School Re-Opening 20-21 Information

Posted on 03/13/2020

Family & Staff Communication - 8.7.20

Dear Lynden School District Families,

 

As you may know the Lynden School District Board of Directors met last night to discuss the recommendation issued by the Whatcom County Health Department regarding opening schools in a distance learning model rather than in-person learning.

 

The intent of last night’s meeting was to make a determination about how schools would open in September.

 

The school board did not reach a decision and has scheduled a meeting for Monday, August 10, at 7:00pm and expect to make a decision on this important topic at this meeting.

 

The school board recognizes that this is a very important decision as it has significant implications on students, families, staff, and the Lynden community as a whole.

 

This week we were planning to communicate to families about the learning options that were being developed and ask families to select an option for their children for the next school year, but have put that on hold until the School Board reaches a decision.

 

I will provide an update on school opening status and planning on Tuesday, August 11.

 

Sincerely

 

Jim

 

 

Estimadas familias del distrito escolar de Lynden:

 

Como deben saber, el Consejo de Administración del distrito escolar de Lynden se reunió anoche parar tratar la recomendación del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Whatcom en lo que respecta a la apertura de las escuelas bajo un modelo de educación a distancia, en lugar de uno con presencial personal.

 

El propósito de la reunión de anoche fue tomar una decisión sobre la forma de apertura de las escuelas en septiembre.

 

El consejo escolar no tomó una decisión y, por ello, programó una reunión más para el lunes 10 de agosto a las 7:00 p. m., reunión en la que espera tomar una decisión definitiva sobre este tema tan importante.

 

El consejo escolar reconoce que es una decisión muy importante ya que tiene implicancias considerables para los estudiantes, las familias, el personal y toda la comunidad de Lynden.

 

Esta semana planeábamos comunicarnos con las familias sobre las opciones de aprendizaje que se están desarrollando y para pedirles que escojan una opción para sus hijos durante el próximo año escolar, pero hemos suspendido eso temporalmente hasta que el consejo escolar tome una decisión.

 

Los mantendré actualizados sobre la apertura y planificación de las escuelas el martes 11 de agosto.

 

Atentamente,

 

Jim


Family & Staff Communication - 8.4.20

Lynden School District Families and Staff ~ We will continue to update as information progresses in the re-opening of the 2020-2021 school year.

Dear Lynden School District Families,

It has been a little more than a week since hosting 9 webinars with staff and families.  During the webinars, many questions were asked about planning for the 2020-21 school year.  I was able to provide answers and information to some but not all of the questions.

Based on the questions asked we have developed a Frequently Asked Questions Document (FAQ) to provide an explanation on topics that were most often asked about. The FAQ is included as an attachment to this email and on the school district website.  Please take a look and let us know if you would like information on topics that were not included in the FAQ.

I am sure you have read about or heard that some schools around the state have decided they will be starting in a full distance learning model rather than opening for in person learning.  Currently, we continue to plan for in person learning to open schools in September.  However, we are working closely with the Whatcom County Health Department to monitor community COVID impacts.  And, if the WCHD recommends that we do not open for in person learning we would follow their recommendation.

Here are a few things we know for sure about reopening school:

Family Survey data - Over 75% of LSD families expressed interest in returning to school in an in-person model for the 2020-21 school year.  The survey data can be found on the district website.

September 8 is the first day of school for Students - The first day of school has been moved from September 3rd to September 8th.  The first two student days (September 3 and 4) were swapped with two teacher workdays (October 5th and March 22nd) during the school year to provide more time at the beginning of the year for teacher training and preparation for the start of the year.  October 5th and March 22nd are now school days for students. No other changes were made and the last day of school is still June 16.

Three Learning Options are being developed – The three options being developed are:

  1. Lynden at School – In person learning with measure in place to keep student and staff safe
  2. Lynden Connect – Partnership between families and LSD staff with the parent serving as the primary instructor, like a home school model with support from the school district
  3. Lynden Online – Online learning for students utilizing a partnership with a third-party vendor or LSD staff (depending on available staffing)


The details of these plans will be provided later this week.  Families will be asked to register for their preferred option during the week of August 10-14 and commit for a period of time.

There are many details necessary to ensure a safe environment for students and staff – Our work groups.

We continue to meet and work through the details around:

  1. Temperature checks and health screening
  2. Response to COVID 19 symptoms
  3. Transportation
  4. Meal Services
  5. Cleaning and facility care

I will be providing more frequent updates on planning over the next couple of weeks. 

 Take care,

 Jim

FAQ - Re-Opening School
Lynden Family Survey Responses


Estimadas familias del distrito escolar de Lynden:

Ha pasado poco más de una semana desde que se realizaron nueve seminarios web con el personal y las familias. Durante los seminarios web, se hicieron muchas preguntas sobre la planificación para el año escolar 2020-21. Pude dar respuestas e información a algunas pero no a todas las preguntas.

Basándonos en las preguntas realizadas hemos desarrollado un Documento de Preguntas Frecuentes (FAQ) para proporcionar una explicación sobre los temas que más se han preguntado. Las preguntas frecuentes se adjuntan a este correo electrónico y se publicarán en el sitio web del distrito escolar. Por favor, echen un vistazo y déjenme saber si desean información sobre temas que no se incluyeron en las preguntas frecuentes.

Estoy seguro de que han leído o escuchado que algunas escuelas del estado han decidido que comenzarán con un modelo de aprendizaje a distancia completo en lugar de abrir las escuelas para el aprendizaje en persona. Actualmente, seguimos planificando el aprendizaje en persona para abrir las escuelas en septiembre. Sin embargo, estamos trabajando en conjunto con el Departamento de Salud del condado de Whatcom (WHCD, por sus siglas en inglés) para monitorear los impactos de COVID en la comunidad. Si el WCHD recomienda que no abramos para el aprendizaje en persona, seguiríamos su recomendación.

Aquí hay algunas cosas que sabemos con seguridad sobre la reapertura de la escuela:

Datos de la encuesta familiar: más del 75 % de las familias del distrito escolar de Lynden expresaron su interés en volver a la escuela bajo un modelo de educación en persona para el año escolar 2020-21. Los datos de la encuesta se encuentran en el sitio web del distrito.

El 8 de septiembre es el primer día de clases para los estudiantes. El primer día de clases se ha trasladado del 3 al 8 de septiembre. Los dos primeros días para los estudiantes (3 y 4 de septiembre) se intercambiaron con dos días de trabajo de los maestros (5 de octubre y 22 de marzo) durante el año escolar para dar más tiempo al comienzo del año para la formación de los maestros y la preparación para el comienzo del año. El 5 de octubre y el 22 de marzo son ahora días de escuela para los estudiantes. No se hicieron otros cambios y el último día de clases sigue siendo el 16 de junio.

Se están desarrollando tres opciones de aprendizaje. Aquí tienen la información:

  1. Lynden en la escuela. Aprendizaje en persona con medidas para mantener seguros a los estudiantes y al personal.
  2. Lynden Connect (Conectados a Lynden). Asociación entre las familias y el personal del distrito con el padre o madre que actuará como instructor principal, como un modelo de escuela en casa con el apoyo del distrito escolar
  3. Lynden en Internet. Aprendizaje en línea para estudiantes utilizando una asociación con un proveedor externo o personal del distrito (dependiendo del personal disponible)

Los detalles de estos planes se enviarán a finales de esta semana.  Se pedirá a las familias que se inscriban en su opción preferida durante la semana del 10 al 14 de agosto y que se comprometan por un período de tiempo.

Hay muchos detalles necesarios para asegurar un ambiente seguro para los estudiantes y el personal. Nuestros grupos de trabajo.

Seguimos reuniéndonos y trabajando en los detalles relacionados con los siguientes temas:

  1. Controles de temperatura y exámenes de salud
  2. Respuesta a los síntomas de COVID 19
  3. Transporte
  4. Servicios de comida
  5. Limpieza y cuidado de las instalaciones

En las próximas dos semanas, informaré con más frecuencia sobre la planificación. 

Cuídense,

Jim




Previous Communications to Families and Staff -

If you missed the ZOOM Webinar sessions, please review the Presentation material and the Webinar Audio of interest below (audio may take a moment to download).

Webinar - Presentation
Webinar Presentation - Spanish

Webinar Audio - Elementary Staff
Webinar Audio - Elementary Families K-2
Webinar Audio - High School Families

Webinar Audio - Lynden Academy Families
Webinar Audio - Middle School Families
Webinar Audio - Lynden Academy Families
Webinar Audio - SPA Home Language




Dear Lynden School District Families,

Thank you for reading the following information and completing the survey for the start of school options in the fall. 

Over the past few months, we have attempted to keep families and parents in the loop by providing information about school closures, distance learning, state and health department guidelines and school district planning to reopen schools in the fall.

This message is intended to provide additional details on the options for students and a link to an initial survey to identify family preference.  Things may change between now and the start of school based on new information from state agencies as well as feedback from families on these options.  Thanks for being patient as we work through these options.

The following options are a basic framework which reflects current planning.  We know that you will have many questions and we will continue to provide updates as well as opportunities for families to ask questions and share feedback.  Please join a Zoom Webinar scheduled for next week or send us an email if you have some questions.

There are a few protocols for all grade levels for in person learning when school starts in the fall. 

These are based on current state and Department of Health Guidelines:

  1. All students and staff will wear a face covering unless they have an exemption based on a health concern or other qualifying condition that allows an exception or alternative.
  2. Classrooms will be set up to maintain a seating chart based on 6 feet distance between students.
  3. Health checks will be required each day.  This may be done by families at home or when students get to school. Details still need to be worked out.

We are also working to establish protocols for cleaning classrooms and schools, transportation, and food services that will comply with health and safety guidelines required by the health department and state agencies to open schools.  These plans will be shared with families over the next few weeks.

Options for your child for the 2020-21 school year

Please review the following descriptions for learning options.  We are asking that all families complete a survey so we can determine appropriate staffing for each option.  We recognize that these decisions are difficult to make in July and circumstances may change between now and the start of school.  We will follow up with a registration process in early August to ask families to commit to a specific option for at least the first quarter of the school year.

3 options for reopening schools in the fall:

  • Lynden at School – In person learning at school.  The number of days students attend school will depend on classroom capacity and the number of students choosing to attend in person learning.
     
  • Lynden Home Connect – Instruction provided primarily by parents.  Support provided by Lynden School District teachers which may include elements of virtual instruction and engagement.
     
  • Lynden Online – An independent online learning platform with instruction provided through an asynchronous online format.  Students would remain part of Lynden School District with course credits included on the Lynden High School transcript and/or K-8 student cumulative file. An Lynden School District staff member will be assigned to monitor progress and attendance for this program.

*These plans are subject to change based on emerging guidance, family survey results, and health department guidelines.

Additional Program information and communication to come:

  • Pre School – Specifics for preschool will be provided in a separate communication. Stay tuned for more info from the preschool team.
  • Lynden Academy – The structure at Lynden Academy is based on a hybrid attendance model and the specifics for ensuring safety protocols will be provided in a separate communication to families enrolled at Lynden Academy. Stay tuned for more information from the Lynden Academy team.
  • Community Transitions – Specifics for Community Transitions will be provided in a separate communication.  Please stay tuned for information from the Community Transitions team.

Please follow the LINK to the FAMILY SURVEY.  Please fill out the survey for each child.  The survey will be open until July 23.

Sincerely,

Jim


Family & Staff Communication 7.14.20

Dear Lynden Families,

This is a reminder you are welcome to join the below Zoom Webinar Meetings taking place next week to learn more about the reopening of the 2020-2021 school year. You can join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.

DATES/TIMES & INSTRUCTIONS:

Monday, July 20th at 6:30 P.M. - Elementary Families K-2

    Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/92287961434

Or join by phone:

     US: +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799

    Webinar ID: 922 8796 1434

 

Tuesday, July 21st at 6:30 P.M. - High School Families

    Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/93372347664

Or join by phone:

        US: +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099

    Webinar ID: 933 7234 7664

 

Wednesday, July 22nd at 5:00 P.M. – Lynden Academy Families

    Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/96567593542

Or join by phone:

        US: +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799

    Webinar ID: 965 6759 3542

 

Wednesday, July 22nd at 6:30 P.M. – Elementary Families 3-5

    Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/91472730584

Or join by phone:

        US: +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592

    Webinar ID: 914 7273 0584

 

Thursday, July 23rd at 5:00 P.M. – Middle School Families

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

    Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/95889996362

Or join by phone:

        US: +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592

    Webinar ID: 958 8999 6362

 

Zoom Webinars are different from a Zoom Meeting. In the webinar format, a presenter provides information and materials on the screen while participants are able to ask questions and provide comments through written format to the presenter(s). Participants are not able to engage in dialogue but can submit the written questions in real time via the chat function. Written questions can be seen by all participants. Please note that participants that do not have a Zoom account may be recognized as an “anonymous” participant and those that do have a Zoom account will be identified with their Zoom account name.

Each webinar is limited to 500 people so if you are unable to sign into the webinar for your child’s grade level, we will look at scheduling more opportunities and provide material shared in the webinars.

We will continue to communicate as plans evolve and we look forward to sharing about the reopening of the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Sincerely,

Jim