• Hybrid In-Person Learning Plan

    Jan. 21, 2021

    Dear Lake Stevens School District families,

    Last night our Board of Directors reviewed and discussed the proposed Elementary Hybrid In-Person Learning Model. We are moving forward with this model.

    If you followed our planning over the summer, you can see that this is a shift. As we have continued to plan and to learn more, we realized that changes were needed. In this 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.

    We know that our youngest and highest need learners benefit the most from a classroom setting. The Snohomish Health District also states that bringing in the youngest and highest need learners must be a district’s first priority. Students will be placed into a morning (a.m.) or an afternoon (p.m.) cohort and will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, students will continue with Distance Learning from home. Cleaning and disinfecting will take place between student cohort groups.

    Transition to Hybrid In-Person Learning
    The transition to Hybrid In-Person Learning will first begin with kindergarten through second-grade students, and will depend on case transmission rates, and our ability to safely staff schools. Following guidance from the Snohomish Health District, there will be a two to three week buffer before we add additional grades to Hybrid In-Person Learning. Once we have a firm date for the return of K- 2 students, we will be better able to determine when 3-5 students and our secondary students may return to school. As this time approaches, secondary families will also have the opportunity to make a choice between Hybrid In-Person Learning and Distance Learning.

    Please refer to our Hybrid In-Person Learning FAQ for more information.

    Tomorrow, families of students in kindergarten through fifth-grade will receive an Elementary Hybrid In-Person Learning Family Choice Form asking them to choose either Hybrid or Distance Learning. It is important that each elementary family complete this form. Once we have the results of the survey and know how many changes we need to make to student and teacher assignments, we will give a specific date. We last surveyed elementary families in October, and we know that preferences have likely changed.

    Results of the Elementary Parent Choice survey will be shared with all families on Friday, Jan. 29.

    We look forward to welcoming our students back to our schools, and thank you for your continued partnership as we work through this process.

    Warm regards,

    Dr. Amy Beth Cook