Elementary School Schedule - In-Person Schedule

We plan to implement a Hybrid AM/PM half day model for our elementary schools. Reopening will depend on case transmission rates and our ability to safely staff schools. Students will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday either in the AM cohort or the PM cohort. On Wednesdays, students will continue with distance learning. Disinfecting will take place in between student cohort groups attending school. 

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Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30am - 11:00am* AM cohort of each class attends
11:00am - 1:00pm No students - Teacher lunch and planning; Cleaning protocol
1:00pm - 3:30pm* PM cohort of each class attends
*There may be some staggered start and dismissal times to allow for transportation.

Wednesdays
No students on campus; all students participate in Distance Learning.  Staff will continue with the current Wednesday schedule.

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 schools: Thursday, November 12
  • PreK - 2: January 11, 2021
  • Grades 3-5: To be determined in the weeks that follow PreK-2.
  • Grades 6-12: Students will stay in distance learning through at least the end of the first semester (January 29)


When will I know what cohort my student is in?

Families will be notified of their assigned cohort (AM or PM) by their school no later than noon on Monday, November 2. Siblings and students living in the same home will be placed in the same cohort. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests for cohort preferences. 

Why the change to an AM/PM Half Day Model?

During planning this summer, we thought that we would be able to go with a 2-full day schedule for all students. As we have continued to plan and learn more, we have realized that there are barriers to the model we are unable to overcome.

In the half day model, elementary students are able to have in-person contact with their teacher 4 days each week. Daily contact supports our earliest learners who need consistency, particularly in learning key math and literacy concepts. Because students attend four days a week, teachers are able to provide immediate feedback to students as they learn. 

The half day schedule also eliminates the need for eating meals at school and ensures that students have access to food daily. Food Services will continue to offer free meals and students attending in-person will be able to take breakfast and lunch with them to eat at home each day.

What will my student's daily schedule look like when they start school in-person?


If your student is in the AM cohort, their day may look like this:

  • Wake up and prepare for school: Have breakfast, provided in my grab and go meal sack, gather school belongings, and make sure I have my face mask.  I also have my parent, family member or caregiver check me for COVID-19 symptoms and fill out my wellness attestation, then take me to school. If I am supposed to take the bus, I head to my bus stop.
  • Arrive at school. If I was on the bus I already have my face mask on, and if I rode in the car, I will make sure I put on my face mask before getting out. I will have my temperature checked and turn in my wellness attestation. I will follow social distancing rules, make sure I have cleaned my hands, and go to my classroom.
  •  Spend my whole in-person learning time with my teacher and my class.  We will focus on our reading and math, and take time for social emotional learning. We will also take some time to move about. I will wear my mask, just like my teachers and my friends.
  • When school is over, I get my grab and go lunch, which includes my breakfast for tomorrow, and either get picked up or get on my bus and go home.
  • At home, I will eat my lunch, and make sure that my grab and go breakfast goes into the refrigerator for tomorrow morning.
  • I have some time set aside in the afternoon or evening each day to work on the lessons that my teacher assigned in Seesaw so I am prepared for tomorrow.

If your student is in the PM cohort, their day may look like this:

  • Wake up and have breakfast, provided in my grab and go meal sack. My parent, family member or caregiver will check me for COVID-19 symptoms and fill out my wellness attestation so I will be ready to go to school later.
  • I have time set aside before I leave for school to work on the lessons that my teacher assigned in Seesaw so I am prepared for class in the afternoon. My family may have decided that I do this the evening before instead of in the morning.
  • I will eat my grab and go lunch and get ready to go to school. I make sure I have my wellness attestation, my face mask, and any other school belongings I am supposed to bring. My parent, family member or caregiver will take me to school. If I am supposed to take the bus, I head to my bus stop.
  •  Arrive at school. If I was on the bus I already have my face mask on, and if I rode in the car, I will make sure I put on my face mask before getting out. I will have my temperature checked and turn in my wellness attestation. I will follow social distancing rules, make sure I have cleaned my hands, and go to my classroom.
  •  Spend my whole in-person learning time with my teacher and my class.  We will focus on our reading and math, and take time for social emotional learning. We will also take some time to move about. I will wear my mask, just like my teachers and my friends.
  •  When school is over, I get my grab and go lunch, which includes my breakfast and lunch for tomorrow, and either get picked up or get on my bus and go home. When I get home, I make sure to put my grab and go meals in the refrigerator!

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 a major shift from the model we communicated in July and that it is 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 also understand that childcare will be an obstacle for some families. Martha and Mary Kids and Boys and Girls club have been incredible community partners in supporting families. Child Care Aware of Northwest Washington is another resource available to help families: (800) 446-1114 or https://www.ccanorthwest.org/.

Why can’t some students “Zoom” into the live classroom?

Our teachers will be completely focused and attentive to the group of students in their classroom and zooming the lessons puts an unnecessary burden on the teacher to monitor two groups of students simultaneously. There are also FERPA related privacy concerns and obligations that prevent us from recording and live streaming classroom lessons.

What’s Next?

Schools will be providing additional details to families after winter break. This will include school specific processes, expectations, and other information to help you and your student prepare to come back to school. 

For now, review become familiar with the modifications that we have made to our schools and classrooms in the Return to Learn In-Person Playbook

We can’t wait to welcome your children back into the classroom! Please continue to practice COVID-19 safety measures at home and when interacting with others - Health and Safety F.I.R.S.T.