• District planning for transition to in-person learning; student learning model selection due Sept. 22

    * Survey deadline extended to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27 *

    SBLSD Families,

    Thank you all for your patience and flexibility as we begin the 2020-2021 school year.  On September 4th, we received new guidance from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department showing that Pierce County has now transitioned from the high level to the moderate level of COVID-19 infection. It's good news that COVID-19 cases continue to drop. We want our students and staff back in school as soon as it's safe to do so with all the required health and safety protocols in place.

    A drop in COVID-19 activity level means districts can plan to bring back elementary aged children for in-person instruction using a hybrid learning model while adhering to all health and safety protocols. After K-5 elementary students successfully transition to a hybrid learning model, overtime, secondary students in grades 6-12 will transition to a hybrid learning model.  Overtime is defined by the TPCHD as a minimum of 21 days. 

    To prepare for this transition, we want to reconnect with your family to make sure we have current, accurate information on your preference to either continue in a distance learning model or transition to the hybrid learning model.  

    A brief description of each model is listed below.

    Hybrid Instruction:
    It is the district’s goal to plan and implement a safe return to school for all staff and students in a hybrid A/B model. Students would attend school in person on either Tuesday and Thursday, or on Wednesday and Friday. The remaining three days of the week students will be in distance learning. Strict health and safety protocols will be followed for students returning to in person hybrid instruction. This includes 6 foot social distancing, wearing face coverings, hand washing and sanitizing, as well as daily health attestations. Buildings will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.

    Full Time Distance/Online Learning:
    Based on feedback from families, the district is hoping to utilize current staff as much as possible for distance learning. A third party provider will also need to be used for certain grade levels and classes. Families should know that not all classes are available with distance learning. If a family selects distance learning, this choice will remain in effect for the remainder of the school year. Details for distance learning will be finalized once the exact number of interested families is determined.

    Next steps:
    Once survey data is received from all families, new schedules may need to be built across the district at all schools to accommodate requests. Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible for all students.

    Please follow the links below to access the survey in Family Access. The survey will remain open through Tuesday September 22. Once you are logged into Family Access using guardian credentials, you will be directed to enter your choice of hybrid or distance learning for each child in your family. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your child’s school or email the district registrar at register@sumnersd.org.

    Thank you in advance for helping us plan the transition to hybrid learning.

    Link to Family Access

    If you have trouble logging in, choose Forgot Your Login/Password and enter the guardian email associated with the district. An account reset will be sent to your email.

    Sample Survey Link in Family Access

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