Issaquah School District E-news

July 31, 2020

ISD School Board Approves Full Remote Start for 2020-21

Dear ISD Community,

Issaquah Schools will start the 2020-21 school year in a fully remote learning environment. At its meeting last night, the Issaquah School Board voted to accept the recommendation I made earlier this week that we begin the year remotely. This decision was not easy for me, and it was not easy for the Board, but, in light of the current high rates of COVID-19 infection in our county, it is the correct decision for the Issaquah School District.

We understand the hardship this places on many of our families and on the many students who struggle to learn outside of in-person classroom instruction. Please know that we are committed to ensuring that all of our students have the best chance to succeed as we start the school year in these less-than-ideal circumstances. That is especially true of our youngest learners, students receiving Special Education, English language learners and students from low-income families.

In the coming days and weeks, District staff will continue the work of planning out how we will operate in this remote learning environment. As I’ve mentioned in other recent messages, our Reopening and Reimagining Schools Committee has already been hard at work developing these complex plans, and we are committed to providing a more robust and effective online learning system than we were able to provide under the emergency circumstances of the closure that ended the past school year.

Many details are still unclear, but please know that we are committed to providing you with the information your family will need to be successful as soon as we are able.

Thank you for your patience as we work through the many complicated questions we now face as a school system, and thank you for your partnership as we work together to protect the health of our community and to ensure success for ISD students in the coming school year.


Superintendent Ron Thiele

Please Complete Required Online Verification August 7-13

Every summer, we need all ISD families to let us know if their students will be enrolled in our schools for the coming year by completing the Online Verification process. This important process helps us determine how many staff members we’ll need at each of our schools, and it gives you the chance to complete forms needed to start school.

This year, the Online Verification process will also ask families important questions about what type of learning environment they will want for their students when the District is able to transition out of a full remote setting. This information is crucial to help us assign staff and create schedules for the full school year, so we can maximize learning opportunities and minimize disruptions.

Here’s what to do: Between Friday, August 7 and Thursday, August 13, please log on to Family Access and complete the process for each of your students. Look for the prompt asking you to complete the Enrollment Verification Process (EVP) for elementary students, Back-to-School Check-In (BTSCI) for middle school students, or Registration Student Verification Process (RSVP) for high school students.

Please note that this year, only the family listed as Family 1 in Skyward will have access to complete this process.

If you need help completing the Online Verification Process, you can sign up to receive help from the District's Family Liaisons either in-person at the Administration Building or via Zoom. Help will be available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and Russian. Other languages will also be available if needed. Use this online form to sign up.

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Live Webinar and Q&A: Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World

As parents, we must actively make choices about technology for our children. This may seem overwhelming as our dependence on screens has increased during the pandemic. While the effects of screen time differ at each point of development, real changes to the brain, relationships, and personal lives are well documented.

Join award-winning author Doreen Dodgen-Magee as she explores these changes and offers a realistic look at how we can better use technology and break away from the bad habits we’ve formed.

  • When: Thursday, Aug. 13, 7 – 8:15 p.m.
  • How to attend: Register here to receive a video conference link 24 hours before the event.

For caregivers of grades K-12 in the Issaquah School District. Access is limited to 750 participants.

Doreen Dodgen-Magee is a psychologist with 25 years of experience who has traveled the globe researching and speaking about the effects of technology. She is the author of “Deviced! Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World.”