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    July 2 Coronavirus Update and Reopening Update
    Posted on 07/02/2020
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    July 2 Coronavirus Updates: Reopening Update

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    Dear Families:

    This fall, we are providing you and your SPS student a choice in how instruction is provided. The recommended models align with current social-distancing guidance from the state and public health agencies, take into account our current staffing, and the size of our school buildings.

    Families may choose either a hybrid model with some in-person learning and some remote/online learning, or a 100% online option. You may view a presentation of the options and recommendations made to the School Board. Open the board presentation document.

    We are currently planning for a minimum of two days of in-person instruction per week for all K-12 students, while prioritizing as much in-person instruction for students receiving special education services as allowable. This model will include time built in for small group instruction, social emotional supports, and services in alignment with our strategic plan, Seattle Excellence. For example, mentorship for Black male students and enhanced wraparound supports. This alternating schedule model aligns with health agency guidance, such as social distancing of six feet and small group instruction, with a goal to provide one teacher per 12 to 15 students. We will continue to analyze staffing, capacity, and enrollment numbers and will provide more details next week.

    Last week, you were asked to share your initial thoughts about whether your children will participate in the hybrid model or 100% online option. Thank you to the over 28,000 families who have responded.

    The questionnaire will be open through today, July 2. Please take a moment to respond if you have not yet. Questionnaires were sent to all K-12 families via email, including incoming kindergarten students. A questionnaire should be filled out for each student in your family. The more data we can collect through this questionnaire, the stronger our planning for next school year will be.

    Once we have your input, we can finalize the hybrid model and communicate schedules. Learn more about this step in the re-opening planning process by watching this short video.

    Please note: responses to this questionnaire are not a binding decision for your student. We know some families may change their minds before the end of the summer, and that is okay. Another questionnaire will be sent in August to formally select the model you prefer for each SPS student in your family. If you have questions or feedback regarding plans for next school year, please use the Let's Talk tool. As required by OSPI, the School Board will approve the district's re-opening plan in August. We will continue to provide updates throughout the summer.

    An FAQ with more information can be found on our Planning for Re-entry announcement.

    High School Athletics Updates

    The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), which governs high school athletics, has shared new recommendations for a safe return of sports. Open the WIAA document.

    The Athletics department is looking at creative solutions for student athletes to safely participate in practices over the summer and in fall sports. More information will come to families from your school or team coach, and please check the SPS Athletics webpage which will be updated as more details are confirmed.

    The most up-to-date information can always be found on our website home page or in your home language:

    Office of Public Affairs


    Learn More About Fall 2020 Planning

    Visit our Fall Student Reentry Scenarios and Planning webpage for more information.

     

    Summer Learning Resources

    Looking for an opportunity to support your child's success next school year? We're here to help! Find learning resources and materials to keep your student learning this summer.

     

    King County, Washington State, and National Health Resources

    The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127.

    Phone lines are currently staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week. Please note that this call center can not access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.

    Living our Values: Resources to combat racism, bias, and discrimination

    Our community values are tested in times like these. We must continue to be united and support each other as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) becomes more widespread. In schools, we will continue to demonstrate compassion and care as our greater community navigates this global health situation.

    We are aware of reports that some of our Asian students have been targeted and discriminated against in connection to COVID-19. This is unacceptable and contrary to our values of racial equity and social justice. In SPS, we are committed to welcoming, safe, and inclusive schools, and we do not tolerate hate speech or acts of discrimination.

    Help us prevent discrimination or stigmatization by sharing accurate information. COVID-19 infection is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. Misinformation about coronavirus disease 2019 can create fear and hostility that harms people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. Public Health Seattle and King County has provided resources to address and prevent.