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    June 2 Update for Families
    Posted on 06/02/2020

    June 2 Letter to Families

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    Dear Families:

    We are working to have a strong finish to what has become the most unexpected school year. As we plan for the end of the school year, the summer, and next fall, we are working to build on the innovative solutions and systems SPS staff have created to support student learning and relationship building under conditions many of us never imagined.

    Planning is underway for the first day of school, September 2. While it is still unclear what guidance and restrictions from public health agencies may be in place this fall, it will almost certainly impact the way we provide student learning and school operations will look very different for the 2020-21 school year. As always, the health and safety of our students and staff will be our highest priority and any plan will prioritize access of students furthest from educational justice.

    While science, data, and shared values will inform our decisions, the capacity and resource constraints posed by safety guidelines, limits the number of possible scenarios for the re-entry of students. These constraints include safety guidelines for transportation, the number of students that can be physically accommodated in our buildings, and the need to prioritize developmentally appropriate practices. Any scenario will require a significant change to the school day, both in structure and instruction as we work to meet social distancing requirements.

    The re-entry scenarios being explored are:

    1. Students in grades Pre-K-5 attend school in person full time; 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-12 have an A/B schedule and receive part in-person learning and part remote learning.
    3. All students participate in 100% remote learning.

    Four representative engagement teams comprised of school leaders, parents, SEA members, partners, students, and central office staff will be formed to explore each scenario. Our engagement teams may also suggest revisions to the initial options or a hybrid of the three models. The planning process will be guided by the tenets of our strategic plan Seattle Excellence, and will explore safety requirements, delivery of remote instruction to various student groups, and budget constraints, and will include feedback gathered in the recent staff, family, and leadership survey. These same survey results will be shared with all families and staff.

    We understand the frustration and anger that some may feel about possibly continuing remote learning in the fall, while others may be fearful for their student’s or family’s safety if we were to return to school buildings. Please know that we are actively engaging with a diverse group of partners and stakeholders and centering family and student voice in our decision making.

    A final decision and fall 2020 plan will be shared before staff and students depart for the summer. More information can be found on the planning for re-entry page, which will be updated as details are confirmed.

    The last day of the school year will be June 19, and The Summer of Learning will begin on July 6 and is open to all students.

    You can learn more and register for The Summer of Learning at the links below:

    High school graduation ceremonies will be virtual and all in the community are welcome to watch the broadcasts. The links will be posted to the graduation news announcement closer to the dates of each ceremony.

    Tech Support

    If your student will be participating in The Summer of Learning, make sure to get your technology questions answered while our tech support volunteer line is staffed, until June 19.

    Volunteer-run helpline for personal computers or elementary students with laptops from Amazon: 206-413-2700 Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Helpline for high school and middle school students with district laptops: 206-252-0100 or laptops@seattleschools.org Hours: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Access the most frequently asked tech support questions and answers on our Technology Supports for Families webpage. 

    LGBTQ Pride June 2020

    During the month of June we usually honor and celebrate LGBTQ Pride by raising the rainbow Pride flag and participating in the Seattle Pride Parade. We are grateful for the Black LGBTQ activists whose dedication made the Pride celebration possible. We are here because of their commitment to liberation and the sacrifices they made.

    Their legacy is especially important to remember and celebrate during these times.

    Upcoming Communications

    The Tuesday, June 2, virtual town hall with Superintendent Juneau was canceled. In solidarity with our students, staff, and community speaking out against anti-Black racism, we are participating in "Black out Tuesday." Today was not about silence but focusing and amplifying the conversation on anti-racist action. To learn more about our work supporting African American and Black boys and young men, and why we begin our focus on this important group of students, please visit the Department of African American Male Achievement webpage.

    The next email from us will be on Thursday, June 4.

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    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.