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March 26, 2021: Grades 7-12

Secondary Families: Review the Schedules & Make a Final Selection by April 1

Kent School District will begin offering in-person learning for secondary students, grades 7-12, 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 Thursday, April 1.

Secondary 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 p.m. on Thursday, April 1.

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 district will continue to offer a remote learning model that has been in place since the beginning of this school year. Students will keep the same schedule and will likely remain with their same teacher.

Schedule

  • Remote learning will be 3.5 hours of remote learning each day, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in the mornings.
  • Teachers will be instructing in-person and remote students at the same time.
  • Students will complete 2.5 hours of asynchronous, or "Work You do on Your Own," on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.
  • Wednesdays will be 3.5 fully remote hours for all students. Students will have scheduled Advisory time every other week. Teachers will offer remote office hours to answer student questions or offer support.

Hybrid Learning Model (In-Person & Remote Learning)

Learning happens in a traditional classroom 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. KSD Secondary Schools will stay at 6 feet distancing for the remainder of this school year.
  • A health verification form will be required each day for every student attending school in-person. This form can be completed by students in grades 7-12 or a parent/guardian in Skyward before arriving at school.
  • Face coverings will be required on 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.
  • Some classes will not be offered in-person or will be provided in a modified version.
  • Students will keep the same schedule and will likely remain with their same teacher.

Schedule

  • Hybrid learning will be 3.5 hours of in-person learning each day, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in the mornings. Teachers will be instructing in-person and remote students at the same time.
  • Students will also complete 2.5 hours of asynchronous, or "Work You do on Your Own," on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.
  • Wednesdays will be 3.5 fully remote hours for all students. Students will have scheduled Advisory time every other week. Teachers will offer remote office hours to answer student questions or offer support.

Secondary Start Times

Regardless of remote or hybrid status, all secondary schools will begin at staggered start times when the new schedule begins on April 19.

  • High schools will begin at 7:40 a.m.
  • Middle schools will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Asynchronous Learning for All April 12-16

April 12-16, before the transition to the hybrid model, all secondary students will engage in asynchronous learning. This time will be used by all secondary teachers for training, classroom setup, and time to adjust instruction for teaching in-person and remote at the same time. Students will continue to work on their asynchronous classwork or previously assigned missing assignments; teachers will not plan additional work this week.

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

Students will keep the same schedule and will likely remain with their same teacher. There may be limited instances in which teachers exchange remote learning and in-person learning rosters to support instruction. 

Additionally, KSD employees assigned to students across multiple classrooms or buildings will continue to provide remote services to avoid contact with multiple classroom cohorts of students and minimize the threat of COVID-19 for all students and staff.

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

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

Will student clubs and activities resume in-person beginning April 19?

We will continue working with our building leaders as well as our district athletic and activities coordinator to see if and when a safe return to sin-person student clubs and activities will be available.

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

Your response can be changed any time before 11:55 pm on Thursday, April 1 by logging into your parent account on Skyward. Responses cannot be changed after 11:55 pm on Thursday, April 1. 

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.

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 & 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.