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April 1, 2021: Preschool

Preschool Families: Review the Schedules & Make a Final Selection by April 2

Kent School District will begin offering in-person learning for preschool students in a hybrid learning model starting on April 19, 2021. All KSD families must choose between a hybrid learning model or choose to remain in remote learning for each KSD student by Friday, April 2.

To support the development of preschool children, KSD remote preschool instruction will continue to be offered to families two (2) days a week for 2.5 hours per day. Sessions will be available in the mornings and afternoons. 

  • AM sessions will be offered on Monday and Tuesday for both remote and hybrid students.
  • PM sessions will be offered on Thursday and Friday for both remote and hybrid students.

Preschool parents and guardians are asked to review both learning schedules before confirming their final selection in Skyward Family Access for the remainder of the school year by 11:55 a.m. on Friday, April 2.

If a response is not received for a student, the student will remain in remote learning through the end of the school year. All students and families will be notified via email and mail the week of April 12-16 of schedules and important information about the hybrid model changes that begin April 19.

Remote Learning Model

The 2.5-hour sessions available for remote learning will be in the mornings and afternoons and will occur as they have before Spring Break. AM remote learning sessions will be offered on Monday and Tuesday. PM remote learning sessions will be offered on Thursday and Friday.

  • Teachers will be instructing in-person and remote students at the same time.
  • Students will be offered remote "work you do on your own" for each day they have remote learning.
  • Wednesday mornings will be used for planning, student evaluations, and IEP updates.

Hybrid Learning Model (In-Person & Remote Learning)

The 2.5-hour sessions will be available in the mornings and afternoons. AM in-person sessions on Monday and Tuesday, PM Sessions will be offered on Thursday and Friday.

  • Teachers will be instructing in-person and remote students at the same time.
  • Students will be offered remote "work you do on your own" for each day they have in-person learning.
  • Wednesday mornings will be used for planning, student evaluations, and IEP updates.
  • Physical distancing will be practiced between students, staff, groups, or classrooms as much as possible in alignment with public health guidelines. 
  • A health verification form will be required each day for every student attending school in-person.
  • Face coverings will be required for both staff and students at all times, except when eating or drinking or for those with a medical exemption with a completed exemption form on file.
  • Preschool students may not be able to keep the same AM or PM schedule; it will depend on space availability in their program location, and students in either remote or in-person preschool may not have the same teacher.
  • A snack will be provided at school, breakfast and lunch will not be served at in-person preschool

Asynchronous Learning for All April 12-16

April 12-16, before the transition to the hybrid model, all preschool students will engage in asynchronous learning. This time will be used by all Preschool teachers for training, classroom setup, and time to adjust instruction for teaching in-person and remote at the same time.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, please review the answers to frequently asked questions; a few of them are highlighted below. 

What if I did not receive the survey link?

Parents/guardians complete the learning model commitment form for their students(s) in Skyward Family Access.

Will my preschool student have the same teacher beginning April 19 for all classes if we choose in-person or remote learning?

Preschool students may not be able to keep in the same AM or PM schedule, it will depend on space availability in their program location. Students in either remote or in-person preschool may not have the same teacher.

Why is the preschool hybrid plan different than the elementary hybrid plan?

Instruction and schedules in elementary, middle, and high schools are not the same as the preschool environments. What is similar across all grade levels is the prioritization of student and staff safety.

I made my selection for my preschool student, but I have changed my mind. How do I change my answer? 

Your response can be changed any time before 11:55 a.m. on Friday, April 2 by logging into your parent account on Skyward. Responses cannot be changed after 11:55 a.m. on Friday, April 2. 

I don't know my password for Skyward or how to access my account?

Follow the steps to reset your Skyward password or contact your school to request your login information.

  • Schools provide parents and students with login identification (ID) and passwords.
  • Elementary parents must contact the student's school for login information.
  • Parents/guardians of seventh-grade grade students will receive a letter from the child's school in the fall or upon enrollment containing login information.
  • Secondary students receive their Student Access login information at school.

Can I change models once school begins on April 19?

No. Once a learning model selection is made, the choice is for the final the remainder of the school year. However, if there is a medical reason for a hybrid student to move to remote learning, families will work with their principal to request a change in-class assignment.

Will meals be provided both for students in the hybrid learning model and the remote learning model?

Remote learning: Meal boxes (five breakfasts, and five lunches) will continue to be available at our meal pick-up locations across the district on Wednesdays.

Hybrid learning: Meal boxes (five breakfasts and five lunches) will continue to be provided at our meal pick-up locations across the district on Wednesdays. Students in hybrid learning should eat breakfast at home before school and eat lunch at home once they return. Snacks will be provided free of charge at school during the school day.

What safety measures will be in place to protect students and staff?

Safety is a top priority. All students and staff will be required to follow health and safety guidelines.

Arriving & Leaving School

  • Staff will be wearing face coverings unless they have a medical reason not to wear one.
  • Students will be wearing face coverings unless they have a medical reason not to wear one.
  • Parents/guardians will have limited access to the school campus and must wear face coverings while on school grounds unless they have a medical reason not to wear one.
  • Parents/guardians entering the school for longer than 15 minutes must complete a health screening, including a temperature check.
  • Arrival and dismissal times may vary depending on grade level to support physical distancing.
  • Drop-off and pick-up locations may be different to support physical distancing. The process will take longer to accommodate health and safety requirements. Safety and arriving at your scheduled time will be essential to help all students.

General Safety Precautions Throughout the Day

  • Schools will follow disinfection guidelines developed by Public Health Seattle King County and Washington State Department of Health for school campuses, including classrooms, workspaces, outdoor spaces, and playgrounds.
  • Physical barriers may be installed or other areas used, where physical distancing is not possible in a school building.
  • All students and staff will be encouraged to wash/clean their hands regularly, especially before and after specified activities. This will impact daily schedules while in-person.
  • Handwashing stations with soap and/or hand sanitizer will be available in classrooms.
  • Schools will limit the sharing of supplies between students and disinfect between uses if sharing is unavoidable.
  • Desks will be facing forward and spaced further apart to ensure a minimum of 6 feet distance between students.
  • There will be no large gatherings such as events, assemblies, and dances.