• 3/27/20

    Distance Learning | Graduation | AP | IB

    We know that students and families continue to have questions about education during this uncertain time. Please know that the District is working to provide answers to specific questions, including grading, course completion, graduation requirements, and many other things affected by the school closure. Please note, Spring Break will still be observed April 6-10.

    Distance Learning
    On March 23, the District formally launched its distance learning plan by providing supplemental extended learning opportunities through email, Google classroom, phone calls, paper/electronic packets and the District website. These were optional resources reviewing what students already learned in class. We are proud of our teachers and administrators for their hard work connecting with students by providing a variety of learning opportunities.

    Based on new guidance from the state superintendent’s office, our distance learning plan will be modified to include new learning.  Over the next week, District staff will continue training and developing plans to shift into a new, enhanced distance learning model.  This change begins after Spring Break. 

    We will provide more information on the new model next week.

    Chromebooks and Hotspots
    Does your child need a Chromebook or hotspot? If yes, please fill out this request form.

    You may pick up Chromebooks at Central Office (1202 Wood Ave, Sumner) on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will meet you outside. If you are unable to come during business hours, please call (253) 891-6111.

    We currently have a waitlist for hotspots. Please fill out this request form to be added to the waiting list. When they become available, we will contact you.

    Graduation Requirements
    Earning a high school diploma is a huge accomplishment and a monumental celebration. The recent school closure left many students and families wondering how this will impact their child’s graduation status.

    • Students on track to graduate 

    The State Legislature recently passed EHB 2965, which ensures students in the class of 2020, who were on track to graduate, will still earn their diploma.

    • Students not on track to graduate 

    In the fall, every senior who was not on track to graduate met individually with counselors to review graduation requirements and develop plans to retrieve credits necessary to graduate. These plans were given to students and their family.

    Students and families can check course and advisory grades through Family Access. Seniors not passing a class should complete any required missing assignments or assessments assigned prior to March 13. Students and parents can always reach out to teachers and counselors for questions and support.

    • High School and Beyond Plan

    Due to health and safety concerns, the district is waiving the requirement for students in the Class of 2020 to complete a job shadow, a student led conference, or to fulfill community service hours for their High School and Beyond Plan.

    If you or your child have questions or concerns regarding grades or their High School and Beyond Plan, please contact the advisory teacher or counselor for support.

    The State Board of Education is expected to release additional information in early/mid-April regarding graduation requirements. We appreciate your patience as we await further guidance. In the meantime, check out Class of 2020 FAQs on the District’s website.

    Advanced Placement
    The College Board recently announced that Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be held for 2019-20 classes. Students will have the opportunity to take a 45-minute, online, free-response exam at home. The exams will include only topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.

    According to the College Board, colleges support the solution being proposed for examinations and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn.

    We are currently working on plans to continue the learning for all students, including our AP students. At this time, AP Classroom is a free, online platform that provides students with practice and feedback on every topic and skill tested on an AP exam. 

    We will provide further updates to our AP students and families as information becomes available.

    International Baccalaureate
    The International Baccalaureate organization announced that the examinations originally scheduled for April 30-May 22 for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year due to COVID-19.

    The IB will use a range of evidence to award the diploma or course certificate, including coursework already completed by the student. This is based on the student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.  At this time, IB still plans to release grades on July 5, 2020.

    We will provide further updates to our IB students and families as information becomes available.

    We very much appreciate the patience and support of our entire community as we continue to navigate uncharted territory in maintaining the health, well-being and education of our students during COVID-19. Coming together to provide an equitable experience, especially in moving to distance learning, is vital for our success and future. 

     


     

    3/23/20
    6:45 p.m.

    After the recent “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued this evening by Governor Jay Inslee, the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District will continue providing free curbside meal pickup and childcare service.  Meal distribution and childcare are considered essential services and permitted under the Governor’s order. Here are reminders about these services, including pickup logistics and eligibility:

    • Meal pickup: Free breakfast and lunch is available for children ages 18 and younger. For safety reasons, families must stay in their vehicle. Meal pickup details.  
    • Learning packet pickup: Paper copies of K-5 supplemental extended learning materials are still available, curbside only, through Wednesday, March 25. Families must stay in their vehicle. These elementary packets are also available online. Extended learning details
    • Childcare: For families already accepted into our Frontline Childcare Program, we will continue offering this service, which is available only to healthcare workers, first responders and uniformed service members. We are, however, at capacity and unable to accept more children at this time. Childcare details

    New: All playground equipment closed
    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District, along with the cities of Sumner and Bonney Lake, have jointly decided to close playground equipment until further notice to help stop the spread of COVID-19. When using our fields, please distance yourself from others by staying 6 feet apart. 

    Our priority remains in providing essential services to our students and families during this health crisis. We continue to closely follow direction from the state in light of new information and emerging guidelines.  

  • 3/23/20

    5:45 p.m.

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District, along with the cities of Sumner and Bonney Lake, have jointly decided to close playground equipment until further notice to help stop the spread of COVID-19. When using our fields, please maintain social distancing – no more than 10 people at one time, 6 feet apart. Please stay safe and healthy!

  • 3/22/20

    To academically support students during the school closure, the District’s Instructional Services team developed a supplemental extended learning plan for students in grades K-12. The plan begins Monday, March 23. 

    We have four goals for this plan: 

    • Provide optional activities and supplemental learning opportunities for students K-12 to minimize loss of learning
    • Plan for students to earn credits for all high school level courses
    • Ensure supports are in place for 12th-grade students to meet graduation requirements
    • Maintain relationships and connections with students and families during the school closure 

    Starting March 23, teachers will email students every Monday with activities for an entire week. These activities are designed to reinforce concepts previously taught prior to March 12th for elementary and March 13th for secondary. The email will also provide enrichment activities for students wanting an extra challenge or opportunity to explore an area of special interest. 

    Elementary Students: K-5 Supplemental Extending Learning Packets

    The supplemental extended learning plan for K-5 students includes an optional learning packet that can be accessed electronically or by hard copy. All families with students in grades kindergarten through grade 5 may pick up paper copies of supplemental extended learning materials. There are two packets -- one for language arts and one for mathematics. Both packets include activities for five weeks. These materials are optional and designed to complement the activities sent electronically by classroom teachers each week. Families may also access the materials electronically. Hard copy versions in Spanish will be available soon.   

    Packets will be available March 23 - 25 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at these locations: 

    • Bonney Lake Elementary: 18715 80th St E (Bonney Lake)
    • Daffodil Valley Elementary: 1509 Valley Ave (Sumner)
    • Lakeridge Middle School: 5909 Myers Rd E (Bonney Lake)
    • Liberty Ridge Elementary: 12202 209th Ave Ct E (Bonney Lake)
    • Mountain View Middle School: 10921 199th Ave Ct E (Bonney Lake)

    Families are encouraged to use these resources and digital resources found on our website to support at-home learning. 

    Secondary Students (Grades 6-12) 

    Students in grades 6-12 will have a supplemental learning plan for each class currently in their schedule. Goals of the secondary supplemental learning plans include the following:

    • Practice previously-learned skills using approved digital tools
    • Explore additional topics and materials of interest through approved digital tools
    • Complete any previously-assigned and unfinished work assigned through March 13
    • Additional support for 12th-grade students will be available to ensure students are on track to complete graduation requirements. (Stay tuned for more details about graduation later this week after we receive guidance from the state.) 

    Students should check their school email regularly as well as look for updates in Google classroom. 

     

    Chromebook and Technology Support  

    Our Technology Department is available to assist students and families with the following:

    • Digital tool login support
    • Chromebook checkout or hotspot
    • Chromebook login support 
    • Technology equipment issues

     For assistance with technical issues during the business day, you may email the tech_hotline@sumnersd.org or call the Tech Hotline at (253) 891-6111 and leave a message. The technology team will return your email/call within 24 hours. 

    Additional Meal Sites
    Reminder: We’ve expanded the number of locations where grab-n-go meals -- breakfast and lunch -- are available for children 18 years or younger. Grab-n-go meal hours are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday at these locations:

    • Bonney Lake Elementary: 18715 80th St E (Bonney Lake)
    • Daffodil Valley Elementary: 1509 Valley Ave (Sumner) 
    • Lakeridge Middle School: 5909 Myers Rd E (Bonney Lake)
    • Liberty Ridge Elementary: 12202 209th Ave Ct E (Bonney Lake) 
    • Mountain View Middle School: 10921 199th Ave Ct E (Bonney Lake) 

    Thank you, again, for your support and partnership in your child’s education during this closure. Please continue practicing preventative measures to stay healthy! 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Updates

  • Updated: March 17 at 1:23 p.m.

    The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount, and we are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19.  As we continue to work out the details about the services we can provide during this long-term school district closure, please expect a series of communications that provide updates to offerings and resources. 

     

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • 3/17/20

    SBLSD Families: 

    Here’s another update about the availability of technology and meals during the school district’s closure due to the coronavirus. Please continue to check our website for information, including updated Q&As at www.sumnersd.org/coronavirus


    Chromebook/Hotspot Distribution 

    During our District’s closure, we remain committed to ensuring all students have access to online tools for supplemental extended learning opportunities. 

    For students who don’t have a District-supplied Chromebook at home, we have devices, and a mobile hotspot for internet access if needed, ready for pickup. Students do not need to be present. 

         Chromebook Pickup March 18-20: 

    • Daffodil Valley Elementary  | 1509 Valley Ave (Sumner)  |  10 a.m.-12 p.m.  
    • Liberty Ridge Elementary  | 12202 209th Ave Ct E (Bonney Lake)  |  10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Central Office  |  1202 Wood Ave (Sumner)  |  7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

     

    Additional Meal Sites (beginning Monday, March 23)

    We’re pleased to expand the number of locations where grab-n-go meals -- breakfast and lunch -- are available for children 18 years or younger. A student does not need to attend school at the distribution location to get meals. Students must be present to receive a meal. The new sites -- beginning pickup service on March 23 -- are Bonney Lake Elementary, Lakeridge Middle School and Mountain View Middle School. Grab-n-go meal hours are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

    • Bonney Lake Elementary: 18715 80th St E (Bonney Lake) -- Begins March 23
    • Daffodil Valley Elementary: 1509 Valley Ave (Sumner)
    • Lakeridge Middle School: 5909 Myers Rd E (Bonney Lake) -- Begins March 23
    • Liberty Ridge Elementary: 12202 209th Ave Ct E (Bonney Lake) 
    • Mountain View Middle School: 10921 199th Ave Ct E (Bonney Lake) -- Begins March 23

     

    Central Office Operations 

    Adhering to the governor’s executive order to implement social distancing, all SBLSD buildings, including Central Office, will be closed to the public after 4 p.m. on Friday, March 20 until at least April 24. Essential business operations will, to the extent possible, be completed remotely. Phones for schools and Central Office will be monitored daily during the business week. See our District Directory for a complete list of phone numbers.  

     


    3/15/20

    SBLSD Families: 

    As we continue to work out the details about the services we can provide during this long-term school district closure, please expect a series of communications that provide updates to offerings and resources. 

    CHILD CARE

    Update: Child care for first responders (police, fire, paramedics, EMTs), healthcare providers and uniformed service members will begin on Monday, March 23. There is no fee for this service. Please fill out the registration form and submit it to Pam Stoner at pam_stoner@sumnersd.org. We ask families to provide healthy snacks for their child each day. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Child care will be open during Spring Break, April 6-10. If you have further questions about child care, please call 253-891-6000. 

    SUPPLEMENTAL EXTENDED LEARNING:

    We know there is concern about student learning continuing during this closure. The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is first and foremost an institution of learning.  It is our hope to assist families in continuing to move learning forward. 

    March 16-20:  

    While principals and teachers work over the next several days to develop a plan to provide consistent learning opportunities, we want growth to continue.  On Friday, we provided families with a link to online in-home learning resources.  While these online activities are not a replacement for classroom instruction, we wanted families to have something they could access immediately. We encourage you to visit this link next week and explore wonderful online learning opportunities. 

    March 23-27:  

    Starting the week of March 23, SBLSD teachers will provide weekly learning  opportunities for all students. Our mission is to serve students equitably, which doesn’t go without challenges. We will ensure that all students can access this opportunity either electronically or by picking up hard copy versions.  You can anticipate more detailed communication in the coming week, including school office hours for material pick-up.

    Seniors:  

    Graduation and our high school seniors are a high priority, and we want to ensure they have all of the necessary requirements to graduate.  We fully recognize how important it is for you to have this information. We’ll communicate more with you when we receive more guidance from the state.

    Thanks for your continued patience and understanding. We maintain our concern for the health and well-being of our students, families and staff during this unprecedented health situation. 

     


    3/13/20

    SBLSD Families:

    Amid the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District’s closure per the governor’s executive order effective now through at least April 24, we’re doing our very best to make decisions and provide services that will help care for our students during this COVID-19 situation.  

    Here are some ways we plan to support families at this time: 

    Meals

    Weekday Meal Pickup: Grab-and-go meals will be available to all students under the age of 18 starting Monday, March 16. Locations for March 16-20 are as follows:  

    • Daffodil Valley Elementary | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1509 Valley Ave, Sumner
    • Liberty Ridge Elementary | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 12202 209th Ave Ct E, Bonney Lake

    No forms or registration are required. Students can drop by to pick up breakfast and lunch. 

    Weekend Backpack Food Delivery: SBLSD is continuing its Backpack Program in which low-income students receive a bag of nutritious, easy-to-prepare food on Fridays to last over the weekend. District staff will deliver these bags of food to families who already receive this service. We thank the Sumner and Bonney Lake food banks for their continued dedication to serving our students in need.

    Childcare

    SBLSD will provide free childcare for families who are first responders (police, fire, paramedics, EMTs), healthcare providers or uniformed service members. Childcare is available for children ages 0 to 11.

    For families who meet this criteria and seek childcare service, please fill out this form. After the District reviews the scope of needs, we will determine your childcare location (Valley: Sumner, Hill: Bonney Lake).

    Extended Learning 

    To help ensure students have the option to strengthen their in-school learning at home, the District’s Instructional Services team has compiled a list of online resources that will provide students with practice to reinforce skills previously taught in the classroom. This does not replace direct teacher instruction. These are optional enrichment opportunities.

    Students can find these digital learning tools on the Student Dashboard. Student username and password are the same for home and school. 

    Beginning March 18, students without access to a digital device or the internet, may pick up a Chromebook and hotspot at the following locations: 

    • Daffodil Valley Elementary | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1509 Valley Ave, Sumner
    • Liberty Ridge Elementary | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 12202 209th Ave Ct E, Bonney Lake
    • Central Office |  7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | 1202 Wood Ave, Sumner

    We will be sending frequent updates with information and resources through email, robocalls, the website and social media channels. 

    We thank our staff, families and community partners for their patience, hard work and collective action. We will get through this difficult situation together.

     


     

    March 12, 2020 

    SBLSD Families, 

    I want to express my deepest appreciation to our staff, families, and students for their patience as we’ve worked through this unprecedented public health crisis. I know it has been a stressful few weeks as the situation has been evolving on a daily basis.  

    Up until now, we kept our schools open as long as possible, as recommended by state and local public health authorities. We know that in addition to education, schools provide vital support to our communities and that closure will have a major impact on our families.  

    Today, Governor Inslee ordered the closure of schools in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties.  Now, more than ever, we must come together to take care of ourselves, each other and our loved ones.  

    A hallmark of our school district is that when crisis occurs, we come together and work as a team. Over the past few days, teams have been working hard to establish plans that provide students and families with support. Many of those supports are detailed below, but there are still a range of topics that we’re still figuring out. We expect to receive further guidance from the state on many of these topics. 

    In the midst of this crisis, my commitment to you is that we will keep you informed and communicate with you on a regular basis.  Please make sure you continue to follow us on social media and look to our website for information.   

    Laurie  Dent, Ph.D.
    Superintendent

     ***

    Starting Monday, March 16, Sumner-Bonney Lake schools will close until April 24. 

    Our secondary schools will remain open Friday to allow a transition day for staff and families to adjust to the closure. Elementary schools will be closed on Friday, as originally scheduled, for a grading day. 

    We respect and support any family who chooses to keep their child at home on Friday. In addition, on Friday, we want students and families to pick up medications and other essential personal items that they need to have with them while schools are closed.

    Beginning March 16, all access to the schools will be limited to school personnel.

    We understand that this plan will create hardship for many families, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. The school day is the centerpiece of the lives of many people. Contemplating weeks without that structure and care may seem overwhelming. Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of us through this time.

     

    What this Means for Students

    • No school for elementary: March 13-April 24
    • No school for secondary: March 16-April 24

    On Friday, we are allowing all students, including elementary, to collect learning materials and personal items they might need while schools are closed. 

    School district administrators will be working with staff to provide equitable support to all students during the closure. You can expect more specific information on the following topics in the coming days: 

    • Providing meals to all of our students. 
    • Providing childcare for our families of first-responders and healthcare workers during the closure, following the guidance of Gov. Inslee.
    • Providing 12th-grade students support in completing graduation requirements.  
    • Providing support materials and online resources for students to reinforce independent learning on skills already taught in the classroom.
    • Providing technology to our students who need access to a Chromebook and/or hotspot.

     In addition to the cancellations outlined in yesterday’s communication, all athletics including practices, will be cancelled after Friday, March 13. 

     

    Stay Connected

    As part of our coronavirus response, we will be sending frequent updates with information and resources via email, text messages, the website and social media channels. Stay tuned for detailed information soon about meals, childcare and extended learning options. Find updates at www.sumnersd.org/coronavirus.

    We want to express our appreciation for the patience of our Sumner-Bonney Lake community as we work through the daily challenges the coronavirus has presented us. 

     

     


     

    March 11, 2020

    6:40 p.m.

    This will be the first of several communications over the coming days based on the unpredictable and evolving nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

    At this time, we have no known cases of COVID-19 among students or staff in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District. We continue preparations in the event schools will close for any given length of time, working on plans to address a range of impacts on families and staff.

    In light of the increasing spread of (COVID-19), Gov. Jay Inslee today ordered the cancelation of all events with an anticipated attendance of more than 250 people in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties. 

    In a regional effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in limiting large social gatherings, and to comply with the governor’s directive, the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is suspending or canceling the following beginning March 13 until the end of April, when we’ll reassess.   

    • Parent-Teacher Conferences (suspended): All parent-teacher conferences. We will be in touch with alternatives. 
    • School events (canceled): Performances, dances, fundraisers, etc.
    • Community events (canceled): Community Cultural Celebration, Sumner High School Benefit Night 
    • Facility rentals: 
      • Indoor (canceled): All internal and external rentals, including PTA/PTO/Booster events 
      • Outdoor stadium/field rentals: Events/practices with an expected attendance of fewer than 250 (still on); events with expected attendance of 250 or more (canceled)
    • Field trips (canceled): All school day and overnight field trips, including students attending conferences
    • Volunteers (suspended): We appreciate our volunteers. However, in an effort to limit the number of people visiting our schools, we are suspending volunteers in our schools. This includes parents/guardians and community members. 
    • Athletics: 
      • Contests/games: Canceled March 13-15. Further cancellations will be reevaluated.
      • Practices: High school practices still on as scheduled 
    • After-school clubs and activities: Suspended 

    As changes occur rapidly, please find up-to-date information at www.sumnersd.org/coronavirus.

    11:50 a.m.

    We are aware that Governor Inslee has mandated certain measures be taken in Pierce County. Rest assured, District leaders are immediately analyzing how this impacts our schools and community. 

    A communication will go to district families today outlining plans of actions and safety measures. Please stay tuned. 

     



    March 8, 2020

    The health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our highest priority, and we are closely monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

    At this time, we have no known cases of COVID-19 among students or staff in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District. 

    The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is not currently recommending that schools proactively close or cancel events unless they have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member or student.

    As of today, we do not plan on cancelling events or activities. Everyone should consider their own potential risk to decide for themselves whether participating or attending is right for them.

    Here are answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions:  

    • If I keep my child home from school due to concerns about the coronavirus, will the absence be excused?
      As a parent, it is up to you to decide when to keep your child home due to a health concern. If your child misses school due to your concerns about COVID-19, the absence will be excused.  
    • How can my child make up school work?
      If your child is absent from school due to illness or safety concerns, your child’s teacher will provide assignments and opportunities for learning. Teachers should be given 24 hours for all homework requests. 
    • Will you offer online learning options if there’s a school closure?
      If the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department advises us to close schools, we will not offer remote learning options. This decision is rooted in our commitment to equity and ensuring ALL students have an equal chance at success.
    • If schools are cancelled due to COVID-19, will we have to make up the days?
      The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) expects school districts to make every effort possible to make-up any missed days lost due to the coronavirus. If a school closure is recommended, OSPI will allow districts to waive missed days that would need to be made up after June 19.   

    We will continue to focus our efforts on maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment. Find updates on our website at www.sumnersd.org/coronavirus

Coronavirus Update