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    Planning for the 2020-21 School Year

    Family Questionnaire to Help Plan for Reopening: On June 25, families will be asked to complete an Intent to Enroll questionnaire to hold a place in their program selection. This information will be critical in helping us finalize plans for next year. We will send a link to an online survey for families we have an updated email address. For those who do not have an email address on record, we will send a phone survey.

    Read the most recent Planning for Re-entry update.

    Model Framework

    • 100% online learning will be provided as an opt-in option for any family that does not want to return in person.
    • A blended model with some in-person learning for all K-12 students and some remote, online instruction.
    • A full return to in-person classes (dependent on public health guidelines). While we are hopeful, this scenario is unlikely in Fall 2020.

    Read more about the Model Framework and the values and priorities developed by the planning teams.

    School Board Work Session

    On June 30, 2020, 9 - 11 a.m., a detailed Fall Reopening Plan was presented to the School Board during a public work session. Go to the meeting agenda webpage.


    Fall Student Re-entry Planning Teams and Scenarios

    While we are all hopeful that King County will be in the final phase of recovery and re-opening come Fall 2020, our future remains uncertain. As the largest district in the state, serving thousands of students and staff, we must develop a contingency plan. We launched four engagement teams that include parents, educators, school leaders, community partners, students, and central office. Just under 100 representatives and support staff participated in the fall planning kick-off meeting.

    External participants on the engagement teams were selected by community organizations that have relationships with families, the Seattle Council PTSA, and school leaders.

    Teams are analyzing three scenarios and recommendations will be guided by these principles:

    • The physical, intellectual, and emotional health and safety of our staff, students, and families;
    • Predictable and consistent services and supports for students, families, and staff with special attention to reducing anxiety and stress for students and acknowledging the needs of families returning to work.
    • Approaches and practices that mitigate, monitor, and minimize spread of COVID-19;
    • Prioritize anti-racist practices, including identity safety, culturally responsive teaching practices, and equity-focused resource allocation; and
    • Provide high-quality, culturally responsive, and developmentally appropriate social emotional and academic learning.


    The three scenarios (or some combination of scenarios) under considerations are:

    1. Students in grades Pre-K through 5 attend school in person; students in grades 6-12 have an A/B schedule where they receive part in-person learning and part remote learning.
    2. Students in all grades Pre-K through 12 have an A/B schedule and receive part in-person learning and part remote learning.
    3. All students participate in 100% remote learning.

    Engagement Teams

    Each engagement team will present a final recommendation to the Leadership Committee, which includes the Superintendent, School Board representation, Seattle Education Association, and Seattle Council PTSA on June 18. The final recommended contingency scenario will be shared with staff and families the following day. The School Board may need to adjust policies to implement the final recommendation. View the engagement teams membershippdf icon

    Engagement teams were briefed by district operational staff. These are constraints and logistics under consideration and do not represent a decision, but are meant for the engagement team to see real costs and data. Read the briefing documents provided by SPS teams to the engagement teams.

    Project Overview/Goals

    Engage the community and stakeholders in determining an adaptable return to school plan for Fall 2020, acknowledging that learning structures must be adaptable. A plan that:

    • Mitigates and minimizes the spread of Coronavirus;
    • Keeps staff and students safe;
    • Prioritizes access to learning of students furthest from educational justice; specifically Black boys and young men;
    • Provides services through a racial equity lens;
    • Enables staff and students to return to learning;
    • Supports social/emotional well-being and interactions in a safe environment; and
    • Supports families through this transition.

    Communicate the plan to educators and families in June. Completing and communicating this plan timely will allow planning time for educators and school operations staff to coordinate this enormous transition.

    Project Background

    Due to COVID-19, Superintendent Juneau ordered all Seattle Public Schools closed starting on March 12,2020. Soon after, Governor Inslee issued the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" guidelines requiring all schools to close from March 17 through the end of the current school year. In addition, school districts were required to implement remote learning for students to continue their education, ongoing academic achievement, and social emotional well-being. While there are not definitive timelines in place, the governor has provided a plan based on scientific data and research that provides for a phased in re-opening across the state. As a result, it is unclear what the restrictions and guidance may be when education resumes for the 2020-21 school year.


    Project Charter: Read the project charter for details, including guiding principles, considerations, and engagement team membership. Returning to School Fall 2020 Project Charterpdf icon

    2019-24 Seattle Public Schools Strategic Plan: While great work will continue for all students, Seattle Excellence, the district’s five-year strategic plan, makes clear what we will accomplish for underserved students and families. Read about Seattle Excellence.

    Policy 0030: Seattle Public Schools has made eight commitments to the success of every student in each of our schools. Read our Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity School Board Policy #0030

    The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released a planning guide for school re-entry June 11. The guidelines instruct school districts to simultaneously plan for a full reopening as well as a contingency approach while prioritizing students furthest from educational justice and following safety guidance from public health agencies. Read the OSPI Reopening Washington Schools 2020: District Planning Guide.PDF icon

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