Reopening for In-Person Learning

 

Operational Playbook for in-person learningOperational Playbook

In preparation for bringing hybrid-model students back to school, we have created a Return to Learn Operational Playbook. The playbook highlights the many ways that we are modifying our operational practices to keep students and staff as safe as possible during in-person learning. Click on the links below to access the playbook and become familiar with the modifications.

Return to Learn Operational Health and Safety Playbook pdf  - Updated December 11, 2020

Return to Learn Operational Health and Safety Playbook Spanish pdf - Updated January 5, 2021 

DECISION METRICS

There are several factors school districts must consider when making the decision to return students to the classroom. We work closely with Washington Department of Health (DOH), Office of Public Instruction (OSPI), and Kitsap Public Health to help guide these decisions.

On December 16, 2020, the DOH updated the K-12 Schools Fall 2020-2021 Guidance  which informs how schools will resume in-person learning.  On the same day,  the DOH released a K-12 Metrics and Toolkit, which replaces a document called the Decision Tree. The Toolkit provides revised metrics to inform local decisions around transmission of COVID-19 in school environments, and incident rates to consider. The toolkit also includes two checklists that ensure readiness to implement all DOH Health and Safety Measures and LNI Requirements..

Kitsap Public Health supports schools in Kitsap County with information about our local COVID-19 activity and provides assistance and guidance for developing plans locally. According to the K-12 Decision Tree, COVID-19 activity levels in Kitsap County must be at the moderate to low-risk activity range for schools to consider in-person learning, starting with elementary students. Visit the KPHD COVID-19 Schools Information page to view the most recent school metrics for Kitsap County.


In-Person LEarning Models

NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE:  We know that our youngest and highest need learners benefit the most from a classroom setting. The Department of Health also states that bringing in the youngest and highest need learners must be school a district’s first priority.

At this time, we are planning to bring back hybrid students in the following manner:

  • Some high need learners in elementary school: Thursday, November 12
  • Grades PreK - 2: January 11, 2021
  • Grades 3-5: In the weeks and months following Prek-2
  • Grades 6-12: Students will stay in distance learning through at least the end of the first semester (January 29). We will communicate plans at a later date.
  • Special Education: We continue to plan for expanding in-person services and welcoming all preschool and elementary special education students in January and our secondary Life Skills students in second semester. Please continue checking in with your child’s special education teacher for support and information moving forward.

When elementary 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, this schedule increases the contact time that students have with their teachers, provides a more manageable distance learning portion of the schedule.

Students in each class will be divided in an A cohort and a B cohort. A cohorts will attend school in the morning, and B cohorts will attend school in the afternoon. We will do our best to address any hardships this may cause individual families on a case-by-case basis.


Elementary Schools
Visit the Elementary School Schedule - In-Person Learning Page for more information.

Secondary Schools
Secondary School In-Person Learning Schedules will be provided at a later date.

Special Education

Beginning Thursday, November 12, we started serving some of our elementary special education students through in-person services in Resource Room, ISP and Summit programs. Individualized in-person services are based on individual student learning plans and program needs. We work directly with families on daily and weekly schedules.

We continue to plan for expanding in-person services and welcoming all preschool and elementary special education students in January and our secondary Life Skills students in second semester. We monitor and analyze COVID-19 case trend activity in our local community, the county, and across the state daily and will use the data as part of our planningPlease continue checking in with your child’s special education teacher for support and information moving forward.