Return to Learn 2020

empty deskplanning for the 2020-2021 school year

We have been planning for students to return to school in Fall of 2020. On July 28 we had to make the difficult decision to start the school year in Full Distance Learning.  Read the update from Superintendent Evans for the details on this decision.

We will re-assess the conditions in our local area and work with our local and state health authorities at the end of the first quarter (in nine weeks). If it is safe to do so, we will plan for in-person instruction in the Hybrid In-Person model. School will be very different in order to keep students, staff and families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, our priority is the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff.

Creating a Plan to return to schools

Current state guidelines require school districts to plan for 6 foot social distancing of students and staff.  This means we are unable to have all students in our schools at the same time.

The state released the Reopening Washington Schools Planning Guide on June 11, 2020.  After reviewing the guidance, we assembled a stakeholder workgroup, met with operations teams, and surveyed staff and families to gather feedback for planning the re-opening of schools in North Kitsap given the state guidelines. Using the survey data, information from our operations teams, and the guidance, we created three possible models for our stakeholder workgroup to review, refine and provide feedback on. The workgroup met over the course of two days to discuss the benefits, challenges, concerns, and questions from the models.

We have created an in-person model and an online model that reflects the recommendation of the stakeholder group, the survey data from families and staff, and the feedback from our operations teams. For the 2020-2021 school year, we will provide a hybrid in-person model for students.

Read the July 1, 2020 letter to the community from Dr. Evans about the Draft Return to Learn Plan and watch the video below.

draft plan for 2020-2021

Hybrid In-Person Learning PreK-12

We have created a hybrid model where all students will return to in-person learning two days each week and will have distance learning three days a week when they are not in the building. In this model, students at each school will divided into two groups - Group A and Group B.

Group A will attend school every Monday and Tuesday for in-person instruction and will do distance learning Wednesday through Friday. Group B will do distance learning Monday though Wednesday and will attend school every Thursday and Friday for in-person instruction. Wednesdays will be reserved as a disinfecting day between groups, as well as staff planning, training and family/student check-in.

During distance learning days, students and families can expect a robust distance learning system. This is being developed by the district eLearning task-force, a team of educators, leaders and staff. They are outlining the systems, processes, and professional development teachers will use to ensure that students and families have a streamlined experience while distance learning. 

Hybrid in-Person Learning page for more information.

Online Academy - 100% Online Learning

We recognize that not all of our families are comfortable with their student(s) returning to school in-person this year.  For these families, we are standing up an Online Academy in North Kitsap. The Online Academy will be a separate program in NKSD and students will not be enrolled in their home school. However, students will have access to extra-curricular activities and athletics in their neighborhood school.

This model will be available K-12 and will be taught by North Kitsap teachers. We will be using the Fuel Education (FuelED) curriculum that we currently use for Choice Academy, PAL, Summer Learning and for some classes in our secondary schools.  This curriculum is used by many school districts, is very similar to many online education platforms across the state and aligns with state learning standards.

Visit the Online Learning page for more information.