SVSD Reopening Schools Plan
Our initial Reopening Schools Plan, which we announced to the community on July 8, 2020 outlined four learning models. The options described below were developed at a time when COVID-19 infection rate appeared to be going down in our region, and provided parents a choice for their students. The options support a 100% remote learning option, as well a combination of at-home and in-school learning, pending the status of public health, and a family’s comfort level in returning.
Four SVSD Learning Models:
- Full-time Remote Learning Model (open to all grade levels) – Our district understands some families may choose not to attend school in-person. Therefore, families were given the option to choose a 100% remote learning option for the first semester. We plan to support those students with a fully remote learning program taught by SVSD staff and using SVSD adopted curriculum. Remote learning this fall will incorporate improvements focused on greater connections, new engagement tools, consistency of scheduling, and best practices for remote learning.
- Full-time In-Person Model (for Kindergarten through 2nd grade - if space allows - plus specialty programs such as Preschool, Transition Learning Center, Specialty/Life Skills) – Our desire is for these groups to attend in-person full-time, four days a week. Wednesday would likely be an at-home learning day. This model supports select groups of students for whom in-person instruction better suits their learning and developmental needs. [NOTE: Depending on the number of Full-time Remote Learning requests, we will need to assess if our classroom capacities with social distancing will be able to serve all three grade levels (K, 1st, and 2nd) when our schools transition to serving some students in-person.]
- Hybrid A/B Rotation Model (for grades 3-12) – Students will be designated into two groups (A & B, split alphabetically) with alternating schedules. Each group will attend two days on campus for in-person instruction and participate in at-home learning the remaining three days each week. Group A will attend school in person Mondays and Thursdays, while Group B will attend in person Tuesdays and Fridays. On days that students are not in class physically, they will engage in remote learning at home. Wednesday schedules will focus on at-home learning with an early release schedule to allow time for individual interventions, teacher professional development, deep cleaning/disinfecting, etc.
- Distance Learning 2.0 – The district is also preparing a contingency plan in the event that we must close schools again and initiate remote continuous learning for all. Distance Learning 2.0, like the Full-time Remote Learning model, will leverage “lessons learned” from last spring to support a more effective educational program. This full-scale shift to remote learning will support all SVSD students. This plan could be implemented, for example, if public health closes schools or the Governor again issues a “Stay Home” order, due to a surge in COVID infections.
Start of School Plan for 2020-21
After examining recent COVID-19 information and growing cases in our region, the SVSD School Board voted to approve the superintendent’s recommendation to start the 2020-21 school with full distance learning for all students -- Distance Learning 2.0. See this July 31 announcement: Snoqualmie Valley Schools to Begin School Year with Remote Learning.
At this time, we cannot predict how long we will remain in distance learning. We will continue to monitor regional infection rates and rely on public health guidance to determine when we can safely reopen school buildings. We anticipate re-examining the data six weeks after school starts with a possible decision for moving back to our hybrid model by the start of the second quarter (9 weeks). Our focus now is on supporting high-quality remote teaching and engaged distance learning for all. However, we will also continue to plan for the eventual return to in-person instruction in our hybrid models with social distancing and physical safety precautions, for when we determine it is safe to reopen school buildings.