I would like to start off with a big thank you for your support and understanding as we, as a nation and community, responded to the unexpected invasion of COVID-19 in March. I am very proud of the way our Mukilteo Elementary students, parents, and employees navigated the demands we were faced with to protect everyone as we continued to educate, feed, and support our students during this most unusual of circumstances. As you have probably heard, recently the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released guidance that lays a framework for schools to begin planning what their return to school in the Fall might look like.
The staff at Mukilteo Elementary know that learning is a social activity, and we want to see our students back in the building to provide this opportunity, but we also know that protecting the health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority. The district and our school will be focused on meeting the guidelines laid out by the state and our local Snohomish County Health Department to limit the continued spread of COVID-19 in our community.
While Superintendent Reykdal shared that, “face-to-face learning is the goal", the guidance above includes three concepts for school districts to consider adapting and building from, should face-to-face learning be limited in the Fall due to social distancing requirements provided by the Department of Health:
- Split or rotating schedules with distance learning,
- Phased-in opening with continuous learning, and
- Continuous learning 2.0, a more effective remote learning system.
The district has developed three committees that are involved in planning different aspects of the fall. You can learn more about these committees at the newly developed Return to School webpage. One focused on a learning management system (LMS), another focused on operational logistics and safety, and the last one that is focused on the educational delivery model and is engaged in looking at models mentioned above. This committee is also in charge of organizing ways to solicit input from families, staff, and community organizations in the very near future to support the districts goal of a final education delivery model decision by July 24th. While school is coming to a close, please continue to be on the lookout for opportunities to share your thoughts about how schools should plan to reopen in the Fall. As I learn more about these opportunities, or what Fall schedules might look like, I will make sure to update our webpage and social media tools with up-to-date and accurate information.
Thank you again for your continued support and positivity as we strive to do what is best for ALL of our students and employees during these challenging times. Stay safe and healthy over the Summer by continuing to take all the precautions you can to limit the spread of COVID-19. If we all do our part, we can continue to reduce the spread over the course of the Summer, and increase our chance of being back together again this Fall!
- Stay 6 feet away from others as much as possible.
- Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol frequently.
- Wear a mask in public per the Health Officer Directive
Have a happy and restful Summer!
~Mr. Sackett, Principal
This was the theme of the 5th grade produced Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, and went on to provide the action steps that have carried us all through Distance Learning. So, it was only fitting to make Dream! Decide! Do! the theme of our annual (but this year virtual) Leadership Day.