Superintendent's Update: July 8, 2020

Planning for Next Year

As we shared during the last board meeting, we are working closely with state education and health officials to plan for this fall. We have assembled a “reopening work group” for each of five areas: Academics, COVID-19 Response, Facilities, Operations/Food Services/Transportation, and Wellness. These groups will be working over the summer to help us prepare.

A big part of the work of these groups is hearing from our families. Last month, we conducted an online Fall Reopening Survey, and we received nearly 4,000 responses. We are processing those results now and will share them with our families, staff and community next week. Overall, we are seeing that most families want their children back in schools for in-person instruction, and we’re working hard to make that happen safely.

I’ll also be holding some smaller focus groups with parents, students and staff. These conversations will help us better understand the concerns of our families and staff on a more personal level. They will also help ensure we are not overlooking any important considerations as we draft our reopening plan.

We’ll be sharing more about the work of our reopening work groups during the study session scheduled for July 22.  

WIAA Sports for Fall

The WIAA has postponed the start of fall sports until at least September 7th. This date could change, as WIAA is working directly with the state agencies around the health and safety of our athletes.

State Board of Education

The State Board of Education is meeting today and tomorrow. On the agenda, includes the following important policies that will directly impact our districts moving forward into the fall reopening:

  • Instructional hours and days
  • Mastery-based crediting
  • Multi-disciplinary approach for subject area graduation requirements
  • Flexibility around the Washington State History requirement

While I recognize how very difficult this situation is for our families and communities, we are keeping in close contact with our local and state health agencies and OSPI around the re-opening of our schools this fall. Keeping in perspective that this is a global health pandemic, we will do everything we can to help ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and students AND provide as much in-person and engaging online learning opportunities that we can offer rolling into the 2020-21 school year.