Grades 3-5 Updates

  • 1/26/21

    The District sent out the following messages to Grades 3-5 Families (Distance Learning Families and Hybrid Learning).

    Please note the intended message for the model you selected for your student(s) in Grades 3-5.

    DISTANCE Learning Families

    On Feb. 2, the District will begin in-person learning for students in grades 3-5 who chose the In-Person Hybrid model. There will be no change on Feb. 2 for students who are already in the  Full-Time Distance model. They will remain on their same schedule with their same teacher. The District is communicating separately with families of students who will begin in-person learning. 

    We hope you and your child are enjoying distance learning and thriving with a consistent schedule and predictable instructional model. If you need assistance with your child’s Chromebook or technology tools, please remember to call our Tech Helpline at (253) 891-6055, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

    HYBRID Learning Families

    We’ve enjoyed tremendous success after a week of In-Person Hybrid learning with kindergarten through 2nd-grade students. On Feb. 2, we’re excited to expand in-person learning to welcome 3rd through 5th-graders in our hybrid model into our safe learning environments with health and safety protocols

    The District has your child confirmed for the In-Person Hybrid learning model. Students in this model have been divided into two learning groups (A or B) with start dates based on group. Please refer to the Jan. 12 email noting your child’s learning group. You may also find this information by logging into Family Access

    Please continue reading this message for important reminders about: 

    • Learning groups
    • Start dates
    • Schedules
    • Required attestation form 
    • Bus stop look-up tool
    • Health and safety resources 

    Learning groups
    Students attending school in-person have been divided into two groups: Hybrid Group A and Hybrid Group B. The District has scheduled families with multiple children in the same group.

    • Hybrid A students will attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
    • Hybrid B students will attend school on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

    Start dates
    Below is the first day when 3-5 students will physically return to the building for in-person learning by group. 

    • Feb. 2: Grades 3-5, Hybrid Group A
    • Feb. 3: Grades 3-5, Hybrid Group B

    Bell schedule
    In-person start times will follow your school’s regular school day schedule. Elementary school schedules vary by early-start schools and late-start schools. 

    Instruction schedule
    For details of the A/B instructional model, watch this video and view an at-a-glance guide to learn what in-person learning days will look like and what to expect on the asynchronous days when your child is working remotely.

    Completed attestation form required before entering the classroom
    With our expanded return to in-person learning, health and safety is our top priority. Families have an important role in helping ensure the safest environment possible for students and staff.

    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 school building. The preferred and most efficient method to fill out the form is through Family Access. You may also download and print a hard copy of the form (English) (Spanish) and bring it to the school. Forms are not needed for students in Full-Time Distance Learning.

    The quarterly attestation form affirms that the parent/guardian will check their child daily for all symptoms of COVID-19 (symptoms listed on form) and agree not to send their child to school if the child has any symptoms, has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, or has been told to self-monitor, quarantine or isolate. They also attest to report any signs of illness or contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 to the school.

    Please complete this form in Family Access prior to your child’s first day of in-person learning. If you have questions or need assistance completing the form, please call your school.

    Find your child’s bus stop information online
    Will your child ride the school bus? Find details about their bus stop, number(s) and times using our online bus stop search tool.

    Just as at the beginning of a regular school year, there might be learning curves in starting bus service regarding routes, times and a continual adjustment of bus driver staffing levels. Here are some important items to note when looking at your child’s bus information:

    • Due to a shortage in bus drivers, it’s possible your child will ride two different buses — one bus in the morning and a different one in the afternoon. This means a different bus number and a different bus driver.
    • Pick-up and drop-off times could vary and may not always align exactly with school start and dismissal times. For example, due to the bus driver shortage and the need to double-up on bus runs, your child could be picked up earlier or later than when school begins. Another possibility is that your child might need to wait (supervised) at school for a bus to pick them up.
    • As a last resort, when no bus drivers are available, it’s possible we may not be able to provide bus transportation for some routes on any given day.

    If you need assistance with the online bus stop search tool or have other transportation-related questions, please call the Transportation Department at (253) 891-6400.

    Health and safety resources 

    • Back-to-building video (safety measures and procedures) 
    • Safety plan (screening protocol, face coverings, meals, transportation, cleaning, etc.)
    • FAQs (instruction, health, operations)

    Thank you for your continued patience and support as we move into this next phase of learning models for what we hope is the very best experience for your child — academically, social and emotionally. We’ve implemented health and safety protocols that adhere to the state’s strict standards in order to keep our students and staff safe while inside our school buildings.