Jon Holmen, Superintendent
Return to College Replace – July 23, 2020
Expensive Lake Washington Employees, Households, and Neighborhood,
Over the past week I’ve been actively engaged with a lot of entities as we consider our plans for varsity within the fall. As you understand, we’ve been actively working by the small print of growing distant studying and a hybrid mannequin. We additionally requested households to point their choice for which mannequin their little one would study in to start out the 12 months. I do know the period of time and concerns every household has gone by to guage which mannequin is greatest for his or her little one given the quantity of knowledge supplied and questions that, at instances, we weren’t in a position to reply.
At this time, I’m asserting that Lake Washington college students might be beginning the 2020-21 faculty 12 months studying in a completely distant setting.
Which means all college students might be positioned within the faculty they have been initially planning to attend within the fall and study from the lecturers at that faculty. For instance, in case you are an Eastlake Excessive College scholar that was within the full-remote possibility, you’ll not be pulled right into a separate faculty with college students from throughout the district however you’ll proceed to be positioned at Eastlake and might be taught by Eastlake lecturers. One other instance can be a scholar attending a selection faculty. The selection faculty scholar might be positioned within the selection faculty and might be taught by the lecturers from their particular selection faculty.
This resolution is being made after a radical evaluation of accessible stories and native fashions. Moreover, I’ve hung out discussing the present state of our neighborhood and county with the King County Division of Well being. Given this and the restricted steerage districts have acquired associated to re-opening faculty within the fall; it was determined to start out the college 12 months in a distant mannequin.
As a mother or father, I anticipate you’ll want to perceive what distant instructing and studying will appear like for the 2020-21 faculty 12 months. As a district we discovered a big quantity about distant instructing and studying final spring.
Modifications you will note this 12 months in LWSD Distant Instructing and Studying:
· The usage of Microsoft Classroom Groups as the only Studying Administration System
· Synchronous/Stay Instruction balanced all through the week and ranging by age of the scholar
· Every day attendance
· Typical grading follow
· Alternative for entire and small group experiences
Moreover, we’ve some college students in our district that can require in-person studying. This in-person studying will permit us to higher plan for returning extra college students to in-person instruction.
One other subject I anticipate you could have questions on is how and once we may have college students return to in-person studying and experiences. At the beginning, this isn’t the mannequin we choose as a district. I do know that our expert employees working with college students in-person is the perfect and only mannequin. We’re regularly striving to make that occur and can proceed specializing in that concentrate on with a collective urgency. To that finish, we’ve some particular information components that we’ll consider through the full distant studying to assist information our resolution making about when to start out phasing college students again into in-person instructing and studying. These information components together with our collaboration with King County Well being will assist information our subsequent steps and selections. We all know that colleges are a part of the neighborhood effort to gradual the unfold of the virus. We additionally know that the fashions commissioned by King County Public Well being state that colleges re-opening when the transmission charges are over 1.0 will result in speedy growth of the virus inside our neighborhood. This information level might be one of many elements that we consider all through the autumn as we steadiness our alternative to have college students return to in-person instruction and experiences.
We additionally know there are households that will want assist for his or her faculty aged youngsters resulting from required work tasks that can not be accomplished at dwelling. We’re at present discussing choices with our little one care companions and can present an replace in early August.
I hope you’ll be able to be part of me tonight at 6:00 p.m. for our Groups Stay Occasion associated to the Return to College Process Power. The aim and format of the occasion will shift given this resolution. I’ll present higher context and details about the rationale for the choice in addition to a extra particular description of the distant tutorial mannequin. Moreover, since that is all new info, we won’t be holding a dwell query and reply session through the occasion, however we are going to observe up with a Ok-12 Perception survey to assemble questions associated to this variation.
I can not thanks sufficient for persevering with to be engaged on this work with us. We’re dedicated to offering your little one with a constructive and significant faculty expertise this 12 months. Our sole focus over the following six weeks might be to additional develop our programs, present coaching for employees, and be certain that all college students and households are linked to their faculty/classroom/trainer to start studying on the primary day of faculty.
Dr. Jon Holmen