• School Reopening Workgroup

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  • Update for July 29, 2020

    Posted by Lake Stevens School District on 7/29/2020

    Dear Lake Stevens School District families,

    This afternoon, the Snohomish County Health District made a recommendation that schools should not reopen for in-person learning this fall due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our area. Tonight, the Lake Stevens School District Board of Directors held an emergency meeting where they supported this recommendation in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our students and staff members.

    We will begin the 2020-21 school year with distance learning only, on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Detailed information will be shared in the coming weeks to assist with this transition.

    What will distance learning look like?
    During the emergency school closure last spring, we learned a great deal about the successes and challenges related to distance learning. While our staff did an excellent job of moving to this new way of instruction with little opportunity for preparation, we know that many improvements are needed when we return to distance learning in the fall. Your feedback, and the feedback from our staff members and students, has been critical in this process.

    This fall’s distance learning will be high-quality and consistent with explicit expectations and accountability for teaching and learning. We will continue to provide professional learning opportunities to our staff members, and will also explore learning opportunities for our families to better understand this learning model.

    Distance learning this fall will include:

    • A Learning Management System that provides consistency in the sharing and organizing of assignments and assessments; providing feedback; sharing content; and communicating with students and families
    • Daily student connections with teachers
    • Live and recorded teaching lessons using robust video tools
    • Small group instruction
    • Engagement and assignment expectations
    • Daily student attendance
    • More traditional grading system at all grade levels

    We know that distance learning cannot fully meet the needs of all of our students. We are working to identify how to provide an appropriate continuum of services for students who receive special education and other important interventions.

    When will students physically return to school?
    In partnership with the Snohomish County Health District, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 infection data, and will reevaluate our School Reopening Plan to determine when it is safe to move to the next learning model. The School Reopening Plan—created by our School Reopening Workgroup— needs to be approved by the Board of Directors, and tentatively includes three learning models:

    • Distance learning at home
    • Hybrid learning that includes a combination of in-person and distance learning
    • Complete in-person learning for all students

    We are extremely grateful to our School Reopening Workgroup for their dedication and perseverance to create guidance around In-Person Instruction, Online Learning, and Operations. This important work will be utilized right away, and will be especially important when we can transition to in-person learning.

    Additional resources and information

    Chromebooks
    All students will have the opportunity to check out a Chromebook as part of our 1:1 program. Wifi hotspots will also be available on an as-needed basis. Additional information will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

    Meals
    We will continue to offer meals to our students during the school week, and are in the process of refining this plan.

    Childcare
    We are also working with our community partners and childcare providers to help support families during this unique time. Additional information will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

    We know that you likely have numerous questions. While we don’t have all the answers at this moment, please know that we are working extremely hard to best serve our students.

    This is a challenging time for everyone, and I ask that you continue to show compassion and grace to one another, and to our amazing district staff members. While this isn’t what we had hoped for, we look forward to the return to school, and the opportunity to virtually reconnect with our students, staff and families.

    Warm regards,

    Dr. Amy Beth Cook
    Superintendent

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  • Update for July 7, 2020

    Posted by Lake Stevens School District on 7/7/2020 12:10:00 PM

    Dear Lake Stevens School District families,

    I’m reaching out to you today to provide you with information related to the return to school this September. We have a School Reopening Workgroup made up of educators, nurses, school support staff, and parents. They began meeting last month to create important recommendations in three areas—Operations, Health & Safety; In-Person Instruction; and Online Instruction. We also have groups focused on student meals and transportation, and we will have a student focus group. These groups will present their findings to our Administrative Team in early August.

    While there are still a great deal of unknowns, we do have certainty in the following areas:

    Return to school
    We are planning to welcome students and staff members back to our schools this September. Our In-Person Instructional workgroup is exploring what school schedules will look like. This may be a combination of in-person and online learning, or a phased-in reopening by grade level or geographic region. We are also exploring an online learning only option for those families who do not feel safe sending their children to school.

    Your input will be an essential part of this process. A family survey will be conducted later this summer to gain important feedback on these proposed scenarios for the return to school. We feel that it’s important for families to fully understand what the school year could look like so they are able to confidently share their insights.

    Detailed information about school schedules will be shared once our Board of Directors adopts a recommendation in mid-August. This will also allow us to review and understand current pandemic rates and updated guidance from the Washington State Department of Health.

    Screening
    Students, staff members and visitors will receive a health screening before entering a school or district office. This is a requirement from the Washington State Department of Health. Our Operations, Health & Safety Workgroup is creating a process for these screenings to ensure they meet the requirements in a consistent and welcoming manner.

    Masks and face coverings
    Masks and face coverings are a requirement for all students and staff members. There are certain health exemptions available, and more information will be shared before we return to school. This is a requirement from the Washington State Department of Health and is not a local Lake Stevens School District decision.

    Physical distancing
    Physical distancing will be required. Our In-Person Instructional and Operations, Health & Safety Workgroups are creating processes to meet these requirements, while also maintaining fun and engaging teaching and learning spaces for students.

    Additional information about these requirements, and other important considerations, can be found in the Reopening Washington Schools FAQ document from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

    We know that this is a lot to process. As you work through your hopes and fears for the upcoming year, please remember that you help determine your child’s attitude. We ask that you partner with us to set your child up for success by being positive, and being mindful of how attuned children are to adults’ feelings. They are watching your reactions and will respond accordingly. Our students’ health and social emotional needs are extremely important to us.

    I look forward to providing you with additional updates and information as we work through this process. The health and safety of our students and staff members is of utmost importance, and we look forward to returning to school this fall.

    Warm regards,

    Dr. Amy Beth Cook
    Superintendent

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  • Update for July 1, 2020

    Posted by Lake Stevens School District on 7/1/2020 2:00:00 PM

    We are hard at work on a plan to safely return to school this September. A School Reopening Workgroup made up of educators, nurses, school support staff, and parents has been meeting since June to create important recommendations in three areas—Operations, Health & Safety; In-Person Instruction; and Online Instruction. We also have groups focused on student meals and transportation, and a student focus group. These groups will present their findings to our Administrative Team in early August.

    Workgroup representation

    A graphic showing the workgroup representation.

    A family survey will be conducted later this summer to gain important feedback on the proposed scenarios for the return to school. This information will help the Administrative Team present a final recommendation to the Board of Directors at their Aug. 12 meeting. Once a reopening plan is adopted by the Board, it will be submitted to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and reviewed by the Snohomish Health District.

    There are many important decisions that need to be made in a short amount of time, using ever-changing science and data. While we will be moving quickly, we are working thoroughly to ensure that all of our students and programs are well-represented.

    School Reopening Workgroup Timeline

    • June 29: First School Reopening Workgroup meeting
    • July 1-31: Subgroups meet and plan. Submit findings to Administrative Team by July 31.
    • August 3-7: Administrative Team reviews findings. Creates final recommendation for Board of Directors.
    • August 12: Board of Directors reviews recommendation.
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