District senior leaders presented an overview of the District’s current planning for hybrid learning to the WSD School Board of Directors at their regular meeting.
Key points discussed were:
The District is awaiting test results from the prevalence testing efforts from the Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD) from last week. Approval from CDHD is required to re-open schools for hybrid instruction.
- A transition to a hybrid model will not take place until after fall conferences (October 28-30) for PreK-2 grade students, if approved by the CDHD.
- A two week transition period will take place to allow for adequate communication to parents and staff and for required health and safety strategies to be fully implemented.
- The District is recommending an AM/PM cohort model be implemented for PreK-2. This means that students will spend part of the day at school and part of the day at home daily. This is a difference from what the district was originally considering which was an A/B schedule.
- Based on further evaluation and input from teachers, it was determined it is essential to return the youngest scholars to classrooms for daily instruction in order to build foundational literacy and numeracy skills before 3rd grade.
- State transportation funding has changed, opening the door for the district to look at the AM/PM hybrid teaching model.
- The District has looked, listened, and learned from stakeholders and other districts who have reopened to learn about successes and failures. District leaders visited the Moses Lake School District, where schools are open K-12 to observe how they are successfully handling health and safety protocols and procedures.
- The District recognizes this shift will have an impact on families due to the changing schedule.
- The District will provide a Smart Restart update to all K-12 families so they understand what hybrid means and how it may impact them. Schools will communicate specifics on cohort schedules and details regarding meals, transportation, and daily health screening protocols to K-2 families.
- The District’s comprehensive Smart Restart plan is available on the website wenatcheeschools.org/smartrestart
Superintendent Gordon noted that right before tonight’s meeting, Governor Inslee approved Chelan and Douglas counties to move from the state’s safe start Phase 1.5 to Phase 2. It is not clear what implications this move will have on the District’s reopening plans. Dr. Gordon will contact the health district for further clarification.
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