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Safe Restart Planning for Secondary Students and High School Athletics Update

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Safe Restart Planning for Secondary Students and High School Athletics Update


Update on February 12, 2021…


As we announced earlier this month, Snoqualmie Valley elementary schools are preparing to welcome back students in grades 2 and 3, who chose hybrid learning, for in-person learning on Monday, February 22, right after Mid-Winter Break.  Assuming that transition goes smoothly (without in-school COVID transmission), we will be ready to welcome students in grades 4 and 5, who chose in-person hybrid learning, the following week on March 1. Once completed, these transitions will bring our total count to approximately 2,644 Snoqualmie Valley students receiving support on campus each week.  This focus, on serving students in our specialty programs and elementary grade levels in person first, aligns with guidance from the state and public health officials.


Our next focus is to phase in secondary students (grades 6-12) safely for in-person instruction at our middle schools and high schools.  At the February 11 School Board meeting, we provided a Secondary Update on Return-to-school Planning. Preparations underway include preparing our secondary campuses for safety logistics, training secondary staff on safety procedures and new technology to assist with remote and in-person instruction, adjusting transportation routes to meet student needs, and carefully working through the complexities of secondary students’ schedules with 6-7 different subjects/cohorts/teachers, to mitigate potential transmission risks. Find more details here.


At this time, we believe we will be ready to bring the next group of students back for in-person instruction, no sooner than Monday, March 15.


We are considering that the next group may include 6th grade and 9th grade students, who have never attended their current schools in-person, as well as 12th grade students for the remainder of their senior year.  In accordance with guidelines from the Department of Health, we will be able to bring additional grades levels back once we can demonstrate our ability to limit transmission in the school environment.


In addition to the update on secondary instruction, Mount Si’s Director of Student Activities Chris Hill shared a High School Athletics Update regarding planning among KingCo League schools, based on guidance from the Governor, public health and the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). He reported how safety measures that have been in place since November for students conditioning outdoors – including masking, working in pods, attestations and contract tracing – have been effective.  As a result of the Governor moving the Puget Sound region to Phase 2 on February 1, WIAA recently approved a new sports schedule for three condensed seasons through the end of the school year as follows:  Season 1 - March 1-April 3; Season 2 - April 5-May 8; and Season 3 - May 3-June 12. Find more details here. Additionally, planning related to safely restarting other student activities, such as clubs, music programs, and other student events, is continuing.


As we continue to move forward, our district is maintaining a District Data Dashboard that is updated each Friday, to help track and report COVID-19 activity among students and staff at school. This will help us monitor whether cases are a result of in-school transmission, or if they are a reflection of community activity.


We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.  Thanks for your partnership and understanding as we work to support all students safely during this pandemic.