What Will School Look Like Next Fall?
North Beach School District is already looking ahead at possible scenarios for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. In June, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released their guidance for schools to utilize in planning for the coming school year. We will be reviewing this guidance and engaging our staff, parents and community members in the planning process.hroughout this process, the health and safety of our students, families, staff and community will come first. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to protect our community’s health while ensuring every child can achieve to their highest level.
We will partner with our schools, educators, parents, and community partners to provide equitable support for every student’s success, with proven and responsive solutions during this unprecedented time.
We want students back in the classroom.
We are proud of the work we have done to engage students in distance learning the past few months, but we also know that in-person relationships with teachers and friends are important for student success. So, a primary goal will be to bring students back to school, with new measures to protect health and safety.
There’s little doubt: School will look different than it did before the pandemic.
Classrooms and schedules will change to accommodate social distancing. Students and staff will be asked to wear face coverings. We will expect students to stay home at the first sign of any symptoms, including cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
We are preparing for several different possibilities. We want students back in the classroom, but we know we may have to use remote learning again. We will work with families and communities to ensure an equitable approach that responds to students’ needs.
Remote learning may be an ongoing reality
The reality is that we may need to be prepared to pivot quickly and provide all instruction remotely if the area experiences an outbreak of COVID-19. (You can help prevent this potential setback by complying with guidance from the state, health department and other officials for slowing the spread of the virus.)
We’ve learned a lot about how to deliver remote learning well, and we’ll continue to adjust and improve over time. We also know there are gaps in equitable access to technology. We have made some progress on this issue and our goal is to have every student connected.
Parents, know too that we don’t expect you to take on the role of a classroom teacher. When we use remote learning, our teachers are still the skilled educators they have always been, and we are supporting them in bringing their skills online. We know that remote learning raises questions on childcare and food security, and we will have a plan in place to address those needs.
We will keep you updated as planning moves forward.
Back-to-School planning efforts will be ongoing throughout the summer and our strategies may be adjusted and refined as we head into the school year. Clear and transparent decision-making is a priority for us, and we will provide regular updates to make sure you have the latest information.