Update regarding Reopening Snoqualmie Valley Schools
A Message from Superintendent Manahan
July 28, 2020
Dear Snoqualmie Valley families,
As you know, we are in a rapidly changing landscape of the pandemic at this time with new information coming every day. New information evaluated at this time includes a recent statement and current health data from Public Health - Seattle & King County, a statement and video from Washington State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, our parent survey, and our staff survey (which closed yesterday). In addition, the WIAA provided an update regarding fall athletics.
This week, I will be meeting with the School Board in a work session on Thursday, July 30 at 4 p.m. sharing new information and recommendations regarding the start of school, followed by a regular board meeting at 5-7:30 p.m. Below are links to recent information and instructions on how you can watch the virtual school board work session and meeting.
On Friday, we plan to confirm our district’s decision on whether we will continue planning for a combined remote/in-person K-2/hybrid 3-12 model (as previously announced). Or, if we will change our plan to start with a fulltime remote learning model for all when school starts on August 31, as many other school districts in King and Pierce counties announced last week.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, as we continue to assess changing conditions.
Sincerely, Dr. Robert Manahan Superintendent
Parent Survey on Reopening Schools
Thank you to all of our families who responded to the parent survey on reopening schools that ran July 15-19. We appreciate the thoughtful consideration you gave this survey. We are currently using this information and additional data to help with our decision making at the end of this week.
Staff Survey on Reopening Schools
Over the weekend, SVSD staff were sent a survey to assess their comfort level in returning to school to teach in person, in either the in-person or hybrid models. The staff survey results have been added to our decision matrix.
Additionally, we are keeping abreast of the many sites and local and state agencies as it relates to the reopening of schools this fall. Some of this information includes:
Public Health - Seattle & King County Statement
Public Health - Seattle & King County issued a statement July 22 about decisions made by school districts regarding the opening of school entitled: “Public Health supports decisions by schools to begin school year with online learning” – you can read it here. You can find their COVID-19 key indicators page here.
Statement and Video from Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction
(In June, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in partnership with public health provided this guidance and Q&A to assist school districts in complying with the state requirements intended to reduce the risks for K-12 educators, staff, and students during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on schools, childcare and information for colleges and universities, visit Washington State Department of Health’s K-12 information page.)
CDC Guidance on Reopening Schools
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released more information on July 23 to support opening schools. You can read it here.
The Washington Interscholastic and Athletics Association (WIAA) modified the 2020-2021 sports season calendar on July 21. Find details here.
SVSD School Board Meeting
On Thursday, July 30, our online School Board work session starts at 4 p.m. regarding our reopening plans, followed by a regular meeting at 5-7:30 p.m. To preview the agenda or participate virtually, please click here for meeting details and login instructions.