During the months of May and June, Upper Arlington Schools is embarking on a three-phase rapid-design process to create a plan for the 2020-2021 school year. To do that, we’re going to do what we always do in UA — we will be gathering as much feedback as possible from our students, families and staff. Your voice matters! 

Based on what the governor's office has shared with all of us, we know that the 2020-2021 school year will look different than school years of the past. Like all other school districts in Ohio, we will work within the framework of guidelines from state and local health officials for the fall. We've all seen what a fluid situation this has been, and we will need to continue to be as flexible as possible.

Our planning and engagement process will feel very familiar. We will look at this challenge through the lens of continuous improvement, the foundational element of our new strategic plan, to come up with an innovative plan for our schools.  The safety and well-being of our staff, our students and our community will be a top priority in our final plans. And, as always, we will be guided by our belief that All Means All in UA, our mission to challenge and support every student, every step of the way, and our values — Start with Heart, Strength in Team and Contagious Drive.

This process is divided into three phases, and it will move quickly, culminating in a recommendation from Superintendent Paul Imhoff, Ed.D., to the Board of Education in July.


Late May to early June
Data phase logoThe data phase started with a focus on the distance teaching and learning experience for the current school year. During the first week (May 19-26), we asked current families, students and staff about their experiences with distance teaching and learning. We wanted to know what worked, what didn’t work and what ideas you have for any distance teaching and learning that might be needed in the future. 

During the second week (May 26 to June 2), the data phase continued with another feedback and input opportunity focused more directly on the upcoming school year. 

And although this is a rapid design process, we also conducted in 21 focus groups for staff, students and families. Your voice matters, and we are doing everything we can to get a wide range of data.

Phase two: Design Phase

Mid- to early July
Design Phase logoThe data phase is followed by the design phase. We are using all of the feedback we gather during the data phase to design possible prototypes for the 2020-2021 school year and any future distance learning needs. We are considering all facets of our school district in the design process — both the teaching and learning experience and day-to-day operations such as transportation and food services. We are also seeking out local experts in the public health fields to provide their professional feedback on these prototypes. By the end of the design phase, we will hone in on plan to recommend to the Board of Education.

Phase three: Decisions Phase

Decisions Phase logoThe process will wrap up with a recommendation from Superintendent Paul Imhoff, Ed.D., to the Board of Education for the 2020-2021 school year. 
The recommendation will be informed by all of the feedback collected throughout this process — from families, students, staff and local experts.
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