As you’re aware, Washington’s Governor and the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) have made the decision to continue the emergency closure of school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This was disappointing news, but was done with the best intent to protect public health in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ongoing guidance and directives from state and federal govt. officials has resulted in continued revisions of our plans for ongoing education during the school closure. We know that these changes have been confusing and frustrating. When school closures were announced initially , our goal – based on guidance from OSPI – was to deepen, strengthen, and enrich students’ prior learning from this school year. Now that the emergency closure has been extended for the remainder of the school year, and based on the newest guidance from OSPI, our goals have shifted. Teachers are now working to plan and provide new learning for students.

Here’s what you can expect – no matter the age of your child:

  • All students will be provided with equal access to opportunities and materials for ongoing learning. Even amidst this difficult situation, we are committed to the work of reducing barriers that may prevent students from engaging in ongoing learning. Your child’s teacher needs to know if your student is unable to access the lessons that are being provided. Teachers want to work with you to ensure that we’re creating learning opportunities that are accessible and beneficial for your child.
  • All teachers will maintain routine and regular communication with their students via email, phone calls, and through digital platforms. Starting Monday, April 20th, all teachers will be provided with a unique phone extension (a new phone number to be used off-site) for students and/or parents to use to communicate with teachers. Each teacher will reach out and share their individual phone number, allowing student and parents to talk with their teacher between the hours of 8:00am and 3:30pm.
    • Teachers are aware of the expectation to communicate with families, but we also expect students to make a “good faith effort” to participate in ongoing learning and encourage parents to reach out with questions.
    • Each building will be tracking which students are engaging in the learning opportunities provided by their teacher.
  • Teachers will provide ongoing feedback on student work to support their growth.
    • Feedback from your child’s teacher(s) will be provided in a variety of ways and both verbally (phone calls, Google Meet/Zoom meetings) and in written form (email, Google Classroom, Remind, Seesaw, or Class Dojo).

QUESTIONS?

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Requests for additional support?

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DPE

Russ Lodge

Arcadia

Lori Burke

DPMS

Tim Olietti

DPHS

Joe Feist

Home Link

Molly Murphy

Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

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Information for All Families

How are schools (kids) making up lost instructional time?

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Does "continuous learning" mean NEW learning? Is all the instruction online?

On Monday, March 23, 2020 the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) updated its position on delivery of educational services during the mandated school closure. When the Governor closed the doors to schools for the rest of the year, OSPI’s guidance was updated, reflecting the fact schools must work to ensure that learning – to include new learning – continues throughout the rest of the closure.

Principals and teachers have been working consistently on our continuous learning plan over the last couple weeks (plans we plan to stick with for the remainder of the school year). Additionally, embedded in this work is a plan to ensure that students who need devices get them. As a district, teachers plan to use a variety of tools and approaches, to include printed learning materials, phone contact with teachers, email with teachers, technology-based virtual instruction, other digital platforms/tools (Seesaw/Class Dojo) or some combination of the aforementioned to meet student needs.

Principals are sending information to families via SchoolMessenger (phone) and email and have also posted information on their building websites. Thanks in advance for your flexibility and patience as we get this new system figured out and dialed in!

When can I pick up my child’s school supplies/instrument/belongings at the schools?

Answered, April 13:  The current “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order from Governor Inslee is in place through May 4, and we have not plans to reconsider opening buildings until that time. At some point we will allow entry back into our school buildings, but at this time they remain closed. That being said, if you have a specific need (i.e. – medical necessity) to pick up an something from the school, please contact your principal who can work with families on a case by case basis. Please continue reading your email and checking our website for updates on access to school buildings.

Information for Elementary Families

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