Covid-19 / School Reopening HQ

Contemplating Next Steps for Woodland Public Schools

Woodland Public Schools
Covid-19 & School Reopening Headquarters

Last Updated: Monday, November 23, 2020


Most Recent Covid-19 Metrics

Several metrics determine the Stage of School Reopening schools throughout Washington State can take part in. Since Woodland Public Schools serves two different counties, Clark and Cowlitz, both counties' metrics must be used in tandem to determine the reopening stage for Woodland's schools.

Below are direct links to both counties' health departments most up-to-date releases of Covid-19 metrics:

Clark County Covid-19 Metrics                                 Cowlitz County Covid-19 Metrics
 

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Most Recent Updates to the Covid-19 HQ

      • REMINDER: No food services will be provided over the Thanksgiving Holiday (November 25-27). For more information, visit our Food Services webpage.
         
      • Woodland Public Schools has rolled back the transition to in-person learning. Only kindergarten and first grade will attend hybrid learning beginning on Monday, November 23, 2020. For more information, visit our Messages to the Community webpage for a letter from Superintendent Michael Green.
         
      • Do you know when to keep your student home from school? You can download easy-to-follow COVID-19 Student Symptom Flow Charts from our Elementary Reopening HQ by clicking here.
         
      • Both breakfast and lunch will be provided free-of-charge to students returning to in-school learning. In addition, the district will continue to offer meal delivery and meal pickup at Woodland Middle School. For more details, please visit our Food Services webpage.
         
      • Meal delivery and pickup service are available for free for all children ages 0-18 through the entire 2020-2021 school year (June 30, 2021). For more details, please visit our Food Services webpage.
         
      • Families who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program may also qualify for free internet access. Click here for more details.
         
      • Many mental health providers are offering free services to those who need them. Please visit our dedicated Mental Health Services webpage to find a provider who may be able to help you and your family.
          

School Reopening Stage 1 - Distance Learning 2.0

Dear Parents, Caretakers, Students, and Families of Woodland Public Schools:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our return to education this fall looks different than in the past. Health and safety must be the top priority for our students and staff in addition to providing a quality education for our students. With these important goals in mind, I am writing to share an update on our plans to deliver education this fall. 

In early August, 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 this fall. The framework emphasizes that community transmission must be low in order for schools to reopen safely for in-person learning.

Using the DOH’s “decision tree” framework and recommendations from the public health leaders of both Clark and Cowlitz County, we have developed a plan for school reopening as approved by the Board of Directors:

      • School Reopening Stage 1: Woodland Public Schools will start this school year in Stage 1 — Distance Learning for all students K-12 and limited in-person learning will be offered for at-risk students who need it most – such as children with disabilities – in groups no larger than four (4) students.  
        • In order to move to Stage 2, the Public Health Officials will monitor the rate of positive COVID-19 tests over an extended period (3-4 weeks past Labor Day). If the case counts continue to decline and remain below 75 per 100,000 in population in that period along with positive trends in other metrics the officials continue to review, they will advise that we should consider moving to Stage 2.
           
      • School Reopening Stage 2: Students in grades K-4 will take part in a hybrid model with students spending a majority of the day in school and one hour a day dedicated to at-home learning. Students in grades 5-12 will engage in distance learning with face-to-face support options for groups of up to five (5) students; and at-risk learners such as those with disabilities will receive additional in-school support.
        • In order to move to Stage 3, the Public Health Officials must see the rate of positive COVID-19 tests over an extended period (3 or more weeks) remain below 25 per 100,000 in population during that period along with positive trends in other metrics the officials continue to review. When this occurs, they may advise that we should consider moving to Stage 3.
           
      • School Reopening Stage 3: Students in grades K-4 in-person every day with a reduced schedule. Students in grades 5-12 in a hybrid, alternating-day schedule.
        • The decision to move to Stage 4 will be based on the recommendations of Clark/Cowlitz County Health Departments, the Governor’s Office, OSPI, and available local data on the progression of the virus.
           
      • School Reopening Stage 4: The full and complete reopening of schools.

To review the district’s Fall Reopening Plan in its entirety, please click this link:
https://district.woodlandschools.org/storage/file/7086/WPS%20Reopening%20Plan.pdf

Remote/Distance Learning 2.0

Many parents and community members have expressed concerns that the learning experienced this spring lacked structure and one-on-one lessons from our teaching staff. These concerns were also expressed by our teachers.

Over the summer our administrative team along with dedicated workgroups of teaching staff have revamped the district’s approach to distance learning. As such, we have developed new approaches to learning at each grade level. Teachers will receive additional training in distance learning before the school year begins. Each student will be issued a Chromebook and we will work with families who have difficulties obtaining high-speed internet access.

Attendance will be required and structured learning will be provided from each of our schools with live lessons taught at each grade level. Teachers will be available to help students as needed and guide students through their academic learning. The district’s grading model has also been returned to pre-pandemic grading with grades A-F provided in respective classes.

More information will be sent to you shortly from your students’ respective schools. Families whose children cannot attend live lessons during the school day due to scheduling conflicts from work or other responsibilities need to reach out to their student’s teachers to arrange for asynchronous learning options (learning performed from recorded lessons).

Stay Up-to-Date

As we all know, plans and information will change as the coronavirus progresses through our lives. We pledge to keep you informed with regular updates as we move forward together. You can stay up-to-date with the most recent status updates by visiting our COVID-19/School Reopening Headquarters at www.woodlandschools.org/covid-hq. In addition, Cowlitz County Health posts the latest information each Monday at: http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/2750/COVID-19-Data-Reports-and-Presentations 

Thank you for your patience as we navigate Back to School 2020.

If you have questions, I encourage you to reach out directly to your child’s principal. In addition, please feel free to reach out to me directly at greenm@woodlandschools.org.

Sincerely, 

Michael Z. Green
Superintendent – Woodland Public Schools


State/Federal Guidelines and Other Resources

Reopening Washington Schools 2020
OSPI's planning guide
Phased Reopening of K-12 Schools
Governor Inslee's proclamation
Safe Start Washington
Governor Inslee's phased Reopening Plan
COVID-19 Guidance & Resources
OSPI
Considerations for Schools
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
eSchool+ Initiative: Tools and Resources for K-12 Schools
Johns Hopkins University

Reading List

Virtual or in-person school: One of super's most difficult decisions ever
The Longview Daily News - Published August 17, 2020
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I am not sending my kids back to school
CNN - Published August 12, 2020
What Back to School Might Look Like in the Age of Covid-19
New York Times - Published July 29, 2020
'I don't want to go to school and get Covid': Some kids scared as adults debate the risks of reopening
CNN Health - July 28, 2020
If "Most Students Should Stay Home," What do I do with My Kids?
Medium - Published July 23, 2020
Reopening Schools is Way Harder than it Should be
New York Times - Published July 23, 2020
Where Some of the Country's Biggest School Districts Stand on Reopening Schools
CNN - Published July 20, 2020
3 Principles for Reopening Schools Safely during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Center for American Program - Published July 16, 2020
A Parent's Guide to Online School: 9 Questions to ask to vet your Back-to-School Choices
USA Today - Published July 16, 2020
Nation's Pediatricians Walk Back Support for In-Person School
NPR - Published July 10, 2020

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