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School Reopening Updates

Updated 01/14/21
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Model Change Applications - Due to the unprecedented volume of applications, you will receive notification of your Learning Model (Semester 2) status from your school no later than January 27th. As a reminder, application requests are not guaranteed. In-person availability is extremely limited due to mandatory Covid-Safety requirements and we are unable to accommodate all requests.
    • You will receive a notification of your application status by January 27, 2021.
    • Model changes are effective on the first day of the second semester, February 4, 2021.
 
 
 
Updated 12/15/20
Model Change Applications – Submission Closed
 

As a reminder, due to safety regulations, staff and classroom availability, and increased demand for in-person learning, requests will be individually considered and prioritized, beginning with students in the most need. Unfortunately, this means we cannot guarantee your change request will be granted.

    • Applications are due December 15, 2020.
    • Applications must be submitted through your Skyward account for consideration. 
    • You will receive a notification of your application status by January 22, 2021.
    • Model changes are effective on the first day of the second semester, February 4, 2021.
 
If you have questions regarding the application process, please email covid@mlsd161.org.

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1. Log into your Skyward Family Access account. If you have forgotten your password, please call the Learning Services Center: (509) 766-2650.
 
2. Select "Online Forms" 
 
step 1
 
3. Complete the brief form:
 
step 2
 
4. Select "Next Step" on the righthand panel
 
step 3
 
5. Sign and submit your request
 
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Semester II – Model descriptions

 

General Information

In all models where on-campus learning occurs, health and safety procedures will be in place to support student and staff safety. All students, teachers, staff, and visitors on-campus must be screened prior to entry. Social distancing requirements will be established and adhered to throughout the day. Facial Coverings will be required while in classrooms, school buildings, on school buses, at school bus stops, and while attending school activities and events. 

Specific exceptions may be made, should they meet criteria, and a formal plan is established with the school nurse.

High School Learning Models available for 2nd semester are:

Remote/Digital (APEX)

Phase-in to On-campus

Phase-in to On-campus will be on-campus as much as possible–The “flexible” option that was available 1st semester will no longer be available. If families are concerned about coming on campus for classes, please remain in or request Option 3, Remote/Digital (APEX) learning model.

 

Elementary–Middle School // OPTION #1: Blended Learning

Blended Learning is for elementary and/or middle school parents who would like their children to learn in a somewhat face-to-face environment. The Blended Learning model will include full days of on-campus and full days of off-campus learning, each under the direction of a teacher.

Elementary–Middle School // OPTION #2: On-campus Learning

On-Campus Learning is for elementary and/or middle school parents who would like their children to learn in a face-to-face environment. The On-Campus model will include full days on-campus under the direction of a teacher. This option will need to include several revisions to course offerings, movement of students, food service, and general school operations.

Elementary–Middle School–High School // OPTION #3: Remote Learning

Parents choosing this model for their children should expect to commit to remote instruction for the full grading period (semester). Instruction will focus on the delivery of core content and subject areas through a consistent curriculum. 

Elementary School students will work with teachers using the same curriculum that is used in the other models. 

Middle School students will not have access to all courses via remote instruction. Remote learning for middle school will rely on the Digital Learning program already established, which utilizes curriculum through APEX (https://www.apexlearning.com/) Each class will have a teacher facilitating the class, checking in with students, and assisting with content as needed. Everything is done virtually and attendance is recorded based on students engaging daily in their learning. Students in this learning model will not transition to taking their digital classes on-campus. Students will be assigned two to three classes at a time each quarter.

High School students will not have access to all courses via remote instruction. Remote learning for high school will rely on the Digital Learning program already established, which utilizes curriculum through APEX (https://www.apexlearning.com/) Each class will have a teacher facilitating the class, checking in with students, and assisting with content as needed. Everything is done virtually and attendance is recorded based on students engaging daily in their learning. Students in this learning model will not transition to taking their digital classes on-campus. Students will take two to three classes at a time in 5-6-week session blocks. There are three sessions in a semester. In addition, to be on track for graduation, students must earn 7 credits. Each class is .5 credits, so each semester, a full-time digital student will take 7 digital classes to earn 3.5 credits each semester. In order to enroll in classes at CBTech, students must be enrolled in this learning model for the additional non-CBTech classes they take. Priority will be given to CBTech students for this learning model and to students who are at-risk due to health concerns.

High School // OPTION #4: Phase-in to On-Campus Learning Model

This high school model will transition between taking their courses in the following settings based on health conditions as determined by the Moses Lake District School Board and/or the Grant County Health District: Remote, Blended, On-Campus. Students will take 7 classes taught by Moses Lake High School Teachers. All students and families in this model will be expected to come to campus for classes when in the blended or on-campus phases. If families are concerned about coming on campus for classes, then they need to request or remain in the Digital learning model.

    • Remote: All classes will be virtual with no classes taken on-campus. Attendance is taken daily based on engagement in learning. There will be two synchronous (Zoom, Google Meet, etc) sessions per week per class with additional learning provided by the teacher to be done asynchronously (at home). 
    • Blended: All classes will meet once per week on-campus in a classroom which results in students coming to campus twice a week. For the rest of the week, students will work asynchronously (at home). Attendance is taken daily based on being in class on the on-campus days and based on engaging in their learning for the off-campus days. Students are divided into two groups: Maroon (attend Mon/Tue) & Gold (attend Thur/Fri). This results in half of the On-Campus Learning Model students being on-campus at a time. Physical distancing will be in place.
    • On-Campus: All classes will meet on-campus 5 days a week for full days. All students will attend all 7 of their classes 5-days a week. If phased into this setting, physical distancing will no longer be a requirement. Maximum class size = 30. Currently not available.

 


We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our community, families, and students differently. We also acknowledge that those impacts and circumstances may have changed in the past few months. So, as the end of our first semester draws near, we invite you to consider the learning model best fit for your child next semester. 

 

While our hope is that your child’s current learning model (Remote, On-campus, or Blended) is meeting their learning needs, the intent of this letter is to notify you of an upcoming, formal application process to be considered for a change to a different model. If you do not wish to change your learning model, no action is required.

 

Beginning December 1, 2020, the Model-Change application will be available for completion and submission through your Family Skyward account. Applications must be submitted no later than 9pm, December 18, 2020 for consideration.

 

With the abundance of interest in changing learning models, you will be asked to identify the reason(s) for your change-application. Furthermore, due to safety regulations, staff and classroom availability, and demand for in-person learning, requests will be individually considered and prioritized beginning with students in the most need. Unfortunately, this means we cannot guarantee all change requests will be granted.

 

If you have submitted an application, you will be notified of your application status by January 22. Model changes will be effective on the first day of the second semester, February 4th, 2021.

 

We understand many of you are eager to change learning models; however, please do not contact your school, teacher, counselor, or staff with your change requests. Applications must go directly through your Skyward account. If you have questions regarding the application process, please email covid@mlsd161.org.

We have received notification of a few positive cases of COVID-19 within the District.
 
We are working quickly in conjunction with the Health Department to notify all individuals and cohorts believed to have been exposed or in contact with COVID-positive persons.
 
Please refer to the Covid Response Protocol chart for questions regarding quarantine procedures. 
 
 
 
 
 
MLSD Board voted Thurs, Aug 27th to adopt 'Modification #4' (Phased Return) of the Return-to-School plan.
 
COVID Cases > 75/100,000/14 days: Students begin the school year with all classes via remote instruction and engagement until the school is at the appropriate recommended level for reopening. 
COVID Cases < 75/100,000/14 days but greater than 25/100,000/14 days: Students a Blended Model where part of the instruction will be remote and part of the instruction will be done in-person with students coming on-campus. This schedule will be developed with staff input. This phase of the model will take into account safety precautions and a schedule will be developed that will lower the number of students in the building on any given day. 
COVID Cases < 25/100,000/14 days: Students return to campus fulltime, following any health recommendations at that time (may include facial coverings, physical distancing, screening, etc.)
 

As you may be aware, our Return-to-School Taskforce has been hard at work planning and preparing for multiple learning scenarios this fall. While the work is not over, and several precise details are in development, we want to keep you informed.

Together, our Taskforce has prepared an informational guide, illustrating the details of our school reopening plans. 
 
 
While this additional information may prompt more questions, we kindly ask you to direct your inquiries to: covid@mlsd161.org
 
 
These are the non-negotiables for school re-opening which may vary in execution per model, per school:
 
Social Distancing-Practice physical distancing (six feet) within each group of students as much as possible.
 
Facial Coverings- Wearing cloth face coverings may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is required for staff and students. Updates also include lack of support for face shields as an option.
 
Daily Screening- Check for signs of illness for all staff and students upon entry each day.
 
Hygiene and Cleaning- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing upon arrival, before meals/snacks, after outside time, after going to the bathroom, after nose blowing or sneezing, and before leaving to go home. Help young children to make sure they are doing it right.
 
Cohorting- Grouping students by age and class and limiting their contact outside their cohort.

 

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We are currently navigating a high volume of calls and requests for password assistance and support with your fall Learning Model selection. Rest assured, our team is working quickly to return all messages.

We understand the importance and urgency of your learning choice, however, please refrain from multiple calls and emails.

✏️ If you are unable to access your Skyward account or if you have not yet made your selection:

  • Please contact your school. You may need to leave a message but they can aid with account access and support
-OR-
  • Email covid@mlsd161.org Please include your name, phone, child's name, school, and model selection.
  • Some schools may be working directly with you if you have not made a selection.
 
*Full 2020-21 calendar is still pending final review
 
--------- Skyward Troubleshooting Tips ---------
• For the best user experience, please use a laptop, desktop, or tablet.
• Log in to Family Access (NOT Student Access)
*** DO NOT *** select "Online Student Enrollment" (this option is for enrolling your child within the district for the very first time)• Once you login to Skyward, select your student's name from the menu across the top.
• You will see message allowing you to select an option for each student ..."An Online Form is now available to fill out... "
• If you do not see a message, Choose 'Online Forms' menu on the left.
 

🖥  Rewatch school board discussion and approval of reopening plans here (available Friday, AM):
 
📝  New Survey Data ( July 28 )
The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our number one priority, followed by providing a full year of learning to all students in the 2020-2021 school year. Our planning for the fall of 2020, is based on what we learned this spring, studying the growing research on COVID-19, and listening to guidance provided by local, state, and federal authorities.
 
We understand that expressing your intentions for fall enrollment without knowing every detail is difficult. While we want to offer flexibility for families as we approach the start of the new school year, we will need to balance constraints, including class size, building capacity, and student safety. We are also committed to honoring family structure by offering the same or similar schedule to all students residing in your home when possible.
 
Thus, as a result of the school board Work Study session Wednesday evening (July 22), the district will proceed in vetting plans for three learning models this fall. Students and families will be afforded the opportunity to choose which option best fits their needs.
 
Model 1 // Blended Learning    Blended Learning will be available to all parents who would like their students to learn in as much of a face to face environment as possible but also be reflective of the current public health concerns. At this time 1/2 of the students would attend on-campus learning 2 days per week, and utilize remote learning the other days of the week. Health and safety procedures will be in place to support student and staff safety. All students, teachers, staff, and visitors coming onto campus must be screened when coming onto campus. Social distancing requirements will be established and expected to be followed throughout the day. Facial Coverings will be required while in classrooms, school buildings, on school buses, at school bus stops, and while attending school activities and events. Specific exceptions are made as long as they meet the criteria and a formal plan is established with the school nurse. The Blended Learning model will include both on-campus and off-campus learning.
 
Model 2 // On-Campus Learning   On-campus learning will be available to all parents who would like their students to learn in as much of a face to face environment as possible. This plan would have students at school each day. Health and safety procedures will be in place to support student and staff safety. All students, teachers, staff, and visitors coming onto campus must be screened when coming onto campus. Social distancing requirements will be established and expected to be followed throughout the day. Facial Coverings will be required while in classrooms, school buildings, on school buses, at school bus stops, and while attending school activities and events. Specific exceptions are made as long as they meet the criteria and a formal plan is established with the school nurse. It should be noted that depending on the status and direction of public health this option may be altered.
 
Model 3 // Remote Learning  Parents have the option to exclusively choose remote learning for their children, initially, or at the semester change. Parents who choose remote instruction for their students will be asked to commit to remote instruction for the full grading period (semester). These requests will be honored up to two weeks before the start of the new term to allow for decision making based on the latest public health information. Middle School and High School students may not have access to all courses via remote instruction, but we will focus on the delivery of core content and subject areas. Specific information regarding expectations, credits, courses, and more will be developed.
 
In all of these choices, we will be required to meet five health and safety expectations in accordance with local and state health officials. 
 
 
REQUIREMENTS for On-Campus Models
 
These are the non-negotiables for school re-opening which may vary in execution per model, per school:
 
Social Distancing- Practice physical distancing (six feet) within each group of students as much as possible.
 
Facial Coverings- Wearing cloth face coverings may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is required for staff and students. Updates also include lack of support for face shields as an option.
 
Daily Screening- Check for signs of illness for all staff and students upon entry each day.
 
Hygiene and Cleaning- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing upon arrival, before meals/snacks, after outside time, after going to the bathroom, after nose blowing or sneezing, and before leaving to go home. Help young children to make sure they are doing it right.
 
Cohorting- Grouping students by age and class and limiting their contact outside their cohort.
 
🖥  Watch the School Board study session about reopening plans here: https://www.mlsd161.org/apps/pages/sb-meetingarchive 
 
 
 
We recognize that many school districts have been announcing their plans for return and appreciate their ability to do so quickly.
 
However, we anticipate that health and safety guidelines will continue to change throughout the summer. We also expect more reopening guidelines from local authorities throughout the next coming weeks.
 
While many of you are anxious to see what school will look like this fall, we want you to know our Reopening Task Force is placing greater value on developing a thorough, well-informed plan with the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community as our top priority.
 
Here is our tentative planning timeline:
 
June 9 – July 30 // Develop our School Recovery Plan
July 24 // Submit our plan to Grant County Health District for review
July 30 // Submit our plan to the School Board for discussion and review
August 15 // Submit the final plan to OSPI
August 15 – September 1 // Begin implementing/adjusting School Recovery
September 2 // First day of school!

 

 
Moses Lake Community, 
 
We have developed a School Recovery Task Force with over 70 teachers, staff, and administrators to focus on reopening school while keeping students safe and healthy, mitigating and minimizing the spread of Coronavirus– prioritizing equity and inclusivity in learning amongst students, and support our families and community.
 
Our focus groups include: 
– Safety, Training, and Orientation
– Health Screening, Hygiene, Masks
– Universal Screening & Diagnostic
– Facilities Cleaning & Disinfecting
– Transportation & Food Service
– Feedback and Grading
– Social-Emotional Needs & School-Wide Behavior Supports
– Family and Student Voice & Community Partners
– Professional Development
 
Additionally, our planning for the upcoming school year is being informed by guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, Grant County Public Health District, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and other agencies. We are also referring to local, state, national, and international models and examples of schooling during the pandemic as we develop our plans.
 
These plans will need to be flexible as we anticipate there will be ongoing local and regional developments resulting from COVID-19 throughout the next few weeks. We fully anticipate the need to make adjustments to how we deliver instruction and to services offered for our students and families.
 
As part of our community, your feedback is valuable and necessary while we navigate the challenging planning process. Please take a moment to share your thoughts here:
 
✏️ Community Feedback Survey (English)
SCHOOL CLOSURE CRITERIA
Moving schools to fully remote is a preventative safety measure and does not necessarily indicate an emergency response. A closure may occur for one of three reasons (or any combination thereof):
 
• Buildings are too short-staffed to support the building's needs (in any capacity*)
 
• Three (3) or more cohorts experience one (1) positive case. (In other words, 3 cohorts need quarantine)
 
• GCHD advises closure
 
*Important Note: While our COVID tracker may report few or little cases among staff/students in an individual school, additional staff or support staff may have been asked to self-quarantine.
 
Faculty that has been asked to quarantine as a precaution are not reflected on the COVID tracker but greatly impact the function of each school, especially several positions that are extremely difficult to find coverage for.
COVID RESPONSE PROTOCOL
AT A GLANCE
QUESTIONS?