Planning continues for hybrid learning model

Planning continues for hybrid learning model
Posted on 09/25/2020
Dear Tahoma families and staff,

We're reaching out today with a video update from School Board Director Malia Hollowell about our continued planning to bring back elementary students in a hybrid learning model.

If you prefer to read the transcript, it's available in the description below the YouTube video; or, below this message.

Thank you,

Tahoma Communications Office


Hi Tahoma! 

Today, I am excited to share an update on our plans to bring our youngest students back to our buildings.

As you know, we are working closely with King County Public Health to monitor COVID trends.

Based on current numbers, we are preparing for pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade children who have opted into face-to-face instruction to return to buildings ‪on October 19th.

While we are extremely excited about the opportunity to see our youngest students walking the halls of our schools again, it’s important that we continue to stay flexible. We are receiving new information daily from our state superintendent’s office, King County Public Health officials and other government agencies about what a return to school will look like.

Student and staff safety remain our #1 priority so when children do return, there will be changes. Teams of staff are busily preparing personal protective equipment including plexiglass barriers, face masks and electrostatic sprayers that will help keep everyone safe. We will share specific protocols with pre-kindergarten through second grade families and staff in the weeks to come so that everyone knows what to expect.

There is certainly a lot of work that must be done before October 19th but, as the public health decision tree outlines, taking this first step will allow us to begin slowly welcoming back older students in phases, by grade level. For example, the second group of students to return in a hybrid format would be third through fifth grade. Middle school and high school students would follow later.

Current recommendations call for a two to three week gap between bringing back cohort groups in order to safely monitor re-entry. We do not want to get ahead of ourselves, but want to be prepared when we get the word from public health officials that it is safe to bring different groups back.

We cannot wait for the day when students and staff can safely be together again! Until that time comes, thank you for your continued partnership. We know this is hard and we are grateful to each and every one of you for your ongoing commitment and flexibility. We’re truly better together. 
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