SVSD Return-to-School Update for Spring and Next Fall
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April 23, 2021
Dear Snoqualmie Valley families,
This message provides an update on our planning to support increased in-person learning opportunities for students, this spring and next fall.
First, I want to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of all SVSD school staff to re-open our schools, as safely as possible, in accordance to all health and safety requirements. We currently serve approximately 5150 students at school (approximately 70% of our students) at all grade levels and all schools – while still supporting 2100+ students (30%) who prefer our 100% Remote Learning option.
Snoqualmie Valley School District was one of the first school districts in King County to bring back all grade levels of students choosing in-person learning. This was accomplished prior to the Governor’s directive for K-12 schools to reopen, spurring many of our neighbors to start back this week. The chart below reflects steady progress to phase-in students, despite COVID delays along the way.
Overview of SVSD Return-to-Learn 2020-21 Progress
Clearly, this has been a journey requiring focus and adaptability on the part of everyone involved. I am grateful for the collective efforts of our students, staff and families who have persevered this past year!
At last night’s School Board meeting, April 22, I provided an update on our planning. We remain committed to examining ways on how we can best support the needs of SVSD students.
Next fall, we are planning for all students to be back in school five days a week! Of course, this will include continuing to follow all Public Health and state guidelines to ensure the safety of students and staff at school. We want all Snoqualmie Valley families to understand our commitment for the 2021-22 school year, to do everything within our means and within any state mandated guidelines, to make this happen. We are also considering how to support families who would prefer 100% remote learning next year.
In the meantime, we are exploring ways to increase in-person support, for the remainder of this school year, focusing on our most vulnerable students. Additionally, we continue to work toward expanding in-person learning time, for some grade-level groups this spring.
To implement these transitions, there are some logistical challenges we must work through in the weeks ahead. Immediate considerations include, but are not limited to:
Classroom Readiness - Re-measuring all rooms based on the new 3-foot student-to-student distancing, recently announced by the Governor (with some exceptions) to identify new classroom capacities and consider class size challenges.
Lunch Configurations (6-foot distancing still required) – If elementary grade levels shift to full days, develop on-site lunch and recess safety guidelines. Secondary schools would need to add lunch sessions to serve more students, requiring schedule adjustment.
Student/Class Schedules – Revise bell schedules, and reschedule students as needed for course/teacher changes.
Health & Safety Impacts – Update safety protocols (distancing/lunch/recess), increase support for contact tracing/COVID response.
SVSD Staff Implications –Assess staffing needed to accommodate potential new schedules, bargain impacts with labor groups.
Food Services – Consider staffing capacity and preparations needed to extend service locations and support new schedules.
Expediting this work now will prepare us for a return for a full schedule next fall. We will provide another update by May 4, regarding our progress to implement more in-person instructional hours, where possible, for the remainder of this school year.
Timeline for Next Year Planning:
Analysis of systems, fixtures, furniture and equipment/supply needs
Additional surveys as needed (learning model preference, confirm transportation needs)
Bargain working conditions
OSPI requires all districts to submit their Fall plans by June 1, 2021
Finalize schedules, safety plans, train staff, final preparation
AUGUST 31 = First Day of School for grades 1-12
We know this has been a tough year for everyone. Please know that the health, safety and well-being of your students will always be our top priority. Thank you for your support and partnership, as well as the passion that many of you have shared on this important topic.