2020-2021 School Year Information

SK Flex or SK Online
10/8/2020 - UPDATE

Dear South Kitsap families,

We have been carefully planning and preparing to bring students back to campus when it is safe. We discussed our draft Return to Campus Road Map at the board meeting on October 7. It is a flexible plan that focuses on the health and safety of our school community and recommends a phased in transition from all remote learning to the SK Flex model. Families will have a choice for each student to either remain in all remote learning (SK Online) or transition to SK Flex when it is offered.

SK Flex – Elementary and Secondary Models are Different see the changes below

Elementary AM / PM in SK Flex

Elementary students that select SK Flex will be divided alphabetically into two groups and attend class in person class either in the morning (A-K) or the afternoon (L-Z). The groups will each attend class in person for a modified half day schedule on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays, staff will participate in grade level collaboration, asynchronous (student independent activities) lesson planning, connecting with students, and holding class meetings. Along with frequent daily cleaning protocols, additional deep cleaning will take place on Wednesdays. Students in kindergarten and first grade will be the first groups to transition to in person learning in the classroom. Additional grades will transition to SK Flex over time. 

Middle School and High School 2 days/3 days in SK Flex

Middle and High School students will be phased in on a two day per week in person (with half the students) and three days per week remote learning (asynchronous work).  Students would attend on Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday schedule. On Wednesdays, staff would participate in grade level collaboration, asynchronous planning, connecting with students, holding class meetings with the entire class, and additional deep cleaning.

We are starting with training our youngest learners first to teach them safety protocols and practices. Then we will slowly bring back other grade levels as it is safe to do so. To be clear, the decision to have students return to buildings will be based on the science related to COVID cases. We will continue to monitor the health situation and will put the health and safety of our students and staff at the forefront of any decision to bring students back.

Next Steps

We understand that remote learning has gone really well for some families and others are anxious to get back in class as soon as possible. Before the start of school, we asked for your initial choice between SK Flex and SK Online for our planning purposes. After reviewing the Return to Campus Road Map and experiencing remote learning for the past few weeks, we will ask for a commitment for each student in your household. We will reach out to ask “When offered, would you like your student to transition to SK Flex or would you like your student to remain in SK Online (fully remote learning)”. The commitment is for the remainder of the school year and requests for changes later will be dependent on capacity. Please note that SK Flex looks different than it did before. Watch for communication from your student’s school asking for your commitment.