Oct. 7 & 14 will be asynchronous for PreK-Gr. 2

Oct. 7 & 14 will be asynchronous for PreK-Gr. 2
Posted on 10/05/2020
Dear Tahoma families of students in preschool through Grade 2,

Our teachers, staff and administrators are hard at work preparing to welcome back preschool through 2nd grade students who have opted for in-person/hybrid learning. As part of that work, it is necessary for them to have some additional time working in their classrooms, buildings and teams before students return to buildings.

To accomplish those tasks, we are adjusting the schedule for all students* in preschool through second grade on two dates. This Wednesday, Oct. 7, and next Wednesday, Oct. 14, will begin with class meetings and then move into asynchronous/independent remote work for the remainder of the day.
*Please note: This change does not apply to students who have already been attending school in person for Special Services. Services for those students will continue in person as scheduled on those dates.

On each of those days, all of our kindergarten-grade 2 students will log on as usual for a morning meeting with their teachers from 9:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Preschool students will meet with their teachers during their usual circle time. Teachers will preview the learning activities their students will participate in throughout the day. There will be no other live class activities during those two days. The rest of the teachers’ day will be spent preparing for the transition of learning modes from remote to hybrid and/or preparing for student changes that are scheduled to occur on Oct. 19.

This time for teachers will allow them to ensure that they are fully prepared for their students, whether they will teach in person or remotely. They will prepare classrooms for social-distanced in-person learning, participate in safety protocol training, meet with teachers they are preparing to send current students to or receive current students from, and work with grade level teams to support the hybrid and remote learning models.

If you have questions about these asynchronous days or other concerns, please reach out to your student’s teacher, building principal or the district Communications Office. Later this week we will be in touch with more information about what the return to school will look like for students and staff.

We’d like to share that there has been a recent uptick in COVID-19 activity levels in King County. Last week, Pierce County saw increases and their health department recommended delaying in-person school reentry. We remain in contact with officials from the health department and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and will let you know if any adjustments are necessary for student and staff safety. Thank you for your partnership and flexibility.

Tahoma Communications Office
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