June 30, 2020
Dear MISD Families,
Here is our latest working plan for the reopening of schools in fall 2020. The plan is based on current information and guidelines from OSPI (see below), and remains subject to change. We realize there is still much uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, the plan describes four learning-day models (Red, Orange, Yellow and Green), based on four levels of health concerns and related safety precautions. As we have done throughout this pandemic, we will continue gathering community input through various surveys to help us develop a plan that best supports our students.
June 15, 2020
Dear MISD Families,
As we continue to plan for fall 2020, with the hope of returning to open schools and social (in-person) interaction, I want to share the recent state (OSPI) guidelines for reopening schools. Using these guidelines, our MISD workgroups will be busy planning for fall 2020. We look forward to providing the best possible education and safe learning environment for our students and staff in fall 2020.
June 5, 2020
Dear MISD Families,
I hope this message finds you safe and healthy as we continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic. This letter provides an update of MISD’s plans for fall 2020. Like you, I am hopeful for a return to open schools and social (in-person) interaction. Given the continuing pandemic, however, we must also plan for other scenarios in accordance with state-mandated protections. Please be assured that MISD remains committed to our students, staff and community to provide the best education and learning environment possible.
Our planning for fall 2020 involves several workgroups as described below. These workgroups will consider the many factors required to open our schools safely in September and to provide high-quality and effective teaching and learning. New guidance from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is coming next week. The parameters outlined by OSPI and any new information from Governor Inslee and the King County Department of Health will assist our workgroups now and throughout the summer.
When forming these workgroups, we sought a diverse representation of perspectives through a range of participants among students, classroom teachers, instructional coaches, special education staff, classified staff (ie, bus drivers, custodians, paraprofessionals, administrators, the Mercer Island Education Association, and parents representing the different schools and levels. Each workgroup, whether a “Learning Forward” or “Operations” workgroup, will be guided by our MISD Values, Vision and Mission.
Based on recommendations from these workgroups, a fall 2020 plan will be developed through my advisory committee. Later in June, we will communicate the fall reopening options and schedules that are under consideration. We will provide regular communication to families throughout the summer about the reopening of our schools this fall.
Learning Forward Workgroups
Elementary, Middle and High School Learning Forward Work Groups - The Learning Forward Work Groups at each level (elementary, middle and high) are tasked with defining what learning will look like at each of the three levels. Planning and preparation should be in the following prioritized order to begin:
- Remote Learning 2.0
- Hybrid of remote and in building instruction
- Back in school buildings
The Assessment Team will work with each level to support the research, implementation, and analysis of student learning data to inform progress at the student, building, and district levels
Instructional Technology Team will support buildings and levels in the development and deployment of technological solutions to online, hybrid, or in-building learning as schools prepare for 2020-2021.
Secial Services and Inclusive Education Team will assure that practices are inclusive for all students and provide capacity for Tier 2 and 3 interventions.
Professional Learning Team will be responsible for collaborating with schools to develop ongoing professional learning to support online, hybrid, and classroom instruction during the recovery process in 2020-2021.
These workgroups will support the learning workgroups, as well as coordinate regulations and guidance from other entities, such as, OSPI, State Dept. of Health, and King County Public Health.
The Finance Team will be responsible for supporting all teams through monitoring and estimating costs related to suggested implementation of strategies for reopening school buildings for 2020 2021.
The Transportation Workgroup will work within the health and safety regulations of Public Health to create scenarios for transporting students to and from school within the current resources available (ie. numbers of drivers and buses).
The Facilities Workgroup will work closely with the Health and Safety Workgroup to determine how any regulations from public health (county and state levels) will impact use and capacity of each facility.
The Health and Safety Workgroup will work to align with health regulations (county and state) to consider best practices for the health and safety of students and staff. Close collaboration with other teams will be critical as potential regulations are determined and the impact on other elements of each of the team’s work will be critical.
To help each of these workgroups plan for the 2020-2021 school year, it is imperative to incorporate feedback from parents. Please take 5 minutes to provide your feedback by completing the MISD 2020-2021 Planning - Parent Survey which closes on Wednesday, June 10, 4:00pm. We realize some families may have already provided input via email, PTA surveys, teacher surveys, etc., but we still want to hear from you and appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey as it poses new and different questions.
Thank you for your support and input. We look forward to providing the best possible education and safe learning environment for our students and staff in fall 2020.