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Superintendent Update – 10/9/2020

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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