Elementary hybrid schedule clarification

Elementary hybrid schedule clarification
Posted on 10/01/2020
Dear Tahoma K-5 families,

We want to clarify bus information that was included in last night’s update about the hybrid model: Bus transportation will be available for students whose families selected the hybrid learning model, grades Kindergarten-5, who live outside safe-walking areas. We apologize for any confusion that the message created.

Also, we have received questions about how many days K-2 students will attend each week. Students in grades K-2 whose families selected the hybrid/in-person model will attend school five days per week, Monday through Friday on the condensed daily schedule described below.

When we are able to welcome grades 3-5 back to the buildings, they will attend on an A/B cohort schedule, and we will provide additional information about those assignments as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding,
Tahoma Communications Office




In case you missed it, here is yesterday’s message with edits for clarity noted with asterisks:

Dear Tahoma Community,
Starting and ending times are being announced for elementary school students who will return to buildings next month.

The start and end times for elementary students in the hybrid learning model will be:

-Early start elementary schools (Glacier Park, Lake Wilderness and Shadow Lake): 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-Later start elementary schools (Cedar River, Tahoma Elementary and Rock Creek): 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If the start and end times or a lack of childcare have created an unresolvable issue with the choice you made (hybrid vs. 100% remote) and you wish to change your choice, please contact your child’s principal by noon on Friday, Oct. 2 to inform them of this change.

We know our K-2 families are eager to find out who their classroom teacher will be with the new configurations. We are planning to notify families with teacher assignments for kindergarten through second grade by the end of the day on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

According to information gathered from families, 56% of students in grades K-2 prefer returning to school in the hybrid learning model, while 25% prefer 100% remote learning and 16% choose to remain with their current teacher, regardless of the learning model. *(As of Tuesday, 4% had not responded). Among grades 3-5, 46% prefer the hybrid model; 24% choose the 100% remote model; and 21% prefer to remain with their teacher. *(As of Tuesday, 9% had not responded).

*Bus schedules for grades K-2 will be available as soon as possible. We will share A/B cohort assignments for grades 3-5 as we get closer to the date when students in grades 3-5 will return to school on a hybrid schedule.

We will include additional information for families of students who will be in the hybrid learning model and the 100% remote learning model in upcoming messages. We are grateful for your continued patience as we work through complex and challenging issues as we strive to meet students’ education needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you,
Tahoma Communications Office
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