At a July 2nd Snoqualmie Valley School Board work session, preliminary information on the district’s fall reopening plan was presented. An announcement to families is expected on July 8th.
The district has said its goal is to reopen schools entirely, but state mandates for 6 feet of social distance may not allow for that so administrators have been examining hybrid options over the past month.
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The preliminary plan represents where the district is currently at, also taking into consideration current state safety protocol mandates, like social distance, face coverings and health screenings.
The district has previously stated it will be ‘nimble’ in its planning so as to respond quickly to changing conditions – meaning preparing a more robust remote learning model if schools close completely again and being prepared for conditions to improve and school returns to normal.
SVSD utilized surveys and committee work to gather input from parents and staff to create its reopening plan.
This is an overview of the preliminary plan discussed by the school board and Superintendent Manahan at the July 2nd work session, but as coronavirus conditions change, the plan could also change quickly.
Note: The plan could be slightly different on July 8th when the public announcement is made and change again before the board adopts a final reopening plan resolution in August.
The district stated earlier it wanted a preliminary plan announced in early July so parents could begin planning.
Overview of SVSD Preliminary 2020-21 Reopening Plan Discussed at 7/2 Work Session
- K-2nd grade students attend full-time, in-person school (if class sizes are small enough, could accommodate 6-foot distance rules).
- 3rd-12th grade students attend hybrid school model. Students will be split into two groups determined alphabetically. One group attends in-person school Monday, Thursday and every other Wednesday. The other group is Tuesday, Friday and every other Wednesday. Social distance can be maintained for in-person learning with these smaller groups of students.
- School start times will be pushed back slightly to allow for teacher planning time.
- Early release day will change to Wednesday.
- During remote learning days students will have access to teacher office hours to ask questions. Remote learning will be “blended or flipped,” where lessons are learned at home and then students attend in-person school for labs and applications, working with teachers to understand the lessons.
- During in-person learning days, middle and high school students will attend all classes. There will be no block schedules.
- All students and staff will wear face coverings, unless qualify for exemptions.
- Families can opt for full-time remote learning
The district still has many issues to work out. It hopes to encourage families to walk or drive kids to school to reduce bus ridership and increase social distance. It is still working out a lunch delivery system and how to do daily, required health screenings for in-person learning.
All of those details will be worked out by by August 13th when the school board is anticipated to pass a state mandated resolution containing its 2020-21 reopening plan.