Planning for the 2020-21 School Year
The uncertainty for next school year is stressful and there are still a lot of unknowns. The Sedro-Woolley School Distrist is working diligently to provide answers and details in collaboration with educators and school leaders. Our goal is to have a plan to present to the School Board by mid-August.
The state provided guidance to school districts about how to safely reopen schools in the fall. The guidance is clear that our priority is to get students back in the classroom, but school will look different than it did before.
Changes that families can expect:
- Classrooms and schedules to accommodate social distancing
- Students and staff will be asked to wear face coverings
- We will expect students to stay home at the first sign of any symptoms, including cough, fever, and shortness of breath
Our focus will continue to be on compassion, communication, and common sense as we ask students and their families to embrace a new way of learning while also working to ensure basic needs are being met, as well as making sure students are feeling secure emotionally.
The health and safety of our community comes first, and we will need to adjust the way school works so that we can protect the health and safety of teachers, students, and families, while also providing the best possible environment for teaching and learning.
Knowing this, the district has convened a committee of administrators, teachers, and classified staff to inform recommendations and guidance for the Sedro-Woolley School Districts' reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year.
If Skagit County is in Phase 2 or 3 this fall, some type of in-person, part-time instruction will be provided for all K-12 students with the option of 100% online, remote learning for families who aren't ready to send their students back to school buildings. Regular in-person instruction will resume when we are in Phase 4.
The Reopening Committee consists of the following subcommittees:
- Teaching & Learning
- Health & Student Support
- Operations (Food Service, Transportation, Custodial)
- Human Resources
The workgroup will use OSPI’s guidance to make reopening recommendations to the Sedro-Woolley School Board in mid-August. An approved plan must be in place at least two weeks prior to the first day of school.
The Sedro-Woolley School District’s committee will explore the processes and procedures needed to facilitate a safe, equitable and effective reopening of SWSD schools in the fall. The group will work to clearly define a hybrid model of learning for the district. They will look at how the district can support students with IEPs and special needs. The committee will look at areas such as transportation, logistics of daily routines, food service, technology, athletics, split/modified schedules, as well as remote learning opportunities for those unable to attend school in person.
There are many more details that will need to be addressed, and the committee will continue its work over the summer months with continued guidance from both OSPI and the county’s health department. The district will continue to work in partnership with SWEA and PSE leadership as we identify and resolve challenges that arise as we begin to investigate the guidelines and requirements.
A family survey was sent via Family Access on June 18.
We will communicate information about the committee’s progress and plans to staff members in early August.
Engage the community and stakeholders in determining an adaptable return to school plan for Fall 2020, acknowledging that learning structures must be adaptable. A plan that:
- Mitigates and minimizes the spread of COVID-19;
- Keeps staff and students safe;
- Prioritizes access to learning of students furthest from educational justice;
- Enables staff and students to return to learning;
- Supports social/emotional well-being and interactions in a safe environment; and
- Supports families through this transition.