Contemplating Next Steps for Woodland Public Schools

Woodland Public Schools
Covid-19 & School Reopening Headquarters

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 5, 2021


*FREE COVID-19 TESTING FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES*

Students and family members can be tested for free at the District Office by appointment every weekday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The test is completely free, however, your insurance may be billed and any charges that are not picked up by your insurance are covered by state & federal funding. Results take between 24-72 hours.  

Do not eat, drink, chew gum, or uses lip products prior to the test. The COVID-19 test is an oral swab so do not eat, drink, chew gum, or use lip products for a minimum of 20 minutes prior to your appointment.  

Click here to make an appointment for a free COVID-19 test.

 


Want to learn more about the current status of COVID-19?

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 useful resources:

 


Does your student need Technology Assistance?

Click here to go to the Home Tech Support webpage


Most Recent Updates to the Covid-19 HQ

  • INTERNET ACCESS PROGRAM STARTING JUNE 30, 2021: The K-12 Free Internet Access Program becomes the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program beginning June 30, 2021. Families currently enrolled must cancel their existing internet service with their provider by June 30 in order to enroll in the EBB Program and to avoid charges for service. Click here to learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program.
     
  • FREE COVID-19 VACCINE EVENT ON MAY 8: Woodland Public Schools has partnered with Clark County Public Health to offer free COVID-19 vaccines for anyone 16 years of age and older. Vaccines are available by appointment only. Click here to learn more and to make your appointment online.
     
  • P-EBT IS BACK! If your student qualifies for free or reduced meals and missed meals due to remote learning, you may qualify for the Pandemic Electronic Balance Transfer Program. Click here for more details.
      
  • We have updated our Pandemic Resources page to reflect changes in to the eviction moratorium, free internet access for qualifying families, and more. Click here to visit our Pandemic Resources page.
     
  • Woodland Public Schools' Information Technology department has given access to GoGuardian software which allow parents and guardians to restrict the access their students have on Chromebooks including limit time use and website access. Click here to visit the home tech support website for more information.
     
  • For a downloadable list of Mental Health Services available to residents of Clark and Cowlitz counties, click here to download a printable PDF.
     
  • Are you a parent needing help raising difficult children? Consider signing up for a free three-class virtual workshop from the Parent Project. Learn more by clicking here.
      
  • 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 are provided free-of-charge to students in 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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