PASD Schools to Transition to Remote Learning

PASD Schools to Transition to Remote Learning
Posted on 12/01/2020
PASD Schools to Transition to Remote Learning

Port Angeles, WA – Port Angeles School District (PASD or the District) schools will stop in-person learning and move to full remote learning for K-12th grade students on Monday, November 30th. There are two key factors that drive this decision. First, PASD continues to have difficulty appropriately staffing positions across the district, and this will likely get worse in the coming weeks. Second, the Port Angeles community is seeing a steady increase in COVID-19 cases. This increase in community transmission has resulted in a disruption within our schools and will undoubtedly be much more disruptive in the coming weeks. In an effort to be proactive and provide some consistency within this ever-changing pandemic environment, making the decision now will allow for a transition in a planned and organized way.

The K-6th grade remote learning plan developed by the District is strong. It is at the foundation of the current A/B hybrid model. The pivot from hybrid learning to full remote learning is well supported; staff will review and revise plans today to ensure readiness for Monday, November 30th.

Stage 1 (100% online) of the PASD learning model has all students attending class via remote learning. The 20-21 school year began with this model. The target dates to have students return to A/B hybrid in-person learning is January 11, 2021 for kindergarten through 6th grade and February 2, 2021 (beginning of 2nd semester) for secondary students. PASD officials will evaluate transmission rates and other factors the first week in January to determine if the target dates can be met. The District understands the hardship this creates for many families. It is frustrating and difficult; however, the health and safety of students, staff, and community must remain the top priority.

The District intends to continue some in-person opportunities for students. Port Angeles and Lincoln High Schools, Stevens Middle School, and Seaview will continue with scheduled tutoring, intervention, and small group learning/activity times (5 or fewer students). Additionally, PASD recognizes the importance of students having access to equitable and high-quality learning along with meaningful instruction. The District will continue to provide access to in-person learning for those students with IEPs that have the most need for face-to-face instruction. The amount of time and days per week provided for specially designed instruction is according to IEP team decision and will mirror those services provided at the start of the school year. Students’ case managers will be reaching out to families to discuss any changes.

It took more than six months and countless hours for PASD to develop and execute a complex plan to bring students back into the classroom safely and gradually this fall for in-person instruction. The District is proud of its efforts that resulted in over 1600 students returning to campuses in some fashion. PASD brought back more students to in-person learning than any other district in the region.

PASD will continue providing meals to students and families. Pre-ordered meals will be available at PAHS beginning Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm and Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm. Meals can be ordered online at https://portangelesschools.org/mealform or by calling Nutrition Services at 360.565.1941. Meals will continue to be provided for on campus and off campus childcare/learning sites.

For more information:

Jennifer Sperline
Communications Coordinator
Port Angeles School District
[email protected]