Update for middle school hybrid learning families

  • 3/5/21

    Changes to middle school bus schedules begin March 9

    With a shortage of bus drivers and high school students transitioning to in-person learning next week, there will be a change in bus schedules for middle schoolers. Here’s what to expect:

    • Middle/High together: High school students will ride the same buses with middle school students. This includes Lakeridge Middle School buses, which is a change from previous years. The adjustment in earlier pick-up and later drop-off times is to allow time to get to and from high schools.
    • Morning pick-up: Buses will pick up students at their bus stops about 10 to 20 minutes earlier than usual. 
    • Afternoon drop-off: Some buses will arrive at schools about 10 minutes later than usual. Students will be supervised by school staff.
    • Online bus stop search tool: Families are encouraged to use our online bus stop search tool to check their child’s bus schedule. New schedules, with updated times, will be loaded into our system on March 8. 

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information or questions, please call the Transportation Department at (253) 891-6400.


    2/5/21

    Reminders for Middle School In-Person Learning  

    We’re excited to welcome our middle school students into our school buildings next week! Please take note of these important reminders, including completion of an attestation form that is required before your child can enter the classroom.

    In-Person Hybrid Groups
    Students in the In-Person Hybrid model have been divided into two groups with start dates based on group — A or B. If you’re unsure about your child’s group, please log into Family Access or contact your school.

    In-Person Hybrid Start Dates
    Here is next week’s schedule for the first day when students will physically return to the building for in-person learning: 

    • Feb. 9: Grade 6 — Hybrid Group A 
    • Feb. 10: Grade 6 — Hybrid Group B
    • Feb. 11: Grades 6, 7, 8 — Hybrid Group A
    • Feb. 12: Grades 6, 7, 8 — Hybrid Group B

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

    Middle School 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. Students should look for a Zoom meeting link from their advisory teacher. Each school will send more information on the scheduled time for Advisory. 

    Completed Attestation Form Required Before Entering Classroom

    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.

    Bus Information

    Will your child ride the school bus? Find details about their bus stop, number and times using our online bus stop search tool. NOTE: Bus information for middle school students will be available beginning Feb. 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. 

    Please note these important items that could affect your child: 

    • Different buses: 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.
    • Bus times: Pick-up and drop-off times could vary and may not always align exactly with school start and dismissal times. Because of 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 soon as we know if your child’s route is affected, we will send a robocall to families with as much advance notice we can give. 
    • No transportation: 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. We encourage families to have a back-up plan with an alternative way to get your child to school. This a very unfortunate reality that will likely affect routes on a daily basis. If your child is unable to make it to school, it will be an excused absence. Students will have the ability to do asynchronous work. We will notify affected families as soon as we possibly can. We will continue to provide transportation for special education students who have special transportation in their IEP. 

    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.

    Safety

    Building leaders have been busy preparing a safe school environment for when middle school students begin in-person learning next week.

    Our paramount focus is to ensure safe environments for everyone in our school communities. To help meet our safety goals, we ask that students and families to be active participants in these efforts.

    Here is an outline of the actions necessary to help maintain health and safety in our school buildings:

    • Parents/guardians must check the health of their child before sending them to school. If your child is ill, they need to stay home. Please refer to the list of symptoms and questions included in the Attestation Form, which must be submitted each quarter. Please complete the attestation form through Family Access.
    • Parents/guardians will contact their child’s school to inform staff if their child has been tested, has been informed that they are COVID-19 positive or have been a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
    • On the bus, students must properly wear approved face coverings and sit in seats assigned by their driver (social distancing as much as possible).
    • Staff, students, parents/guardians, and limited visitors must wear face coverings when on campus. Face coverings may be taken off to eat during assigned times and to drink water.
    • Students and staff will have their temperature taken daily upon arrival to their building. Staff will also conduct a brief visual inspection for COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Social distancing (6 feet) will be expected and strictly enforced.
    • Handwashing (with soap and water) or the use of hand sanitizer will be expected upon arrival, during the day, prior to eating, after eating, and prior to leaving for the day.
    • Students will adhere to all building safety protocols enacted by the school staff. These protocols will be taught to students.

    Thank you for your help and commitment to the safety of everyone in our school communities.

    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)

    1/28/21

    The following message was sent to middle school families who have selected in-person hybrid learning for their student(s):

    This is an update to the District’s Jan. 25 email confirming your child’s learning model, learning group (A or B) and second semester schedule. You may also find this information by logging into Family Access.

    In-person learning to begin Feb. 9

    We are thrilled to announce that middle school students will begin In-Person Hybrid Learning Feb. 9-12. Our staff is excited and our buildings are ready for this much-anticipated moment when face-to-face teaching and learning can thrive with a new level of social emotional wellbeing. Based on our careful and consistent study of COVID-19 metrics, we believe by Sunday, Jan. 31, that case counts will be at the number approved to safely begin in-person learning. Here’s the schedule for when middle school students will physically return to the school building: 

    • Feb. 9: Grade 6 — Hybrid Group A 
    • Feb. 10: Grade 6 — Hybrid Group B
    • Feb. 11: Grades 6, 7, 8 — Hybrid Group A
    • Feb. 12: Grades 6, 7, 8 — Hybrid Group 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.

    Second semester begins Feb. 2 in distance learning format

    This is a reminder that all middle school students will begin second semester on Feb. 2 in a distance learning format. 

    Up until middle school students begin in-person learning, they will continue with Zoom sessions for periods 1, 3, 5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and periods 2, 4, 6 on Wednesdays and Fridays. The times remain consistent at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. each day. Look for more information from each school on exact schedules for the month of February. 

    Feb 1.: No school for middle and high school (grading day)

    Feb 2.: Zoom periods 1, 3, 5

    Feb 3.: Zoom periods 2, 4, 6

    Feb 4.: Transition day - safety training for staff, no live Zooms, asynchronous work dropped

    Feb 5.: Transition day - safety training for staff, no live Zooms, asynchronous work dropped

    Feb .8: Asynchronous work dropped

    Feb 9.: Grade 6 Hybrid A attends in-person

    Grades 7 and 8 Hybrid A will Zoom all 6 periods of the day

    Feb 10.: Grade 6 Hybrid B attends in-person

    Grades 7 and 8 Hybrid B will Zoom all 6 periods of the day

    Feb 11.: Grades 6, 7, 8 Hybrid A attend in person, no more live Zooms

    Feb 12.: Grades 6, 7, 8 Hybrid B attend in person, no more live Zooms

    The District will continue to keep families updated on a weekly basis. If you have questions about your child’s schedule, please contact your school