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March 2, 2021


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 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 will be posted on InfoFinder by the end of the day on Friday, March 5.


Students will be divided into two groups for a 30-minute lunch break. Lunches will be scheduled before or after 5th period. Grab and go lunches will be served to any student that does not wish to bring lunch. Students will eat lunches in common areas, following social distancing protocols. Students may remove their masks only while actively eating and seating will be arranged to ensure social distancing. At the end of each in-person day, students will also be provided breakfast and lunch for their at home days.

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.

Student Technology Update

Thanks to a grant from OSPI, we have 729 new laptops ready for students who are still in need of one. If your student needs a laptop and has not received one, fill out the request form today!  We want to thank our technology team for expediting the work of getting these computers ready for students. 

Student Laptop Request 

Join our Team

We are actively recruiting for a variety of positions throughout our district. We are looking for para-educators, bus drivers, substitutes, and certificated teachers. If you are interested in helping our students with in-person learning, let us know! Visit our website to view open positions and apply now!

 NK First

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