Parent Communication – March 27, 2020

Dear WSD Families,

We hope you are well. We understand the statewide school closure and Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order have put a strain on many of you, and we are sorry. It is a challenging time for all of us. We miss seeing our students.

For the past week, our staff have been working to establish contact with all families and students and to provide optional enrichment activities. We hope that this has been a successful and enjoyable venture.

Next week is spring break. Our staff and students are encouraged to find some down time and take care of themselves and their families during this time. Please do not expect communication from your child’s teacher during this time and respect their need for a break.

On April 6th, teachers and other staff will resume reaching out and engaging students and families with optional enrichment activities. On April 8th, expect information from your child’s teacher outlining their plans for providing distance learning that will start April 13th.

Starting April 13th, we will transition to “school,” which will be provided through distance learning. We are working diligently to create a plan to provide instruction using printed learning materials, phone contacts, email messages, technology-based virtual instruction or a combination of those methods to meet student-learning needs. Instruction will no longer be “optional enrichment activities.” Students are expected to “attend” and respond to all teacher expectations and requests.

We intend to provide an online/remote learning environment that is balanced and realistic in the expectations for all students. We are committed to offering a variety of learning experiences and a reasonable amount of time for them to be completed at home. We also want students to engage in independent reading, physical movement, the arts and other enrichment activities that do not rely on technology. We recognize that it is important to strike a balance between academic content and time on technology devices. Students need a routine that provides consistency in their daily schedule. The recommended maximum guidelines for student remote learning commitment each day varies by age.

  • For students in grades K-5, not more than 1 hour.
  • For students in grades 6-8, not more than 20 minutes per teacher (2 hours max in one day).
  • For students in grades 9-12, not more than 30 minutes per teacher (3 hours max in one day).

Teachers will be giving assignments based on the essential learning standards as well as IEP goals. Student grades will be based on their progress towards meeting essential learning standards at the end of the grading period.

Please expect further communications regarding your child’s IEP. Our goal is to resume IEP and evaluation meetings by April 20.

We recognize that distance learning can present technical challenges for many families. Our goal is to support you during this time. To that end, we have created an email for families to request tech support from our tech team. If you have questions or concerns related to technical support: please email: parenttechsupport@cdhl.wa.gov

We know you may have questions. Please do not hesitate to reach out by email to your teacher or principal. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Shauna Bilyeu, Jason Cox & April McArthur