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'We are not giving up on providing in-person opportunities for our older students'

Series: Coronavirus | Story 341

Last updated 2/26/2021 at 10:05am

We want to follow up regarding next steps for offering in-person opportunities to serve our third- through 12th-grade students.

As part of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the district and the Edmonds Education Association (EEA), the decision was made to provide Hub models for 3rd-12th-grade students. The Hubs will provide in-person academic support for students identified by staff; provide opportunities for in-person interaction and social, emotional learning; and provide access to school facilities for stable Internet connection and/or safe places to do school work.

We understand there was confusion from some of our earlier messaging about what the district plans to do for our students who are not in Stages 1 or 2 of the Edmonds Schools Stages of Re-entry plan, and we want to be as clear and transparent as possible.

When we first sent out the Stage 2 agreement between the district and the EEA to families on Friday, Feb. 19, it included this information:

The district plans to expand in-person opportunities for our 3rd-12th grade students with specific needs. We will continue to provide updates to families as these plans develop.

When we say 3rd-12th graders with specific needs , we mean that we will be working with staff to identify students who need extra support with academics or their ability to engage in remote learning. The plan we have developed allows us to be able to bring students into a school building for either individual or small group support.

We know that academics are only one part of the struggles students are facing in this COVID-19 pandemic. We are also working to develop in-person opportunities and activities for social, emotional support and engagement for 3rd-12th grade students using indoor and outdoor spaces at our schools.

We are not giving up on providing in-person opportunities for our older students.

It is an unfortunate position we are in, that due to the complexity of negotiating working conditions and the logistics of fully implementing the A/B hybrid model for all 3rd-12th grade students, the district and the EEA do not see that it is feasible to bring students back for in-person learning in Stage 3 (3rd-6th grades) or Stage 4 (7th-12th grades) before the end of this school year.

Stages 3 and 4 would likely not return to the classroom until May, leaving very few days of in-person instruction remaining as the school year ends at the end of June.

Again, the district is committed to working on other in-person opportunities/Hubs for our students. The planning is happening now, and we will continue to update our staff, students, and families about those opportunities.


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