Planning for 2020-21 School Reopening
School in 2020-21 will be different as we continue to deliver instruction for each student while addressing student, staff and community health and safety during COVID-19. Our planning for the upcoming school year is being informed by guidelines from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and other agencies.
We are moving forward in selecting a reopening model, within state guidelines, that best meets the needs of our students, staff and families. Planning continues to be a collaborative effort among our Reopening Committee, labor partners, and representatives from our schools and parent associations. As family feedback is a critical part of our planning process, we provided two opportunities for input through an online survey and virtual town hall.
Whichever teaching and learning format becomes our reality due to this extended and unfortunate circumstance, we’re committed to making sure every student receives a quality, continuous education with as much face-to-face time with their educators and peers in schools as much as possible with safety a priority.
Please know that clear and transparent decision-making is a priority for us, and we'll provide regular updates to make sure you have the latest information.
Focused on Equity
As we plan for the reopening of our schools, here are our key commitments focused on equity:
- Ensure equity and access for each and every student
- Center on the needs of our most marginalized and vulnerable students
- Enlist family, student and educator voice in the planning process
- Use learning from COVID-19 as an opportunity to break inequities
State Superintendent Reykdal Video Message (June 20)
State Superintendent Chris Reykdal addresses four key questions that are driving a lot of conversation statewide. This includes clarification that it's "very unlikely and almost impossible" that school districts are able to safely bring back every student for face-to-face instruction at the same time.