Hello HSD Families.
[Introduction and reference to tonight’s HHS Drive-thru Graduation activity]
As some of you already know, this past Wednesday, Governor Inslee and OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced a new decision matrix for reopening schools. Whereas the SafeStart Washington model has four phases, this model has three levels: Low, moderate, and high. That seems clear enough, but we have discovered that finding consistent data on infection rates is not as easy as we expected. Regardless of the source, we are in the high moderate range which translates to a recommendation for online learning and no extracurricular activities. A link to that matrix has been included as a topic in an HSD Reopening Report that we reviewed with our Reopening Task Force this morning and will be emailed out to you later this afternoon.
Much of the information in that report reflects the planning that took place this week in our Win the Day meetings with building principals. Why “Win the Day?” Our district leaders wanted to cultivate a mindset that - even though we are facing a number of challenges - we are dedicated to finding opportunities and creating wins for our families, staff, but ultimately our students. I think our AAA Boosters have given us a great example of finding a way to make things work in spite of difficulties: They are developing a virtual fun run instead of an auction to support high school and middle school athletics, activities, and academics. Whereas creating substitute programs (such as a virtual club meeting) might not be that difficult for schools, creating or innovating new programs that involve new platforms, contracts and staffing may take a little longer. So we appreciate your patience and understanding that these programs may not be ready to go by the first day of school.
I also wanted our parents to be aware that our principals and I are putting together videos that we hope will give you and your student a preview of what next year will likely look like so you can ask clarifying questions of us and we can get a more exact count of how many students intend to opt for our remote learning and virtual academy formats. As of today we are planning on sharing these videos with you next Tuesday. A questionnaire will be sent out to collect your input - and it will be really helpful to us if we receive your choices by the end of the day on August 16.
I hope this video finds you well and I wish you all continued good health. Talk to you next week.