School Reopening Plan Updates

  • Below is an archive of our school reopening weekly planning updates. You can also find documents and resources related to the planning process inn the page directory listed to the left if viewing on a computer screen or by tapping the pages button above if viewing on a mobile device.

     

    July 28, 2020

    Message from Superintendent Miner

    Last night, I presented an update to the Board and shared that I will be recommending that we open Shoreline Schools in remote status this fall.  You can find that presentation here.  It was very difficult for me to arrive at this recommendation but from weighing all of the current data about the pandemic, I decided this was the best recommendation I could make to support the well being of our students and staff at this time.  Like all of you, I want nothing more than a return to in-person schools and I understand the challenges my recommendation will present for many in our District. For every person who feels relief upon hearing this, there is someone else who is experiencing tremendous stress and anxiety about it.  The Board will meet on August 3 in a special meeting to consider this recommendation.  Once they have made a decision, I know in the coming days and weeks, we will work together as a community to come together and rise to the challenges we face even as we support each other in community.

    Sincerely,

    Rebecca Miner

    Superintendent

    Survey Results

    You can find the results of the family survey here and staff survey here for the week of July 20 - July 24.  For the family survey in Spanish, click here.

    No Update this Friday

    Because this update is being provided today, no update will be provided this Friday, July 31.  The next update will be provided on Tuesday, August 4, the day after the August 3 Board meetings (see below).

    School Board Meeting

    On May 29, Governor Inslee issued a proclamation (view it here) regarding the Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act. This proclamation prohibits us from conducting board meetings in-person, and requires us to provide, at a minimum, telephonic access to the meeting. This proclamation has been extended and expires on August 1, 2020. At this time, we do not know if the proclamation will be extended so we are planning to have the next meeting remotely. 

    We are going to have a School Board Regular (Business Only) Meeting on August 3 at 5:30 p.m. followed immediately by a Special Board Meeting and then a Study Session.  You will be able to access all three from the link below. As always, you can view the Board’s posted agenda on our website calendar by this Friday evening. If you would like to listen to the meeting, you can do so by using the link or call-in phone numbers below. Please note that due to changes in our online meeting platform’s security settings, attendees are required to enter the password provided below to enter the meeting.

    Login:

    https://zoom.us/j/93887732592?pwd=b3VvRVJmalF6TkdDN1lKQTBBYlhTQT09

    Password (required):  504586

    Call-in numbers:  253-215-8782   or  669-900-6833   

    Meeting ID:  938 8773 2592


    July 24, 2020

    Message from Superintendent Miner

    As I am sure you are all aware, we are in a rapidly changing landscape of the pandemic at this time with new information coming every day. New information evaluated at this time includes a current statement and current health data from Public Health - Seattle & King County, a video and a statement from Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and our community survey, which closed this evening.  I will be meeting with the Board in a study session on Monday, July 27 at 5:30 p.m. and sharing new information and recommendations with them.  Information on how to attend is below. Rather than waiting until next Friday, an update will be sent to you on Tuesday, July 28.

    Sincerely,
    Rebecca Miner
    Superintendent

    Survey Comments
    As promised, the survey comments from our initial survey, which closed June 24, have now been redacted to eliminate personally identifiable information and inappropriate language, and are available here. (under District Report--Survey Comments)  Thank you to the thousands of students, staff and family members who participated and provided us with comments.

    WIAA Decisions

    The Washington Interscholastic and Athletics Association has modified the 2020-2021 sports season calendar.  You can find details here

    Public Health - Seattle & King County Statement 

    Public Health - Seattle & King County has issued a statement about decisions made by school districts regarding the opening of school.  You can find that here. You can find their COVID-19 key indicators page here.

    Statement and Video From Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction

    This week, Superintendent Chris Reykdal made a statement and a video about the opening of schools. You can read his statement here or watch a video here   

    School Board Meeting

    On May 29, Governor Inslee issued a proclamation (view it here) regarding the Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act. This proclamation prohibits us from conducting board meetings in-person, and requires us to provide, at a minimum, telephonic access to the meeting. This proclamation has been extended and expires on August 1, 2020.

    We are going to have a School Board Study Session on July 27 at 5:30 p.m. As always, you can view the Board’s posted agenda on our website calendar by this Friday evening. If you would like to listen to the meeting, you can do so by using the link or call-in phone numbers below. Please note that due to changes in our online meeting platform’s security settings, attendees are required to enter the password provided below to enter the meeting.

    Login:

    https://zoom.us/j/98994281203?pwd=QnJIV1BQcVZmTWVhQi9rR0NTZjVvQT09

    Password (required): 322176

    Call-in numbers:  1-253-215-8782 or 1-669-900-6833

    Meeting ID: 989 9428 1203


    July 17, 2020

    Dear Shoreline Schools Families and Staff,

    Below is a special message from Superintendent Miner, this week’s school reopening planning update and July 20 school board meeting information. We hope you all have a great weekend!

    Message from Superintendent Miner

    I want to extend a personal note of gratitude to the nearly 2,550 staff, family members and students who participated in a town hall meeting or focus groups this week. Time is limited for everyone and I appreciate that so many people took the time to join in this work, listen and provide feedback.

    While I have not yet read every comment that came through the chat, I have a good start on that process. Many themes are emerging already: safety, the need for specificity as soon as possible, childcare concerns and social-emotional needs, to name just a few. I meet with superintendents in our region frequently and through those meetings information is conveyed to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. I feel like both our survey and the past week’s comments have given me additional knowledge about concerns in our community and allow me to better articulate those concerns to people whose decisions are informing our recommendations.

    My fervent hope for all of our staff, students and families is that you are finding some ways to recharge, find joy, and maintain and extend community connections even in these difficult times. Though our challenges are not yet behind us, by working together we will find the best solutions possible to support each other as we move forward.

    Sincerely,
    Rebecca Miner
    Superintendent

    School Reopening Planning Update

    This week, we held a series of online town hall meetings and focus groups to review the currently recommended model for reopening schools and collect feedback and questions regarding the model and its impact on various areas of operations. Our planning teams are currently reviewing this input and utilizing it in finalizing their plan recommendations to provide to the superintendent.

    You can find town hall recordings and presentation slides for each group presented to HERE.

    Families and staff will receive online surveys on Monday, July 20 regarding the recommended reopening model presented in the town hall meeting. Links to a town hall recording and the presentation slides will also be included in the survey for review. We hope you will participate in this survey and submit by 5 pm on Friday, July 24.

    We are continuing to review the more than 6,400 comments submitted in our previous survey. Once those are finished being reviewed and have personally identifiable information and inappropriate language redacted, they will be posted online and provided in a weekly update. We hope to be able to share this information in next Friday’s weekly update.

    School Board Meeting

    On May 29, Governor Inslee issued a proclamation (view it here) regarding the Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act. This proclamation prohibits us from conducting board meetings in-person, and requires us to provide, at a minimum, telephonic access to the meeting. This proclamation has been extended and expires on August 1, 2020.

    Our School Board Regular Meeting scheduled for Monday, July 20 will all be held remotely with online and telephonic access. The meeting will be available online or by calling in using the details below. Monday’s Board Meeting will begin at 7 pm.

    As always, you can view the Board’s posted agenda on our website calendar by this Friday evening. If you would like to provide written public comment for Monday’s Regular (Business Only) Meeting, you can do so by filling out this online form by 12 pm on Monday, July 20 and it will be provided to the Board. If you would like to listen to the meetings, you can do so by using the links or call-in phone numbers below. Please note that due to changes in our online meeting platform’s security settings, attendees are required to enter the password provided below to enter the meeting.

    Monday, July 20 School Board Regular Meeting

    Login: 
    https://zoom.us/j/91630516832?pwd=cUxmRHV1ZVNOZEp5alBYU0V4ZUtuZz09

    Password (required): 846824
    Call-in numbers: 1-253-215-8782 or 1-669-900-6833
    Meeting ID: 916 3051 6832

     


    July 20, 2020

    Planning Groups

    Planning groups continued to meet this week to develop recommendations for school reopening plan options. Additional information and plan options will be shared in the virtual town halls scheduled for next week and will be included in next week’s planning update email.

    School Reopening Survey Results
    The survey reports for the School Reopening Survey conducted by the Center for Educational Effectiveness in late June are now available for review HERE.

    School Reopening Options Survey
    The school reopening options survey that was originally scheduled to be sent on July 13 is being pushed back one week to July 20. This is to allow for themes, topics and questions generated in the virtual town hall and focus group meetings to be incorporated into the survey.

    Focus Groups
    Thank you to the nearly 400 people who expressed interest in serving on a plan area focus group. Those who are assigned to a focus group will receive an invitation to attend on or before July 13. Focus groups will meet on July 16 or 17.

    Focus groups will be kept relatively small to allow for thorough discussion and sharing of perspectives in their various topic areas, so not everyone who expressed interest will be invited to serve on a focus group. If you expressed interest and do not receive an invitation to serve on a focus group, we hope that you will continue to share your feedback with us through the virtual town halls and upcoming survey.

    Virtual Town Hall Meetings
    If you have not yet registered to attend one of our online virtual town hall meetings to review school reopening plan options and provide feedback and questions, please do so using the links below. The parents/guardian and staff town halls are open to families and staff at any level, the student town hall is only available to students in who will be in grades 6-12.

    Please note that each town hall meeting is limited to 1,000 attendees. Recordings of the meetings will be available for those who are unable to attend.

    Virtual Town Hall Registration Link for Staff Members

    Tuesday, July 14 at 4 pm - Staff Members
     

    Virtual Town Hall Registration Links for Parent/Guardians

    Wednesday, July 15 at 1 pm – Parents/Guardians

    Wednesday, July 15 at 2 pm – Spanish Interpretation for Parents/Guardians

    Wednesday, July 15 at 6 pm – Parents/Guardians

    Wednesday, July 15 at 7 pm – Spanish Interpretation for Parents/Guardians
     

    Virtual Town Hall Registration Link for Students in Grades 6-12

    Thursday, July 16 at 2 pm - Students

     


    July 1, 2020 

    School Reopening Planning Update

    The School Board received an update of the planning process and timeline at their study session on Monday, June 29. You can see a copy of that presentation HERE.

    Planning workgroups continued to meet and work on developing recommendations for each planning area.

    A survey of plan options will be sent to staff, families and students (grades 6-12) on July 13. That week, we will also host several virtual town hall events to present plan options, answer questions and take feedback. Please see the links below to register for one of the town hall meetings for parents/guardians, students or staff members. After you register, you will receive information on how to login to the town hall meeting you select.

    Please note that each town hall meeting is limited to 1,000 attendees. Recordings of the meetings will be available for those who are unable to attend.

    Virtual Town Hall Registration Link for Staff Members

    Tuesday, July 14 at 4 pm - Staff Members
     

    Virtual Town Hall Registration Links for Parent/Guardians

    Wednesday, July 15 at 1 pm – Parents/Guardians

    Wednesday, July 15 at 2 pm – Spanish Interpretation for Parents/Guardians

    Wednesday, July 15 at 6 pm – Parents/Guardians

    Wednesday, July 15 at 7 pm – Spanish Interpretation for Parents/Guardians
     

    Virtual Town Hall Registration Link for Students in Grades 6-12

    Thursday, July 16 at 2 pm - Students
     

    Additionally, we are seeking volunteers to serve on small focus groups to provide feedback on various aspects of our school reopening plans. These groups will meet in online Zoom meetings on July 16 or 17 to review specific areas of our reopening plans and provide feedback that will be used in the plan finalization process.

    If you are a staff member, parent/guardian or student in grades 6-12 and are interested in serving on one of these focus groups, please fill out one of the interest forms below. Please note that the focus groups will be limited in size and will aim to have a diverse mix of stakeholders that are representative of the community we serve. Those who are selected to serve on a focus group will be contacted by July 13.

    Focus Group Interest Form (English)

    Focus Group Interest Form (Spanish)

     


     June 26, 2020

    School Reopening Planning Update

    Reopening stakeholder surveys closed on June 24. The Center for Educational Effectiveness will provide the survey data to district leadership the first week of July. Survey results will be posted to the district website by July 13. The number of survey participants by stakeholder group is as follows:

    • Parent/Guardian: 4,850
    • Students (grades 4-12): 1,792
    • School-based Staff: 737
    • District-level Staff: 129

    The Reopening Instruction Planning Team has initiated their work as part of the district’s larger effort in planning for the 2020-2021 school year. The team members have been tasked with looking at the benefits and challenges of the variety of learning scenarios needed to meet physical distancing guidelines, in order to determine which models may be viable options for next school year.

    The Family and Community Engagement Team has been established. The goal of this team is to adapt the existing Family Engagement Program in a way that addresses the needs of our most impacted families once school returns.

    Our Operations Planning Team continued meeting with an emphasis on members identifying key stakeholders by topic. Sample classrooms were measured to determine layout and capacity options in alignment with guidance from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and state and local health departments. The district will also be participating in a collaborative school district purchasing consortium to buy personal protective equipment and other safety equipment needed for the fall.

    The overarching timeline for the reopening planning and approval process is below:

    • June 17 - July 10: Proposals prepared and plans for stakeholder (staff, students and families) input on those proposals
    • June 24: Initial stakeholder survey complete
    • June 29: Overview of processes to the Board in a study session (see link below)
    • July 2: Stakeholder survey results provided to the district
    • July 13 - July 17: Additional stakeholder input on plan options collected
    • July 20: Update to Board with proposal concepts included
    • July 24: Final recommendations from workgroups presented to the superintendent
    • July 31: Finalize proposals
    • August 14: Resolution to Board to include final reopening plan required by OSPI
    • August 17: Adoption of Resolution by Board

    State Superintendent Chris Reykdal also provided a video update regarding questions about face masks, physical distancing, remote learning and more. We encourage you to watch that video HERE.

     


    June 19, 2020

    School Reopening Planning Update

    This is the first in what will be weekly reopening planning updates.

    • This week, district administrators and principals from all departments and schools met to review and provide input on the reopening guidance published by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
    • Superintendent Miner and a number of key staff members attended a meeting with Public Health – Seattle & King County to learn more about public health expectations for opening schools safely.
    • School reopening surveys were sent to families, staff and students (grades 4-12) to begin gathering feedback and perceptions regarding reopening, as well as how online learning has gone this spring. Surveys must be submitted by 5 pm on June 24. You can find links to all surveys HERE.