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    COVID-19 Update for Families June 19, 2020
    Posted on 06/19/2020

    Dear Families of Students Receiving Special Education Services:

    We made it. The final day of the 2019 – 2020 school year. It was certainly a year no one expected, but we thank you for staying the course with us and staying committed to serving students. We have learned a great deal about what works and what does not work in a remote learning environment. We intend to come back this fall ready to address some of those concerns and improve on our practices. Whatever school looks like next year, we remain unwavering in our commitment to serving kids.

    Congratulations to our seniors who have graduated, to our students in the BRIDGES program that are ready for their next adventure, to our students rising to middle and high school, and to all our students who have persisted through this time. We know this year has been overwhelming for many students and families, and we are so proud of each and every one of you.

    Please keep an eye on your email today for information from the Office of Public Affairs that summarizes some decisions that have been made regarding what school will look like in September. We also want to give a public thank you to our parent representatives who served on each engagement team discussing re-entry plans for fall. Your perspective was crucial! Additional work will take place in the upcoming months to coordinate operational details to ensure our students and staff are able to remain safe and healthy, and access in-person instruction as often as possible. Updates will be shared as they become available.

    If your student is registered for The Summer of Learning, look for communication from the summer learning team about programming. The learning coach that will support your student during summer learning will be your primary point of contact. You are always welcome to reach out to the Special Education department by emailing specialed@seattleschools.org. Many of our staff will work throughout the summer to support student learning and plan for the upcoming year.

    A reminder that today, Juneteenth, marks the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. As you celebrate the end of the school year, consider the significance of this day in history and the world we live in now.

    We have done so much. There is much left to do. Take the time you need to recognize and honor your accomplishments, and spend time resting when you can.

    Congratulations to all. Please take care of yourself, your family, and your community.

    In partnership,

    Trish Campbell
    Director of Special Education
    Seattle Public Schools

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