School Reopening Plans
The Skamania School Board reviewed and approved plans for back to school in the fall. Taking into account high COVID-19 infection rates in Skamania county and using newly released state Department of Health (DOH) metrics to guide their decision, the board approved a plan to begin the school year under a robust remote learning model. The board will be re-evaluate in late September.
- School will start on September 2nd.
- 180 days and 1,000 hours of instruction for the year (K-8).
- 5 days per week of online instruction.
- First month: Instruction, along with placement assessments, development of personalized plans, and parent conferences.
- All students will have a district-provided Chromebook for checkout to use at home, if needed.
- 5 additional days are included in the calendar at the end for make up days, if needed.
- A robust online instructional model will be followed.
- Learning standards by grade level will be aligned and an overview of the learning standards will be provided.
- Each student will have a personalized learning plan to accommodate for a variety of abilities. This will include a choice of assignment options and ways to demonstrate their learning.
- Social and emotional support to promote student, staff and family wellness will be provided by our new counselor.
Virtual Academy (Online Program)
An improved virtual remote learning 2.0 (Virtual Academy) is planned with the goal and intention to make it an option for all families at all times, as well as in the time of intermittent closure/absence due to sickness. The model will be more robust than the Spring 2020 model and is being designed with support and feedback from families, staff, and current research on best practices in remote learning environments.
All students will initially be taught using this online format until it is safe to return to school. This Virtual Academy is also available for students and families who want a long-term online option instead of returning to a part or full in-person experience.
The Skamania Virtual Academy will join an online community staffed by Skamania School District teachers and support staff. It will be similar to going to school in person with comprehensive graded lessons and support, direct instruction, and required attendance.
The learning standards and learning goals will be the same as for students in a physical classroom. The methods for achieving and demonstrating standards might be different, but the goals will be the same. For example, a mix of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) lessons could be used along with projects, presentations, and portfolios for students to demonstrate their learning.
Virtual Academy Program
|Initial communication||Robo call, email, website that outlines the plan and the upcoming back to school night.|
|Enrollment Period||Any student enrolled at Skamania School may participate as long as it is necessary.|
|Progress Grades||Yes, at the end of each trimester.|
|Back to school night before school starts||By appointment for chromebook pick up, basic start up instruction, and initial assignments.|
|Class Session with Teacher||Both live and recorded sessions will occur daily.
Some evening instruction time will be available so parents can be involved (after hour support).
|State Certified Instructional Staff||Yes|
|Student Attendance||Required and taken daily|
|Curriculum||Combination of standards based-created curriculum and vendor-supported designed for an online format.
Google classroom will be the platform used for all grades.
|Personalized learning plan||Each student will have a personalized plan in order to accommodate for a variety of abilities.
This mastery-based model with a tracking system is currently in development.
Creative ‘home options’ will be considered to count toward school requirements and for students to study according to their interests.
|Chromebooks||Provided through check out prior to school starting.|
|School-Based Activities||Suspended until it is safe to return in small groups.|
|Wifi/Internet Services||May be provided for a limited number of students who qualify (free/reduced).
A hotspot will be provided in the Skamania School parking lot.
|Paper/Printed Packets||Supplemental paper/packets with a variety of modality, i.e, STEM activities, projects, etc.
Distribution plan and/or delivered printed home packets will be considered. Emailed packets and completed homework may be an option.
|Counseling Services Provided||Available for all students.|
|Health Education and Services||Health services are not available until students return to school. Services at school will be based on a student Health Management Plan.
COVID health and protection instruction may be given as part of health class.
|Special Education Services||The special education team will work directly with families to schedule required in-person (when safe) or online instruction and/or therapies.|
|Nutrition Services/meals||Those who qualify may pick up meals at school (free/reduced).
Paid lunches may be available for pick up.
We are exploring 1-2 drop areas for food in the community.
|Adult Support Needed at Home||Yes (see next box for additional support to parents).|
|Additional support for parents||Each student will be assigned a mentor who will support and encourage the student in the online experience.
Teachers will have regular office hours for parents and students. Some evening hours, after 6:00 pm, will be offered.
A fall parent/teacher conference will be conducted online or in person, if safe, during September.
A school age childcare (fee based) option is being explored. See survey.
Regular technology training will be offered for parents (troubleshoot options and support).
Students may contact their mentor with specific questions.
|Specialists||Regular online classes for music, PE, and social skill instruction will be held.|
|Tutors||One-on-one tutors/mentors will be available for those students who struggle with accessing online instruction.|
|In -person instruction||This option will be provided on a limited basis when there is a county decline in COVID. Students may be invited to return by appointment in special cases based on needs and age. The initial priority will be given to students in TK -through 2nd grade and special education.
We will make an attempt to schedule students on a specific day to help with scheduling for parents.
Transportation will be provided.
Outdoor STEM activity options in local parks may occur.
|PTO community support||Small groups of parents and students will meet and support each other.
Parent forum supports/facebook support.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if a fully online model is preferred regardless of the health trends in our county?
If your preference is a fully online model for your student, we have developed the Skamania Virtual Academy. This program will not shift through the stages listed above. It will stay online throughout the year. The Skamania Virtual Academy will join an online community staffed by Skamania School District teachers and support staff. It will be similar to going to school in person with comprehensive graded lessons and support, direct instruction, and required attendance.
The learning standards and learning goals will be the same as for students in a physical classroom.
What if I need childcare during learning delivery models 1 through 3?
We recognize that each family is in a unique situation and may need child care support. We are working to develop options for families in these situations. Please take this survey to indicate your interest and need.
What if my family relies on school breakfast and/or lunch services?
We will develop a modified meal distribution process, similar to the one utilized in the spring, to provide meals to students during remote learning. Additional information on this process will be forthcoming.
If school is starting remotely for fall, why are we considering offering child care?
The science around children and COVID indicate that very young children, those typically in child care, are less likely to become infected.
Child care facilities provide an essential service for parents who must work. If centers are closed, there’s concern children may be left with grandparents or other individuals who are at higher risk for serious illness.
Washington State Department of Health has established guidance that child care facilities must follow. The guidance is aimed at reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission at child center facilities and includes:
- small groups that do not interact and staff that do not move between groups (maximum of 22 individuals). Many child care providers choose to have smaller group sizes, which allows for more physical distancing.
- daily health screenings
- physical distancing as much as possible
- increased hygiene practices
- modified pickup/drop off, including keeping parents out of the program space
- staggering outside play schedules
- increased cleaning
Child care settings are in a position to implement additional precautionary practices which would be difficult to implement more broadly in a school setting such as daily individual health screenings, staggered drop off and pick up schedules, staggered outdoor play schedules and increased cleaning protocols.
The reduced risk of infection, small group sizes and increased preventative measures makes disease transmission in child care settings less likely than in less flexible settings such as schools.
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