June 23 District Communication Regarding 2021-2022 School Year

June 23, 2021

Families –

We want to share our plan as we move forward and prepare for the return of all students to be in-person all day, five days per week next fall. We are excited that our students will be in their classrooms with their teachers and peers. We will be intentional as we approach the first day, first week, first month and first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year so that students have a great start. That same approach will continue throughout the year so students have the framework and ability to move forward in their academic and social-emotional needs.

As our students return to in-person learning:

  • We will create a positive school experience for students as they re-engage with school.
  • We will re-establish and cultivate a welcoming, student-centered environment.
  • We will meet students where they are academically and will create a clear plan to support them as they move forward in their learning.
  • We will create specific opportunities for increased time, access and learning support.
  • We will identify our students’ social, emotional, or behavioral needs.

As we approach the start of the 2021-2022 school year, please watch for specific details from your child’s school regarding the above information.

As noted, our district is planning for the return of all students to be in-person all day, five days per week next fall. For those families looking to continue with a remote option for their student, we will offer a self-guided home school option through our Parent Partnership Program (PPP) located at our Parkway Campus (525 13th Street in Snohomish). Through this option:

  • Kindergarten through 2nd grade students will have the opportunity to work with PPP staff 60 minutes/day, three days per week through Zoom. Curriculum support with parents/guardians will occur in addition to that time.
  • 3rd through 6th grade students will have the opportunity to work with PPP staff 90 minutes/day, two days per week and 30 minutes on Friday through Zoom. Curriculum support with parents/guardians will occur in addition to that time.
  • As part of the student learning plan, families will be expected to make a significant contribution on the home school side (14 hours/week – kindergarten, 20 hours/week – 1st through 3rd grades and 28 hours/week – 4th through 6th grades) regarding their student’s education.
  • If you are interested in learning more about or participating in this option, please reach out to Principal Doug Plucker at ppp@sno.wednet.edu or (360) 563-3403. Principal Plucker will return inquiries through July 2 and will be available in early August for those inquiring in July.

At the middle and high school grades, a remote option will not be offered during the 2021-2022 school year. Our partial in-person PPP program and AIM High School options will continue to remain available to these grade levels. Below are the PPP and AIM High School offerings:

  • PPP offers a program for kindergarten through 10th grade students that incorporates home school with one to three days/week of in-person learning at PPP.
  • AIM High School, which is also located at the Parkway Campus, works with 9th through 12th grade students to earn their high school diploma, while individualizing their education as needed. Students attend five days per week for three hours/day, depending on their needs. Students are responsible for completing work outside of class.
  • Apex Online Learning will only be used for secondary credit recovery and as a student acceleration option. Apex will not be available as it was in the 2020-2021 school year as a remote option.
  • You can learn more about each of these options by reaching out to Principal Doug Plucker at ppp@sno.wednet.edu or (360) 563-3403. Principal Plucker will return inquiries through July 2 and will be available in early August for those inquiring in July.

The first day of school will be Wednesday, September 8. In-person instruction will be all day, five days per week. School start times will be the same as those pre-pandemic:

  • High and middle schools - 7:30 a.m.
  • AIM High School - 8 a.m. (morning session) and 11:30 a.m. (afternoon session)
  • Little Cedars Elementary - 8:10 a.m.
  • Central Primary Center - 8:20 a.m.
  • Cascade View Elementary, Cathcart Elementary, Dutch Hill Elementary, Emerson Elementary, Machias Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Seattle Hill Elementary and Totem Falls Elementary - 8:35 a.m.
  • Parent Partnership Program - 9 a.m.

As we work through the summer, we also fully anticipate that guidance from federal, state and local health partners may be changing regarding many of the COVID-19 health and safety aspects (such as distancing, ventilation and face coverings). Although we have no advance notice of what those changes may be, we will adapt accordingly and throughout the summer district teams will work to prepare our schools, classrooms and spaces to accommodate full, in-person enrollment.

Thank you, and we hope you have a fantastic summer!