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Update for Secondary Families (6-12) Regarding Student Interventions

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December 11, 2020

 

Dear SVSD middle school and high school families, 

 

At a special School Board meeting on Dec. 9, Snoqualmie Valley secondary principals presented their ideas for beginning focused in-person interventions, for a select group of students in middle school and high school, who are especially struggling with remote learning.  After in-depth discussion of our district’s safety protocols in place, and the best way to support our most vulnerable students safely during this pandemic, the School Board voted unanimously last night to approve the schools’ plans, at their Dec. 10 regular meeting.

 

Specifically, these plans will target students with whom our schools have been working to connect and support remotely, but continue to deal with significant challenges. To begin, we will prioritize working with students who are at risk academically and are facing significant barriers to accessing learning at home. Two schools, Chief Kanim Middle School (CKMS) and Mount Si High School (MSHS) are ready to begin piloting their intervention plans next week, December 14-18, with a small group of students.  

 

This will be a small first step in bringing secondary students back into school, in a safe limited capacity. We plan to expand such efforts in the weeks and months ahead. Our other secondary schools (Snoqualmie Middle School, Twin Falls Middle School and Two Rivers High School) are working on similar plans to introduce following Winter Break.

 

Our principals described the need to provide more personalized support in person, than what they are currently able to provide remotely, for their students who are most at risk. The school teams plan to start with a small group and monitor their progress to ensure these supports are beneficial for students participating.  For safety precautions, they will be keeping the group small, in a specific area with a designated bathroom (for cleaning and disinfecting), spaced adequately, with all wearing masks/PPE, and requiring health attestations prior to entering  school, etc. In-person attendance will take place in the mornings; students will bring their devices to school to access their online classes; and students will be handed a sack lunch to take home to eat.  This will provide the students with structure and resources, as well as give staff an opportunity to make important connections.

 

This intervention plan represents a small next step, in working to meet the needs of students safely, during this pandemic. In considering interventions through an equity lens, our goal is to continue to expand the program at our other secondary schools, using similar methodology that will support our most vulnerable students at this time.

 

We know this pandemic and remote learning is hard for EVERY student, as well as every family and staff member!  Our ultimate hope and desire, of course, is to resume in-person full-time school for all.  Given the current COVID-19 circumstances, however, we believe this next step will help move us forward safely, and most importantly, help our students who need it most.

 

Thanks for your continued partnership in your students’ learning and wellness. 

 

Sincerely,

Robert W. Manahan, Ed. D

Superintendent

Snoqualmie Valley School District