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Planning For 2020-21

Beginning the Year in Remote Only Learning

8/5/2020

West Valley School District announced today it will start the school year in remote only learning, with this message to families from Superintendent Mike Brophy.

West Valley Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

 

I hope this letter finds you and your families healthy and well.

 

As a district, we have been working hard to determine what fall will look like for our students. We have formed a Reopening School Advisory Committee made up of school board members, administrators, teachers, secretaries, nurses, facilities staff, child nutrition staff, transportation staff, childcare workers and parents. We have prepared several options based on the work of this committee and the guidance that we received from the Yakima County Health Department, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and state recommendations.

 

This afternoon Governor Inslee announced a recommended framework for reopening schools. Based on the infection rate of our local area, Yakima County has been classified as a high-risk county. The state framework issued today highly recommends high risk counties open schools virtually this fall. Based on this recommendation, West Valley School District will open on September 1st in a remote only learning environment and remain in this model through at least October 30th. Although we had hoped to welcome our students back into our buildings this fall, our teachers have also been preparing for a remote only scenario.

 

We are proud of our West Valley teachers, staff and community for their efforts and support as we transitioned to emergency distance learning within a 24-hour period last spring. We also want you to know the remote learning model we will open with this fall will be a far more robust and high-quality learning experience for our students. We intend to implement best practices for online teaching and learning, provide more parent support and continue to set high expectations for our students.

 

We know you have many more questions.  Please know we are working on answers.  We will continue to keep you informed of any changes or adjustments to the learning and teaching process. Be on the lookout for information from your child’s school, regarding their learning schedule and other details. Information will also be posted to our Planning for 2020-21 webpage.

 

We all hoped to be back in school as normal this fall, and we appreciate your continued support and patience as we navigate these challenges. I want to assure you that nothing will dampen our commitment to you and your student whether we are face-to-face or at a distance. 

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Mike Brophy,

WVSD Superintendent

brophym@wvsd208.org

509.972.6005

Thank you for visiting the West Valley School District’s Planning for Fall 2020-21 Informational Page.  Here you will find up-to-date information on local and state decisions and how they impact the West Valley School District.

 

As a district we have been working to prepare for the 2020-21 school year. In accordance with the recommended framework, received from OSPI and Washington state for reopening schools, West Valley School District will open on September 1, in a remote only learning model. 

 

At this time, we cannot predict how long we will remain in remote only learning. We will continue in this model through at least through October 30th, and will rely on public health guidance to determine when we can safely reopen school buildings.

 

 

West Valley School District’s reopening planning is based on the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide and Reopening Washington Schools Q&A.  

 

Scenario #1

Students return 100% to a traditional in-person, face-to-face instruction model with adherence to state requirements.

 

Scenario #2

Grades K-6. Due to class size and physical space in classrooms all K-6 students return to school every day with necessary accommodations and adherence to state requirements.

 

Grades 7-12. A hybrid of classroom instruction and distance learning, with students attending school in person two days a week and engaging in distance learning three days a week.

 

Scenario #3

Students engaged in all-remote learning. This model would be more robust than the emergency distance learning we ended the year with. 

 

In all of these options, student work will be graded, and attendance will be taken. All in-person learning will be socially distanced and students (and staff) will be required to wear face coverings.

 

A 100% online option is available for families who are not comfortable returning their students to in-person environments.  K-12 students will engage in semester-long courses in a 100% online environment with one of our partner programs.. Families will be required to enroll for the 100% online option for their student and the student will remain in the 100% online environment for the entire semester.

 

We are in the process of working through all of the important details of implementing the remote only model for fall. We have been preparing for a high-quality online learning environment that provides support and connections to school, staff and students. 

 

 

After reviewing the WVSD Re-Opening School Plans for the 2020-21 school year, we would appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete a short survey. The information gathered will allow us to plan most effectively for the opening of school this fall. Take the survey here.

Superintendent's Message
The following letters were shared with families from Superintendent Mike Brophy.