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Kelso School District convened a Reopening Task Force in May 2020 to develop recommendations for a fall model that fits Kelso students, families, and staff based on data, feedback, and state agency requirements.

The Governor’s expectations, OSPI recommendations, and guidelines from the Department of Health (DoH) and Labor and Industry (L&I) as well as input from staff, families, and students guides the task force conversations.

READ THE FULL PLAN HERE.


DISTRICT-WIDE UPDATES TO STAFF AND FAMILIES

September 15, 2020: Sent email to: 

  • Update on the status of bringing some students back to in-person learning (hybrid timeline - timeline below)
  • Clarify the Fall 2020 Options in the Hilander Highlights coming in the mail
  • Share a map of wifi locations available for student use

Read the letter here.  

Current status of hybrid timeline: Hybrid begins September 28 for K-2 students. (Subject to change depending upon health conditions in Cowlitz County and state requirements.)

September 14, 2020:  Board approves Hybrid Timeline (below).

September 12, 2020: A DRAFT timeline for transitioning from Continuous Learning 2.0 to a hybrid model (part remote, part in-person) was emailed to parents. Read the letter here. Draft timeline is below, or click here for printable PDF

Fall 2020 DRAFT Hybrid Timeline*

*Tentatively based on current health conditions in our county and state requirements. May change at any time.

Last name = student last name (Families with multiple last names can contact their principal(s) to coordinate schedules.)

September 28 October 5 October 19 Nov ember 9
K-2:  
  • M & Tu: Last name A-K attend in -person
  • W: Student support identified by staff
  • Th & F: Last name L-Z attend in person
K-2:
  • M & Tu:  A-K 
  • W: Student support identified by staff
  • Th & F:  L-Z 

K-5:
  • M & Tu:   A-K 
  • W:   Student support identified by staff
  • Th & F:   L-Z 
K-12:
  • M & Tu:   A-K
  • W:   Student support identified by staff
  • Th & F:   L-Z
3-5:
  • M:   A-E 
  • T:   F-K
  • W:   Student support identified by staff
  • Th:   L-Ri
  • F:   Ro-Z 
6-8:
  • M:   A-E
  • T:   F-K
  • W:   Student support identified by staff
  • Th:   L-Ri
  • F:   Ro-Z
3-12:
Robust remote learning with daily instruction from teachers
6-12:
Robust remote learning with daily instruction from teachers
9-12:
Robust remote learning with daily instruction from teachers


August 27, 2020: Chromebook Distribution / Exchange information was emailed along with the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).


August 25, 2020: Hosted a Fall Reopening Q&A to help our families better understand their options for instructional models this fall. Over 200 people attended.

View the PowerPoint or watch the video recording here:


August 10, 2020: Final board-approved plan released to staff and families.

August 4, 2020: An updated timeline released to staff and families:

We are getting closer to finalizing our plan for starting school this fall and want to update you on the timeline:

  • August 6 – Reopening Task Force Committee Meeting
  • August 7 – School Board Reopening Work Session, 4:00 pm
  • August 10 – Final Plan Seeks Approval from School Board, 5:00 pm
  • August 10 – Final Roadmap to Reopening Plan Released to Staff and Families, Post Board Approval

This complex process is being worked with the greatest of care, intention, and concern for the health and well-being of our staff and students. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we reimagine education during COVID-19.

July 31, 2020: revised draft fall reopening plan that includes two options for returning to school was released to staff and families. Read the letter here.

June 17, 2020:  A draft plan was released to staff and families based on efforts from the district task force and survey feedback. Read the letter here.

RESOURCES

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

OSPI released a planning guide for school re-entry on June 11. The guidelines instruct school districts to simultaneously plan for a full reopening as well as a contingency approach while prioritizing students furthest from educational justice and following safety guidance from public health agencies.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC has health guidelines and considerations for schools here.