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March 19, 2021: Grades K-6

Elementary Families: Deadline Extended to Review the Schedules & Make a Final Selection

Kent School District will begin offering in-person learning for students in kindergarten through sixth grade in a hybrid learning model beginning on April 12, 2021. To ensure physical distancing and other required COVID-19 mitigation strategies are in place, families must choose between a hybrid learning model or choose to remain in remote learning for each elementary student. 

Complete the Learning Model Commitment for your elementary student(s) on Skyward Family Access by 11:55 a.m. on Saturday, March 27. 

If a response is not received for a student, the student will remain in remote learning through the end of the school year. The information collected from families on their final selection of a learning model for each of their children will be used to establish in-person learning assignments, class rosters, teacher assignments, and bus schedules.

Families that choose in-person or remoter learning will be notified via email and mail the week of April 5-9 of important information about returning to the building, their classroom assignments, and health and safety guidelines beginning April 12, 2021.

We will prioritize staffing consistency as much as possible for the sake of students and staff. It is possible that students would need to have a different teacher; this will depend on how many families choose in-person and how many families select to remain in remote learning, and on the number of teaching staff who request remote working accommodations.

We recognize that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are ongoing. We are here to support our students, families, and staff through this transition.

Remote Learning Model

The district will continue to offer a synchronous/asynchronous remote learning model that has been in place since the beginning of this school year. This model allows students to continue learning online at home.

Schedule

  • Remote learning will be 3.5 hours of remote learning each day, Monday through Friday in the mornings.
  • Students will also complete 2.5 hours of asynchronous, or "Work You do on Your Own," on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.
  • Wednesdays are early release days for all K-6 students.
  • Specific school schedules are being developed and will be shared by each school.
  • Regardless of remote or hybrid status or grade level, will experience a change in bell times; the updated times are available Elementary Remote Schedule page.

Hybrid Learning Model (In-Person & Remote Learning)

Learning happens in a traditional classroom with a teacher but with limited students in the school and specific health and safety requirements in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Physical distancing will be practiced between students, staff, groups, or classrooms as much as possible in alignment with public health guidelines.
  • No more than approximately 50% of students can be in each classroom at a time as determined by the Washington State Department of Health guidelines' physical distancing requirements.
  • A Health verification form will be required each day for every student attending school in-person.
  • Face coverings will be required on both staff and students at all times, except when eating or drinking or those with a medical exemption. You will be notified if a student or staff member in your child's class has a medical exemption and cannot wear a mask. This notification cannot be done until all class assignments are completed.
  • Students will be in cohorts (small groups) that remain together with minimal mixing of groups.
  • Some classes will not be offered in-person or will be provided in a modified version.

Schedule

  • Hybrid learning will be 3.5 hours of in-person learning each day, Monday through Friday in the mornings.
  • Students will also complete 2.5 hours of asynchronous, or "Work You do on Your Own," on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.
  • Wednesdays are early release days for all K-6 students.
  • Specific school schedules are being developed and will be shared by each school.
  • Regardless of remote or hybrid status or grade level, will experience a change in bell times; the updated times are available on the Elementary Hybrid Schedule page.

Capacity

  • If more students express interest in in-person learning than safety guidelines will allow, prioritization of students will occur using the Department of Health guidelines.
  • This hybrid schedule allows us to maximize instruction time without extending the day for staff and meet required COVID-19 mitigation strategies to keep students and staff safe and fulfill the governor's emergency proclamation.

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 can make the learning model choice for their students(s) in Skyward Family Access.

Learn more about Skyward and follow the steps to reset your Skyward password if needed.

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

Shifts in staffing will depend on how many families choose in-person and how many families select to remain in remote learning. Staffing will also depend on the number of teaching staff who request remote working accommodations.

We will prioritize staffing consistency as much as possible for the sake of students and staff. It is possible that students would need to have a different teacher to make the accommodations need to meet the needs of students and staff and meet all health and safety guidelines. All staffing changes need to be bargained.

Where can I get more information about the Hybrid Learning Model?

You might have questions about what the hybrid model looks like, and we are here to support you in making the choice that fits best for you and your child. Safety is our priority. We have been working to implement public health protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19 within a school setting. Safety measures and guidelines can be found in the Revised Hybrid Plan (PDF) posted on the KSD website on February 1, 2020.

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

Your response can be changed any time before 11:55 p.m. on Thursday, March 25 by logging into your parent account on Skyward. Responses cannot be changed after 11:55 p.m. on Thursday, March 25. 

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

Follow the steps to reset your Skyward password.

Schools provide parents and students with the login identification (ID) and password.

  • 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. 

When will I know who my child's teacher is?

Families that choose in-person learning will be notified via email and mail the week of April 5-9 of important information about returning to the building. Please be sure to read all information, including your student's classroom assignments, transportation, pick-up, and drop-off locations, and all health and safety guidelines beginning April 12, 2021, from both the district and your school.

Can I change models once school begins?

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.

Does my student have to bring their KSD laptop to school each day for in-person learning?

Yes. Please send them to school with their KSD laptop and charger. They should also bring a clean, dry face covering or mask and writing utensils (such as pencils and crayons) with them. Some supplies will be available from your school, but students will not be sharing supplies to the extent possible to help stop the spread of germs. Please look for specific details from your school about supplies available and needed.

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 and 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.

This Article Was Updated on March 26

Please note, the original March 25 deadline was extended following the new physical distancing requirements and guidance for schools. This article was updated on March 26 to reflect this change and now differs from the message originally sent to families on March 19. 

**This information was updated on March 29, 2021, to remove a broken link from the Decision Tree being taken offline from the Department of Health website.