Local school districts announce full reopening for the 2021-2022 school year
Rick Bannan [email protected]
Districts in North County are considering a return to in-person teaching at pre-pandemic levels next year following an announcement by the state superintendent earlier this month.
On May 13, Washington State Superintendent of Public Education Chris Reykdal announced that K-12 Public Schools would return to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. Reykdal said most students in the state do best in “a full, face-to-face learning environment surrounded by their peers and caring adults.”
“The extended time in distance and hybrid learning has had negative impacts on the mental and behavioral health of many students, as well as on their engagement and success in school,” Reykdal said in the announcement.
Reykdal said widespread COVID-19 vaccinations and subsequent health and safety measures have resumed full-time in-person schooling, noting guidelines on mask wear, hygiene, disinfection and ventilation should always be followed. A physical distance of 3 feet in classrooms and 6 feet in other spaces will not be mandatory, but should be used “where possible”.
Following the announcement, several local school districts presented their own plans for a full reopening during the 2021-2022 school year. Battle Ground Public Schools, Woodland Public Schools, and the Ridgefield School District will all have some sort of alternative for in-person instruction, although those attending one of the traditional schools in these districts will be in class at full-time.
A press release from the Battle Ground Public Schools said that all students learning remotely in any of the district comprehensive school buildings will automatically be enrolled for full-time in-person learning in the fall. The district includes River Online Learning, River HomeLink, and Summit View High School, each of which offers different levels of distance learning.
River Online Learning is the predominantly online option for K-12 students, while River HomeLink offers a hybrid in-person and distance model for these levels, the release said.
Summit View High School offers more individualized learning for high school students, allowing the course to complete around other responsibilities a student might have, or to graduate earlier than expected. Although the majority of classes are completed at home, students meet with dedicated teachers each week who help design a timetable and instructional program for the students, the statement noted.
Students already enrolled in these programs will not have to do anything to continue, although those attending neighborhood schools will need to register on district-specific websites for schools, the statement said.
The BGPS statement added that it has formed a new partnership with Right At School, a nationally recognized academic enrichment provider, for before and after school care at Battle Ground elementary schools and at Amboy Middle School.
For Woodland, Lewis River Academy, which caters for district students from Kindergarten to Grade 8, and TEAM High School will offer options outside of the classroom. Lewis River Academy teachers will work with families to prepare the program, a district press release said, and students will have the opportunity to participate in weekly in-person classroom lessons, including guest speakers and activities. practice.
For TEAM High School, students prepare their lesson plans each week by meeting with one of the school’s teachers, and can work on their studies from home with a computer connected to the Internet. Students can also work in person at TEAM High School premises, the statement said.
The return to in-person teaching across the district comes as the Ridgefield School District begins offering a dedicated virtual learning program for the first time. In a letter to families in the district, RSD Superintendent Nathan McCann said Wisdom Ridge Academy will be offered starting in the 2021-2022 school year, which will allow for almost entirely distance learning, although students will have weekly in-person check-ins and monthly progress. relationship with their teachers.