Welcome Back Secondary Students!

Welcome Back Secondary Students!
Posted on 03/12/2021
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We have added important information sent to families March 12 regarding attendance, technology and transportation.


Welcoming Back Secondary Students!


We are excited to share that thanks to the diligent work of our district and school leaders, in cooperation with our teachers’ association, we are ready to welcome back our secondary students in the Hybrid learning model starting on Monday, March 15!


Middle and High School students will attend school on a hybrid model and will be split into A and B cohorts. Students in the A cohort will attend in-person on Mondays and Thursdays. Students in the B cohort will attend in-person on Tuesdays and Fridays. Students will attend school on their cohort days from 10:00am – 2:05pm. There may be some minor adjustments to start and end times at some schools based on transportation schedules.


Wednesday will continue to be a distance learning day for all students. Students will receive their cohort assignment, schedule information and the exact bell times from their school by the end of the day on Friday, March 5th.

View a sample of the daily secondary student schedule


Below is the confirmed first day of school for middle and high school students:

  • Monday, March 15:    Grade 6 and Grade 9 - A Cohort
  •  Tuesday, March 16:    Grade 6 and Grade 9 – B Cohort
  • Thursday, March 18:  Grade 7 and Grade 12 and Step Up – A Cohort
  • Friday, March 19 :       Grade 7 and Grade 12 and Step Up – B Cohort
  • Monday, March 22:     Grade 8, Grades 10 and 11 – A Cohort
  • Tuesday, March 23:    Grade 8, Grades 10 and 11 – B Cohort

Why is the schedule different for elementary and secondary schools?

Elementary and Secondary students have vastly different instructional needs and as such, they have vastly different daily schedules. Furthermore, just as with typical school years, we do not have the capability to provide transportation at the same time for all students K-12. And so, just as in a typical year, our secondary students have different school hours than elementary students.


Thank you for providing your transportation needs in the survey a few weeks ago. The information was valuable in creating a schedule that ensured all our students would have access to transportation that needed it. We still encourage families to transport their student, or students self-transport whenever possible. For those students who require bus transportation, routes are posted on InfoFinder.

Students riding the bus must be aware of the following:

  • Students MUST wear a mask and show their attestation form to board the bus. Students will not be allowed on the bus without these two things. There are extra masks and attestation forms on each bus if a student does not have one of these items.
  •  Students will be assigned seats. Students living in the same household will sit together.
  • No guests are allowed to ride the bus. Only students assigned to the route will be allowed on board.
  • Please be sure your student gathers ALL belongings when exiting the bus. Bus drivers have a very short time to clean their bus and be ready to run their next route and will not be able to bring items into the school.


Middle and high school students will have lunch at school. Hot lunch will be available to all students free of charge. Students may also bring lunch with them to school. Students will be divided into two groups for a 30-minute lunch break. Lunches will be scheduled before or after 5th period.


  • Eating will only be allowed during lunch in designated spaces. Snacks during class are not permitted.
  • Students are also encouraged to bring a water bottle, with water only, as drinking fountains are closed at this time.
  • Students will continue to follow all social distancing during lunches, and mask may only be removed while actively eating or drinking.
  • At the end of the school the school day, students attending in-person will have meals to take home for their at-home days. (Example: Students in the A cohort will receive 2 lunches and 3 breakfasts to take home on Monday and 1 lunch and 2 breakfasts to take home on Thursday.)


All students in middle and high school will need to have a laptop for in school and at-home work. If you have not requested a laptop for your student, please use this link – Student Laptop Request - to request one and agree to the user agreement and responsible use documents as soon as possible. This is a required step in order to have a laptop issued to your student the first week of school.

Please note: students may bring their own device to use at school, however, North Kitsap School District is not liable for damage, missing or stolen property, per board policy 3245. District and school staff will not troubleshoot issues on personal devices.


In order to know your student is safe, we will take attendance daily. We need to know when your student will not be attending in person. It is essential you notify the school, as soon as possible, through phone or email, for each day your student is not attending.

Attendance is required every day, even when learning is remote, like Wednesdays. Please also communicate when your student will not be attending remotely. You student’s safety and learning are our top priorities.

When will I know my child’s/children's Cohort?

Families will be notified of their assigned cohort (A or B) by their school no later than the end of the day on Friday, March 5th. In general, students are divided into group based on last name, A-L in the A group, and M-Z in the B group. Siblings and students living in the same home will be placed in the same group. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests for group preferences.

I am not ready for/ I am unable to have my child to attend in-person, what do I do?

We recognize that this is an adjustment from the model we communicated in July and is a different model than elementary schools are using. We also know that this might be a difficult transition for some families. We will do our best to address any hardships this may cause individual families on a case-by-case basis.

We are not able to accommodate students in a fully remote program once the school returns to an in-person hybrid model. Please reach out to your school principal if you have questions and/or need assistance.

What are students doing during the “At Home” days?

Specific information will be provided by your student’s school/teacher on what instruction your student will be provided when they are not attending in-person. This may include tutorial/intervention meetings, directed independent learning, and/or remote instruction. This is similar to current non-synchronous days. Additionally, each Wednesday afternoon, students will attend their advisory class remotely (Connections, HSB, Viking Strong, etc.).

How will cleaning and disinfecting be handled?

Our custodial team has done an incredible job of working through the logistics and protocols in order to disinfect classrooms between each period and lunch. Disinfecting will include tabletops, desks, chairs, sinks and frequently touched surfaces. Regularly scheduled building-wide cleaning will occur each day after school, and Wednesdays will still be a deep cleaning day.