October 23, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,
The first week of transitioning to hybrid in-person learning has been fantastic – thank you. Our pre-Kindergarten through second grade students started this week and are doing well.
Next week, third through fifth grade students will start hybrid in-person learning across the district. If your student attends middle or high school, hybrid in-person learning is scheduled to start on November 9. These dates are subject to change based upon community health conditions.
In our hybrid model students will be split into two groups. Group A will receive in-person instruction on Monday and Thursday and Group B will receive in-person instruction on Tuesday and Friday.
Third through fifth grade students will use the same safety protocols employed for the pre-Kindergarten through second grade kids. The younger students are doing a great job wearing face coverings and following safety protocols. We anticipate the third through fifth grade students will do a great job as well. On the days that students are not receiving in-person learning they will be provided independent learning opportunities to be completed each week.
For middle and high school students class schedules will follow traditional routines with safety protocols and added safeguards against the spread of COVID-19. This means class will start and end at the same time as in the past and students will rotate from classroom to classroom, attending each scheduled class period each day they are in-person. On the days in which students are not in-person, they will receive instruction via Zoom on the same schedule as their in-person days. Wednesdays are set aside for teachers to touch base with students who chose the full remote option and to provide support to students who are in need. Teachers will also be engaged in planning lessons and collaborating with their teaching partners each Wednesday.
Student and employee safety is our top priority and the district has taken substantial safety precautions.
Safety signage about wearing face coverings, washing hands and social distancing is posted throughout schools to help remind students about safety expectations. We are confident that our students will do a great job following safety protocols. If your child comes to school without a face covering, your school will provide one. Detailed guidelines for appropriate face coverings and other safety protocols can be found on the district website. Your help reinforcing and supporting these expectations with your children will be of great value to the success of our transition back to in-person learning.
Another change involves our bus pickup times. In an effort to minimize the amount of time students arrive before school, these times have changed. To view new bus pickup times click here , then click the green “bus routes” button. If you are dropping your student off at school, please do so about 10 minutes prior to class starting. It is important that students do not gather in common areas before school starts.
To help your student have a great day at school please make sure to complete the daily wellness check. Doing so will allow your child to arrive at school and proceed quickly to their classroom. For detailed directions on completing the daily wellness check click here.
As a reminder, the Federal Government extended the free meals program for all children from birth to age 18 through the entire school year. Any student can choose to eat breakfast and lunch for free, no qualification is necessary. The meal pickup locations will continue serve meals Monday through Friday.
We are limiting visitors to school as much as possible, but know there will be times you need to see us in person. You are welcome to visit school, but we would appreciate it if just one parent came into school at a time. Please wear a face covering and practice safety protocols when visiting school.
All district employees are working hard to make our return to school a great experience and we appreciate your support. If you have questions, please reach out to your school or email email@example.com.
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools
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After reviewing the cloth face covering guidance from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the school district developed the following face covering standards:
Cloth Face Covering:
- Definition: A cloth face covering is fabric that fully covers your nose and mouth.
- Wear face coverings with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Wear the face covering over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
- Face coverings should be worn by people two years and older.
- Face coverings should not be worn by children younger than two, people who have a documented medical condition preventing them from wearing a face covering or by people who cannot remove the mask without assistance.
- Both factory made and homemade are acceptable.
- Face coverings can be made from a variety of materials like cotton, fleece or linen.
- Neck gaiters are acceptable if the material consists of two or more layers.
- Bandanas and face shields are not acceptable.
Employees do not need to wear a face covering when working in a room alone.
Parks and Recreation is offering a Distance Learning Day camp for students who need help during remote learning.
This day camp is from Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 5:30pm.
- Assistance with logging in and participation in online learning
- Before and After school activities to keep children active, outdoors, and engaged
- Supervised breakfast & lunch, with meals provided by Longview School District Nutrition Services
This camp is now only $65 for families during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Additional scholarships, through the Weyerhaeuser Giving Foundation are available as well for individuals who need aid in paying for the day camp. For more information, please contact 360-442-5400
Click the link below to register for October:
Below is the Washington State Department of Health School Reopening Decision Tree for public and private schools. Movement from stage to stage in the school re-opening plan is based on the number of positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in Cowlitz County, consultation with health officials, and other community health considerations. The Washington State Department of Health School Reopening Decision Tree explains how the district will consider this data when determining the stages of fully reopening our schools.
Dear Parents and Families,
The district is planning to return to in-person learning soon under a “Hybrid Learning” model. Hybrid learning for students at all grade levels will include two days a week of in person instruction and three days a week of remote learning. This reduces the number of students on campus by about 50 percent each day, which creates a safer environment.
The Longview School Board voted for Pre-kindergarten through second grade students to return to in-person “hybrid” learning on October 19. Third through fifth grade students will start hybrid learning on October 26. These dates are subject to change based on community health conditions which are being regularly monitored. If reopening schedule changes are necessary, we will contact you immediately.
In our elementary schools, hybrid learning will have students in class with the same group of kids each week. This will help us to assure that our students and staff have contact with as few people as possible each day they are in school. Bus routes are being adjusted to pick up kids a little later in the morning so that there is limited time for our students to congregate prior to instruction beginning each day. Each elementary school has processes in place to minimize the risk of infection during recess and other non-class times. Please check the district website for bus and safety information.
Middle and high school students are scheduled to begin hybrid, in-person learning on November 9. This date is also subject to change based on community health conditions. The district recently shared some information regarding hybrid learning and some concerns have been expressed with the middle and high school model previously shared. We have been listening to your feedback, and feedback from our staff. As a result of the input received, we are reconsidering the manner in which we will deliver hybrid learning at our middle and high schools.
We are trying to revise our middle and high school approach for those who choose to remain in full remote learning by relying less upon a self-directed curricular delivery model that uses the Odysseyware software program. We are also further exploring ways in which we might be able to “cohort” our middle school students more effectively to minimize the number of contacts they have each day at school. Our middle and high school principals are working with their staffs to consider revisions that we believe will better meet the needs of our students and families.
We are listening to your input and will continue to adjust our hybrid learning plans to improve academic and safety outcomes. Thank you to those of you who have reached out with concerns and ideas. If you have questions please contact your school principal or me.
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools
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