Roadmap to Learning

Issue #3 - September 24, 2020

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In-person learning message from Supt. Kultgen

Dear Community,


As we continually adjust to our changing world, I am fully aware of the tension educational adjustments have on our students, staff and their families. It has been my goal for the district to be flexible throughout this time in order to shift and adjust to best meet the needs of our community and students.


Two weeks ago, the Snohomish Health District, under the direction of Dr. Chris Spitters, announced that school districts can begin planning to slowly bring back elementary students to in-person instruction. He noted that as there is a consistent downward trend in infection rates, the district can begin to bring our younger students back in gradual waves for in-person instruction.


At last night’s School Board meeting (September 23, 2020), the direction was given to have students return:

  • Pre K – 2nd Grade: The week of Monday, October 26, students will return in-person, every day.
  • 3rd – 6th Grade: Mid to late-November (date TBD) students will return in-person instruction using our hybrid model (combination of in-person and remote learning – ABAB A/B).
  • Students can also choose to stay online with 100% distance learning or to continue their enrollment in our Parent Partnership Program.


The next step in the process to returning our students to in-person instruction is for each family to indicate if their child(ren) will return or stay online through 100% distance learning or continue with our Parent Partnership Program. Your responses will help us identify staff, classroom and scheduling needs as we prepare to welcome some students for in-person learning and continue to maintain online classes. Decisions made will be maintained through Friday, January 29, 2021 (end of the first semester).


Dr. Spitters has also indicated he will provide further guidance for our middle and high school students in the weeks ahead should health and safety benchmarks be met. As soon as the district knows more details, we will share them with our middle and high school families.


A Virtual Town Hall will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29. The topics will be the information necessary to make the decision of in-person instruction or continuing with 100% distance learning or our Parent Partnership Program.


Beginning Wednesday September 30, all elementary families will have the ability to indicate their choice though a form in Skyward/Family Access. Please watch for more information about access to this form in the coming days.


I know the timeline for this work may be too slow for some and too fast for others. It is important to understand that this timeline could be adjusted as we follow the Snohomish Health District recommendation to bring staff and students back safely.


Thank you very much for taking the time to stay engaged and review this information. These are important decisions and your partnership is appreciated as we work towards providing additional learning options/opportunities for our students.


Kent

Health & safety priorities

When students and staff return to school during for in-person instruction, the health and safety of our learning community is our utmost priority. Below are some of the many areas of our focus. Please watch for more information in the coming weeks on each of these items.

  • Cleaning: Cleaning and sanitizing efforts will focus on high-use touch point areas such as door handles, faucets, and railings.
  • COVID-19 reporting and closure protocols: Our COVID-19 reporting and closure protocols are coordinated with the Snohomish Health District.
  • Student drop-off and pick-up: We will provide drop-off, pick-up and entry/exit points that create adequate physical distancing for students as they enter/leave buildings and schools.
  • Masks: Students, staff, and all individuals in our schools and facilities will wear masks.
  • Physical distancing: Classrooms and common spaces, including cafeterias, are being reconfigured to provide six feet of physical distance between all persons.
  • Handwashing: We will require and provide opportunities for students and staff to wash or sanitize hands multiple times throughout the day.
  • Cohorts: We will create cohorts or smaller groups of students with dedicated staff who will remain together throughout the day, including at recess and lunch.
  • COVID-19 screening: We will conduct daily health screenings of students and staff, which will include daily attestation to being free of any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Meals: Our spaces and breakfast/lunch schedules must be reconfigured to provide eating spaces that provide six feet of physical distance.
  • Busing: Health mitigation strategies such as masks, hand hygiene, frequent cleaning, and maximum air circulation are necessary when riders cannot follow the physical distancing guidelines on buses.
  • Visitors and volunteers: Visitors during the school day will be strictly limited to only emergency needs or contracted agency staff who work directly with students for educational purposes. Volunteers will not be allowed.
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Re-Opening 2020-2021 Roadmap to Learning - Virtual Town Hall

Tuesday, Sep. 29th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device. Please click this URL to join. https://snohomishsd.zoom.us/j/97298626607?pwd=RjFxVWRmaVV5TXl2UnFwQ1lJSlUrQT09

Passcode: 987232


Or join by phone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592

Webinar ID: 972 9862 6607


International numbers available: https://snohomishsd.zoom.us/u/aC5nNdBFY


The Virtual Town Hall will be recorded and available on the district's YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/snohomishschooldistrict) within 24 hours of the live event.

Technology Protection Plan information

This reminder is for those who checked out a Snohomish School District laptop during your child’s school deployment days. At the time you picked up the laptop, you should have also received information about the Technology Protection Plan/Opt Out Form.


Due to the high replacement cost of a laptop, a Technology Protection Plan has been put into place to protect families financially in the event a laptop is damaged, lost or stolen. The standard enrollment fee for the Technology Protection Plan cost is $30. Students eligible for the free/reduced lunch program will be assessed a fee of $15.


How to pay the $30 fee


Opt-out info and process

Families have the option to opt out of the Technology Protection Plan. To opt out, the family will need to:

  • Online form in Skyward/Family Access - Review and click the opt out button available in each student’s Skyward/Family Access account (this form available in the online forms section of Skyward/Family Access). This form will only be available in the parent’s/guardian’s Skyward/Family Access account (available in the browser version… not the mobile app) through Friday, September 25. This form is student specific and must be completed for each child opting out of the protection plan.

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Note: In order for the district to make an online form in Skyward/Family Access, it had to be turned on district-wide. However, only those who received a device will need to opt out of the protection plan. Those who did not receive devices can ignore the form and will not be charged.

Roadmap to Learning quick links

Non-Discrimination Notice

The Snohomish School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator and ADA – Darryl Pernat, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7285, darryl.pernat@sno.wednet.edu; Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7314, shawn.stevenson@sno.wednet.edu.

Our mission

The Snohomish School District, in its commitment to excellence, places the success of each student at the center of all decisions and actions. Partnerships and strong academic programs ensure competent, responsible, lifelong learners.