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    June 25 Coronavirus Update and Reopening Update
    Posted on 06/25/2020
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    June 25 Coronavirus Updates: Reopening Update

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    Translated family letter

    Dear Families:

    Welcome to our incoming kindergarten families! This family letter is one of our first communications being sent to new kindergarten families.

    As we work through the logistics for the re-opening of school in the fall, we have a few more details to share and will need your participation. SPS will be providing a choice between a model with some in-person learning and some remote/online learning or a 100% online option for families who aren't ready to send their student back to a school building.

    Our goal is to provide the maximum amount of in-person instruction while continuing to follow public health agency requirements for social distancing. We have a goal of K-5 students learning a minimum of two days in-person and middle and high school students learning in-person a minimum of one day a week. Students receiving Special Education services, students experiencing homelessness, English learners, students furthest away from educational justice, and K-3 students will be prioritized for additional in-person instruction or supports.

    For district staff to build schedules and physically organize classrooms to accommodate social distancing requirements, we need your family to submit your intent to enroll in either the 100% remote or the in-person option. Families that will be leaving SPS will also be asked to share this information to help us with planning.

    The June Intent to Enroll questionnaire is for planning purposes only. In August, you will be sent a form to finalize your selection. An FAQ with more information on the options and safety precautions for in-person instruction can be found on our Planning for Re-Entry announcement.

    On June 25, you will receive an email from Qualtrics with the subject Seattle Public Schools 2020-21 Enrollment plans for: [Name of Student]. You will receive an individual questionnaire email for each SPS student in your household. If we receive only one completed questionnaire for your household, we will apply that response to all SPS students in your family. For example, if you have three SPS students in your home and the 100% online option is selected for one student and the other questionnaires aren't completed, we will plan as if all three students in your household are enrolled in the online learning option. If you do not participate in the questionnaire, the default placement will be the combined in-person and remote/online learning option.

    Additionally, our Transportation department is creating various models to get students to and from school. We will be asking families if they rely on SPS-provided transportation. Your response will help us create bus routes and schedules to accommodate as many students as possible.

    As a reminder, a detailed plan for reopening in the fall will be presented to the School Board on June 30. This is a public meeting. You are invited to attend. The agenda and meeting information can be found on the School Board meeting archive webpage. Please continue to send questions and comments into our Let's Talk contact us form. This information will be shared with the Seattle School Board of Directors.

    High School Courses Taken in Middle School

    Read more about changes to transcripts for middle school students who take high school courses.

    Student Meal Support During Summer

    We are committed to providing meal service to students during this pandemic. The district will continue meal distribution throughout the summer at the 26 meal distribution school sites. Sack breakfasts and lunches prepared by our central kitchen and reheatable meals prepared by FareStart will be available for all SPS students Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All sites will be closed July 3 and July 6.

    SPS also will continue providing student meals by bus Monday through Friday throughout Seattle except for July 3 and July 6. However, some routes have been canceled or revised. Those changes take effect July 1. Please refer to the bus route maps and schedule to determine the timing of the route or the school closest to your family. For more information or to view the bus stop or school closest to you, please see our Student Meals webpage.

    If you have questions about this program, please call 206-252-0900.

    Office of Public Affairs

    Learn More About Fall 2020 Planning

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


    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.