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Safe Restart Update: Grades 4-5 Return to Learn In-Person March 1

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Safe Restart Update: Grades 4-5 Return to Learn In-Person March 1


This week, on Monday, February 22, all six of our Snoqualmie Valley elementary schools and our Parent Partnership Program welcomed 2nd and 3rd grade students, who chose the hybrid learning model, back to school for in-person learning.  Approximately 721 students in 2nd and 3rd grades returned to school this week, while 287 others chose to continue with fully remote learning.


We’ve created another slideshow of snapshots taken around the district to provide a glimpse into the first day back for grades 2 and 3.  Click here to enjoy the Grades 2-3 Return-to-Learn Slideshow.


Thanks to all of our staff who worked hard to support this transition and the many families who prepared their students for this exciting day. We also appreciate your patience, understanding and grace as we continue to refine our systems, to support all the new safety measures. Your diligence to follow all the safety requirements will help us serve your students safely, and continue to welcome more students back. This diligence includes keeping your students home if they show any COVID symptoms, and completing a health screen and attestation at home every morning that your student is scheduled to attend school in person.


Next Steps for Hybrid Students in Grades 4-5: 

For families in grades 4 and 5 who chose hybrid learning, we are moving forward with preparations to welcome your students back to school starting next Monday, March 1!

  • Look for communication from your elementary school – which you should have received via email yesterday, February 23. Please carefully read this message from your principal and follow all instructions to support a safe learning environment for all our students and staff.
    • In addition, these key resources were created to help prepare for your student’s “new normal” at school:  Family Return-to-School Safety Handbook (comprehensive safety information found on the bright green website banner) and the School Safe Return Plans (Note: if ever you do not receive the email attestation link on a day your student is scheduled to attend in person, this webpage has your school’s back-up QR code or link to use for your health screen.)
  • Also, this Friday, February 26, is an asynchronous learning day for 4th & 5th grade hybrid students only. Teachers will post learning activities within Schoology for students to access on this day, which will include time to review health and safety videos.  Specialists, WIN math, WIN reading and EL services will still take place for all students on this asynchronous learning day.  Students enrolled in the specialty program will continue their current services as normal, without interruption.


Our district continues to work to gradually phase in more student groups and grade levels for in-person learning, according to Washington State and Department of Health Updated Guidance for K-12 Schools.


We are closely monitoring COVID transmission rates at the county and city levels, as well as in-school transmission rates through daily attestation reporting and data.  Each Friday, we update our District Data Dashboard, with any confirmed cases of COVID and whether they an investigation reveals they are linked to in-school transmission.


For our families of students in grades 6-12 who have chosen hybrid learning, our last update sent on February 12 continues to reflect current bargaining discussions, planning and preparations – with a target to begin phasing in another group of students no sooner than March 15. (For reference, find the Safe Restart Planning for Secondary Student and Athletics headline here.) Additional updates will be provided as new information is confirmed.  


Clearly, it takes a community-wide effort to reopening schools during this pandemic. Please continue your efforts and care to follow all safety recommendations whenever you leave home (wearing masks, limiting gatherings, social distancing, hand hygiene, etc.) to help keep SVSD schools open.  Stay safe!