Planning for the 2020-21 School Year
UPDATED OCTOBER 1 — In consultation with our principals, education association, and the school board, we are continuing to work through the logistics of safely opening school for our K–2 students. The previous decision to transition to the hybrid stage of instruction on Monday, October 5 is being rescheduled to the following Monday, October 12.
The extra days will allow us to make crucial site and protocol updates based on staffing for both remote and hybrid learning models in each of our schools. This will allow everyone to feel familiar and versed in the new routines to ensure maximum safety and optimal learning for your children.
During this time of transition, we will go through many changes, and we ask for your patience. There is so much that is uncertain at this time, and we recognize that families and staff are struggling with the challenges that lie ahead. The next few weeks may have some bumps, but we feel confident in our community, our families, and our staff as we move through this together.
By now, you have received information about which cohort your child is in and know that all students will learn remotely on Wednesdays to allow our custodians time to deep clean the buildings between the two groups.
Or you have selected our remote-only learning option by filling out this survey, which will be open through Friday, Oct. 2.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 22 — Upon consulting closely with Skagit County Public Health, the Sedro-Woolley School District has decided to reopen its elementary school buildings for in-person teaching and learning for students in grades K–2. We have made this decision based on a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in our area.
At this time, we plan to reopen our elementary buildings on October 5, using a hybrid model that combines two days of in-person per cohort and three days of remote learning. Taking this approach will allow us to maximize social distancing and health and safety in our buildings, and allow families the option of fully remote learning.
We will monitor the transition from remote to hybrid for K–2 and start to plan for transitioning grades 3–6 at a later date. Middle and high school students will not be returning to in-person learning until COVID-19 numbers decrease to less than 25 cases per 100,000 for 14 days in a row.
The district will follow DOH’s health and safety measures to minimize the risk of transmission within schools. Families who choose the hybrid model will be expected to help prevent the spread by following key mitigation strategies. As we reopen, we will implement the following protocols to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and families:
- Daily at-home health questionnaires will need to be completed by each family/student/staff member.
- All students and staff will be asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If they are feeling sick, they should stay home from school. If they are experiencing symptoms of the virus, they should stay home, consult a healthcare professional right away and notify the school office.
- All students and staff members will be required to wear masks or face coverings.
- Students and staff will be frequently reminded about the importance of proper hand washing. Hand sanitizer units will be available throughout our buildings
- To avoid large groups of students gathering in one place, we will adjust the way students move between classrooms and other spaces in our schools
- Family members will be asked not to leave their vehicles when picking up or dropping off students.
- Visitors on campus will be limited.
- Classrooms will have fewer students to reduce the risk of spread.
- Meals will be served in small group settings.
- Desks will be spaced 6 feet apart.
- School custodians will implement strict cleaning and disinfection protocols.
- Student groups will be kept from mixing in shared spaces.
- Lunches, recesses, and other transition times will be staggered.
- No large gatherings such as assemblies and dances.
- A supervised holding room will be used for students who are not feeling well to minimize contact with others until they are able to go home.
- SWSD will work on contact tracing in collaboration with Skagit County Public Health.
- Parents of students who have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case should consult with their school principal about remote learning during the quarantine period of 14 days.
In addition, we will offer a remote-only learning option for families who do not yet feel comfortable having their students return to school. Families who want to continue with remote learning will need to fill out the survey they received from the district via email. Otherwise, students will be automatically enrolled into our hybrid learning model. The remote model may be modified to accommodate in-person learning schedules. Remote learners should expect to be much more independent than face-to-face students.
Principals will be following up soon with further details on how teaching and learning will look using the hybrid model, along with information on meal services, pick-up and drop-off procedures, and busing.
We look forward to seeing students in our buildings again soon.