• Hybrid Learning Plan

    Hybrid Learning paused due to spike in COVID infection rates

    Oct. 15, 2020

    We have been closely monitoring Snohomish County’s COVID-19 infection rates, which are tracked by the Snohomish Health District. This week, rates sharply increased from 54.3 per 100,000 to 71.8 per 100,000

    I led a Hybrid Learning discussion with our Board of Directors at their meeting last night, and it was decided that students in kindergarten through 12th-grade will continue in their current Distance Learning Model. At this time, we do not know when we will move forward with Phases 2-4 (see graphic below) of our Hybrid Learning Plan. This transition will be dependent on COVID-19 infection rates and guidance from the Snohomish Health District. We will continue to keep you updated as we receive guidance and information.

    Hybrid Learning Phases 2-4 paused

    Phases 2-4 of Hybrid Learning are paused due to a spike in COVID-19 infection rates.

    Hybrid Learning Phase I
    This week, small groups of high needs students returned to school for in-person instruction, and small groups of secondary students will return next week. This is Phase I of our Hybrid Learning Plan. These small groups of students can continue in-person learning following our District COVID Safety Plan and health and safety guidelines from the Snohomish Health District.

    Next Steps
    We have spent an incredible amount of time planning and preparing for the transition to Hybrid Learning, and—while this isn’t the news we had hoped for—we knew that this pause was a likely possibility. Our time and energies are not wasted. When it’s safe to do so, we will pick up where we left off and finalize our preparations for welcoming back our students.

    I’m extremely appreciative to our staff members for their unwavering dedication to our students. Their innovation, collaboration and flexibility have helped us navigate this uncertain time. I’m also incredibly grateful to you—our families—for your patience and partnerships this school year. I know there have been countless changes and challenges, and I thank you for working with us to support your children in their learning.

    Thank you to our K-5 families for completing the Parent Choice Form and selecting either Hybrid Learning or Distance Learning for your child. Even though things have paused, your feedback has allowed us to begin to finalize important logistics. Depending on when we can transition to Phase 2 and beyond, we may ask families to provide feedback again, as we know that your preferences may change depending on timing and infection rates.

    We know that Distance Learning can be challenging for many of our students and families. Please continue working with your child’s teacher and school if he or she needs academic or emotional support, or if your family is experiencing barriers to learning. We are here for you!

    Warm regards,

    Dr. Amy Beth Cook
    Superintendent

    Hybrid Learning Phase 2 & Phase 3 

    We are currently planning for a phased-in approach to bring students in kindergarten through second-grade to school for in-person learning two days a week in early November. If COVID-19 case counts remain steady or decline, we will consider bringing back third- through fifth-graders approximately three weeks later. 

    Hybrid Learning Schedule
    Fifty percent of students will attend school in-person on Monday and Tuesday, and the other 50 percent will attend school in-person on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a day for teacher collaboration and planning, and for thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the school between student groups.

    Table graphic of the hybrid learning model

    Hybrid Learning Model. Click the image to expand.

    Students will be divided into Cohort A and Cohort B, with Cohort A attending in-person on Monday and Tuesday, and Cohort B attending in-person instruction on Thursday and Friday. During the three days of at-home learning, students' schedules will be similar to what they were in Distance Learning—watching on- demand instructional videos and working on activities within Seesaw. Students will not have "live" sessions on these days. We anticipate that on the in-person days, students will be in a classroom with approximately 8-12 students.

    The school day for elementary students in the hybrid model will run from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Bus transportation will be provided; however, families who are able to transport their children are encouraged to do so in order to minimize the number of students on buses.

    Students will eat lunch in their classrooms, and attend recess with their classmates, to reduce exposure to other groups of students. Students will continue to have PE and music through the Distance Learning model of on-demand instructional videos.

    While we cannot accommodate specific schedule requests, our plan is that students in the same family will attend school in-person on the same days.

    Hybrid learning infographic

    Hybrid Learning Infographic. Click the image to expand or download the PDF version.

    Families who wish to stay in the Distance Learning model (Student Group D) will have that option. Depending on how many students stay in Distance Learning, students may end up changing classes, whether families choose the Hybrid Learning model or the Distance Learning model. We will do our very best to minimize this as we recognize the disruption that this may cause.

    We will continue to update you as plans are made, and as new information is received from health experts. We are excited to welcome our students back to our school buildings, but must ensure that their health and safety remain our top priority. We thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

    Hybrid Learning Infographic
    The Hybrid Learning infographic is also available in Spanish and Russian.


    Sept. 25, 2020

    Dear Lake Stevens School District families,

    COVID-19 transmission rates are declining throughout our state, and the possibility of in-person learning is getting closer. While this is great news, we are moving forward with caution as we know that rates fluctuate. The Snohomish Health District recently released the following guidance.

    We are currently planning for a phased-in approach to bring students back to school for in-person learning. We are tentatively planning to begin bringing back small groups of students beginning Oct. 12. We do not currently have a timeline for subsequent phases. The Health District has recommended we allow at least three weeks between each phase.

    If rates continue to decline, we plan to bring students back for in-person learning in the following order:

    • Small groups of students at all levels based on need, and preschoolers at the Early Learning Center—tentatively beginning Oct. 12
    • Students in kindergarten through second-grade in a Hybrid Learning model
    • Students in third- through fifth-grades in a Hybrid Learning model
    • Secondary students in a Hybrid Learning model.

    Families who wish to remain in the Distance Learning model may do so.

    Hybrid Learning Model
    When we return to school for in-person learning as part of the Hybrid Learning model, it will be necessary to socially distance our students. We are not able to meet the social distancing guidelines of six feet of separation if all of our students are on campus at once.

    Phased Hybrid Learning

    Phase 1 of Hybrid Learning

    We are currently planning for Phase 1 of our Hybrid Learning model. High needs students and preschool students will begin returning for small group, in-person instruction. Those families will be contacted by their teacher or a specialist from their school. We are also planning the logistics of Phase 2 of our Hybrid Learning model for students in kindergarten through second-grade to begin in-person learning two days a week. While we do not have a specific start date for Phase 2 of Hybrid Learning, we are reaching out to you now to allow our families and staff members time to plan. We anticipate that we will possibly make this transition to Phase 2 in early November. Families impacted by this change will receive an additional email with detailed information and a link to an important form that will help us in our planning.

    Hybrid Learning for secondary students (grades 6-12)
    At this time, it is not recommended that middle and high school students return to in-person learning. The Health District finds that teenage students:

    • Have higher rates of COVID-19 than younger children, and
    • Are probably more likely to spread COVID-19 if infected.

    We will continue to be in contact with the Health District, and if case counts continue to improve, we will consider bringing our secondary students back. Given the timing of the other phases, however, and the time needed between phases, it is unlikely that this will take place until sometime in January.

    We know that this is disappointing news for some of our secondary families. We have also heard many positives from secondary students who are thriving in Distance Learning. If your secondary student is struggling academically or emotionally, we are here to help. Please reach out to the administrative team or the counseling team at his or her school for guidance and support.

    Next steps
    We will continue to update you as plans are made, and as new information is received from health experts. In the meantime, we have included FAQs related to Hybrid Learning on our website. We are excited to welcome our students back to our school buildings, but must ensure that their health and safety remain our top priority. We thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

    Warm regards,

    Dr. Amy Beth Cook
    Superintendent