Updated Oct. 22, 2020

We recognize that you have many questions. We know how difficult uncertainty can be, especially as you try to plan for work and childcare this fall. We hear you and understand your very valid concerns. We also know how integral our plans are to our staff and students’ safety and our students’ learning. That’s why our planning teams are taking a careful and informed approach to deciding what this next school year will look like.

Please continue to engage with us and ask questions as we do our best to respond to this pandemic and to care for our staff, students and community. We will keep this page updated as we receive additional questions and answers. If you have more questions, please email us at

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What are the childcare options for school-aged students?

Although we cannot directly provide childcare, we know that we can take part in helping our working families find solutions. During the 2020-21 school year, we will have options with:

These providers operate independently from our district; they have a contract with our district to lease space in our schools. Military families also have the option of choosing Litehouse School-Age Care.

Why does the district appear to be “ok” with kids being around other kids at child care, but not at school?

We know that some of our families are in a situation where they must work and also find a way to ensure their children are appropriately cared for when they can’t be in school. In order to operate, child care facilities are offering smaller groups and taking the appropriate steps to meet the state’s health and safety guidelines.

Some childcare providers are already full. Will more spaces open up with these providers?

We are working with our current childcare providers, local agencies and community-based organizations to support and develop additional community-generated solutions.

How will kids in childcare be supported in learning?

We understand that the current health crisis has created hardships for parents who must work and find a way to support their child’s learning. Our goal is to provide adequate support, guidance and structure, while also allowing the flexibility needed to accommodate the situations our families are navigating. We will provide childcare providers with the same information we provide parents to support their children at home. We strongly encourage families to stay in regular contact with their childcare providers. 

Do I have to pay for childcare on remote days?

Financial assistance, fee subsidy for qualifying military families, DSHS, and other third party provider assistance is available to families who need assistance with additional childcare costs. Please visit our website for more information on childcare providers and locations:

Can families switch between any of the learning models?

We are asking families to remain in the model they choose for the entire year in order to provide for the best student experience. There may be situations that require us to move a student between models. We will address these situations on a case-by-case basis.

Will families lose their spots in programs (Magnet, Montessori, TEAM, Venture) if they choose all the online or homeschool options? What if they completely withdraw from the district to use K-12, etc. What will be the process for re-entering those programs?

We want families to have the flexibility they need during this time. We will hold students’ spots in these programs so that families who remain enrolled with our district will have the option to continue these programs next year. Families who withdraw from our district will need to reapply.

Can you send bus drivers to deliver meals to kids?

We continue to work with OSPI and USDA to provide meals to our students. We are not delivering meals via buses at this time. If you or your child is not able to visit one of our meal distribution sites, please call 360-662-1092. 

How will you meet the needs of students who need additional intensive learning supports?

We will continue to focus on supporting students and families with unique needs, including special education services, English language learners, students experiencing homelessness and others. We will provide those supports remotely if possible or in-person when that is the only effective delivery method.

How are you supporting families of students with special needs?

We will provide special education and related services (occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language, etc.) in a remote learning environment for students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We recognize that we will not be able to implement IEPs in the same manner as prior to this health crisis. IEP teams will continue to work with families upon return in the fall.


Why did you specify nine weeks for fully remote learning?

Beginning the school year in a fully remote model for the first nine weeks will allow us much-needed consistency through the first quarter of the school year.


Will any classes be offered at WestSound Tech?

Our students will not have access to any in-person WestSound Tech classes while we are in a fully remote learning model.


Can my student take AP classes?

Yes. Students may take AP classes with our CK teachers in th remote + in-person model.

Will music still be offered?

Yes. Music will still be offered in our Remote + In Person Learning Model.

Are all three learning model options open to transfer families?

Yes. Families whose transfer requests have been accepted may choose any of our three learning model options on a space-available basis.

Academics: Remote + In Person Model

How will remote learning be different than it was last spring?

We’ve heard feedback from many families, students and staff, and that feedback has allowed us to make significant improvements to our remote learning. This year’s remote learning model is not the same model you experienced this spring. A district team has developed an improved, more robust remote learning experience that will have increased expectations for student participation, more consistency for delivery of content, and better feedback to students and families.

Will there be any live instruction?

In the remote + in person model, there will be a mix of recorded lessons, live interactions with staff members, and additional supplemental support activities. We will share recorded lessons in order to ensure students have access to these lessons to watch (and re-watch if needed) at a time that is convenient for them.

What do the daily schedules look like for fully remote days?

Students can expect to be engaged in a mixture of online and offline activities.  Schools are creating daily and weekly schedules for students. We will publish those schedules as soon as they are finalized.

What will grading look like?

At the elementary level, we will use standards-based grading for students in grades K-3. For students in grades 4-12, we are creating an equitable system of instruction, assessment, and a grading system of A, B, C, or Incomplete (I).

Will all elementary families get paper packets, or just those without access to technology?

Our elementary teachers will be creating these packets for their classes. Please work with your child’s teacher to determine whether your child needs the paper packet, online materials or both.

Does this negatively affect the start of AP classes in any way?

No. Our fully-remote learning model will not affect the start of AP classes. Students who wish to take AP classes will still have access to these classes.

Will teachers be available in the evenings for working parents?

Every teacher will publish office hours at the start of the school year.

How will you help 6th and 9th graders transition? Will there be WEB activities?

We’ll be conducting transition activities virtually to help build relationships while following health and safety guidelines.

>>UPDATED<< What days wills students attend? Will siblings be on the same schedule?

Updated October 6: When students return for in-person instruction, they will do so on an AM/PM schedule. Students will have four half days of in-person instruction; they will be in remote learning on the other half of each and all day on Wednesdays. We know this half day schedule is a change from the schedule we first expected. However, we believe the remote learning portion of the schedule will be more manageable (remote learning can be practice work given at the end of each in-person day), and this change will reduce the number of videos students need to watch. It also increases student contact time from two days to four days per week.

In most cases, students with the last names A-K will attend the AM session, and students with the last names L-Z will attend the PM session. However, this may vary slightly based on class size. We will do our best to address any hardships this may cause individual families on a case-by-case basis.

Academics: All-Online Model - "CKSD Virtual Academy"

Where can I see an online course list for Pearson Connexus?

Academics: Homeschool Partnership

Will there be a limit on K-8 Homeschool enrollment at Barker Creek?

No. We will provide enough staffing at Barker Creek to ensure that all families who wish to enroll in our K-8 Homeschool program are able to do so.

How do students get technology help?

You can find links to help you troubleshoot common problems on our Remote Learning Resources page. You'll also find a link to request a repair when troubleshooting doesn't work. 

You can find a "Resources" link at the top of all school sites, or go straight to

What if I don't have access to technology or internet?

We recognize that some students have limited access to technology. For families who do not have a device in their home, we will provide a district Chromebook for K-12 students.

We are contacting each family who identified that they do not have internet access at home. We are working with these families individually to help provide internet access. If you need help, please call 360-662-1085.

Our elementary teachers will develop packets that align with the curriculum available on Google Classrooms, and will make them available to families every week, in addition to supplemental materials. We will work with secondary students to address this need on a case-by-case basis.

Will elementary students get computers to take home?

Yes. We will check out Chromebooks to students who need them. Visit for a link to a request form for a Chromebook. 

How will Chromebooks be distributed?

If your student needs a Chromebook, please request one. You can find a link to request a Chromebook at

After filling out the form, our technology staff will make an appointment at a drive-through pickup site. 

Are playgrounds open?

As a school district, we have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to doing our part to flatten the curve and comply with the recommendations of public health authorities. Therefore, we our school playgrounds are closed.

Are fields and other outdoor facilities open?

Tennis courts and tracks are open. 

Fields and other outdoor facilities, however, are temporarily closed. 

Our state's phased reopening plan provides a path forward for our community. Within our state, groups are developing specific plans to re-open our schools and sporting fields.

Locally we are working with Kitsap County as many of our campuses have facilities adjacent to our county’s park system.

We plan to reopen our outdoor facilities using a phased approach.

Will staff have access to their building every day in order to meet the needs of students?

As long as we are in Phase 2 or beyond, staff will have access to their classrooms.  Staff will be expected to follow DOH as well as CKSD requirements for safety.

Are you providing meals?

Yes. We are offering free meals through Aug. 20 to all children age 18 and under. We will also provide free meals to students up to age 21 who receive education services. Meals are available for pickups two days a week with meals for multiple days in each package.

Please visit for more details on pickup locations and times.

When school resumes in September, we will continue providing school meals to the families who rely on them.

How will you communicate information to families?

The Community Relations Office takes the lead on communications using a variety of channels including emails, district and school websites, and social media. If you do not already receive our district emails, sign up now. You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

If you have not been receiving emails from your school or from the district's ENewsCKSD account, please email us at

Will sports be offered? (New)

UPDATE October 22

From the week of Nov. 2 to Thanksgiving break, high school students and coaches may voluntarily participate in outdoor conditioning activities.

Sports-specific pre-practice will follow, from the week of Nov. 30 until Dec. 18. The next Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) <modified sports season> for the 2020-21 school year begins Dec. 28, and includes girls bowling, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls wrestling and boys swimming.

In keeping with WIAA guidelines, middle school sports are tentatively scheduled to happen second semester. Specific offerings are not yet determined.

Will there be any “Open Season” activities this fall?

Yes. Voluntary conditioning opportunities and some sport-specific opportunities will be offered Nov. 3 through Dec. 18, 2020 at the high schools. Middle schools remain on hold for the fall. High schools will  communicate their schedules and plans to their athletes on their websites and through the FinalForms registration platform.

What rules and safety measures will be in place for athletes participating in “Open Season” Athletics?

The district has put significant safeguards into play for our “Open Season” program. Please look at the document link below to learn  about the requirements.

2020 Out of Season Coach and Student Responsibilities

Will competitive sports be offered in the coming year?

Yes. We understand how important the social and emotional connection is for our student athletes and we are working proactively with Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and various agencies to safely resume activity as early as possible. The WIAA plan approved by Governor Inslee and the Kitsap County Health Department includes:

  • Winter sports tentatively start Dec. 28.

  • Fall sports are rescheduled to play March and April

  • Spring sports start late April through June

  • All sports are approved for voluntary team workouts starting Nov. 3

All dates are subject to change! A copy of the tentative WIAA Seasons Schedule can be found on the WIAA's modified sports season calendar.

Do students need to register for sports, either for Open Season or for sports offered later this year?

Yes. Families and student athletes must register for sports, including “Open Season” if they intend to participate.

Will sports fees be charged this year?

House Bill 1660 is currently being reviewed by the District for appropriate changes. Some families will be qualified for no fees for athletic programs, while others will need to pay. For now, we are registering athletes and will be able to provide more information at a later date.

How do I register my student athlete for athletics?

Go to your school’s website and click on the “Activities and Athletics” drop down menu. From there, you can navigate to the “Athletics Registration” tab.

You will be asked to provide required information into the FinalForms platform. Please choose the sports you wish to participate in AND “Coed Conditioning” if you are participating in the November/December sessions.

Do student athletes need to have completed physical to participate in the Open Season dates for athletics at the high schools?

Yes. Having a valid physical is a requirement for all participants.

Will there be any transportation for students to the “Open Season” sessions?

No. CKSD will not be able to provide transportation to the Open Season athletics sessions.

Will transportation be available for regular season athletics when schedules are determined as “final”?

This is still to be determined, but could look very different than in previous years in order to maximize safety. We will update families as seasons and schedules become more finalized.


How could the levels of rates of infection in the county affect offerings?

The WIAA has established guidance for all sports, categorized as low, moderate, and high-risk categories. For complete review please see WIAA's Return to Play Guidelines.

Who can I contact for more information about athletics?

Please send your questions to your school’s Athletic Director, or to the District Athletic Director regarding any other questions or plans for middle school sport:s