As we enter the third week of the school closure, the district’s food service program and childcare program (providing child care for first responders and healthcare workers) are in full swing. I’m so proud of the ways our staff has stepped up to meet the needs of kids and families in our community! Below is a quick picture of the daily drill our foodservice crew undertakes in order to meals prepped and packed for delivery to hundreds of kids each day.
One of the significant challenges we face is how to continue the work of teaching and learning when the doors to our schools are closed. Teachers are finding creative ways to communicate with students while also going about the work of preparing paper packets and delivering learning resources in online platforms. As much as possible, teachers are using digital tools that are familiar to students and families in our district. Teachers continue to construct opportunities for students to review prior learning while also providing tools and activities for enrichment – although our schools are closed and are not providing traditional in-person instruction, we recognize that education must continue.
The resources and activities being provided are not intended to replace daily classroom instruction and will not be graded. When students return to school, teachers will continue to build on the learning that was occurring prior to the extended closure. We will continue to update and provide guidance throughout the closure.
DPSD CHROMEBOOKS @HOME PROGRAM
(Chromebook checkout program)
We’re really excited to share that we’re ready to begin checking out Chromebooks to families for students to use at home. If you have wireless Internet available and have students who would benefit from using these devices to continue their learning at home, please click on the following link check out a device: CHROMEBOOK @HOME PROGRAM. A huge thanks to our IT staff for their effort in getting these devices configured and prepped for distribution to students!
Staff at Deer Park High School Continue to get guidance from OSPI and Washington’s State Board of Education regarding graduation requirements for this year’s seniors. While we’re not engaged in what we would call “basic education” during the closure, we do have an obligation to make sure that seniors are tracking toward graduation – OSPI’s current direction is that districts must make a good faith effort to ensure that seniors who were on track to graduate receive their diploma. That said, actual graduation requirements and whether seniors have met those requirements is still a determination made by local school districts. At this time, we’re considering proceeding with a pass/fail approach, but are planning to take more time and seek additional guidance before making final decisions. We want our young people to get the diploma they’ve earned!