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Superintendent Message June 19th

Dear MISD Families:

It is the final day of what is surely an unforgettable school year. Congratulations to the Class of 2020! We are so proud of what you have accomplished. We know your resilience and commitment to learning will serve you well in the future. 

We are proud of all of our students, our staff, and you, our families, for all the work that has been accomplished to educate and support our youth during this remarkable time. We hope you'll be able to take some time to reflect with your student(s) on their efforts and achievements during a spring when our state and world were in the middle of a health crisis.

Today we recognize Juneteenth and honor what it stands for, that all people are and should be equal in both liberty and rights afforded by our nation. This important day calls us to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, informing previously enslaved people of their freedom and the end of the civil war. This announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a half years earlier on Jan. 1, 1863. I encourage our community to recognize this day through participation in family-learning opportunities that honor this important historical event for black Americans.

Fall School Reopening

Full-time classroom education for fall 2020 remains uncertain. We are all hopeful that, by the start of the school year, King County will be in the final phase of recovery and re-opening. Our goal is to reopen our schools with as much face-to-face instruction as safely possible.  With that in mind, we are developing multiple contingency plans that put our students first but consider the health and safety of all.  

To plan for fall 2020, the District has established several workgroups that include parents, educators, school leaders, board directors, community partners, students, and district office staff. These groups are already developing plans for the reopening of our schools. Their work will continue throughout the summer to refine the necessary details to meet the health and safety requirements outlined in the guidance from OSPI Reopening Washington Schools 2020 and any future recommendations from King County Seattle Department of Health. OSPI requires every school district to submit a board-approved plan two weeks prior to the first day of school. 

Along with the OSPI guidelines, our workgroups will be guided by MISD’s Values, Vision and Mission, stated below. These MISD guidelines will drive a reopening plan that is centered on educating the whole child in the best way possible.

Values 

Students are the priority. We believe in:

  • Supporting the whole child
  • Creating inclusive and equitable learning settings
  • Ensuring our school communities are safe and supportive
  • Providing rigorous and challenging learning

Vision

Inspiring our students to be lifelong learners as they create their futures.

Mission

The District will foster learning by engaging students in thinking critically, solving problems creatively, and working collaboratively. 

Workgroup participants were chosen to ensure diverse perspectives and to give a voice to multiple stakeholder groups. Participants include: 

  • Classroom teachers
  • Classified Staff
  • Administrators
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Students 
  • Special Education Leaders & Staff
  • Specialist (PE, Music, Art, etc.)
  • MIEA Representatives
  • Parent representatives 

Our workgroups are creating plans for four possible levels of instruction based on the health directives from local and state authorities. These levels, described below, may be fluid as health situations change in the region or at specific schools. The priority of each level is to serve our students with as much face-to-face instruction with teachers as possible.

Continuum of Learning

RED LEARNING DAY - REMOTE LEARNING 2.0 

  • Could impact one or more schools
  • High level of threat to health & safety of students and staff
  • Schools will require cleaning or preparation
  • Notice to community as soon as district is aware
  • School(s) will move to a new phase along the Learning Forward continuum when safe

ORANGE LEARNING DAY - HYBRID LEARNING

  • Split schedule by days for students to attend for face to face instruction
  • Students will attend 2-3 days per week depending on services received and program participation
  • Remote Learning for independent learning and online small group instruction on days when students are not in the building
  • Consideration determined by how facilities can accommodate physical distancing and cleaning requirements

YELLOW LEARNING DAY  - IN SCHOOL INSTRUCTION WITH SIGNIFICANT LIMITATIONS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Return to school with enhanced precautions
  • Limited transportation  to and from school
  • Schools only open to students and staff
  • Staggered drop off and pick up times and locations 
  • No large group activities especially indoors

GREEN LEARNING DAY -  IN SCHOOL INSTRUCTION WITH REDUCED LIMITATIONS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Continuation of the Yellow Learning model, but with relaxed precautions and limitations based on guidance form Health authority

We currently anticipate all learning day levels involving in-school instruction to include the following health and safety precautions:

  • Health screening/attestation for all students, staff & visitors at building entry 
  • Physical distancing within each group of students as much as possible
  • Reinforced hygiene practices and hand washing 
  • Face coverings required for staff and students 
  • Continued increased cleaning and disinfecting procedures 
  • Limiting shared instructional materials to those that can be easily cleaned
  • Limited to no large group gatherings, particularly indoors
  • Accommodations based on health and/or quarantine concerns that have been determined as appropriate after individualized consideration. 

As we continue to build the details of our reopening plan, we are committed to communicating with our families about the impacts of the multiple levels of health and safety requirements on our education system. Additional feedback may be needed on how to best serve our families, so we encourage your input via our surveys as they may occur. 

As we close the 2019-20 school year, I want to again extend my thanks and appreciation to our students, staff, and families for working with us during this unique period in our history.  I wish you all a joyful, safe and healthy summer.

Stay Safe and Healthy, 

 

Donna Colosky

Superintendent