Dear Parents and Families,
It has been a long and tough road, but we are now moving one step closer to normalcy. With both Governor Inslee and the State Department of Health adopting the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) new three foot standard for physical distancing in schools we are ready to take the next step in serving our kids.
I am pleased to announce that, on April 19th all elementary schools will start full-time in-person learning five days a week. Our middle and high schools will also start full-time in-person learning on April 19th and will meet four days per week with Wednesdays set aside for teachers to support students who remain in full remote learning. All middle and high school students learning in-person will have “at-home” learning expectations on Wednesdays.
The reason we are providing 4 days a week in our middle and high schools is because all of our secondary teachers will continue providing remote learning opportunities for our students who wish to remain in remote learning. Wednesdays will give them the opportunity to focus upon their remote learners’ educational needs. This is not necessary at the elementary level because, at the beginning of the year, we identified teachers in each grade level who have and will continue to teach our students who chose the full remote learning option.
We are confident the health safety protocols implemented in each of our schools, along with the recent vaccination effort for educators, and the newly implemented voluntary COVID-19 in-school testing program, now put us in an improved position to welcome all of our kids back safely. The safety of students and employees remains a top priority for the district.
Prior to the 19th of April, your schools will be working diligently to iron out the health safety adjustments needed as a result of the increased number of students in our classrooms and schools. Areas needing particular attention include: classroom configurations, wellness check processes, and breakfast and lunch procedures. Further details will be coming directly from your child’s school in subsequent communications. Please keep your eyes open for these.
Thank you for your patience over the last year as we worked through full remote, hybrid, and now full in-person learning. We look forward to taking this next step towards normalcy and plan to make the most of the remainder of this school year.
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools