Updates for high school families

  • 3/11/21

    Status Update: High School In-Person Hyrid

    We’ve had an amazing week welcoming back 9th-grade students for in-person learning, and today our first group of 10th-graders! For a look inside our schools and morning entrance protocols, watch videos of 9th-grade first day and 10th-grade first day

    For families with students still yet to begin in-person learning, please take note of important information about bus transportation and the requirement to complete an attestation form.

    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 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. Forms are valid for a set period of time. Completed and submitted attestation forms are a requirement for students to attend in-building learning.

    A new attestation form will be available in Family Access on March 12. All families must complete the form, which will be good for the remainder of the school year.

    STUDENT / FAMILY WEBINARS

    View recorded webinars that highlight in-person learning schedules, safety requirements and protocols, and more. 

    BUS INFORMATION

    Bus impacts for routes in the Lakeridge MS area

    Due to a severe bus driver shortage, there will be some logistical changes that affect bus riders who live in the Lakeridge Middle School area. If your child previously attended Lakeridge, the following information likely applies to you.

    Areas impacted include: 

    • BLHS: Cedar Ridge, Parkside, Angeline, Bonney Lake Elementary area, Inlet Island and Church Lake Drive
    • SHS: Lakeridge Drive/Mary Ann, Lake Jane, Emerald Hills Elementary area, 166th, Ridgewood and West Tapps

    Bus runs: 

    • Morning drop-off: High school students will be first dropped off at Lakeridge Middle School. They will then board a separate bus that will take them to their high school.
    • Afternoon pick-up: High school students will be picked up from their high school about an hour after school lets out. Students will be supervised by school staff. Pick up is estimated to occur:
      • BLHS: 2:20-2:30 p.m. (impacts 6 buses) 
      • SHS: 2:30-2:40 p.m. (impacts 3 buses)

    Use our online bus lookup tool for information specific to your child. For more information or questions, please call the Transportation Department at (253) 891-6400.

    Online bus stop search tool 

    If your child will be riding the bus, find their bus stop, number and times using our online bus stop search tool. Please note: 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. 

    Here are possible bus transportation impacts 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 by 30 minutes or longer, 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.


    3/4/21

    Status Update: High School In-Person Hyrid

    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!

    Please read this entire message as it includes important information about bus transportation and an action item to complete before your child may enter the classroom.

    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.

    Webinars: 

    BUS INFORMATION

    Bus impacts for routes in the Lakeridge MS area 

    Due to a severe bus driver shortage, there will be some logistical changes that affect bus riders who live in the Lakeridge Middle School area. If your child attended Lakeridge, the following information likely applies to you.

    Areas impacted include: 

    • BLHS: Cedar Ridge, Parkside, Angeline, Bonney Lake Elementary area, Inlet Island and Church Lake Drive
    • SHS: Lakeridge Drive/Mary Ann, Lake Jane, Emerald Hills Elementary area, 166th, Ridgewood and West Tapps

    Bus runs: 

    • Morning drop-off: High school students will be first dropped off at Lakeridge Middle School. They will then board a separate bus that will take them to their high school.
    • Afternoon pick-up: High school students will be picked up from their high school about an hour after school lets out. Students will be supervised by school staff. Pick up is estimated to occur:
      • BLHS: 2:20-2:30 p.m. (impacts 6 buses) 
      • SHS: 2:30-2:40 p.m. (impacts 3 buses)

    Bus information specific to your child will be uploaded to our online bus lookup tool by March 8. For more information or questions, please call the Transportation Department at (253) 891-6400.

    Bus information available March 8

    Will your child ride the school bus? Find details about their 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. 

    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 by 30 minutes or longer, 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.


     

    2/25/21

    Status Update: High School In-Person Hyrid

    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.



    2/18/21

    Status Update: High School In-Person Hyrid

    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.



    2/11/21

    Status Update: High School In-Person Hyrid

    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.

    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!

     


    2/5/21

    Stutus Update: High School In-Person Hybrid

    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!

     


    1/28/21

    The following message was sent to all (hybrid and distance learning) high school families:

    This is a follow-up message to the District’s Jan. 25 email confirming your child’s learning model, learning group (if hybrid) and second semester schedule. You may also find this information by logging into Family Access. High school students will start their new class schedule for second semester on Feb. 2. 

    Until the District is able to begin in-person learning at the high school level, all high school students 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. Schools will continue to communicate additional details directly to students and families. 

    We’re here to help

    We anticipate COVID-19 case counts will continue a downward trend that will allow high school students the ability to begin in-person learning in the near future. We very much recognize the undue and overwhelming burden, stress and anxiety this unpredictable pandemic has caused families. We not only care about your child’s academic performance, but more than ever before, it’s critical we help with their social and emotional wellbeing. We’re here to help. Please reach out to your school for assistance or view Mental Health & Wellness and Counseling resources. 

    Trends are tracking in our favor 

    We’re pleased to see COVID-19 case counts decreasing, which, in time, allows the District to gradually expand in-person learning. Like so many of you, we want your children back in our buildings. To do this, we owe it to our students, staff, families and the Sumner-Bonney Lake community to implement in-person learning steadily and safely as recommended by health experts. Here’s a reminder of the state-defined metrics SBLSD abides by using 14-day case rates with a 6-day lag: 

    • Elementary: Greater than 350 cases per 100,000 residents
    • Middle: 350 cases per 100,000 residents 
    • High: About 200 cases per 100,000 residents 

    Gradually expanding in-person learning at elementary, middle levels 

    To make sure all families are kept informed on the status of in-person learning, here’s the timeline for what we have in place now and when we estimate adding grade levels:  

    • Special Education District Programs: Began in-person learning Sept. 22
    • Grades K-2: Began in-person learning Jan. 19
    • Grades 3-5: Set to begin in-person learning Feb. 2
    • Grades 6-8: Set to begin in-person learning Feb. 9-12 

    If you have questions about your child’s learning model or schedule, please contact your school