Roadmap to Learning
Issue #3 - September 24, 2020
In-person learning message from Supt. Kultgen
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.
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.
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
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.
- Click here to download the Technology Protection Plan/Opt Out Form (English)
- Click here to download the Technology Protection Plan/Opt Out Form (Spanish)
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
- Pay online - These fees can be paid on-line though our district’s TouchBase online payment system (all transaction fees are $0 and have been waived.
- Mail a check - Checks can be mailed through USPS directly to your child’s school. (Note: Because our buildings are closed to the public, we are not able to accept cash payments at this time.) Click here to be redirected to all school mailing addresses, phone numbers and fax numbers (www.sno.wednet.edu/ourschools).
- Payment must be received by Friday, September 25.
- After Friday, September 25, the $30/device fee will be automatically added to student accounts of those families who have not completed and returned the opt out form or paid the fee online or by check. That fee will be visible in student accounts in mid- to late-October.
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.
- Mail, scan, or fax form - Complete and return a Technology Protection Plan/Opt Out Form to their child’s school. These forms can also be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the school. In opting out of the Technology Protection Plan, the family will accept full responsibility for any cost related to damage, loss, or theft. Replacement cost of a district laptop is $515.
- Click here to download the Technology Protection Plan/Opt-Out Form (English)
- Click here to download the Technology Protection Plan/Opt Out Form (Spanish)
- Click here to be redirected to all school mailing addresses, phone numbers and fax numbers (www.sno.wednet.edu/ourschools).
- Complete the form in Skyward/Family Access or mail, scan, or fax the form to your child’s school by Friday, September 25.
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
- District re-opening information and resources – sno.wednet.edu/reopening
- Food service - sno.wednet.edu/reopening/foodservice
- Childcare options - sno.wednet.edu/reopening/childcare
- Computers, Laptops & Devices - Technology - sno.wednet.edu/reopening/devices
- Re-opening FAQs (and answers) – sno.wednet.edu/reopening/faqs
- Student schedules - sno.wednet.edu/reopening/schedules
- Family education – sno.wednet.edu/reopening/familyeducation
- Virtual town hall recordings - sno.wednet.edu/reopening/virtualtownhalls
- Key contacts – sno.wednet.edu/reopening/keycontacts
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.