Messages to Families

  • SBLSD Family News: 3/4/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 3/4/2021

    Weekly Update: High School In-Person Learning

    We hope our weekly updates on the status of the transition to in-person learning at the high school level have been helpful to you in planning for this exciting time that we’ve been eagerly waiting for all year. We’re thrilled to see students inside our buildings starting next week!

    Schedule
    Here’s the schedule for when high school students in the In-Person Hybrid learning model will physically return to the school building: 

    • March 9: Grade 9 (Hybrid Group A) 
    • March 10: Grade 9 (Hybrid Group B)
    • March 11: Grade 9 (A)  & Grade 10 (A)
    • March 12: Grade 9 (B) & Grade 10 (B)  
    • March 15: Regular Monday Schedule (advisory and asynchronous work) 
    • March 16: Grades 9-12 (A)
    • March 17: Grades 9-12 (B) 
    • March 18: Grades 9-12 (A)
    • March 19: Grades 9-12 (B) 

    Attestation form
    It’s critical that all families with students in the In-Person Hybrid Learning model complete an attestation form for each child once every quarter. Completion of this form is required before entering the classroom. The preferred and most efficient method to fill out the form is through Family Access. You may also download, print and sign a hard copy of the form (English) (Spanish) and bring it to the school. If you need assistance completing the form, please call your school.

    Student/family webinars
    Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools are hosting webinars for students and families to learn what to expect when returning to the buildings for in-person learning, and schedules for distance learning. 

    Bus information
    Find details about your child’s bus stop, number and times using our online bus stop search tool. Bus information for high school students will be available March 8.

    Due to a severe bus driver shortage, it’s highly likely that some bus routes will be affected to some degree on a daily basis. Any given route on any given day could experience a different bus number, earlier or later pick-up/drop-off times, and unfortunately the potential of no bus transportation at all. 

    Read the full message and access previous updates pertaining to in-person learning at the high school level.

    Parent-teacher elementary conferences this month; virtual, evening schedules

    Spring elementary parent-teacher conferences will take place virtually via Zoom in the evenings of March 23-25 and March 30-April 1. Whether you’re in a distance or in-person learning model, families are encouraged to schedule time to connect with teachers if your child is struggling academically, socially or emotionally, or if you have any other general concerns.

    Unlike previous conferences, there will be no early dismissal or disruption to the teaching and learning schedule. Conferences will take place after school. Please look for detailed information from your child’s school on how to sign up for a conference. In the meantime, mark your calendars for these dates:

    • March 23-25
    • March 30-April 1

    If you have questions, please contact your child’s school.

    Curbside meal changes in effect now

    Starting on Monday, March 1, we made changes to our free curbside meal service. Meals will still be free to all children, whether eating on-site at school or picking up curbside.

    Here are the changes:

    • Multi-day meals packs will be offered curbside one day a week on Mondays (except April 5 and May 31 due to no school). Two sizes of meal packs to choose from, one pack per child:
      • 3 Day Pack: For students attending school in person two days per week and eating school meals onsite.
      • 5 Day Pack: For students not eating at school, for full-time distance learners, or any child in the community aged 18 or younger, whether or not they are enrolled in the District.
    • Locations: Lakeridge Middle School, Mountain View Middle School, Sumner High School
    • Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    March breakfast and lunch menus

    In case you missed it, our print-friendly March menus for elementary, middle and high schools are posted on the website! Menus include options for breakfast and lunch. We also have interactive school meal menus that include nutritional information, allergens, and more. Click here to view the interactive menus.

    School bus riders complete bus evacuation drills

    To help ensure student safety on our buses, the District completed state-required school bus emergency evacuation drills this week. Bus drivers performed these drills March 3 and 4 in the morning when buses arrived at schools.

    During the 20-minute drill, students learned how to use the emergency exit doors, seek help, find a safe location away from the bus, and locate and use emergency equipment. Drivers and student helpers wore personal protective equipment when assisting other students.

    Pandemic EBT arrives this month

    Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are now available to eligible students in our District. P-EBT is money for food for meals students missed at school during the school day because of the pandemic. Benefits are available to students who are:

    • Eligible for free or reduced-price school meals AND
    • Enrolled in our school district this school year

    There is no need to apply to receive these benefits. Each eligible student will receive a P-EBT card in the mail this month. If your family has moved within the last two years, make sure your address on file with our District is up to date. The first payment of these benefits will arrive in the mail sometime in March.

    Students can continue to take part in free grab-and-go meal programs in our community and still get P-EBT. Learn more about our grab-and-go meal program.

    If you have questions about P-EBT, call the P-EBT Contact Center at 1-833-518-0282 or visit www.dshs.wa.gov/pebt.

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  • SBLSD Family News: 2/25/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 2/25/2021

    Weekly Update: High School In-Person Learning

    As predicted and planned for, COVID-19 case counts have dipped below the “about 200” case rate the state deems safe for when high school students can transition to in-person learning. As of Feb. 25, the 14-day case rate per 100,000 residents as of six days ago is 192.5.

    We are ready and eager to begin in-person learning starting with our first group of 9th-graders on March 9! If you haven’t already, view our Back-to-Building video and Safety Plan.

    Student / Family Webinars
    Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools are hosting webinars for students and families to learn what to expect when returning to the buildings for in-person learning, including safety protocols, expectations and schedules. Each school will send high school families detailed information about the webinars.

    • BLHS: Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. 
    • SHS: March 4 at 6 p.m. 
    • Elhi Hill High School Program TBD

    Read the full message and access previous updates pertaining to in-person learning at the high school level.

    L&I Report: District taking necessary steps to ensure safe return to buildings

    After a voluntary, District-requested safety consultation with L&I to review our COVID-19 Reopening Plan, the consultant states that the plan demonstrates SBLSD’s commitment to the health and safety of our students and staff. Read the full report.

    Noteworthy excerpt from the report
    “The reopening plan has put protocols in place when dealing with a student or staff member who experiences COVID-19 symptoms while at school. It is apparent the District is taking the steps necessary to ensure a safe return to school for all employees and students.”

    Help us monitor safety protocols
    As directed by L&I, the District will continue to routinely conduct self-inspections of our workplace and monitor the consistent use and effectiveness of health and safety protocols.

    Please help us! If you observe a safety-related violation or have a concern relating to COVID-19 practices, please use this form to report it. You will remain anonymous unless you choose to provide your contact information.

    If you haven’t already, view our Back-to-Building video and Safety Plan

    SBLSD partners with Seattle Children’s on COVID-19 testing program

    Adding another measure to help keep students and staff safe during this pandemic, the District is partnering with Seattle Children’s to bring a rapid COVID-19 testing program into our facilities. To start with, this voluntary testing will be only for staff. Right now we’re in the planning phase, but we hope to implement testing some time in March. Here’s an overview of what we know now:

    Testing

    • Free, rapid, low-tech, antigen test (about 15 minutes)
    • Anterior nasal self-administered swab
    • Voluntary test, available at first to staff only

    Logistics

    • Tests available at select sites throughout the District
    • Tests performed by District staff who will be trained, certified and monitored by Seattle Children’s
    • District provides the staffing, indoor space and materials 

    As soon as details are finalized, we’ll share more information.

    Help develop new strategic plan; sign up for committee by March 15

    The District is bringing together families, students, staff, partners and community members to develop a new strategic plan guided by a revised vision, mission and values. If you’re interested in serving on a strategic plan committee, please complete this short, five-question form by March 15. Committee members must commit to meeting virtually from 4:30-7 p.m. on April 12, 22, 29 and May 3. Learn more at www.sumnersd.org/strategicplan.

    Changes to curbside meal distribution

    As more students start in-person learning, we’re making changes to our free curbside meal service beginning March 1. Meals continue to be free to all children, whether eating on-site at school or picking up curbside.

    Here are the changes starting Monday, March 1:

    • Multi-day meals packs will be offered curbside one day a week on Mondays (except April 5 and May 31 due to no school). Two sizes of meal packs to choose from, one pack per child:
      • 3 Day Pack: For students attending school in person two days per week and eating school meals onsite.
      • 5 Day Pack: For students not eating at school, for full-time distance learners, or any child in the community aged 18 or younger, whether or not they are enrolled in the District.
    • Locations: Lakeridge Middle School, Mountain View Middle School, Sumner High School
    • Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Pandemic EBT cards coming to families in March

    In a continued response to COVID-19, the federal government is again offering Pandemic EBT cards to eligible families. Referred to as P-EBT 2.0, this version of food assistance offers a set amount of money per child, per day based on the number of days a student attended school remotely or in person. P-EBT 2.0 is meant to replace meals that students would have normally received if not for disruptions to in-person learning during the 2020-21 school year.

    There is no application required. The District will automatically send cards to eligible students in March. We ask that families make sure their mailing address is up to date in Family Access.

    For more information, contact Child Nutrition Services: (253) 891-6450, child_nutrition@sumnersd.org.

    CTE student organizations offer real-life skills and experience 

    Throughout February, we’ve highlighted several aspects of our District’s CTE program. Here, we offer a student’s positive experience of becoming involved in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

    Seniah Flesher, an FFA officer from Sumner High School, said she is grateful for the real life skills she has learned in FFA.

    "The cumulative experience of being a member of FFA has not only taught me real-life skills, but has broadened my understanding of the agricultural industry as a whole. Raising livestock is one of the many ways of getting involved in FFA, it has taught me the amount of responsibility it takes to care for animals as well as the overall agricultural experience. Some individual competitions include job interviews, prepared public speaking, and extemporaneous speaking. These individual competitions I competed in have given me the courage to talk in front of crowds and prepared me for work interviews in the future. Overall, I am very thankful for the insight and knowledge I have acquired from being a part of FFA and improving my real-life skills."

    Learn more about the District’s CTE program and how we’re preparing students for their future.

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  • High school student/family webinars cover safety, expectations, schedules

    Posted by SBLSD on 2/25/2021

    As predicted and planned for, COVID-19 case counts have dipped below the “about 200” case rate the state deems safe for when high school students can transition to in-person learning. As of Feb. 24, the 14-day case rate per 100,000 residents as of six days ago is 194.6.

    We are ready and eager to begin in-person learning starting with our first group of 9th-graders on March 9! If you haven’t already, view our Back-to-Building video and Safety Plan.

    STUDENT / FAMILY WEBINARS

    Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools are hosting webinars for students and families to learn what to expect when returning to the buildings for in-person learning, and schedules for distance learning.

    Webinar dates/times: 

    • BLHS: Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. (Link)
    • SHS: March 4 at 6 p.m. (Link available March 3)
    • Elhi Hill High School Program TBD

    Webinar topics include: 

    • Safety protocols
    • Expectations
    • Schedules

    ASYNCHRONOUS DAYS: MARCH 4 & 5

    To provide staff time to review safety protocols and receive training, the following days will be asynchronous learning days. Asynchronous work will be entered into Google Classroom by 8 a.m. each day.

    • March 4
    • March 5

    If you have questions, please contact your child’s school.

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  • SBLSD Family News: 2/19/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 2/19/2021

    Weekly Update: High School In-Person Learning 

    With the continued downward trend in COVID-19 case counts, our confidence is increasing in the ability to begin in-person learning at the high school level starting first with freshmen on March 9. 

    As of Feb. 18, the 14-day case rate per 100,000 residents as of six days ago is 217. We will continue to monitor the Pierce County COVID-19 Dashboard and keep you informed each week on the progress toward reaching the “about 200” case rate the state deems safe for when high school students can transition to in-person learning.

    Read the full message and access previous updates pertaining to in-person learning at the high school level.

    SBLSD grad rates climb to all-time high of 92.5%

    In a year where we have wanted a decrease in numbers (think COVID-19 case counts), we are proud to announce a 2 percent increase in our 4-year graduation rate! The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District now boasts a 92.5 percent graduation rate for 2020! That’s a whopping 10 percent higher than the state average. Each year’s increase brings us closer to our bold goal of 100 percent graduation.

    A milestone made together  

    We’re more committed than ever to help every student earn that valued diploma, but we can’t do it alone. Despite arguably one of the most challenging years in education, our students reached this well-earned milestone with the help of many. After a required quick pivot to distance learning last spring, our families played a critical role in their child’s education.The hard work and persistence among our families, staff, partners and community leaders does not go unnoticed. You play an important role in helping us reach every student, every day. We thank you!

    Racially-diverse student groups earn 100% graduation

    When we dig deeper into our graduation data, we discover more reasons to celebrate the meaning of the phrase “all means all.” After an intense, yearlong effort of intentional and equitable focus on our students by race/ethnicity and special programs, we’re excited to report a graduation increase in every group. Especially notable is an impressive 100 percent graduation rate in three racially-diverse student groups — American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. 

    View a breakdown of graduation rates by race, ethnicity, and programs. Find detailed data about graduation and where we plan to focus our efforts next.

    SBLSD developing new strategic plan; seeking public participation, input

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is bringing together families, students, staff, partners and community members to develop a new strategic plan guided by a revised vision, mission and core values. We’re looking for individuals to participate in this important planning initiative.

    Valuing all voices throughout our District, we’re using a progressive, inclusive process where stakeholders can share their ideas and provide input in multiple ways prior to completion of the new strategic plan and School Board adoption, which is set for this summer.

    Most immediately, we’re asking interested individuals to sign up to be part of a strategic planning committee to help define a clear direction for enhancing student achievement and success. Committee members must commit to meeting virtually from 4:30-7 p.m. on April 12, 22, 29 and May 3. To be considered for the committee, please complete this short, five-question form to help us ensure a diverse make up of members.

    To guide us through this work, we’ve enlisted the help of Performance Fact, an experienced education strategic planning consultant. Stay tuned for more information about other opportunities to participate in, and learn about, this planning process.

    Pandemic EBT cards coming to families in March

    In a continued response to COVID-19, the federal government is again offering Pandemic EBT cards to eligible families. Referred to as P-EBT 2.0, this version of food assistance offers a set amount of money per child, per day based on the number of days a student attended school remotely or in person. P-EBT 2.0 is meant to replace meals that students would have normally received if not for disruptions to in-person learning during the 2020-21 school year. There is no application required. The District will automatically send cards to eligible students in March. We ask that families make sure their mailing address is up to date in Family Access.

    For more information, contact our Child Nutrition Services: (253) 891-6450, child_nutrition@sumnersd.org.

    Temporary suspension of bus slips 

    Due to COVID-19 and our effort to provide a safe bus riding experience, we are temporarily unable to accept bus slips that allow students to ride a different bus home with a friend. Previously, with parent permission, one student could ride the bus to another student’s home using a bus slip.

    With our focus on student and staff safety, here are some reasons for the suspension of bus slips: 

    • Keep learning groups (hybrid A and B) together as much as possible
    • Manage social distancing to the greatest extent possible
    • Maintain accurate lists of bus riders in case of the need to contact families 

    We’re hopeful to soon return to our normal operations and allow students to use bus slips and travel with friends.

    Families notified if bus running at least 30 minutes late

    Our gradual return to in-person learning means more students riding the bus. To accommodate increased ridership, conform to a driver shortage, and allow time to properly clean and disinfect buses, we may experience delays in picking up or dropping off your child. 

    While all efforts are made to remain on time, there might be instances when your child’s bus is running late. If a bus is running late by 30 minutes or longer, we will call affected families as soon as possible. Calls will be placed using the parent/guardian contact information found in Family Access. 

    We thank you for your patience and support as we work hard to safely and efficiently meet the transportation needs of our families.

    Free curbside meals: Change in distribution days, time and locations

    As more students start in-person learning, we are making changes to our free curbside meal service beginning March 1. Due to a significant reduction in those who use the service and the need for Child Nutrition staff to serve students at schools, we are scaling back the days and locations for grab-and-go meals. Meals continue to be free to all children, whether eating on-site at school or picking up curbside.

    Here are the changes starting Monday, March 1:

    • Multi-day meals packs will be offered curbside one day a week on Mondays (except April 5 and May 31 due to no school). Two sizes of meal packs to choose from, one pack per child:
      • 3 Day Pack: For students attending school in person two days per week and eating school meals onsite
      • 5 Day Pack: For students not eating at school, for full-time distance learners, or any child in the community aged 18 or younger, whether or not they are enrolled in the District.
    • Locations: Lakeridge Middle School, Mountain View Middle School, Sumner High School
    • Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Black History Month celebrations continue

    Our schools continue to celebrate and honor Black History Month. Here’s what some of our schools are doing this month:

    At Donald Eismann Elementary, students are reading about historic African American leaders, including Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Jackson and Christine Darden -- who provided calculations for America’s first journeys into space.

    In classes at Lakeridge Middle School, this week Hawks learned about African American leaders in their classes such as C. Delores Tucker, Crispus Attucks, Mae Jemison, John Lewis, Justice Whitener, Barack Obama and Shriley Chisholm.

    At Bonney Lake High School, Panthers published additional videos highlighting key African American leaders. Click each link below to watch the videos, which are produced and recorded by BLHS students.

    In case you missed it, here are some other videos we shared in the previous newsletter: Onesimus, Mae Johnson, Jordan Peele, Amanda Gorman and Oprah.

    Sumner High School is highlighting contributions from African Americans in the fields of Art, Humanities, Civics and more such as Nina Chanel Abney, Titus Kaphar, Harriet Tubman.

    School Board meeting highlights include updates on tech levy, budget, COVID-19

    The Feb. 17 School Board meeting included the following presentations and reports. Read more highlights from this meeting and previous meetings here.

    Presentations

    Reports

    Meeting Recording

    Recording (passcode: q91.0e2P)

     

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  • Weekly update on the status of in-person learning

    Posted by SBLSD on 2/18/2021

    With the continued downward trend in COVID-19 case counts, our confidence is increasing in the ability to begin in-person learning at the high school level starting first with freshmen on March 9. 

    As of Feb. 18, the 14-day case rate per 100,000 residents as of six days ago is 217. We will continue to monitor the Pierce County COVID-19 Dashboard and keep you informed each week on the progress toward reaching the “about 200” case rate the state deems safe for when high school students can transition to in-person learning.

    Here’s a reminder about school schedules, transition days and support: 

    Estimated physical return to the school building: 

    • March 9: Grade 9 (Hybrid Group A) 
    • March 10: Grade 9 (Hybrid Group B)
    • March 11: Grade 9 (A)  & Grade 10 (A)
    • March 12: Grade 9 (B) & Grade 10 (B)  
    • March 15: Regular Monday Schedule (advisory and asynchronous work) 
    • March 16: Grades 9-12 (A)
    • March 17: Grades 9-12 (B) 
    • March 18: Grades 9-12 (A)
    • March 19: Grades 9-12 (B) 

    Permanent A/B Schedule

    • Hybrid A students will attend all six classes in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
    • Hybrid B students will attend all six classes in person on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

    The days when students are not in the building, they will have asynchronous learning.

    FULL-TIME DISTANCE LEARNING 

    High school students in the Full-Time Distance learning model will experience concurrent teaching, which is when a teacher is instructing both in person students and distance learning students at the same time. 

    Distance learning students will Zoom into periods 1, 2, 3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and periods 4, 5, 6 on Wednesday and Friday. Students will follow their school’s schedule. They will Zoom into classes at times that coincide with the bell schedule. More information will come from schools on the specific times.

    TRANSITION DAYS

    To provide staff time to review safety protocols and receive training, the following days will be asynchronous learning days. Asynchronous work will be entered into Google Classroom by 8 a.m. each day.

    • March 4
    • March 5

    BELL SCHEDULE/SUPPORT HOURS

    • Bell schedule: 7:25 a.m.-1:35 p.m. 
    • Academic support: The school day ends at 1:35 p.m. in order for teachers to provide additional academic support. Teachers will be available for a 45-minute Zoom session to answer questions and offer additional support at the end of each day Tuesday-Friday. Links to this session will be available through each teacher’s Google Classroom.
    • Monday office hours: Teachers will have office support each Monday. Links to these sessions will be available through each teacher’s Google Classroom.
    • Advisory: Students will have a 30-minute live Advisory period each Monday morning at 10:30. Students should look for a Zoom meeting link from their advisory teacher. Each school will send more information on the scheduled time for Advisory. 

    If you have questions, please contact your child’s school.

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  • SBLSD Family News: 2/12/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 2/12/2021

    Exciting news: Tentative date set for high school in-person learning, March 9

    As COVID-19 data continues to steadily trend downward, we estimate that high school students can begin In-Person Hybrid learning on March 9. While this is only an estimate, our previous predictions based on trends have been accurate. We’re confident sharing this date to help families prepare for this much-anticipated transition.

    In-Person Hybrid Schedule
    Here’s the estimated schedule for when high school students in the In-Person Hybrid learning model will physically return to the school building: 

    • March 9: Grade 9 (Hybrid Group A) 
    • March 10: Grade 9 (Hybrid Group B)
    • March 11: Grade 9 (A)  & Grade 10 (A)
    • March 12: Grade 9 (B) & Grade 10 (B)  
    • March 15: Regular Monday Schedule (advisory and asynchronous work) 
    • March 16: Grades 9-12 (A)
    • March 17: Grades 9-12 (B) 
    • March 18: Grades 9-12 (A)
    • March 19: Grades 9-12 (B) 

    Full-Time Distance Schedule
    High school students in the Full-Time Distance learning model will experience concurrent teaching, which is when a teacher is instructing both in person students and distance learning students at the same time. 

    Distance learning students will Zoom into periods 1, 2, 3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and periods 4, 5, 6 on Wednesday and Friday. Students will follow their school’s schedule. They will Zoom into classes at times that coincide with the bell schedule. More information will come from schools on the specific times.

    Families of high school students have received additional information. Read the full message

    Holiday reminder and Feb. 17 schedule change

    Reminder: There is no school for students on Feb. 15 and 16 in recognition of Presidents Day. Please also note that Feb. 17 is now an asynchronous learning day for all students with no in-person instruction. Students received assignments for this asynchronous day on Feb. 12. There is no in-person instruction.

    Student schedule for the week of Feb. 15:

    • Feb. 15: No school (Presidents Day)
    • Feb. 16: No school (Presidents Day)
    • Feb. 17: No in-person instruction; asynchronous learning day
    • Feb. 18: Regular classes/schedule

    - Hybrid A students in grades K-8 attend in-person instruction

    - Middle and high school students in distance learning attend periods 1, 3, 5

    • Feb. 19: Regular classes/schedule

    - Hybrid B students in grades K-8 attend in-person instruction

    - Middle and high school students in distance learning attend periods 2, 4, 6

    Inclement weather reminders 

    In case we get more snow later this season, please read these reminders and important items to note about a delay or school building closure. We want to communicate with you as quickly and effectively as possible. 

    Follow us on social media for updates: Facebook, @SumnerSchoolDistrict; Twitter @SumnerSchools; Instagram, @SumnerBonneyLakeSD.

    Back to Building slideshows

    This week was exciting for our middle schools, as 6th, 7th and 8th graders began In-Person Hybrid Learning!

    Our 6th graders stepped foot into middle school for the first time on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by 7th and 8th graders on Thursday and Friday.

    Get a peek into what it was like for these students to be back in school buildings with these photo slideshows.

    Free curbside meals: Change in distribution days, time and locations

    As more students start in-person learning, we are making changes to our free curbside meal service beginning March 1. Due to a significant reduction in those who use the service and the need for Child Nutrition staff to serve students at schools, we are scaling back the days and locations for grab-and-go meals. Meals continue to be free to all children, whether eating on-site at school or picking up curbside.

    Here are the changes starting Monday, March 1: 

    • Multi-day meals packs will be offered curbside one day a week on Mondays (except April 5 and May 31 due to no school). Two sizes of meal packs to choose from, one pack per child:
      • 3 Day Pack: For students attending school in person two days per week and eating school meals onsite
      • 5 Day Pack: For students not eating at school, for full-time distance learners, or any child in the community aged 18 or younger, whether or not they are enrolled in the District.
    • Locations: Lakeridge Middle School, Mountain View Middle School, Sumner High School
    • Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

    Black History Month in our schools

    February is Black History Month and our schools are participating in a variety of activities and projects to celebrate. Here’s what some of our schools are up to:

    Bonney Lake High School is producing a variety of videos highlighting key African American leaders. These videos are recorded and produced by BLHS students. Click each link below to watch the videos.

    • Onesimus: Instrumental in understanding vaccinations and disease prevention
    • Mae Johnson: Engineer and former NASA astronaut
    • Jordan Peele: Movie director
    • Amanda Gorman: Poet and activist
    • Oprah: Talk show host, producer, actress and philanthropist

    At Lakeridge Middle School, bulletin boards in the hallways celebrate historic African Americans such as Michelle Obama, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Colin Powell and Michael P. Anderson, who have had influence in many different industries, including science, politics, space exploration and more.

    Crestwood Elementary students and teachers have decorated their classroom doors with colorful artwork. Celebrating black history through music, this artwork from Ms. Crowley’s class showcases musical artists such as Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston.The second door from Ms. Collins’ class features Katherine Johnson, who studied how to use geometry for space travel and even helped NASA send astronauts to the moon.

    We will continue to highlight more ways our schools are celebrating the importance of Black History Month and the contributions African Americans have made, and continue to make.

    CTE Month: Programs offer opportunity for Career Readiness Cords

    To continue the celebration of CTE Month, we are highlighting the District’s six programs. Students who earn at least 2.0 credits in CTE program areas and successfully demonstrate job readiness skills, such as resume writing and interviewing, can apply for a Career Readiness Cord at graduation. Program areas:

    • Agriculture Education
    • Business & Marketing
    • Family & Consumer Sciences
    • Health Sciences
    • Skilled Trades & Technical Sciences
    • STEM

    Learn more about the classes in these CTE high school programs here.

    Kindergarten registration open

    Now is the time to enroll kindergarten students for the 2021-22 school year. The sooner you enroll, the better we can keep you informed.

    Free classes offer tools to prepare children for kindergarten

    Parents and caregivers of children birth to age five are invited to a free virtual workshop that  offers information specific to your child’s age on how they learn and grow. Registration is required. 

    • Orientation for new families: Feb. 18, 6-6:30 p.m.

    Find more information at www.sumnersd.org/ready, or email Annette Bowen at annette_bowen@sumnersd.org.

    *Spanish session offered

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  • In-person learning for high school estimated to begin March 9

    Posted by SBLSD on 2/12/2021

    SBLSD High School Families:

    This message includes an estimated schedule to begin in-person learning and reminders for distance learning. Also note a schedule change for March 4 and 5 for all high school students. Please read the entire message below for details.

    IN-PERSON HYBRID LEARNING

    As COVID-19 data continues to steadily trend downward, we estimate that high school students can begin In-Person Hybrid learning on March 9. While this is only an estimate, our previous predictions based on trends have been accurate. We’re confident sharing this date to help families prepare for this much-anticipated transition.

    Here’s the estimated schedule for when high school students in the In-Person Hybrid learning model will physically return to the school building: 

    • March 9: Grade 9 (Hybrid Group A) 
    • March 10: Grade 9 (Hybrid Group B)
    • March 11: Grade 9 (A)  & Grade 10 (A)
    • March 12: Grade 9 (B) & Grade 10 (B)  
    • March 15: Regular Monday Schedule (advisory and asynchronous work) 
    • March 16: Grades 9-12 (A)
    • March 17: Grades 9-12 (B) 
    • March 18: Grades 9-12 (A)
    • March 19: Grades 9-12 (B) 

    Permanent A/B Schedule

    • Hybrid A students will attend all six classes in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
    • Hybrid B students will attend all six classes in person on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

    The days when students are not in the building, they will have asynchronous learning.

    FULL-TIME DISTANCE LEARNING 

    High school students in the Full-Time Distance learning model will experience concurrent teaching, which is when a teacher is instructing both in person students and distance learning students at the same time. 

    Distance learning students will Zoom into periods 1, 2, 3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and periods 4, 5, 6 on Wednesday and Friday. Students will follow their school’s schedule. They will Zoom into classes at times that coincide with the bell schedule. More information will come from schools on the specific times.

    TRANSITION DAYS

    To provide staff time to review safety protocols and receive training, the following days will be asynchronous learning days. Asynchronous work will be entered into Google Classroom by 8 a.m. each day.

    • March 4
    • March 5

    BELL SCHEDULE/SUPPORT HOURS

    • Bell schedule: 7:25 a.m.-1:35 p.m. 
    • Academic support: The school day ends at 1:35 p.m. in order for teachers to provide additional academic support. Teachers will be available for a 45-minute Zoom session to answer questions and offer additional support at the end of each day Tuesday-Friday. Links to this session will be available through each teacher’s Google Classroom.
    • Monday office hours: Teachers will have office support each Monday. Links to these sessions will be available through each teacher’s Google Classroom.
    • Advisory: Students will have a 30-minute live Advisory period each Monday morning at 10:30. Students should look for a Zoom meeting link from their advisory teacher. Each school will send more information on the scheduled time for Advisory. 

    If you have questions about your child’s schedule, please contact your school.

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  • Weekly update on the status of in-person learning

    Posted by SBLSD on 2/11/2021


    Here's our weekly update on the status of in-person learning. We continue to be excited as we gradually expand the number of students coming back to their school buildings for instruction. Please watch for our next update on Feb. 18. 

    Middle School

    Today, we welcomed the first group of 6th and 7th graders into our buildings for In-person Hybrid learning! Depending on weather, our hybrid group B students are set to begin tomorrow, Feb. 12. Watch this video slideshow for today’s highlights at Lakeridge, Mountain View and Sumner middle schools. 


    High School

    The COVID-19 data continues to trend downward, even closer to the about 200 case count the state has deemed safe to begin in-person learning at the high school level. As of Feb. 11, the 14-day case rate per 100,000 residents as of six days ago is 277. (The six-day lag is necessary for accuracy.) We will continue to monitor the Pierce County COVID-19 Dashboard and keep you informed each week. 

    If you’re not yet following Superintendent Dent on Twitter (@LaurieDent1), she’s enthusiastically keeping close track of our progress!

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  • Snow is in the forecast: What families need to know to prepare

    Posted by SBLSD on 2/10/2021

    Especially this week, winter may bring weather conditions that require school schedule delays or closure. Deciding to cancel school is a difficult decision that we take seriously. The District has a process in place to make decisions and communicate information to families and staff about changes to the normal daily routine. Unless a change of schedule is announced, normal school operations will go on as usual.

    School schedule 

    With two learning models and varied school schedules, it’s important to know what a two-hour late start or closure means for your child’s day. Please review this outline of schedules separated by general education and special education. By doing asynchronous work when school buildings are closed, we maintain equal learning opportunities for students in either learning model and on a day when some students may not have family assistance with Zoom. Asynchronous work allows us to not have to make up those days at the end of the year.

    Bus transportation 

    Even when road conditions in the valley appear passable, bad weather on the hill often causes hazardous driving conditions and impacts the District's ability to operate buses safely. As inclement weather can affect the bus schedule, we ask that families be patient. We will do everything in our control to provide timely information regarding pick-up and drop-off times for students. Please remember, the safety of your children is our primary concern.

    Sometimes, we need to operate with limited bus transportation, which means buses will stop at all regular stops with the exception of one or more of the following on this limited transportation schedule. We will communicate the impacted service areas.

    How decisions are made

    When poor weather is anticipated, at approximately 2 a.m., designated transportation staff drive roads throughout the district to determine the ability to safely transport students, determine the status of arterials (major and minor) making note of specific challenging areas; and reviews existing and anticipated weather patterns throughout the area and consider decisions of surrounding school districts. Between 4 and 4:30 a.m., the Transportation Director and Superintendent’s Office determines the feasibility of safely transporting children to and from school. When at all possible, decisions regarding school delays or closures are made by 5 a.m.

    How we communicate

    In the event of needing to change school schedules, here is how we will communicate the changes:

    • Automated phone calls and emails: Make sure your contact information and communication preferences are up-to-date in Family Access
    • Website announcements: www.sumnersd.org
    • Social media posts: Follow us on Twitter (@SumnerSchools), Facebook (@SumnerSchoolDistrict) and Instagram (@sumnerbonneylakesd)
    • SBLSD Emergency Hotline: Call the Emergency Hotline at (253) 891-6001 for updated information
    • Local TV/radio announcements
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  • Status Update: High School In-Person Learning

    Posted by SBLSD on 2/5/2021

    We’re getting closer! 

    We’re very pleased about the continuing downward trend in COVID-19 case counts, as they inch closer to when we can safely bring back high school students. We’re not there yet, but we remain optimistic for the opportunity to begin in-person learning in the near future. In the meantime, high school students will remain in distance learning.

    Where things stand

    As of Feb. 4, the 14-day case rate per 100,000 residents as of six days ago is 336. The six-day lag is necessary for accuracy. In following the state Department of Health’s metrics, we need to be at about 200 cases per 100,000 residents to begin in-person learning at the high school level. We will continue to carefully monitor these metrics, analyze trends and keep you informed. 

    Continued distance learning 

    High school students will remain in distance learning until we reach the state-defined metrics deemed safe to begin in-person learning. Our staff continues their daily outreach and connection to all students. If your child needs academic support, please contact your teacher. For technology assistance, please contact our Tech Helpline at (253) 891-6055, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

    • Virtual Clubs: Our high schools offer a wide variety of virtual clubs, which provide valuable opportunities for social interaction among peers. Students can check in with their school on how to get involved. 
    • Fall Sports: It’s not Friday Night Lights as we know it, but we’re excited to see the lights on at Sunset Chev Stadium and Panther Field for football practice. Cross country, golf, girls soccer, girls swim and volleyball will begin practices on Feb. 8. 

    We will continue to update families every week on the status of in-person learning at the high school level. Please expect our next update on Feb. 11. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. You are a critical partner in your child’s education!

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