Trout Lake School District
Resolution 06-20 District Reopening Plan
Resolution – District Reopening Plan
BOARD RESOLUTION No. 06-20
WHEREAS, Chapter 28A.320 RCW authorizes local school boards to govern their respective districts, including the promotion of effective, efficient, and safe district operations, and RCW 28A.330.100 authorizes local school boards with additional powers, and RCW 28A.150.230 assigns local school boards the responsibility for ensuring quality in the content and extent of its educational program;
WHEREAS, on February 29, 2020, Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in all counties of our state under Chapters 38.08, 38.52, and 43.06 RCW, and directed the implementation of the plans and procedures of the state’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and on March 13, 2020, Governor Inslee ordered the closure of all public and private K-12 schools in Washington State until April 24, 2020, to contain the spread of COVID-19, and on April 6, 2020, directed that school buildings remain closed from providing traditional, in-person instruction throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year;
WHEREAS, RCW 28A.150.290 authorizes the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to make rules and regulations as necessary to carry out the proper administration of its statutory duties in unforeseen conditions and on June 11, 2020, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction issued official guidance for reopening Washington schools for the 2020-2021 school year, which included sections on health and safety from the Department of Health and the Department of Labor and Industries, specifying employee and student safety requirements for reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic and requiring school boards to adopt and submit reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Trout Lake School Board (the Board) has reviewed and hereby adopts its reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year, which addresses the mandatory health requirements, statutory education requirements, and additional expectations, as identified by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s June 11, 2020 official guidance for reopening Washington schools.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board directs that the plan be posted on the District’s website two weeks prior to the reopening of school. The Board recognizes that the circumstances related to reopening schools safely are mutable, and the reopening plan requires monitoring and possible revision. Therefore, the District Superintendent will monitor the reopening plan throughout the 2020-2021 year, and the District will revise and update the reopening plan as needed.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that execution of this Resolution is conclusive evidence of the Board’s approval of this action and of the authority granted herein. The Board warrants that it has, and at the time of this action had, full power and lawful authority to adopt this instrument. This resolution pertains exclusively to the 2020-2021 school year and sunsets no later than that time.
Adopted and approved this 11th day of August 2020.
By: Signature on File in the Office, Board President or Designee
Attest: Signature on File in the Office, Superintendent
Trout Lake School District
Fall 2020 Reopening Plan
Starting in June 2020, Trout Lake School convened a “Reopening Committee” with representatives from various stakeholder groups (administration, school board, certificated staff, classified staff, parents, and students). The Reopening Committee met several times to review state guidance and determine the best plan for moving forward in the fall. The work of the committee and subcommittees focused on educational modality, remote/distance learning, learning management system, facility use, food service, transportation, health screening, technology. The work of the Reopening Committee was informed by data from several surveys of students, families, and staff.
Our planning for fall reopening is taking place in an environment with ever-changing information, particularly in the health arena related to COVID-19. Likewise, the guidance from state education and health officials continues to change or get adjusted based on the most recent COVID-19 information. Subsequently, this reopening plan, while intended to provide some specificity in some areas, must allow for flexibility in order to have the capacity to shift our response as conditions and guidance change.
On June 12, 2020, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for Washington state published the Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide. This guide outlines expectations placed upon school districts in order to safely reopen schools for the 2020-21 academic year. Additionally, on June 24, OSPI published Reopening Washington Schools: Questions & Answers for School Districts as a follow-up to the initial guidance. The OSPI plan expects schools to meet safety guidelines and consider three scheduling options for the fall: 1) Full-time remote learning, 2) Hybrid Learning – with split or rotating schedules and 3) A phased-in opening.
Fall 2020 Reopening (Education Modality)
On Thursday, August 6th, state leaders and the state Department of Health (DOH) announced a “decision tree” framework to guide school districts as they determine how to resume learning in the fall. The framework emphasizes that community transmission must be low in order for schools to reopen safely for in-person learning.
DOH’s “decision tree” framework offers metrics based on three COVID-19 activity levels (high, moderate and low):
Data from the Klickitat County DOH, indicates that our county falls into the “high” activity category. The Trout Lake School District has considered a couple of options based on state guidance and staff and community feedback. Using the state’s new metrics and our district survey results, our school board has approved the following return to school plan:
Remote/distance learning: The school year will begin with students engaged in an all-remote/distance learning model. This remote/distance learning option will be an enhanced version of the approach we used in the spring of 2020. Depending on the progression of the virus, we may remain in this model or transition to some in-person instruction based upon our county COVID activity levels and with guidance from the Klickitat County DOH.
Our goal is to transition to in-person/in-the-building school as soon as we can safely do so based on the metric from DOH.
The superintendent will be checking rates per thousand of COVID activity levels with Klickitat County on a weekly basis. The school board and superintendent will be reevaluating the education modality (remote/distance learning or in-person/in-the building) monthly at regular school board meetings by utilizing the “Decision Tree for Provision of in Person Learning among Public and Private K-12 Students during COVID-19” referenced above to assess when to expand to in-person/in-the-building learning for our students.
Our regular school board meetings take place on the following dates and these meetings will be when we evaluate starting our transition to in-person/in-the-building learning:
September 23, 2020
October 28, 2020
November 23, 2020
December 16, 2020
January 27, 2021
February 24, 2021
March 29, 2021
April 28, 2021
May 26, 2021
When the decision to expand to “staggered” in-person/in-the-building learning is reached, it will start with K-5 students being in-person in the building Monday - Thursday of each week with early releases (8:19 - 11:48 a.m.) and 6-12 students being in-person in the building on Fridays (8:19- 2:12 p.m.)
When the decision to expand to full time in-person/in-the-building is reached, all K-12 students will be in-person/in-the-building full days (8:19 a.m. - 2:12 p.m.).
Options for Students/Families in the 2020-2021 School Year
We will offer multiple options for students and families for the fall. I am including a description of each of the options below.
Remote/Distance Learning (Transitioning to in-person/in-the-building learning as the year progresses and Klickitat county transmission rates allow)
The school year will begin with students engaged in an all-remote/distance learning model. This remote/distance learning option will be an enhanced version of the approach we used in the spring of 2020.
- Students will have instruction planned and delivered by Trout Lake staff either in remote/distance learning or in-person/in-the-building at the school when Klickitat county metrics allow. Trout Lake staff will utilize their adopted curriculums and provide supplemental online resources. When in remote/distance learning, Trout Lake teachers will be delivering videoed instruction/lessons in Google Classroom at least 3 days per week with 1-2 day(s) for meeting with individual and/or small groups of students or for classroom Google Meet sessions. If and when Trout Lake School determines to move to in-person/in-the-building learning, students will be expected to attend at building unless they are ill or in quarantine in some capacity. Please see the section below on “Remote/Distance Learning” for more information on our enhanced version of spring 2020.
- Families may opt to participate in 100% online learning for K-12 students. Students will remain in online learning for the first semester at which time they will be given the option to change. Students enrolled in online learning will be taught by Washington State certified teachers through our “online” providers. You can read more about the online providers being considered in the links under “Online/Virtual Providers” further down in this letter. Online/virtual learning will be done with OSPI-approved online courses created and taught by third-party course providers.
K - 5 Students
- Enrolled with Edgenuity or Spokane Virtual Academy
6 - 8 Students
- Enrolled with Edgenuity or Spokane Virtual Academy
9 - 12 Students
- Enrolled with a number of online providers (Edgenuity, Spokane Virtual, Fuel Education, Florida Virtual, etc). Students may also be enrolled in APEX classes which will be monitored by Trout Lake staff.
- Students would attend some of their classes remote/distance learning or in-person at Trout Lake School when allowed and instruction would be planned and delivered by Trout Lake staff. Trout Lake staff will utilize their adopted curriculums and provide supplemental online resources. When in remote/distance learning, Trout Lake teachers will be delivering videoed instruction/lessons in Google Classroom at least 3 days per week with 1-2 day(s) for meeting with individual and/or small groups of students or for classroom Google Meet sessions.
- Students would attend some of their classes online and would be taught by Washington State certified teachers through our “online” providers. You can read more about the online providers being considered in the links under “Online/Virtual Providers” further down in this letter. Online/virtual learning will be done with OSPI-approved online courses created and taught by third-party course providers.
6 - 8 Students
- Enrolled with Edgenuity or Spokane Virtual Academy
9 - 12 Students
- Enrolled through a number of online providers (Edgenuity, Spokane Virtual, Fuel Education, Florida Virtual, etc). Students may also be enrolled in APEX classes which will be monitored by Trout Lake staff.
We are asking each family to fill out a survey for each of their students asking for their commitment to either remote/distance learning with Trout Lake teachers, online/virtual learning through third party online providers, or a hybrid model for your student(s). You can access the survey here or through the email link I will send separately.
Once we know your preference for learning this year, we will be following up with you to schedule classes.
In our preparation for full-time remote/distance learning this fall to start the school year, we are committed to providing learning experiences that are both synchronous (all students learning at the same time, “live”) and asynchronous (students not necessarily learning at the same time in a “live” format). We understand that synchronous (live) learning is very difficult with our community internet challenges and therefore most of the learning will be asynchronous and be instructional videos posted by your Trout Lake teachers. Remote/distance instruction, like in-person, will be engaging and also very challenging. Trout Lake teachers will be delivering videoed instruction/lessons (asynchronous learning) in Google Classroom at least 3 days per week with 1-2 day(s) for meeting with individual and/or small groups of students or for classroom Google Meet sessions (synchronous learning). Teachers will all have office hours from 2:12 - 3:05 each day to answer questions, upload content to Google classroom, and provide family/student assistance.
Our staff is preparing to shift from full-time remote/distance learning to “staggered” part-time in-person/in-the-building instruction, or full time in-person/in-the-building instruction depending on the current state of COVID-19 transmission rates and recommendations from health authorities.
Details about specific grade level schedules are still being worked out and will be provided to families in advance of school starting. Grade 6-12 schedules will most likely align with our current class schedule, which you can refer to here.
We will be providing training for all educators in order to ensure high-quality remote/distance learning for students. We will also be providing a predictable and consistent teaching/learning schedule on Google Classroom, using up-to-date resources.
Our 2020-2021 school calendar can be accessed at this link. The school year begins on Tuesday, September 8th and tentatively ends on Friday, June 18th. As part of our calendar, we have two snow days on February 12th and May 28th that we may need for weather or sickness related school closures. We have also added 5 flex days in June in the event that we need to utilize them for COVID related closures (June 21-25).
Grading for the 2020-2021 School Year
With better instructional preparation, more consistency, and a commitment to teaching to a narrower band of critical standards, there is an expectation that there will be a return to grading practices based on individual student performance.
Grading will be as follows:
- Standards-based grading on a 1-4 scale with reduced learning standards on the report card
- Grading system of A, B, C, D, F
- Grading system of A, B, C, D, F
All grades K-12 will be utilizing Google Classroom as our learning management system. You can access informational videos about Google Classroom on our website. Teachers will also “train” students to use Google Classroom in their videos and “live” sessions with students.
During remote/distance learning, families will be asked to complete a daily attendance survey for their students. If families do not respond to the daily survey, attendance calls will be placed. When in-person/in-the building learning resumes, attendance will be taken in classrooms.
Like last spring, we are in the process of engaging with teaching staff to identify the most critical learning standards for each grade level, program and content for 2020-21. That work will help teachers narrow their instruction and assignments which is especially important for our students and families in a less structured, remote learning environment.
Trout Lake School will be providing Chromebooks to all K-12 students that are enrolled with the district.
Prior to the pandemic, the district already had a 1:1 Chromebook model in place for all students 7-12, which we are expanding to K-12 students. All students will be provided with an email address to access their Google Classroom learning platform. Families/students are able to access wifi in the school parking lot. To access wifi, choose the “Guest” network with a password of “mustangs”. We will distribute Chromebooks to students in late August/early September. A follow-up Chromebook/supply distribution schedule will be sent to families.
If families experience difficulties or need to have a Chrombook repaired, they should contact our technology coordinator, Mr. Dennis Anderson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school office at 509.395.2571.
High School Incompletes in Spring of 2020
Students who received an “incomplete” for a high school credit class in the spring of 2020 were provided with a plan on how to recover credit. If your child received an “incomplete”, the plan for recovering credit was included with your student(s) final report card. Trout Lake staff has been in contact with students about completing their classes throughout the summer. Students can complete their assignments for the incomplete throughout the summer and the first quarter of the 20-21 school year. Students have until November 6, 2020 to complete their spring of 2020 class assignments to convert their incomplete into a grade.
Cleaning in Remote/Distance Learning
We will continue daily cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch points in restrooms, common areas, kitchens and classrooms where teachers are working. All staff will be supplied with cleaning products and can assist, as appropriate, with cleaning shared items in their work spaces throughout the day. Administrative personnel will also clean and disinfect their workstations and shared common equipment on a more frequent basis. Disinfection cleaning will be a priority for custodial staff.
In-Person Services and Support Prioritization
As per OSPI guidance, Trout Lake is working on ways to provide greater support for those students and families more severely impacted by campus closures regardless of the instructional model. Students receiving special services, English language services, those experiencing homelessness, and our youngest learners will be given first choice to attend more frequently in-person, provided safety measures can be met in a hybrid model. In a remote learning model, those same learners will be prioritized for more frequent personal contact and paraeducator support.
- IEPs will be reviewed at the start of the school year. There is no exception to the requirement to provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to students with disabilities during COVID-related disruption. The IEP review will look at a student's progress on IEP goals in addition to determining an individualized learning plan for each student.
- OSPI has indicated that if there is little or no disruption based on COVID, IEPs should be written to reflect current needs in the in-person setting. If there is a significant disruption, we will make the determination of whether to proceed with the IEP as written or amend the IEP.
- Predictable schedules of intervention/instruction will be established for all students with IEP based services.
- 504 plans will be reviewed according to the most current OSPI guidance. 504 plans will be reviewed and adjusted as necessary to determine accommodations necessitated by distance learning.
English Language Learners
- Teaching staff and paras will provide systems of support for students and families. Office hours will and individualized support will be provided - prioritizing emergent and progressing students.
- In August, the school office will reach out to existing McKinney-Vento eligible families/students to confirm eligibility status for the 2020-21 school year, and determine what individual needs the family/student may have, including access to ChromeBooks, Wi-Fi, and school supplies.
- The housing survey, used to determine McKinney-Vento status, will be available online and in all registration materials.
- When the option for in-person learning is available, McKinney-Vento students will be prioritized based on the student’s inability to access distance learning or school resources.
- Younger learners often have more difficulty independently accessing distance learning opportunities than older students. Increased asynchronous learning opportunities will be made available for families to more flexibly fit into their schedules. Younger learners, along with other groups experiencing more significant barriers to accessing distance learning, will be prioritized for in-person instruction as it becomes available.
Family and Community Support
Supports that will be in place for families regardless of remote, hybrid, or in-person include:
- Engage students, families and community representatives as partners in our decision making. All have been involved in planning for reopening schools this fall, including those that participated in multiple surveys and on planning committees
- Offering virtual workshops and/or trainings, both live and recorded, for families in areas such as social-emotional wellness, technology supports and engaging families in a remote/distance learning environment
- Communicate regularly and often, layering outreach to families and students who may miss communication in one format. District communication tools include email, text, calls, in-person meetings as health and safety protocols allow; website; social media; e-newsletters; infographics; published posters/flyers; and videos.
- Provide translation/interpretation support for EL families
We will have a professional development program created for our teachers and educational staff around the following topics.
- Learning Management System - Google Classroom
- Recording techniques for lessons
- Develop accountability procedures for students when turning in assignments via Google Classroom
- Essential standards, assessments and grading practices
- Physical distancing,
- Cleaning & Disinfecting
- Employees hired after the start of the school year will receive this training prior to their first day with students
Social Emotional Learning (One of more of the following topics)
- Social-emotional learning;
- Trauma-informed practices;
- Recognition and response to emotional or behavior distress using the model plan developed under RCW 28A.320.1271;
- Consideration of adverse childhood experiences;
- Mental health literacy;
- Anti-bullying strategies; or
- Culturally sustaining practices
Cultural Competency & Responsives and Racial Equity (Each of the following)
- Racial literacy;
- Cultural responsiveness; and
- Stereotype threat
Professional development will be offered both synchronously and asynchronously, with an emphasis on the latter.
Once we resume In-Person/In-the-Building Learning, we will have the following procedures and protocols in place.
Staff and students with any illness must stay home.
Below are questions for families and staff to use to indicate if they must stay home:
- Does your student have any of the following symptoms [on the first day after a break or for a new student, please ask about symptoms in the past three days (72 hours)]:
- A cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- A fever of 100.4°F or higher or a sense of having a fever
- A sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle or body aches
- Congestion/running nose – not related to seasonal allergies
- Unusual fatigue
- Does anyone in your household have any of the above symptoms?
- Has your student been in close contact with anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
- Has your student had any medication to reduce a fever before coming to school?
The student/staff member must be excluded from school if the answer to any of the above questions is “yes.”
OSPI’s reopening guidance instructs school districts to have some system in place that checks for signs of illness for staff and students and to use CDC guidance for considering options. Parents or caregivers are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for signs of infectious illness every day and that students who are sick should not attend school in-person. When school is able to begin in-person/in-the-building, we will ask families and staff to fill out a daily health attestation/screening to start each school day. The health attestation will ask questions about illness symptoms for each of your children or the staff member as students and staff with any illness must stay home.
Requirements for In-Person/In-the-Building School
When students attend in-person school, they must:
- Practice 6 feet of distancing from other
- Wear a cloth face covering or face shield that extends below the chin, to the ears, and have no gap at the forehead.
- Have their temperature taken daily
- Frequently wash their hands
Six Foot Distancing
We are altering our indoor classroom and common spaces and reconfiguring our processes to ensure six feet of physical distance between all persons in our school facilities as a planning framework. Desks and furniture have been or will be removed or rearranged to accommodate the six-foot physical distancing requirement. At the same time we know that there will be limited times when students or staff may need to be within six feet. All staff and students will follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for situations where persons will be within 6 feet of each other. Face coverings must be worn. Contact time must be limited to the least amount of time necessary to complete the task or lesson.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to teachers and staff. We also have an adequate supply of face coverings on our premises to accommodate students who arrive at school without a face covering. PPE has been purchased and will continue to be purchased including: face masks – disposable, reusable cloth; gloves; face shields. Additional face coverings and gloves are provided at the entrance of each site and available to all. Face coverings will also be available on bus routes.
Frequent hand washing will be required. Sanitizer will be required when hand washing is not readily available. Additional signage has been added to all restrooms. Sanitizing stations are implemented at the entrance of the school with face coverings and gloves available to all. We have also added additional sanitizing stations throughout the school.
Procedures for addressing suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases in a school setting or district facility are still being developed in conjunction with local health authorities. The superintendent will report suspected or known cases of COVID-19 to Klickitat County Health Department (DOH). If a student or staff becomes ill at school, the student will be quarantined in an “isolation” room until the student can be picked up by the parent/guardian. Contact tracing and any other procedures to identify additional COVID-19 cases are to be conducted and led by the Klickitat County DOH.
Cleaning with In-Person School
We will continue daily cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch points in restrooms, common areas, kitchens and classrooms. Our custodian will supply additional trash cans if needed for increased handwashing and paper towel usage. All staff will be supplied with cleaning products and can, as appropriate, assist in wiping down desks and shared items in their work spaces throughout the day.
Administrative personnel will also clean and disinfect their workstations and shared common equipment on a more frequent basis. We will be hiring an additional part-time custodian who will clean and disinfect high-touch points and surfaces daily along with disinfecting desks and restrooms in the middle of the day. Disinfection cleaning will be a priority for custodial staff.
Bathrooms will be assigned by cohorts to reduce contact with each other and cross contamination by groups of students.
- Kinder & 1st Grade - Bathroom in classroom (to the extent possible)
- Elementary - Bathrooms by the MPR
- Middle - Bathrooms at the front of the building
- High - Bathrooms in the high school hall by Elyard’s room
Staff Assigned Bathrooms
- Office & Paras - health room bathroom
- Kitchen - kitchen bathroom
- Certificated - staff bathroom
In-Person/In-the-Building “Staggered” Start for K-12 Students
When the decision to expand to in-person/in-the-building learning is reached, it will start with K-5 students being in-person in the building Monday - Thursday of each week with early releases (8:19 - 11:48 a.m.) and 6-12 students being in-person in the building on Fridays (8:19- 2:12 p.m.). When we get to this phase, I will send out a detailed plan of days/times to parents.
When the decision to expand to full time in-person/in-the-building is reached, all K-12 students will be in-person/in-the-building full days (8:19 a.m. - 2:12 p.m.). When we get to this phase, I will send out more information to parents.
Shortened School Day
For the 2020-2021 school year, we have reduced the student school day 53 minutes to allow teachers to all have “office hours” . The school day will start at 8:19 a.m. and end at 2:12 p.m. 0 hour band and weightlifting for grade 9-12 students will still take place from 7:13-8:16.
We will stagger the passing plan for K-12 students when/if we resume full-time, in-person/in-the-building learning.
- Elementary - Released at the bell with teachers or paras
- Middle - Released at the “2nd bell” and allowed 3 min into next class period
- High - Follow bell schedule
We will be flexible with this passing plan as we may need to allow greater time for passing in practice.
When we are in part-time in-person learning, all elementary students will have recess with only their own grade level. When we are in full-time in-person clearing with all K-12 classes, students will be grouped by cohorts for recess as follows (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12). Paraeducators will sanitize recess equipment after each recess.
We have plans to maximize physical distancing on our buses as much as possible on a given bus route. At the same time, we are encouraging walking, biking or driving students to school as an alternative to taking the bus to reduce congestion. State guidance allows busing to be an exception to the six-foot rule, as long as districts exercise proper cleaning, maximum ventilation when reasonable, face coverings on students and adults, and proper PPE for drivers. When we decide to move to in-person/in-the-building learning, we will be sending you a survey or calling to ask you how your child(ren) will be getting to school to finalize the routes to maximize the physical distancing.
Whenever possible students will be assigned one per seat (with the exception of family or household members) prior to adding additional students in the same seat. In the mornings, we will load buses back to front in sections to ensure physical distancing. The bus will be unloaded from front to back to reduce students crossing paths.
School buses will be sanitized daily after the morning route and at the end of use at the conclusion of each day.
Pick-up/Drop Off Procedures
When we begin in-person learning, we will have certain procedures for pick-up and drop off of students. Students may be dropped off from 8:05-8:19 and should be picked up within 5 minutes of the end of the day. Volunteers will direct traffic in morning and afternoon for pick-up and drop off with one way traffic going north (same direction as the buses) and they will be wearing orange safety vests for visibility. Signage for one way traffic will be added to make directions more clear. When dropping off, students are to get out of the car, come into the building, wash their hands, and go to class. If parents/guardians need to come into the school, they will need to park in the lot and not in the drop off and pick-up zone.
When we begin part-time in-person learning, we will not have lunch service as elementary students will be in school from 8:19-11:48 and we will ask middle and high school students to bring their lunches on the Fridays they attend.
When we begin full-time in-person learning with all K-12 students in the building at the same time, we will provide a “brown bag” lunch offering to students. Brown bag lunches will consist of a sandwich, fruit, veggie and milk. The middle and high school offering will have an additional item each day added. After the first month of brown bag lunch service, we will revisit the plan and possibly transition to a “hot” lunch option. Lunches will be eaten in classrooms to reduce contact and allow physical distancing. Students that bring their own lunches will need to have all utensils/materials provided from home. Microwaves and communal water will not be available to students. Students will be asked to bring a water bottle from home to be used at our water bottle filling stations.
OSPI has released guidance to reduce large gatherings of people. Therefore, we will not host Open House, Fall Fling, Harvest Fest, or our Winter Concert. In addition, we will be moving our middle and high school outdoor schools tentatively to the spring. For the Winter Concert, we are hoping to produce a video of student performances and send to families and post on our website.
We know that athletics are an important part of the school experience. Trout Lake is a part of the Oregon School Activities Association, OSAA, this year. The OSAA Executive Board is continuing to meet regularly to review guidance and mandates from the state of Oregon as it relates to sports and COVID. At this time, the OSAA’s new sports calendar provides for three distinct seasons from late December to late June with limited overlap between seasons. Traditional winter activities (basketball, swimming, wrestling) will take place in January and February (Season 2), followed by fall activities (soccer, cross country, volleyball, football) in March and April (Season 3), with spring activities (track & field, softball, baseball, tennis, golf) occurring in May and June (Season 4). Each season will feature an equitable 7-week regular season, with adjusted contest limitations, followed by an OSAA Culminating Week. You can read more about the latest release from OSAA at this link: http://www.osaa.org/docs/osaainfo/OSAA_Media_Release_August_5.pdf. We will send you updated information about athletics throughout the year.
The district typically rents out space in our school facilities to community groups. In the 2020-21 school year the district will significantly curtail facilities use, which will reduce work tasks for custodial staff to disinfect after an outside community group.
We are committed to serving our students with high-quality learning in the upcoming school year. There will be clear expectations, accountability and collaboration for instruction and assignments. We are developing resources and training for staff and families to support the distance learning environment. Students and staff will be held to standards. Grading practices and daily attendance expectations will return. The distance learning will be significantly improved from last spring.
- Training for all educators in order to ensure high-quality remote instruction for students.
- Providing a predictable and consistent teaching/learning schedule on Google Classroom, using up-to-date resources.
- Ensuring that students receiving specialized services are provided instruction in alignment with their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans.
- Adapting, as necessary, as the environment and data regarding Covid-19 continues to shift and change.
We intend to carry out a comprehensive and robust educational experience for our students. Our students' educational experience may look different and we will have a lot of challenges ahead as we navigate changing circumstances. We commit to communicating with families and ask for their flexibility. If families have questions, they can reach out to the school and we will do our best to answer them.