Important Update on Phasing in of In-Person Learning

Kindergarten Parent Q&A Webinar:

 
 
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CVSD & Spokane Public Schools phase in youngest in-person learners – in close consultation with the Spokane Regional Health District – prudently opening classrooms while prioritizing health and safety. 

We are excited to announce after approval at this evening’s special School Board meeting the phasing in of in-person learning – starting with our youngest of learners – based on close consultation and recommendations from the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) and our current COVID-19 conditions in Spokane County. Both CVSD and Spokane Public Schools are prudently opening classrooms while prioritizing the health and safety of our community.

Kindergartners in all of our elementary schools will begin in person in their neighborhood school starting with a phased A/B approach with some students attending on Monday and some on Tuesday October 5-6th, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., and then transition to a full day for everyone on Wednesday, October 7th. Transportation will be provided; however, we are encouraging parents to transport their child to school if at all possible to assist with bus social distancing.

When our Reopening 2020 Plan was adopted on July 27th, the School Board was clear that we would follow the recommendations of the local health authorities. We have consistently said that we would phase in the in-person learning as soon as it was deemed safe to do so—as we prioritize our entire Central Valley community’s health and safety. We are grateful that in diligently working together with the SRHD over the past months, we have solid plans in place to make this phased-in approach a reality.

The SRHD has provided guidance for the districts to follow with this phased-in approach, returning to in-person school one grade level at a time. This will allow for SRHD, Spokane Public Schools and CVSD to closely monitor cases and the potential impact on our community. Both CVSD and Spokane Public Schools will bring students back with one grade at a time – beginning with Kindergarten – with a minimum of two weeks between each new grade starting. Currently, our CVSD Special Education students are attending in person throughout our schools and our earliest of learners are attending at the CV Early Learning Center.

A phased approach will help protect our students, families, teachers, staff, and the Central Valley community. Cases both in the schools and the Spokane community will be monitored weekly, and each Monday the districts will announce whether a new grade can begin the following week. If school or community cases begin to escalate, the timeline would extend between new grades returning to the classroom. Our schools are ready to seamlessly transition classes between virtual and in-person learning and back as needed, by utilizing our virtual learning management system and curriculum as a platform for both learning models. Families will be given one week’s notice before returning in person.

We are excited to have in-person learning available for our young learners—it’s so important for their mental and educational wellbeing. While we are doing our part to help prevent community spread, we need collaboration with our families to make it happen. We will be implementing our safety protocols within our Reopening 2020 Plan when we return to in-person learning for both the safety of our students, teachers and staff. This includes required face coverings, daily health screenings, and students with any symptoms remaining home, frequent hand washing, social distancing, and frequent cleaning of all high touch areas. We will have communication protocols we will follow and our parents will have some expectations as well.

We will continue to meet our families at your readiness level. If you had selected an option to return to in-person, but have concerns about returning; please contact your school principal about alternative plans. We look forward to seeing our students again in person—at a distance.

We will hold a parent question and answer webinar to assist with answering your questions on Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30pm. Look for the link later this week on our CVSD.org web site: https://www.cvsd.org/apps/pages/reopening2020

Warm regards,

Ben Small

Superintendent

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