Secondary Return To School Plan, February, 2, 2021

Secondary Return To School Plan, February, 2, 2021
Posted on 01/15/2021
Secondary Return To School Plan, February, 2, 2021

Port Angeles, WA - Port Angeles School District (PASD or the District)

On Thursday, January 14th, the Port Angeles School District Board voted and unanimously approved to bring back secondary in-person schooling starting on Tuesday, February 2nd. This proposal was carefully laid out by a Hybrid Planning Team consisting of twenty PASD high school and middle school staff, Superintendent Martin Brewer, and Assistant Superintendent Michelle Olsen. This team met virtually for six weeks to create the plan reviewed by Health Officer Dr. Berry to bring back secondary students to the classroom. The plan aligns with state, and county DOH requirements as student and staff's health and safety are our number one priority.

The seventh and ninth grades will be the first group back as they have not been on their new campus yet this year. They will need to learn the layout of the buildings and learn new safety guidelines. Twelfth grade is included in the first group back as they need to make sure everyone is engaged and on their way to graduate. Only three grade levels will be back on campus’ for week one, so staff can refine health and safety practices and procedures before having a larger group on campus. Week two, starting February 8th, will welcome back the eighth, tenth, and eleventh grades.

Each school site has created a health and safety plan that details the practices and procedures found on our website here. Plans are continually reviewed by COVID School Teams and the PASD COVID Team. We appreciate families being proactive in monitoring their child's health so that we minimize possible health concerns. If your student is sick, please keep them at home. Staff across the district continue to work together to create systems and building-wide health and safety practices to support in-person instruction.

The PASD and Board are very excited to offer our secondary students in-person learning using this measured approach. To note, PASD is still offering remote learning for students whose individual situations would keep them from transitioning to in person at this time. Parents and guardians are encouraged to reach out to their student's school directly should an individual education plan need to be reviewed.  Thank you for your continued partnership and support as we keep your student's social-emotional learning, academic achievements, and health and safety in mind. Together, we are getting through this and appreciate your support of our reopening plan with clear protocols to help keep staff and students safe.

For more information:
Carmen Geyer
Communications Coordinator
Port Angeles School District
[email protected]