COVID In-Person Learning Update

COVID In-Person Learning Update
Posted on 03/19/2021
COVID In-Person Learning UpdateAccording to Governor Inslee’s recent Return to School Order, by April 19, 2021, all school districts must offer at least 30% of average weekly instructional hours as on-campus and in-person instruction for all K-12 students who wish to attend in-person. PASD has been ahead of this curve as we brought back all grade levels with the A/B Hybrid Model in January and February. Our mission is for all students to return to 100% in-person learning. 

We know that there are many uncertainties about how teaching and learning will look for the rest of this school year. We are currently working with our bargaining groups to increase contact and instructional time based on the 30% order. Elementary students are attending in-person 40% of the time, and our goal is to increase as quickly and safely as possible. For middle school and high school, our students are currently attending in-person 24% of the time, and we are working through how to extend the school day to include all periods. This proposed extension of time will allow all our schools to meet the Governor’s order of 30% of learning time be in-person.

As our schools continue to reopen, we are required to follow all health and safety requirements. This morning, March 19, 2021, the CDC released additional guidance regarding physical distancing for students and staff in schools. Washington DOH is reviewing the guidance, and at this immediate time, there is no change to the current 6’ direction between students and staff. Many school buildings in our District do not have the physical space necessary to meet this requirement, with all students and staff back in the building at once. To maintain 6’ of distance, we need to operate in a model where we rotate groups of students and staff between in-person and remote learning.

Many of our students are navigating mental and behavioral health crises now. Increasing class time at our school buildings and providing students with a safe place to be among their peers and caring adults are steps in the right direction for most of our students.

Thank you for your patience as we work through what this looks like for our staff, students, and parents. Please understand there are many moving pieces to these plans, and we will need to adapt as the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves. We will continue to share updates as things progress in our journey to bring students back as safely and quickly as possible. All updates will be sent out once collective bargaining agreements have concluded. 

Again, thank you. Take care and be well. 

In Partnership, 
Carmen Geyer
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District (www.portangelesschools.org)
905 W 9th St. Port Angeles, WA 98363
Office: 360-565-3703 | Fax: 360-457-0795
[email protected]