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.