Start dates announced for K-3 in-person learners

Start dates announced for K-3 in-person learners
Posted on 01/11/2021
Dear Tahoma elementary families and staff:

We are announcing today that in-person classes for grades K-1 will begin on Monday, Feb. 1; students in grades 2-3 will begin in-person learning on Feb. 3. Return dates for students in other grades have not yet been determined.

Schools will operate daily on morning and afternoon schedules, with half of the in-person students attending each session. The morning session will begin at 8:15 a.m. and dismiss at 10:45 a.m. The afternoon session begins at 12:15 p.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. When students are not in the classroom, they will work on their own at home and also will have online learning activities with specialists in music, art, STEM and PE.

A recent survey of elementary school parents shows that 48 percent of families want their students to return to school, while 29 percent will remain in remote learning. Another 19 percent want to remain with their teacher, regardless of whether it is in-person or remote. About 3 percent of families have not responded to the survey and are being contacted individually.

Each school will assign staff and finalize schedules during the next week. Families will receive specific information about their student’s schedule prior to their return to school. In addition, each elementary school is creating an instructional video that will help guide students through a typical hybrid school day. Students will be expected to follow safety guidelines, which include mask wearing, hand washing, and maintaining 6-foot distancing from other students and staff.

We anticipate notifying parents who requested an a.m./p.m. switch and also those who selected “Stay with Teacher” on their requests by Friday, Jan. 15. For all families, we anticipate communicating specific teacher assignments by Friday, Jan. 22.

Thank you,
Tahoma Communications Office

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