Planning for 2020-21 Return to School
Education leaders at the state and local levels have been grappling with what school will look like this fall. To help us prepare, OSPI has assembled a "Reopening Washington Schools Workgroup." This group provided direction on potential models and recommendations for reopening schools next year. The initial guidance from the group was released on June 11 "Fall Reopening Guidance." In this document, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal made it clear that he expected schools will open this fall for in-person instruction. However, Department of Health (DOH) requirements must be met in order to do so.
In response to that guidance, four district workgroups were formed to prepare for this work. Please see below for more information about each group.
The work groups are still developing plans for a more robust distance learning model and planning for when it is safer to return to in-person instruction. The re-opening plans required by OSPI were submitted Aug. 19. A formatted pdf version of that plan is available for staff and families. Translations will be posted as soon as they are complete.
In a family message on Sept. 24, Superintendent Brynelson shared a video explaining the district's early plan to re-open schools for in-person learning, starting with students in preschool through second grade on Oct. 26.
We plan to wait at least three weeks before bringing back students in grades three through five. We will likely bring middle school students back in December or early January in a hybrid model with high school students to follow at the start of second semester in late January, also in a hybrid model.
This plan is tentative and may change depending on how many families want their children to return to in-person instruction, and the status of the COVID-19 cases in our county. As promised, families may choose to remain in distance learning.
The Mukilteo School District is committed to providing quality educational services to all students and their families, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, language, abilities, socioeconomic status, country of origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity. We are committed to promoting a vision for public education that advances inclusiveness, equity, and racial and social justice in our schools and society.
We value the following as we plan for the fall:
- Physically and emotionally safe environments for our staff and students
- Decisions made in the best interests of students and families
- Equitable supports for students
- Support for students that are furthest from educational justice
- Consistent and meaningful connections with each student
- High quality instruction for in person and remote learning
- Strong family-school partnerships in support of student learning