District and school administrators are in the process of finalizing the development of the district's Reopening Plan.
Here is the message from Superintendent Shawn Woodward which was sent to families on Friday, July 17th.
"The Mead School District staff continues to work hard this summer on school reopening plans. We have committees working on elementary school contingency plans, secondary school contingency plans, plans for students with special needs, as well as a group working specifically on safety protocols for reopening. The planning is taking into consideration the feedback provided last month via our Fall 2020 Reopening Initial Planning Survey. Over 3,600 families responded to this survey.
Our goal continues to be to have 100% of our students back into our schools for face-to-face instruction. With that being said, we can only do so if we are allowed to by the Governor's Office and the Department of Health. At this point in time, it is looking like we may be faced with running a hybrid online/face-to-face instruction model. However, this could change in the coming weeks.
We are planning in earnest for the following scenarios:
If allowed by local and state officials, we will resume face-to-face instruction for all students K-12, including Preschool. We will follow strict safety guidelines, including social distancing and other requirements as set forth by the state.
If we are not allowed to resume regular face-to-face instruction for all students we are planning for a split/rotating schedule for our students. Students would not attend every day. However, the goal would be to ensure that students living in the same household attend school on the same days. This scenario would allow us to work with smaller groups of students at one time. When students aren't physically in school they would be engaged in online learning activities.
Continuous Learning 2.0
If we are not allowed by local or state officials to have any of our students attend school in-person this Fall, we will engage students in robust online learning opportunities. This will look very different from how it looked last Spring. Feedback from our families included a desire for more direct contact from teachers and a more structured daily schedule/routine. Online learning would include a blend of recorded lessons and live instruction, depending on the grade level. Once again, we will be allowing all students in need of technology to check out laptops for use during the school year. We are also developing contingency plans for those families without internet access.
We know some of our families have already decided not to send their children back to school for face-to-face instruction in the Fall. If that is the case for your family we want you to know we will be able to accommodate the learning needs of your children. We will be offering online/virtual schooling for anyone who has concerns about sending their children back to school at this time. More information will follow as specific details are worked out.
Once the Reopening Plan is formally approved by our Board of Directors and OSPI in early August, our finalized, detailed plans will be shared with all families. We will also be providing online opportunities for questions and feedback via a webinar format.
Thank you for your continued patience, support, and understanding."
https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/press-releases/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-resources Source: https://www.mead354.org/apps/news/article/1247029