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Maria Garcia
• Tuesday, 08 December, 2020
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The sleep patterns of students at Roosevelt High School were studied before and after the district pushed start times later in the fall of 2016. Every school district across Western Washington has a different set of challenges for instruction in 2021 as it navigates the effects of coronavirus on students and staff.

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The state Department of Health’s Decision Tree was created to help districts decide when to open. My Northwest has put together a reopening tracker so that it’s easier to compare districts’ plans as they develop throughout the school year.

Based on the progression of COVID-19 metrics and guidance from the health department, the earliest we will bring grades 3-12 back for in-person learning in a hybrid model is February 2. We are hopeful we might bring our youngest learners back earlier than the older students.

Our current plan is to evaluate the health data in mid-December to determine if a mid-January return in hybrid is feasible for students in Preschool through 2nd grade. Elementary students will only be brought back for broad in-person learning in January, following Winter Break.

Any decision at that time will be subject to review of the health data conditions for King County. Secondary students will only be brought back for broad in-person learning for the second semester of the school year.

Any decision at that time will be subject to review of the health data conditions for King County. FPS, like most of the surrounding districts, decided to start the 2020-21 school year providing 100% remote learning.

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The Kent School District will remain in remote learning for the first semester of this year through January 28. We made this decision primarily based on the data that the COVID-19 activity rates in the SD community remain higher than King County overall and continue to stay above the maximum level the Department of Health has set for when schools may safely reopen for in-person learning.

From the superintendent: The MID staff and elementary schools are ready to bring our kindergarten students back on January 6 as planned. The Early Childhood program successfully and fully reopened at North wood after Thanksgiving, which makes us confident kindergarten will be a success, allowing us to remain on schedule and bring first-graders back on January 19.

Given the current trajectory of the data, at this time it is unlikely that the Renton School District will offer an in-person Preschool through 5th grade hybrid model option before January 2021. The most likely scenario is that the vast majority of students will continue with remote learning through at least the end of December.

A task force will monitor progress, implementation and efficacy of the reopening plan and remote learning model, and to advise the Board and Superintendent throughout the 2020 – 2021 school year. We will continue to monitor all available data and will provide families and staff at least two weeks’ notice before beginning to offer a hybrid learning option.

We will continue to monitor community and regional data and public health guidance to determine a timeline for switching to a hybrid model of instruction. We are disappointed to announce that rising rates of COVID-19 transmission in King County have led us to delay inviting Tahoma students in preschool through grade 2 back to classrooms on Oct. 19.

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Tequila School District staff are starting to develop plans for the potential return of our early learners and examining what this experience might look like. Part of the planning process knows whether families have a preference to have their students return for some in-person learning or to stay with a distance-learning option.

Note: There may be exceptions for students with special education whose disabilities significantly impact their access to an online learning environment. Most of our older students will remain in a fully remote learning model until at least the end of first semester (January 28).

Students in kindergarten and first grade will be the first groups to transition to in person learning in the classroom. Kindergarten and first grade hybrid students started attending school on-site part-time on Oct. 12.

Current projections would place Harrington in a remote learning model through at least the first academic quarter (November 6, 2021). Plans have been in motion for weeks to bring four (4) groups of self-contained special education students back, and our goal is November 2.

During the summer, we shared approximate dates with our families for when we saw it logistically possible to transition to in-person learning, which would be the start of each new quarter/semester (Nov. 12, 2020; Feb. 3, 2021; April 14, 2021). We will continue to use those dates to guide us on major shifts, but the sooner we can get some of our students back to in-person learning, the better.

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At this time, we do not know when we will move forward with Phases 2-4 (see graphic below) of our Hybrid Learning Plan. This transition will be dependent on COVID-19 infection rates and guidance from the Snohomish Health District.

In the Marysville School District, we opened with a plan called “Continuous Learning 2.0” that will have a three-prong approach based on health and safety and the primary considerations developed by the community workgroup. We are currently planning to welcome back our developmental preschool and all kindergarten students as early as October 12.

Superintendent Nelson shared that due to rising COVID-19 cases in our county and specifically within district boundaries, tentative plans to bring back some students starting Oct. 26 would be postponed. The school board decided to postpone the tentative October 26 in-person start date for our preschool through 2nd grade classrooms.

Dr. Sitters emailed guidance to school leaders asking them to “not move ahead now on any plans to bring in additional students.” He also stressed that, at this time, “there is no need to go backward at schools that have already started to bring in students Kindergarten to 3rd grade, or those with special needs.” We will be meeting with Dr. Sitters on Tuesday, October 20th, to discuss our plans to bring back 4th and 5th grade students for face-to-face instruction on October 26th. The Ethel School District will not return to in-person learning in October due to the rising rate of COVID-19 cases in Pierce County.

All students will continue in our current remote learning instructional model through at least mid November. It is their recommendation, based on COVID-19 cases in OUR county RIGHT NOW, that it would be unsafe to open schools in early September.

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We will continue our work and planning that we have begun that currently targets a November 2nd return for students in preschool through fifth grade. It is difficult to say today whether we can stick with that November date, but for the time being we will wait and see what happens with transmission rates in Pierce County.

From the superintendent: Fife Public Schools will not be transitioning to a hybrid learning model on November 2nd, which was our target date established on September 28th. Students will be divided into two cohorts to increase engagement, reduce screen time, and create flexible alternatives for families.

There are far too many factors to base our decision-making on a specific number as our only metric for reopening. We do not want to pivot back and forth between opening, delaying, or additional closures due to changing advice by the TP CHD and increasingly risky conditions for our children.

The Task Force plans to reconvene and discuss the next steps in reopening Opting Schools on October 20, 2021. PSD is currently providing safe, in-person learning for preschool, K-1 students and other small groups.

If COVID-19 case rates move to and stabilize at the “Moderate” level, in mid-December, we will notify families of our intent to have elementary students (grades K-5) begin our hybrid model on January 4th, 2021 (immediately following Winter Break). While it was a very difficult decision, we believe it is the right one for the health and safety of our students and staff, especially in light of the continuous increase in COVID-19 cases.

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Our district team continues to stay in close contact with the health department and monitor the data. White River schools will start this fall with every student in distance learning.

Fortunately, our experiences at the end of the last school year, the survey responses, and the parent focus groups have all served to provide us with valuable information on how to improve the distance learning experience. The state departments of education and health created a framework and guidance to help districts as they decide how to provide instruction.

No order School districts, in conjunction with their local health departments, must consider benchmarks on new cases, diagnostic test percent positivity, and COVID-19 related hospitalizations to determine when in-person classes can begin again. Ordered open Education Secretary Johnny Key issued guidance Aug. 5 that requires districts to offer in-person instruction five days a week when classes resume.

Partial closure Each local district will decide when to reopen, but in order to offer any face-to-face instruction, they must abide by metrics that Gov. According to the state’s new four-tiered framework, districts may allow students into school buildings only if their counties meet key local metrics on coronavirus spread for two weeks.

The reopening guidance for schools put out by the state recommends that districts have a variety of plans in place in addition to in-person classes, including teaching students in small groups and through distance learning. No order Districts were asked to plan for all students to return to school for full-time, in-person instruction this fall as long as public health conditions support face-to-face teaching.

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Schools have started to reopen with a mix of in-person and remote instruction, based on “minimal to moderate” viral spread among communities. The state also released guidance for low-, medium-, and high-risk youth sports programs, requiring both facial masks and physical distancing.

No order Districts can decide whether to open school buildings, following health and safety guidance from the state. However, the Illinois State Board of Education has “strongly encouraged” a return to full, in-person instruction in the fall, as long as the regions are in Phase 4 of reopening.

No order Districts set their own academic calendars and can make individual decisions about when or if students return to in-person classes. Reynolds, overriding local decisions, ordered every student to spend at least half of their schooling inside classrooms.

State officials have created a color-coded framework that they recommend schools use to make decisions about in-person instruction based on community spread. No order The state has approved all schools to offer in-person instruction this fall with required health and safety measures, but individual districts will make their own decisions.

No order Districts can determine whether to start the school year remotely, fully in-person, or in a hybrid model based on the number of new coronavirus cases in their county. No order Districts may choose to open school buildings, but they must modify schedules, restrict gatherings, and observe social distancing in accordance with state and federal recommendations.

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No order The state department of education issued July guidance on four possible reopening scenarios, including for “near full capacity of attendance and operations in a traditional setting, with remote learning for students not onsite.” Under this scenario, there is no limit on group sizes in schools, but social distancing should be observed, and monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 should still take place, the guidance says.

Pete Ricketts has given districts discretion to set their own reopening plans using guidance from the state’s education department. No order Guidance from the Nevada education department says school districts and charters must develop distance learning plans “even if a district/school has sufficient space to open for full-time in-person instruction” under the second phase of the state's reopening guidelines.

No order Local districts will decide whether they open for full-time, in-person teaching, continue with remote instruction, or employ a combination of the two as part of hybrid models. No order Districts develop their own reopening plans that must meet core health and safety standards in the state’s school-reopening guidance.

Phil Murphy announced an executive order that schools could open as remote-only if they cannot meet health and safety standards for live instruction. No order School districts across the state can reopen in-person in the fall, though that may be revised on a regional basis if COVID-19 infection rates increase.

School systems will have to follow state guidelines, but the specifics of the plans--including whether teaching will be delivered in-person or via a hybrid model-- will be up to the districts. Partial closure Starting Oct. 5, districts will be able to open their elementary schools to full-time instruction if they choose Gov.

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For now, middle and high schools must still operate on either a hybrid or fully-remote schedule, and districts must still offer a fully-remote option for elementary families who want it. Doug Burgum said July 14 that school districts could reopen for in-person instruction in consultation with local health officials.

Schools in areas that have seen three weeks of positivity rates and COVID-19 caseloads below public health benchmarks can begin reopening for in-person instruction. Districts that began the school year with hybrid or remote learning plans have until Oct. 13 to resume full in-person instruction.

The state department of education's guidance also provides a framework that districts can use to assess risk and decide when it would be safe to reopen. No order State officials announced Aug. 6 that they recommend schools in areas with high rates of new COVID-19 cases reopen with full-time distance learning for nearly all students.

The state's education department earlier this summer urged all schools to reopen for some in-person learning, but the persistence of new COVID-19 cases forced a more cautious set of recommendations for local decisions, Gov. Partial closure Each Saturday, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources evaluates COVID-19 transmission rates to determine the instructional options allowed in each county.

No order Districts decided whether to offer full in-person instruction, stick to remote learning, or go with a hybrid model. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has provided guidance as districts develop their plans based on infection rates in their area.

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No order The state's department of education asked each district to send a detailed plan on how they will reopen their schools.

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