July 29, 2020 Family message
Dear Mukilteo School District families:
This week wrapped up several important parts of the fall planning process including a family survey and a staff survey about returning to school this fall. Last week work groups reviewed the ThoughtExchange results, key communicator input, PTO survey results and several student interviews. I appreciate all of the input we have received from students, parents, community members and staff. It was clear from the survey results that students, families and staff have different needs and preferences, with 50 percent of families indicating they plan to choose distance learning. Survey results are available on the community engagement webpage.
Today we received a recommendation from Snohomish Health District to begin with distance learning this fall. They shared concerns about widespread in-person instruction this fall given the current community transmission rate data and the evolving science around COVID. We were hopeful and planning to provide face-to-face instruction in the fall and I know many of you hoped for that as well, but we must prioritize the safety of our students and staff.
Students in the Mukilteo School District will begin the 2020-21 school year in a distance learning model. Distance learning in September will look quite different than it looked in the spring. We heard your feedback and are making adjustments and improvements to this learning model. You will hear more about schedules, attendance, grading and expectations in the coming weeks. Families will also receive more information and support as school begins to make sure they have what they need and understand the distance learning model.
The re-entry to schools will be determined by the impacts of a changing COVID-19 pandemic, available resources, direction from Washington State Department of Health, Snohomish Health District, OSPI and our governor. Having the flexibility and agility to move to different models will enable us to provide the best education possible in whatever scenario presents itself. We recognize that distance learning cannot fully meet the unique needs of some students with special needs, English Learners or experiencing homelessness and we are evaluating the extent to which we can safely provide on-site services to students who need them. We are also working with childcare partners to offer options for families.
We will continue to develop the improved distance learning plan and strategize for when we are able to safely offer in-person instruction again, either with a hybrid or fully in-person instructional model. We will be in our school buildings again when it is safer to do so. In the meantime, learning will continue in a different way this September.
More information to come soon. Until then, stay safe and stay healthy.
Dr. Alison Brynelson