- Kent School District
- Back to School Updates
January 15, 2021
KSD is planning to start hybrid learning (in-person and remote learning) beginning with elementary students when the COVID-19 infection rate reaches and remains in the moderate range as defined by the State of Washington Department of Health (DOH) Guidelines. Initial plans for hybrid learning will include younger elementary students (PreK-1) and students prioritized based on student needs.
We do not have a firm date for a return as of now. Based on current COVID-19 activity trends, we anticipate that the soonest PreK-1 grade students could begin limited in-person learning on February 22, 2021. However, this date is not confirmed and is for planning purposes only. A final decision on a return date will be based on public health guidance, the spread of the virus in our community, and bargaining with our labor partners.
Your response to this survey will help us plan our return to in-person learning. We are finalizing the update of our plan for return for part-time in-person learning (hybrid schedule) aligned to the current DOH Guidelines.
We ask all KSD families to fill out one survey for each child in your family who currently attends school in our district. If you have multiple children, you do not have to select the same learning option for each child, but you do need to answer individually for each child.
The initial phase of transitioning to a hybrid learning option will focus on elementary students and students prioritized based on student needs. Simultaneously, we are also planning for our middle and high school students' return and invite all families to respond.
This survey will ask for your student's name, grade, and school so that we can plan for adequate staff, but this is not a final commitment. Student level information is critical for planning. Individual family responses will not be published. KSD staff are also completing a survey during this time. You will have an opportunity to learn more about the final hybrid plan before we return to limited in-person learning. General expectations for in-person learning regarding social distancing, wearing facing coverings, completing daily health screenings, and more are available now and are not expected to change through the end of this school year.