Frequently Asked Back to School Questions

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    Below are answers to frequently asked questions our families, students, and community members may have regarding the Kent School District's plan to reopen schools for the 2020-21 school year.

    The full 2020-2021 Back to School Reopening Plan in compliance with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is available online. The details are subject to change as directives from governing authorities, health officials, or public health conditions determine.

    December 17, 2020 Update: A revised hybrid reopening plan will be finalized for all schools by February 1, aligning with this new state guidance, so we are prepared to safely reopen when we reach moderate COVID-19 activity in our community. 

    We are updating this page regularly, and we encourage you to keep checking back for the latest information.

Family In-Person Learning Preference Survey

  • Is hybrid learning starting on February 22?

  • Will my child's teacher change when we move into the hybrid plan?

  • Will the classrooms and buildings look different than last year?

  • What is cohorting, and what does that mean?

  • How will physical distancing be supported throughout the in-person school day?

  • What will schedules look like at home and in-person?

  • Are vaccinations required for all students and staff returning to in-person learning?

Athletics & Activities

  • When will athletics begin?

  • Are there restrictions on physical education (PE) classes or use of locker rooms?

Back to School Plan

  • How is there opening plan being developed and who is making the decisions about reopening?

  • What are the childcare options for all KSD families?

  • How are childcares able to operate on school grounds while schools remain closed for instruction?

  • Does the district have a plan for reopening school buildings?

  • What is KSD’s plan for returning to school in the fall?

  • What is the difference between remote learning and homeschooling?

  • Will there be WiFi and laptop support?


  • How do schools decide when staff or students can return to school?

  • How can schools quickly identify close contacts given confidentiality protections?

  • What are the common COVID-19 symptoms?

  • What can I do to prevent COVID-19?

  • What are the key measures all people should do to protect themselves and others in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • What resources can I use to talk about COVID-19 with my child?

  • Where can I learn more about COVID-19 and find the most updated information?

Hybrid Model

  • When will KSD begin the Hybrid model?

  • What is the hybrid model KSD is planning for 2020-2021?

  • As King County COVID-19 transmission rates and other key indicators continue to drop, how quickly can my school or KSD return to or introduce more in-person instruction?

  • Will students be able to participate in PE and music classes?

OSPI & State Guidelines

  • What if my county is in a different phase of the governor’s “Safe Start” plan?

  • Is there specific guidance on what the cleaning expectations are for after school each day and for buses after each run?

  • If districts cannot bring all students back to school each day, does OSPI have expectations for prioritizing services?

  • Are schools required to bring all students back to campus?

Remote Learning

  • Is my student marked absent if there is a laptop or wifi issue? What are excused absences in remote learning?

  • How is attendance being reported and tracked during remote learning?

  • Will students have flexible schedules or set schedules each day?

  • How will we support the learning needs of all students equitably?

  • How will young students, especially early elementary students, be expected to work on a device without parent assistance?

  • Will students have to be on a device all day?

  • What do the terms synchronous and asynchronous mean?

  • When will weekly schedules be posted?

  • Will students be able to attend in-person classes this fall?

  • How can my child access assignments and materials remotely?

  • How will assessments be handled in remote learning?

  • Will assignments be required and graded?

  • Will I be able to speak with my child's teacher to check in with their progress?

  • How many hours per day should my child spend on remote learning?

  • How can my child access mental and emotional health support?

School Operations

  • Are face coverings required to be worn at school by students and staff?

  • What is a cloth face covering?

  • When students are wearing face coverings, is six feet of distance still the expectation?

  • How will you protect students and staff that are at a higher risk of COVID-19?

  • When is a student too sick to go to school?

  • What is the process that schools should take if a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19?

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