Return to Headlines

Coronavirus Update - Prioritizing Essential Needs, Daycare Update, Device Distribution, Extended Learning Opportunities, Reduced Office Hours

Update on March 20, 2020

 

Dear Snoqualmie Valley School District Families,

 

Thank you all for your patience during our current reality of school closures.  We understand this is a difficult time of uncertainty and adjustments for our entire community and share your concerns. This is an update on work underway at the district, as we prepare for the weeks ahead.  While monitoring daily developments from the state and other school districts, we have been busy assessing student/family needs, defining staff expectations and support with association leadership, connecting with community partners, and creating plans to continue essential student services.  

 

Prioritizing Essential Needs of our Students

Upon mandating school closures in our state, Governor Inslee asked that all school districts prioritize two essential service for our families:  nutritional services for children, and daycare support for parents employed in critical roles as emergency responders and health care providers. To help assess essential needs of our students, SVSD pushed out a survey to all parents/guardians on last Friday – with questions focused on access to food, child care, and technology.

  • Nutritional Services for Children: As announced earlier this week, our Grab & Go Meals Program is off to a great start, providing 1,384 free meals to children already in the first 3 days. See details.
  • Child Care Service for Critical Emergency Response/Health Care Professions:  Our district is partnering with a couple other local child care providers to help meet the needs of families serving in critical medical/emergency support roles. An email message is going out today to SVSD families who responded to our survey for this need. Additional details will be provided next week, as logistics are confirmed.
  • Technology & Internet Access for All Students: Ensuring equity, access and support for all SVSD students includes making sure all families have a device and internet access.  This is necessary for students to access learning opportunities online and stay connected with their teachers.  Today, devices were checked out to 60+ families in grades K-5, who had responded to our survey.
  • Did you miss the survey? If you missed the survey and need support in one of the previous topics, please email your request for assistance to: SVSDinfo@svsd410.org.

 

Extended Learning Opportunities and Educational Resources

SVSD is working closely with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to establish a system for educational support that aligns with state laws around equity and access for all students.

 

To keep students engaged in learning, our district’s Teaching and Learning team worked with principals on how teachers can stay connected with students, during this time of social distancing, and provide meaningful learning opportunities. On a weekly basis, starting next week, our teaching staff will provide a variety of optional educational activities aligned with relevant grade levels and content areas.

  • At the elementary level (for teacher K-5), teachers will email educational resources to their students/families. The first communication from teachers for grades K-5 is planned for Monday, March 23.
  • At the secondary level (for grades 6-12), our middle school and high school teachers will post weekly learning opportunities in Schoology. Watch for their communication on Tuesday, March 24. For more information on how to access Schoology, click here.

At this time, all resources and weekly plans are optional for students. They are aligned to state standards and support our curriculum. However, they will not be graded as they are supplementary and not meant to replace instruction. Students may reach out to their teachers if they are having trouble accessing these materials. Email will be the best way to contact teachers, as all are working remotely and will be checking email regularly throughout the week.

 

SVSD students have access to a variety of online resources they can explore at home:

Elementary Students and Families:

  • Watch for email from your teacher
  • Read daily – books, magazines, newspapers. Or online, access your Lexia account or ReadyGen in Schoology.
  • Utilize the online math resources available to you: Dreambox Math (K-2), Reflex Math fact fluency (K-5), Zearn, Eureka.
  • Keep writing skills sharp by crafting letters, emails and stories.
  • Monitor Skyward/Family Access/Schoology
  • Science lesson through STEMscopes
  • Coming soon…Dreambox Math (3-5) and Razz Kids Reading (K-5)

Secondary Students and Families:

  • Watch for email from your teacher and check Schoology
  • Continue to read any assigned text (i.e. fiction or non-fiction from your English class) or materials (i.e. any ELA textbooks such as My Perspectives 6-12) available at that website
  • Math resources include: Khan Academy, “Big Idea” Math online textbook, OneNote
  • Social Studies classes 6-12 use TCI online textbook
  • Monitor Skyward/Family Access/Schoology

Reduced Office Hours

Snoqualmie Valley schools and the district office are currently closed to the public. Office hours have been reduced to Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Staff will be available then to answer main office phones. Otherwise, most staff are working from home and checking email regularly.

 

Have a good weekend, keep washing your hands, and enjoy the sunshine!