Concrete School District Fall 2020 Reopening Schools Plan

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Updated 11/05/2020

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Concrete School District Reopening Update from their Facebook page:
 
 

Re: Pausing Reopening Plan

Skagit County Public Health has seen a steady rise in COVID-19 case numbers since early September. While we experienced this increase we remained in the Moderate risk category for disease activity (25-75 cases per 100,000 population averaged over 14 days). This past week Skagit County has experienced a very significant surge in new cases as well as new outbreaks. Over the next few days we will move well into the High-risk category (>75 cases). This is impacting our community and increases the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for people as they go to work, school, or other locations. Expanding in person learning to bring additional students on campus during High disease activity level is currently not recommended by the Washington State Department of Health. Districts are encouraged to focus any in person learning provided on the youngest learners (K-3) and students that are highest need, following all Washington State Department of Health safety requirements.

This morning the Skagit County Public Health Department informed our district of the rapidly increasing Covid-19 infections within Skagit County. While the East County area continues to show lower infection rates, our community members are still active in their daily lives outside of Concrete. This pandemic continues to impact the students and community, and we are carefully weighing the educational needs along with the safety of students, staff, and the community we represent.

Following the most current Health Department guidance and current infection rates, we are postponing our hybrid model progression. We will remain in the current format with no changes to K-1 students and the services currently provided for special populations of students needing additional support. Students may still contact individual teachers to receive additional support for their learning needs.

While we would love to have every student back in the building receiving in-person instruction, the current climate just simply doesn’t support that decision. As the superintendent, I fully understand the impact of remote learning on our students and families, but I feel that the safety and welfare of everyone must be the priority.

This decision is made with the best and most recent information from Skagit County Health Department officials. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Respectfully,
Wayne Barrett, Superintendent
Concrete School District
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10/01/2020
I would like to share the following update on our plan to bring all students back to a hybrid learning model. Currently we have been given clearance by Skagit County Health to begin transitioning to an in-person model for instruction. We are beginning with our K-1 students in a half day hybrid format beginning October 5th. By dividing our classes in half, it will limit the number of students in a class to around 10 per session. This allows us to keep small cohort groups together and exposes everyone to much less interaction. Wednesdays will remain a remote learning day for all students which allows us to increase our deep cleaning of facilities. We are excited to have students onsite receiving additional support. Please review the website for further information regarding protocols and expectations during the hybrid model.

Beginning November 9th, we plan to bring all students back in an AA/BB hybrid model so students in the AA group will attend in person instruction Monday and Tuesday while those in the BB cohort will attend classes on Thursday and Friday while Wednesday will remain a remote learning day for all students to allow district personnel to deep clean our facilities. If you have specific questions regarding building specific questions please contact your building Principal.

During our hybrid instruction beginning November 9th, we will utilize our normal school schedules with additional information to follow regarding transportation schedules and further food service information.

Respectfully,
Wayne Barrett
Superintendent

Concrete School District's Safe Start Plan on their website: https://www.concrete.k12.wa.us/safestart/

Frequently asked questions about remote learning at the Concrete School District posted on Facebook 8/20/20 (also frequently updated): https://bit.ly/2Yp8Jkf

 

From the Concrete School District's website on 8/11/20

Concrete School District will be required to open under “Option #4” in our District Reopening Plan due to increased COVID-19 activity in our area. This plan has been approved by the school board.

Current Reopening Plan

  • Enroll Students in Concrete Virtual Academy (100% enrollment online).
  • Provide technology.
  • Teacher supported.
  • Bus route meal delivery.
  • Purchase 40 hotspots through Verizon to assist students without service.
  • Students with special needs will attend in person to receive specially designed instruction.
  • Satellite locations will be available for student assistance as needed.

Satellite Locations

Distance learning satellite locations are still being finalized but as of August 7, 2020 we are in contact with:

  • Rockport Interpretive Center
  • Marblemount Community Center
  • Birdsview Fire Department.

These remote sites will be locations where students can come to receive assistance with their academic needs during the 2020-21 school year.

We will have a reservation system designed to allow students to sign up. Each site will be staffed by a Concrete School District employee and staff will make sure certain each site is cleaned and disinfected regularly while in use. We would like to thank the community for the outreach and support of our students and their success.

 

From the Concrete School District's Facebook Page - a letter to families from the Superintendent:

July 29, 2020

Dear Concrete School District Community:

The Concrete reopening committee met on July 29, 2020 to finalize our recommendation to the Concrete School Board for their approval on August 10, 2020 at a special school board meeting. We will be contracting with the Florida Virtual School to provide online curriculum for all students and families while we start school in a distance learning model. We have established the Concrete Virtual Academy which will provide online classes for all grade levels. This was a very difficult decision, but with the increased Covid-19 cases identified in Skagit County the safety of our staff and students needs to be our focus.

We will have a soft-start beginning on September 1, 2020 with individual meetings being held with every family to inform them of the expectations and online curriculum instructions. Concrete teachers will be facilitating the program, and it will be open to any student residing in the district. Any student who needs a Chromebook will be issued one by the district.

OSPI has also updated their requirements as follows: All school districts this year, including those who will provide their learning online, will need to have weekly schedules for each student, daily engagement or assigned work for each student, and requirements for daily attendance. In addition, all districts must meet the number of instructional days and hours required in state law, consistent with the State Board of Education’s rules on the definition of an instructional hour.

We believe that the new online curriculum allows us to strengthen and greatly improve on the spring model of remote learning. To more effectively engage with students and families we will do the following:

• Increase consistency (class schedule, meetings, and feedback)
• Provide a more robust remote (online) learning model
• Increase school-to-home connections (counselors and staff will provide social-emotional support
to students and their families)
• Provide some in-person instruction to students with unique, critical-learning requirements
• Provide some in-person meetings for students needing assistance from staff members

Please view the district website and Facebook page for more details following the school board’s approval for detailed information regarding the fall reopening plan.

Sincerely,

Wayne Barrett, Superintendent
Concrete School District

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