In-Person Learning Update - January 15, 2021

In-Person Learning Updates - January 15, 2021
Posted on 01/15/2021
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January 15, 2021

In-Person Learning Update

It was so wonderful to welcome back our youngest learners this week! The excitement of our students to be back in school was contagious. We want to thank all of our families for working with their student to ensure a positive start to in-person learning. Our students did a great job of wearing their masks, following our  NK FIRST protocols, and observing social distancing.  

As we continue with in-person learning, we wanted to share a couple of helpful reminders. First, please be sure your student’s daily attestation form is signed and dated before they board their bus or arrive at school. Second, because water fountains are turned off for sanitary reasons, please send your student to school with their own water bottle. Finally, if you still have questions about drop off or pick-up procedures, please contact your school. Thank you for your support as we return students to school!  

Grades 3 through 5 Update - In alignment with the most recent DOH Guidance and K-12 Metrics Toolkit, we are now preparing for the return of our students in grades 3-5. As we shared before, we plan to think big, start small and go slow. At this point in time, we are targeting the following dates for students in grades 3 - 5 to return to school:

  • Grade 3 – Return on Monday, February 1
  • Grade 4 – Return on Monday, February 8
  •  Grade 5 – Return on Monday, February 22

Our top priority in all of our work is the health and safety of our students and staff. This schedule provides time to scale up all of our procedures for health and safety in a measured manner. The break between 4th and 5th grade is intentional. The week of February 18 is shortened week due to the observance Presidents DayThis allows our schools a few more days to refine any procedures and protocols before all grades are in the building. 


Schools will communicate AM and PM cohorts for these grades starting TuesdayThanks for your patience! 

Secondary Students – Returning our secondary students in grades 6-12 students to in-person learning is extremely complex. Some of the challenges that we are currently working through include grade level overlapclass changes throughout the daymaintaining cohort groups of students, passing periods, and transportation logisticsThe guidance for these grades is also slightly different in the K-12 Metrics ToolkitWe will continue to monitor all COVID-19 data and infection rates before we commit to a start date for these students. We hope to have more information in the next few weeks. 

Special Education - We are excited to have welcomed back our elementary students with special needs in grades K-2!  We will continue to expand in-person services for our remaining students in grades 3-5 on the timeline above and look forward to seeing them soon. We plan to begin in-person service for our secondary students in the Life Skills program on February 1. Please continue checking in with your child’s special education teacher for support and information moving forward. 


Athletics – Off-season conditioning for high school athletes started Monday. We are so happy to see students back out on the fields again! High schools are planning for winter sports practice to begin February 1. Our athletic coordinators, trainers and coaches have been diligently working through the updated guidance issued by the governor and WIAA on January 6th to ensure that we have a safe start for our athletes and coaches. Details, updates, and any changes to this schedule will be communicated by the high schools.


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

The Return to In-Person Learning Playbook (available in both English and Spanish) provides the most up-to-date operational health and safety practices implemented on our campuses as required by the Department of Health. Modifications for in-person learning include:   

  • Overall Health and Safety – NK FIRST 
  • Daily Health Screenings and Attestations 
  • Physical/Social Distancing 
  • Movement/Logistics on campus 
  • Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitizing 
  • Transportation Modifications 
  • Environmental Modifications 
  • COVID-19 Response Protocols 

 If your student will be taking the bus to and from school, find your bus route and pick up/drop off times at the links below: 

Find Your Bus Stop on InfoFinder - Use your address to find your bus route 
Bus Routes PDFs - Routes are listed by school