Roadmap to Learning

Issue #1 - August 14, 2020

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Learning model selection communication

Families –

We are asking every district family to access their Skyward/Family Access accounts between Friday, August 14, and Thursday, August 20, to indicate which learning model you select for each child in your household as we kick off the 2020-2021 school year.

Parents/guardians will need to login to Skyward/Family Access through the parent/guardian account (not the student account), and will need to make a choice for each child in the household.

The choices available in Skyward/Family Access are:

  • My student will participate in 100% online instruction offered through my student's home/traditional school. (offered for students in grades pre K-12)
  • My student will participate in the district’s Parent Partnership Program. (offered for students grades K-10)
  • My student will take all their classes offered through Apex Online Learning. (offered for students grades 7-12)
  • My student will participate in online instruction offered through my student's home/traditional school partnered with some Apex Online Learning (offered for students grades 7-12)
  • My student is registered with Running Start. (offered for students in grades 11-12)

Roadmap to Learning quick links

Laptops and school supplies

The district will have devices available for any student who needs them. Electronic tablets will be available for students in grades pre K-kindergarten, and laptops will be available for students in grades 1-12. These devices will be distributed during the Welcoming Start (September 9-11), if not sooner. Please watch for more details and communication.

We have received inquiries from families who are interested in purchasing their own devices for their child(ren). The majority of laptops used in the Snohomish School District are manufactured by Dell and have Intel i5 processors or better. They have 8GB RAM and a 128GB solid state hard drive. The pre K-kindergarten tablets are Samsung Galaxy 8" 32GB tablets.

Click here for a list of suggested school supplies that will be helpful for our elementary-aged students (grades pre-K-6) to have at home or where they access their learning.

Snohomish High School and Glacier Peak High School students may consider purchasing a USB thumb drive, pencils, pens, notebook, loose-leaf paper, and a three-ringed binder. Other supplies may be requested or required by individual teachers after the start of classes.

Family education series

We are excited to share we will be providing a series of family education Zoom sessions for those looking to learn more about a variety of topics. Upcoming topics and sessions include Canvas and Zoom Orientation, Seesaw K-3, Migrant and ELL Parent Night, Academic Behavior and Support and more. Click the links below to learn more:

Roadmap to Learning FAQs

Through our Roadmap to Learning communication, we will routinely share some of the more frequently asked questions (and answers) regarding our district's re-opening efforts. A complete list of questions (and answers) can be found at Please check the FAQs page on a regular basis as new questions and answers are routinely added.

Is the first day of school still Wednesday, September 9?

Yes. The first day of the school year in the Snohomish School District is Wednesday, September 9. Other important dates for the 2020-2021 school year can be found by clicking here.

What is Welcoming Start?

The district is introducing “Welcoming Start” for the 2020-2021 school year. Welcoming Start is the first three days of school in which we build relationships, create community, and ensure students and families have the resources necessary to be successful.

All students and families will have time on Wednesday, September 9 through Friday, September 11 to pick-up their devices, remotely access their classes and programs, become familiar with the online model and ask questions for clarification.

Our schools are planning virtual welcome and transition activities for students and families.

When will teacher assignments and student schedules be available?

Skyward/Family Access will be open for viewing teacher assignments, student schedules, food service information and other important information beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 3. Please note that individual teacher assignments and student schedules may be subject to change up through the first week of school.

When school starts on September 9 what will school in the Snohomish School District look like?

Based on the health district’s knowledge of current health data, the Snohomish Health District recommended on July 29, 2020 that all districts begin the year with remote learning and phase into in-classroom instruction throughout the 2020-2021 school year as conditions improve.

Students and families will choose between one of these three instructional models:

  • 100% Online Instruction - The online schedule will consist of daily, live instruction and learning between the student and district teachers. Teachers will be available to students and families every day.
  • Apex Online Learning - The Apex Online Learning academic curriculum provides online, standards-based courses in math, science, English, social studies, world languages, electives, and advanced placement for grades 7 through 12. This model is geared toward student independent work and is self-paced with limited teacher support.
  • Parent Partnership Program - This district program is for students in grades K-10 partners with families who want their students to experience learning from home while partnered with school-offered classes and programs.

When will we be able return to in-classroom instruction? What are the indicators?

Our staged Re-Opening 2020-2021/Roadmap to Learning plan will be determined by the impacts of a changing COVID-19 pandemic, available resources, direction from Snohomish Health District, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Governor Jay Inslee. At this time, we do not have a definitive timeline when in-classroom instruction will be allowed under the state guidelines. Click here to be redirected to the Re-Opening Decision Tree (Washington State Department of Health).

Skyward/Family Access login help

Have your forgotten your parent/guardian Skyward/Family Access login ID or password? Are you new to Snohomish School District and do not know your login ID and password? Please follow these steps to receive an e-mail with your login ID/password information and a link to update or set up your Skyward/Family Access account.

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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,; Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7314,

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.