• 5/6/20

    As promised, here’s further information on our amended grading structure for the spring 2020 semester, which complies with the emergency rules adopted by the state superintendent’s office. 

    Working within a narrow set of parameters in determining our grading structure, we considered the needs of our students, staff and families to come up with the most reasonable possible solution for our students. We also collaborated with parents, District leadership, the School Board and the Sumner Education Association.

    After receiving guidelines in waves from the state, in the end, grading rules require school districts to continue using letter grades to assess student learning for the purpose of high school credit-bearing courses for the last semester of the 2019–20 school year. The rules prohibit a binary pass/no-credit system, and they prohibit failing grades from being issued to students.

    Based on the state’s grading guidance, SBLSD will implement the following grading practices for the second semester of the 2019-20 school year:


    Elementary
    Elementary students will continue to be graded using the 4, 3, 2, 1 system. Attendance will not be reported on elementary report cards.


    Middle School and High School
    Middle and high school students will earn letter grades of A, B, C, D, or I (Incomplete). No F (Fail) grade will be issued for second semester classes.

    • Students have the opportunity to raise their 3rd quarter grade. Second semester grades will be equal to or higher than the student’s 3rd quarter grade.  
    • Students can improve their current grades by completing assignments during the 4th quarter. 
    • An Incomplete will be given if a student failed any classes during 3rd quarter and did not engage in any learning activities during 4th quarter.
    • For credit-bearing courses, students will be provided an opportunity to earn credit through a variety of options, which could include completing necessary work from 3rd quarter, summer school, successfully completing a related course the following year, competency-based opportunities, online courses, etc.


    Attendance
    Schools are not taking attendance in a traditional manner. On a weekly basis, teachers are tracking whether or not there has been contact made with a student. This information allows a school to target particular students who may need additional support to engage in the remote learning model.

    We know there are many who are continuing to adjust to remote learning, and our staff is working diligently to ensure we’re providing relevant and accessible learning for all students. Find more information about this grading structure through these frequently-asked questions.

     



    5/1/20

    News regarding graduation, prom + other senior events

    In light of Gov. Inslee’s extension of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, the District is now able to make certain decisions and move forward with more detailed planning for alternatives to some senior celebrations. 

    While the news of this extension brings mixed feelings, we’re determined to continue honoring seniors in creative ways that are meaningful, memorable and comply with the governor’s order for social distancing.

    Prom: Unfortunately, due to the extension of social distancing orders and the closure of event venues, at this time we will not be able to hold prom for both Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools.

    Our seniors made it clear they’re not interested in a virtual prom, they’re interested in an in-person prom. We’ll remain hopeful that in June, the governor will provide further direction on social distancing that allows us to explore creative options for an in-person, alternative prom.  

    Graduation: Watching seniors pick up graduation regalia, delivering yard signs to their homes and driving by the stadium lights to honor the Class of 2020 has been a true delight. While we continue to hold out hope for some version of an in-person graduation, seniors and their families can expect to hear from high school principals about contingency planning for an alternative graduation format, which could include a combination of a small-group, in-person ceremony and video components of performances and speakers.

    Bonney Lake High School Principal Mr. Turner and Sumner High School Principal Mrs. Meath, along with students, staff and parents will continue with the planning of senior events, such as senior showcase, senior awards, yearbook distribution and victory tour.

    What will these events look like? Please stay tuned for details, and know that our planning teams have the very best interest of seniors and their families in mind. 

     



    4/22/20

    SBLSD Families

    With many uncertainties around school district operations, programs and practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that grades have especially been a concern. Moments ago, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced new grading requirements for school districts statewide.

    Within the complex and detailed document the state superintendent’s office recently released, here are three key points we know now:

    1. K-8 students will move on to the next grade, unless by mutual agreement between parents/guardians and teachers they agree to repeat a grade or a portion of learning missed 
    2. K-8 grading practices for students not taking high school credit-bearing courses will remain a district decision
    3. Grades 9-12 and middle school students taking credit-bearing high school level work will be graded using the following principles:
    1. Students will get an opportunity to improve their grade with their March 17 status as a baseline
    2. Use of letter grades or “Incomplete”
    3. No “F” grades will be issued. If a student isn’t passing, the student will receive an “Incomplete,” with the opportunity to make it up

    There is more we’ll learn about grading requirements that affect all grade levels. The District is carefully reviewing these new rules and we’ll communicate more details about grading on Friday.


    4/20/20

    SBLSD Students and Families

    The District continually looks for ways to increase the safety of our students when using technology. We will soon implement additional security settings within Zoom, a video communications tool that is being used by some District staff to communicate with classes.

    In order to authenticate accounts and implement new security settings, all students will be required to join a Zoom meeting some time this week. This will help us make sure that only Sumner-Bonney Lake School District staff and students are able to join our sessions, as well as help provide accountability around any potential disruptive behavior that might occur. 

    What does this mean? Some time this week: 

    1. Students should receive a “Welcome to Zoom” email asking them to claim their account. 
    2. Students will be required to sign into their Sumner-Bonney Lake Zoom account before they join the Zoom meeting. Specific instructions will be sent later this week.

    Check out our Technology Support webpage for more information about chromebooks, hotspots, google classroom and resources.

    Thank you for your patience as we work diligently to ensure the most safe and effective technology learning experience for our students. 


    4/6/20

    SBLSD schools closed remainder of 2019-20 school year

    Today, Governor Inslee announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. During this closure, all schools in the district will remain closed. Without these restrictions, public health authorities have told us the rate of infection will overwhelm the healthcare system.

    We acknowledge continued school closures are difficult on students, staff, families and the entire community. This can be disappointing news for students, who miss their friends and teachers. The extended closure also raises numerous questions for students and families. We are working quickly to answer your questions as soon as possible.

    Here’s what we know now:

    • Distance learning: Distance learning will continue as long as schools are closed. We are committed to continuing to partner with families and community to support our students’ learning while they are at home. Beginning the week of April 13, the District is shifting from an optional learning model “supplemental extended learning” to providing distance learning “required new learning” in grades K-12. Learn more about what that looks like for students and families. 
    • Seniors: High school seniors will receive support from guidance counselors on opportunities to earn and document credits they need for postsecondary transitions. We are working with the state’s college system to ensure smooth transitions. More information about seniors. 
    • Meals: We will continue to provide free meals at five locations, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday through Friday. The weekend food backpack program also will continue with meals delivered to designated bus stops on Fridays. 
    • Child care: Child care will continue to be available in a limited capacity for children of first responders, health care workers and uniformed service members.
    • Technology: If your child needs a Chromebook or mobile hotspot for internet connectivity, contact our Technology Department: Email tech_hotline@sumnersd.org or call (253) 891-6111. Learn more about technology support.
    • Events: All field trips and events, including sports, socials and dances, will be canceled during the extended closure. We plan to engage with students to come up with creative alternatives to celebrate milestones such as prom,  field day and graduation. We will keep students and families updated on these decisions so that you can plan in advance to participate.
    • Personal belongings: We’re working on a plan for when students may go back into their school to get personal belongings, such as class projects and artwork. We’ll communicate with students and families as soon as a plan is finalized. 
    • Summer school: We are waiting for information from the governor on whether school facilities will be open to provide summer school. 

    Stay home, stay healthy
    Please, stay home as much as possible and stay healthy. Even while staying at home, it is important to practice excellent hygiene and sanitation. Staying home and limiting person-to-person contact appears to be making a difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19, but those measures need to continue in order to be effective long term. As much as possible, stay home, limit trips outside for groceries, gas and essentials, and stay 6 feet apart from people outside of your home. Additionally:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
    • Stay at home away from others if you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

     


     

    4/3/20

    • Distance learning moves from optional to required

      Beginning the week of April 13, the District is shifting from an optional learning model “supplemental extended learning” to providing distance learning “required new learning” in grades K-12. While distance learning cannot fully replace students’ experiences in schools, this approach will help ensure they are prepared for the next step in their educational journey.

      Here are key questions about what this next phase of distance learning looks like for students and families.

      What will required new distance learning look like? What can parents and students expect?

      All required new learning and instruction will be aligned to Washington State academic standards and focus on building students’ skills and understanding of key concepts. The district has asked teachers to focus on priority standards throughout the remainder of the school closure. Priority standards refer to a subset of learning standards that are the highest priority or most important for students to learn. 

      Examples of priority standards:

      ELA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why and how to demonstrate understanding of key ideas in a text.

      Math: Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division or properties of operation.

      Distance learning will take place in several ways. While instruction or lessons online will likely be an option for many students and families, teachers will also suggest activities that do not require technology and consider home language, specialized services, developmental readiness, and resource access.

       

      When does required new distance learning begin in SBLSD?

      Teachers began providing supplemental extended learning opportunities on March 23 which were meant to reinforce previous concepts learned in the classroom. Elementary students were also provided with learning packets. All of these activities were optional and will not be graded. 

      Beginning on Monday April 13, teachers will be transitioning to “required” new learning.  This transition will likely look different across classrooms and grade levels as new technologies and plans are further defined. During this process, teachers will communicate expectations on classwork and grading protocols for assignments and assessments. Teachers and principals will be able to answer questions as the transition to new learning takes place.

      Will there be a uniform learning schedule across the district?

      Each school will be designing a learning schedule that staggers days on when students receive information on new lessons and activities. In order to support families, all teachers have been asked to post lessons on Google Classroom, our Learning Management System. Elementary schools have been asked to provide 2-3 English language arts and math lessons per week, with enrichment opportunities in STEM, fitness, and music. Secondary teachers have been asked to provide 2-3 assignments/lessons per week for each class. Both elementary and secondary teachers will communicate their office hours when they are available for supporting students with their learning. Teachers may also elect to meet with small groups of students or their whole class via Zoom conferencing. 

       

      Will my child be provided with 6 hours of instructional support per day?

      Parents should not expect distance learning hours to mirror traditional instruction.The time a student spends on learning activities will vary by grade level and subjects. Parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers and principals regarding learning activities or through email.

       

      Will my child receive grades at the end of the year?

      Students will receive a traditional report card at the end of the year.  District administrators are working on a grading plan as well as waiting for further guidance from the State Board of Education regarding the use of pass/fail/no credit and letter grades. More details will be coming in mid-April. 

       

      What does required new distance learning look like for full time working parents?

      We truly understand how challenging it is right now for parents who are expected to work from home to also support their child’s learning. We want to provide adequate support, guidance, and structure, while still providing enough flexibility to accommodate the realities of the situation many of us are navigating. In many cases, learning doesn’t need to occur during “work hours” but could also occur over the weekend or in the evening. If you need support, please reach out to your classroom teacher for guidance on prioritizing and scheduling learning throughout the day. If your child has an IEP or 504 plan, reach out directly to your child’s IEP case manager or 504 coordinator who can support you with additional accommodations or modifications.  

       

      How does distance learning impact seniors?

      The State Legislature recently passed EHB 2965, which ensured students in the class of 2020, who were on track to graduate, will still earn their diploma. Teachers will be communicating with seniors on necessary classwork and assessments. The State Board of Education will be making additional rule changes for seniors in early/mid-April.  

       

      What support will be provided for students receiving special education services?

      Students receiving specialized services and with an IEP are general education students first.

      Beginning April 13, staff will begin the planning of the implementation of a new learning model which will include specially designed instruction. Again, the implementation will vary depending on teacher, student grade level, and IEP goals. The United States Department of Education provided guidance to schools on March 21 regarding the service to students with disabilities. “The Department understands that, during this national emergency, schools may not be able to provide all services in the same manner they are typically provided.” The Special Services team is committed to working with all families to determine the best plan in supporting students during this crisis. Families should look for communication from their student’s caseworker the week of April 13. 

       

      What is the plan for distribution of technology? How will supports be accessed?

      Thanks to voter support, the technology levy has allowed our district to purchase Chromebooks for each student over the last several years. All secondary students were previously assigned a Chromebook to take back and forth between home and school throughout the school year. We are now in the process of distributing Chromebooks to elementary students who need a device. We have also purchased several hundred internet hot spots. Please let us know if you are in need of a Chromebook or an internet hotspot by filling out this form. We continue to provide curbside pick up on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 8am - 4pm at the District Office (1202 Wood Ave). Please note that the District Office will be closed on Friday, April 10.  If you are unable to pick up during business hours, we will make arrangements to drop off a device at your home.

      Visit our District webpage for information on connecting to the student dashbord or logging into Google Classroom.

      If you are experiencing difficulty connecting your Chromebook to Zoom to support learning, or having any other issues with accessing electronic resources, please get in touch with our Tech Department. They can be reached at (253) 891-6111 or send an email to tech_hotline@sumnersd.org.

       

      What accommodations is SBLSD providing if our family doesn’t have a computer and or internet access?

      Educators and schools have been asked to consider technology access when planning ongoing learning. Distance learning is not synonymous with online learning. Please share your needs with your child’s teacher, including the need for paper-based supports. 

     

    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

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    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