• Hybrid In-Person Learning FAQ

    Elementary School

    Kindergarten, first- and second-graders will return to school for Hybrid In-Person Learning on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Elementary schools have communicated student cohort information to families. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders will return on Tuesday, March 2. Middle school students will return in mid-March. Cavelero Mid High School and Lake Stevens High School students will return following Spring Break. Students who wish to remain in Distance Learning will have that option. Additional information will be shared with families throughout the process.

    This is our ultimate goal, but we know this may not be possible in all cases. We are in the process of creating transportation routes so that we can keep students in the same family, at the same school, on the same school days. 

    We are not able to accommodate schedule requests. However, our top priority is to schedule siblings and members of the same household on the same day.

    This information has already been shared with elementary school families. Please contact your child's school for more information. Middle, mid high and high school families will receive this information prior to their child's return to school.

    As we have continued to plan and learn more, we have realized that changes were needed to our Hybrid In-Person Learning Model. In the half day model, elementary students are able to have in-person contact with their teacher four days each week. Daily contact supports our earliest learners who need consistency—particularly in learning key math and literacy concepts. Since students attend four days a week, teachers are able to provide immediate feedback to support learning.

    The half day schedule also eliminates the need for elementary students to eat meals at school. Our Food & Nutrition Services Department will continue its free weekly Wednesday Curbside Meal Kits for all children 18-years-old and younger.

    Schedule for elementary students

    Families have the option for their child(ren) to remain in Distance Learning. We value the relationships that our students have formed with their teachers, and are doing everything possible to maintain current teacher assignments. However, we need to balance staffing, and there is a possibility that students will be assigned to a different teacher for Hybrid In-Person Learning. Students who continue in the Distance Learning Model will almost certainly be placed with a different teacher. We are unable to accommodate requests for specific teachers.

    Meals

    Breakfast and lunch will not be served to Hybrid In-Person Learning students during the school day. Students should plan to eat at home before or after their a.m./p.m. class sessions.

    Our Nutrition Services Department will continue its free Five Day Meal Kits, which are distributed each Wednesday. Meal kits are available for any child aged 18-years-old or younger. They include a wide variety of meal and snack items, and milk. For questions, or more information about the meal kits, please call 425-335-1561.

    Middle School

    Middle school students will return in mid-March.

    Cavelero Mid High School and Lake Stevens High School students will return following Spring Break. Students who wish to remain in Distance Learning will have that option. Additional information will be shared with families throughout the process.

    This is our ultimate goal, but we know this may not be possible in all cases. We are in the process of creating transportation routes so that we can keep students in the same family, at the same school, on the same school days. 

    We are not able to accommodate schedule requests. However, our top priority is to schedule siblings and members of the same household on the same day.

    Middle school families will receive this information prior to their child's return to school.

    As we have continued to plan and learn more, we have realized that changes were needed to our Hybrid In-Person Learning Model. In the half day model, middle school students are able to have in-person contact with their teacher four days each week. Daily contact supports our earliest learners who need consistency—particularly in key math and literacy concepts. Since students attend four days a week, teachers are able to provide immediate feedback to support learning.

    The half day schedule also eliminates the need for middle school students to eat meals at school. Our Food & Nutrition Services Department will continue its free weekly Wednesday Curbside Meal Kits for all children 18-years-old and younger.

    Schedule for middle school students

    Families have the option for their child(ren) to remain in Distance Learning. We value the relationships that our students have formed with their teachers, and are doing everything possible to maintain current teacher assignments. However, we need to balance staffing, and there is a possibility that students will be assigned to a different teacher for Hybrid In-Person Learning. Students who continue in the Distance Learning Model will almost certainly be placed with a different teacher. We are unable to accommodate requests for specific teachers.

    Transportation

    Please login to e-Link to determine your child's bus stop location, pick-up and drop-off times, and bus number.

    Student health and safety to and from school is of the utmost importance!

    Masks: Students will wear masks while on the bus. Students who board the bus without a mask will be provided with one. Bus drivers will wear masks and PPE during their shift.

    Social distancing: Bus routes have been reworked to reduce the number of riders on each route. Students will sit with their siblings, if applicable, and maintain social distancing, whenever possible. Bus rides are typically short in duration.

    Cleaning: Buses will be cleaned and disinfected at least daily. Bus windows will be lowered to increase ventilation and air flow.

    Safety

    Masks are required for students, staff members and guests, per guidelines from the Washington State Department of Health. Please take a moment to review which types of masks are most effective, and how to properly wear them. There are certain exceptions for those who are medically unable to wear a mask. Those families should work through their school nurse.

    Our staff members will work with students who have difficulties wearing a mask. We know this is new for everyone! As an absolute last resort, we may have to exclude a student from school if they continually refuse to wear a mask and do not have a medical exception. If that were to happen, that student would resume his or her education through Distance Learning.

    We will follow the six-foot social distancing guidance as much as possible. This will become part of teacher/student daily routines. Desks and tables will be spaced apart, and close interactions will be limited. We will also coordinate moving through the hallways to minimize interactions with other classes. However, there may be short periods of time during the day when students are closer than six feet (i.e. passing each other in hallways or when an adult is helping a student individually with a task such as tying shoes, etc.), and during those times, students' masks mitigate exposure.

    The District will require daily health screenings and temperature taking for all staff, students and visitors that enter our buildings for 15 minutes or more. Students will be expected to be assessed at home by parents/guardians with a health attestation. If the student is missing their attestation, school staff members will assist the student in completing the attestation.

    We will follow state and local health directives, and our COVID-19 Safety Plan. This plan includes isolation, notification, and cleaning/disinfecting. If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in our schools, Lake Stevens School District nurses or health services staff members will personally contact any staff member or family who has been identified as a “close contact” to the infected person. Guidance will be given about isolation and following up with health care providers. Privacy laws do not allow us to share the person’s name.

    If staff are ill and unable to work, either in-person or at a distance, students will still be provided instruction. We will be working with building administrators to determine when different staff (either a guest teacher/substitute or other arrangement) is required.

    Classrooms and frequent touchpoints will be sanitized per Department of Health guidelines prior to each cohort of students. This practice will include a thoroughly balanced program of EPA registered disinfectants to provide a safe, sanitary, and healthy environment for all staff and employees.

    School schedules were developed to minimize the movement and interaction of students to the extent possible (cohort groupings, teachers moving classrooms rather than students moving, etc.) Protocols were developed for portions of the day when students need to move locations safely.