Superintendent Bahr Newsletter
OSPI Guidelines UPDATE
The health and safety of our Eatonville community comes first. As Eatonville School District plans for different school scenarios, we are committed to doing whatever it takes to protect our community’s health and ensure that every child can achieve to their highest level. We are committed to working with our schools, educators, parents, and community partners to provide equitable support for every student’s success, with proven and responsive solutions during this unprecedented time.
Today, the state provided guidance (OSPI Guidance) to school districts about how to safely
reopen schools in the fall.
Here are some things we want you to know:
- We want students back in the classroom. In-person relationships with teachers and friends is important for student success, which is why our primary goal is to bring students back to school, with new measures to protect health and safety.
- School will look different than it did before the pandemic. The health and safety of our community comes first, and we are adjusting the way school works so that we can protect health and safety while also providing the best possible environment for teaching and learning.
- Classrooms and schedules will change to accommodate social distancing
- Students and staff will be asked to wear face coverings
- We will expect students to stay home at the first sign of any symptoms, including cough, fever, and shortness of breath
- We are preparing for several different scenarios. The scenario we are working with currently is an in person, all who wish to attend are able to. However, this may not be attainable as we plan this summer due to restrictions and requirements: this however is our GOAL. The most likely scenario is a “hybrid model,” where students are in classrooms some of the time, and learning remotely some of the time. This allows for social distancing, and limits potential contacts if anyone were to test positive. We are also preparing for the possibility that we may have to move everybody to remote learning quickly, if our public health partners find a resurgence of infections. There is still uncertainty in this modelling.
- We want students back in the classroom, but we know we may have to use remote learning again. We will work with families and communities to ensure an equitable approach and respond to students’ needs. We’ve learned a lot about how to deliver remote learning well, and we’ll continue to adjust and improve over time.
- Nobody expects parents to take on the role of a classroom teacher. When we use remote learning, our teachers are still the skilled educators they have always been, and we are supporting them in bringing their skills online.
- We know that remote learning raises questions on childcare and food security, and we will have a plan in place to address those needs.
- We know there are gaps in equitable access to technology. We have made some progress and our goal is to have every student connected. See the options provided in our area.
- We will keep you updated as planning moves forward. Back-to-School planning efforts will be ongoing throughout the summer and our strategies may be adjusted and refined as we head into the school year. Clear and transparent decision-making is a priority for us, and we will provide regular updates to make sure you have the latest information.
- We are gathering your feedback in our survey. (PARENT survey) Thank for your continued engagement with us as we look at data to determine our plans.
Lastly, as we look at the end of the school year, we want to thank you so much for all that you do for your child and the efforts you go to make Eatonville such a wonderful place for children.
Again, I thank everyone in our Eatonville community for being a partner on this unprecedented journey. Without your good will, patience and willingness to adjust to change, none of our work at the district would be possible.
NEW from OSPI - 2020 Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction