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    May 26 Update for Families
    Posted on 05/26/2020
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    May 26 Letter to Families

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    Translated family letter

    Dear Families:

    Seattle Public Schools is working to improve our technology for students by providing SPS email accounts for all students and enhancing the Microsoft Teams features for students. These changes should improve the user experience for students, functionality, and security for students and teachers.

    SPS Student Email Highlights:

    • Students may access the SPS-provided email using their current SPS login username and password by opening a web browser like Chrome, Safari, or Edge and going to https://outlook.office.com.
      • Or, if they have a SPS laptop, they can click the Student Email icon on their desktop or click the Windows icon at the bottom left of the screen and select the Student Email icon.
    • Student email can also be accessed through the iOS/Android Outlook mobile app. Other mail apps are not supported at this time.
    • For enhanced security, SPS email can only be sent and received with other SPS staff and students with an @seattleschools.org email address.
    • Teachers may use student email to communicate with parents of younger children. Parents will need to help their children log in using the students' usernames and passwords to join online meetings.
    • Expanded functionality of student email will be explored for future updates.

    ZOOM Has Been Enabled for School Use

    In addition to Microsoft Teams, Zoom is now enabled for students and teachers as an option for student/teacher collaboration. Students using Zoom for school meetings should use their SPS email to log into the app or website (seattleschools.zoom.us).

    Read more about SPS student email.  

    Register Your Child for The Summer of Learning

    Looking for an opportunity to support your SPS child's success next school year? Enroll them in The Summer of Learning. Participation will help your child sharpen their academic skills for next year and beyond.

    The Summer of Learning is open to all SPS students and includes social-emotional supports, enhanced tutoring for students who need an extra boost, and coordinated care at select school sites. If your child's teacher recommends them for enhanced supports, you will be contacted directly by the school.

    Details and registration can be found on the grade level pages of our summer school webpage. 

    High School Summer Learning Opportunities

    High School students will have the opportunity to take a variety of summer learning courses including credit-recovery, credit-bearing, and non-credit courses. Students currently in grades 9-12 who need credit recovery for a course they previously did not pass or who have received an "Incomplete" during the school building closures will have the opportunity to recover up to 1.0 credits.

    Students that do not need credit retrieval can take non-credit bearing courses to help prepare students for the appropriate grade level course they would be assigned to in the fall. Course descriptions and registration for these enrichment courses will open on June 3. Registration for credit recovery is already open.

    SPS is also developing credit-bearing coursework and learning opportunities for prioritized groups of students in keeping with our commitment to our strategic plan: Seattle Excellence.

    Learn more on our high school summer learning webpage.

    High School Virtual Graduation Ceremonies

    Thank you to our high school seniors for providing feedback on the 2020 graduation ceremony options. In response to the governor's phased re-opening plan and recent graduation guidance from OSPI, the state's education agency, all high schools will be hosting virtual graduation ceremonies. We recognize that many students preferred to gather in person to celebrate, but we are not able to safely accommodate this type of ceremony in June. Some schools may still schedule in-person celebrations at a later date.

    We are looking forward to celebrating our seniors and their accomplishments virtually and the ceremonies will be broadcast on YouTube and SPSTV. For details about tuning in and the schedule, please see the 2020 graduation ceremony announcement.

    Thank you for your patience and partnership as we lift up new systems and tools to support students and their learning during this time.

    Office of Public Affairs

     


     

    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.