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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 Reopening // Choices for Fall 
 

The Moses Lake School District, in alignment with the expectation set forth by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, has developed a plan for return to school this fall.

 

“This guidance is grounded in my belief that the most equitable opportunity for educational success relies upon the comprehensive supports for students provided in our schools with our professionals and the systems of supports we have built. We will do this together, keeping student and staff safety and well-being as our highest priority in the re-opening. To be very clear, it is my expectation that schools will open this fall for in-person instruction,” stated OSPI Superintendent, Chris Reykdal.

 

From the options below, patrons of the district will select a learning model best for their child. Student and staff assignment and notification of schedule will be completed during the month of August. 

 

Blended Learning is for 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 off-campus learning, each under the direction of a teacher.
 
Middle School and High School course options will not be known until after this process is complete, so we are unable to provide you specific information on what classes and courses are available in each option. As stated in the option descriptions, due to the impact of COVID-19 not all classes will be available.
 
While there will be alignment across schools of general schedules- the bell schedules and class availability will vary between elementary, middle, and high school. 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.
 
 
 
 
On-Campus Learning is for 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.
 
Middle School and High School course options will not be known until after this process is complete, so we are unable to provide you specific information on what classes and courses are available in each option. As stated in the option descriptions, due to the impact of COVID-19 not all classes will be available.
 
Families should prepare for and expect changing conditions. 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.
 
 
 
 
Parents may choose Remote Learning for their children- either initially or at the semester change. Parents choosing this model for their children should expect to commit to remote instruction for the full grading period (semester). Requests to opt-in or out will be honored up to two weeks before starting the new term; to allow for decision making based on the latest public health information.
 
This model will be different from the distance learning experienced when schools closed in March. Rather, we will focus on the delivery of core content and subject areas through a consistent curriculum. Middle School and High School students will not have access to all courses via remote instruction. Specific information regarding expectations, credits, courses, and are to be developed.
 
Middle School and High School course options will not be known until after this process is complete, so we are unable to provide you specific information on what classes and courses are available in each option. As stated in the option descriptions, due to the impact of COVID-19 not all classes will be available.
 
Remote learning for grades 6-12 will rely on the Digital Learning program already established, which utilizes curriculum through APEX (https://www.apexlearning.com/)