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    Transition to Hybrid Learning
    Posted on 04/01/2021
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    Hybrid In Person Schedule

    Hybrid In Person Schedule

    April 19th District Welcome Letter and Required COVID Consent Form

    Letter for Families English

    Letter for Families Spanish

    Other translated letters on the SPS Website Under April 19th Start Date

    We hope to have fillable website forms soon for the below documents.  The COVID Consent form is required prior to students taking part in In-Person Learning.  Completed forms can be sent with your student or emailed to  

    COVID Consent forms English

    COVID Consent form Spanish

    Translated COVID Consent forms under Spring 2021 Forms to be Returned to Schools

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    We are preparing for a new phase in our 2020-2021 school year, with the opportunity for families to choose a hybrid (some in-person, some remote) learning or continue learning remotely for the remainder of the year.  

    We recognize that this is an important family decision, and we support whatever choice feels best for your family's health and well-being.  

    SPS In-Person Learning webpage.  

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

    1) Will all students be staying with their current teachers regardless of model?

    The instructional model developed by SPS and the Seattle Education Association is designed so that as many students as possible stay with their current teachers. The model prioritizes keeping teachers with their current classes, whether students choose to stay 100% remote or return for hybrid in-person learning. Once families respond to the survey, we will be able to better know the final details of how we can build cohorts that have as little schedule change as possible.

    2) Will students be with their current teachers in person?

    The instructional model developed by SPS and the Seattle Education Association was designed so that as many students as possible can stay with their current teachers. The model prioritizes keeping teachers with their current classes, whether students choose to stay 100% remote or return for in-person learning.

    3) What will instruction look like in the afternoon?

    We know that for students returning to in-person hybrid learning (two days per week live in the afternoon, two days per week remote in the afternoon) and students remaining 100% remote, this will be a transition in the learning year.  Our first goal will be to ensure that students are able to continue learning throughout this transition. 

    It is also critical that students and staff are as safe and healthy as possible in-person, and time will be spent initially establishing routines and procedures that reinforce safety at all times and in all places. 

    Afternoon instruction for ALL students, both those in-person for part of the week and those learning remotely all week, will maintain a high level of rigor and challenge.  Because students will bring their laptops to school, they will still be able to work along-side their peers who are remote, and collaborate in a blended model.   

    Sample schedules are available on the SPS website

    4) How are "cohorts" defined? Are kids with 6 different groups of students across the 2 days in person?

    A “cohort” is a group of students who attend school together. The middle school Return to In-Person School model allows for Cohort A to attend class on Monday/Tuesday afternoon and Cohort B to attend class on Thursday/Friday afternoon. Students will attend their regularly assigned on-site classes for Periods 1 – 3 on the first day, and Periods 4 – 6 on the second day.

    Students will be with 6 different groups of students during the 2 days of onsite learning. Students from Cohort A will not attend class with students from Cohort B.

    5) How will contact tracing and isolation work?

    SPS has a robust contact tracing and isolation plan developed in conjunction with SPS Health Services team, SEA Nurses, the SEA/SPS Health and safety team and in coordination with Public Health and Labor and Industry. The plan was developed to keep students and staff safe as we return to in-person learning. This flyer provides information on the 4-step process should a positive COVID-19 case be identified in our building.

    • Step 1: Family notifies School Main Office of infection
    • Step 2: School Office notified COVID Site Supervisor who notifies centralized COVID contact tracing team to begin outreach
    • Step 3: Cleaning & disinfecting following DOH and CDC guidelines
    • Step 4: Confirmed case and close contacts receive guidance & return date

    Additional information related to SPS health and safety protocols, including the following can be found on the SPS website:

    The DOH guidance for a COVID-19 outbreak in schools when grouping or cohorting students is to dismiss the entire classroom for home quarantined for 14 days if two or more laboratory positive (PCR or antigen) COVID-19 cases occur within the group or cohort within a 14-day period.

    Further, a school will be closed and switch to remote learning for 14 days when one of the following occurs: two or more classrooms are dismissed due to outbreaks in schools with 10 or fewer classrooms; 10% or more of classrooms are dismissed due to outbreaks in schools with greater than 10 classrooms; or the school cannot function due to insufficient teaching or support staff.

    6) Will all students be required to login and be synchronous with the afternoon in-person cohort when they are at home? 

    Students are expected to participate in online remote synchronous instruction in the morning and in the afternoon.

    7)  What school supplies will the kids need to bring to school?

    Laptop and Charger (laptop should be fully charged if possible when students arrive)

    Notebooks, Pens, Pencils

    Water bottle with water

    Headphones or ear buds

    Course-specific materials that students have picked up (STEM, Art, Music (instruments and music), Math (workbooks), Science.  These materials should travel to school and home again so that they can be used on in-person and remote days. 

    Note: Students will not be using lockers and will not be able to store instruments or other equipment in storage areas during the school day. 

    8) Will kids be bringing instruments to orchestra and band in their afternoon in-person session?  Where will these instruments be stored when kids are not in class (my daughter plays the cello so she can’t carry it around all afternoon)?

    Students are asked to bring their instruments to orchestra and band for afternoon onsite instruction. Students will need to keep instruments with them.  We will provide support as needed for students as they move from class to class. 

    9) Can I change my student’s decision once they start back in remote or hybrid learning?

    Families are asked to select the 100% remote model or hybrid, in-person model for the remainder of the year. There is an appeals process should a change be desired; however, appeals will be limited because of the impacts on staffing, meals, and scheduling. Read more about our appeals process.

    10) I’m assuming that the teachers can’t present any new content in person because the remote students would miss it. So, will the kids who come in person just be working on assignments?  What would they do if they finish their work early?  What if they don’t need help with an assignment- would it then be pointless to come in person?  Obviously if they were going to be learning new things it would be important and worthwhile to come in person, but if they understand the online lesson and can do the work on their own, will they get anything out of the in-person experience?

    Remote live learning in the morning will be a powerful launch, and the follow-up in-person and remote afternoon instruction will focus on solidification of knowledge, analysis, synthesis, and application of materials covered during remote morning learning.  Because they are bringing their laptops, students will still be able to collaborate with one another in discourse and deepening of skills and knowledge.  Students will have guided opportunities to delve deeper into the subject matter.

    11) Can you clarify- will my student see all of their teachers on the days they attend school?  This would entail switching classes/mixing with different groups--but I’ve heard rumors that they will be kept in cohorts.  This concerns me because it would mean that they don’t see their actual teachers.

    Students will be with 6 different groups of students during the 2 days of onsite learning (3 classes on the first day and 3 classes on the second day). Students from Cohort A will not attend class with students from Cohort B. There is a possibility that students will need to be assigned to work with another staff member based on the number of students opting to return to the building, classroom capacity based on health and safety protocols, and the number of staff members teaching onsite.

    12) Can students still do the fun things like throw a disc on the field and socialize in mixed groups?

    Because our first responsibility is to the health and safety of students, staff, and families, we won’t be able to provide unstructured time.