Moving Forward with Stages of In-Person Learning

Moving Forward with Stages of In-Person Learning

Dear Monroe School District families,

In alignment with the Washington State Department of Health's Decision Tree for the Provision of In-Person Learning and guidance from the Snohomish County Health District, our preschool, kindergarten and small groups of students with the highest needs have already returned for in-person learning. While the number of COVID-19 cases has recently risen in our county, the guidance from local health officials has not changed in the weeks since these students returned to school and it is still recommended that limited in-person learning be provided for students in grades K-3 and students with the highest needs.

Therefore, we are currently planning to welcome our first grade students back into our buildings for in-person learning beginning Monday, November 16 (beginning of second quarter). In order to maintain the physical distance between students required by health officials, we are only able to accommodate half of our students on campus at one time. For this reason, we will be using a hybrid learning model at our traditional elementary schools (two days a week of in-person learning and three days a week of continued distance learning) and we have divided students into two separate groups that will attend on different days of the week.

  • The A group will attend school for in-person learning on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:55 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will continue to participate in distance learning from home Wednesday through Friday.
  • The B group will continue to participate in distance learning on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and will attend school for in-person learning on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:55 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Our elementary school staff will be sharing which group students have been placed in and what the daily schedules for each group will look like very soon with families.

First Grade Bus Riders
First grade families who wish to have their student ride the bus to/from school, must opt-in by completing the transportation opt-in form. Bus routes will be developed based on those that submit the opt-in form only. Our transportation department will notify families of their pick-up/drop-off times prior to November 16 or you may find the information online, using our new e-Link software (directions for use can be found here).

Preschool & Kindergarten Schedule
All kindergarten students will continue to attend in-person Monday-Thursday with distance learning on Fridays. The preschool schedule will remain as it currently stands.

Next Steps
While we know that the best learning environment for our students is in our schools, we are welcoming students back into our schools in small increments with extreme caution as the health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our number one priority. We will continue to follow sound protocols aligned with expert health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the health of our students and staff (our safety plan can be viewed here).

We have developed a staged reopening plan, which can be found below. Movement between the various stages will be determined by the impacts of a changing COVID-19 pandemic, available resources, direction from Snohomish Health District, OSPI and our Governor. Having the flexibility and agility to move to different models will enable us to provide the best education possible, in whatever scenario presents itself.

Stage 1: 100% Distance Learning

  • All students participate in distance learning

Stage 2: Hybrid Learning (current stage)

  • Developmental preschool and kindergarten back into the classroom four (4) days a week. Small groups of students with the highest learning needs attend in-person for a varying number of days, as determined by individual needs. All other students participate in distance learning.

Stage 3: Hybrid Learning (November 16th)

  • Students from stage 2 continue in-person and students in 1st grade participate in an AA/BB hybrid model. All other students participate in distance learning.

Stage 4: Hybrid Learning (TBD)

  • Students from stage 2 and 3 continue in-person and students in 2nd-3rd grade participate in an AA/BB hybrid model. All other students participate in distance learning.

Stage 5: Hybrid Learning (TBD)

  • Students in stages 2, 3 and 4 continue and students in 4th-5th grade participate in an AA/BB hybrid model. All other students participate in distance learning.

Stage 6: Hybrid Learning (TBD)

  • Students in stages 2, 3, 4, 5 continue as well as a roll-in of all secondary students (middle and high school) in a hybrid model.

Stage 7: 100% In-Person Learning (TBD)

  • All students participate onsite with in-person instruction five (5) days a week.

Full Remote Option Will Remain
The Monroe Virtual Learning Academy, our distance-only learning option, may be available for families who do not yet feel comfortable having their elementary students return to school for in-person learning, depending on capacity. If you are interested in pursuing this option, please indicate your interest in enrolling by completing an intradistrict transfer form by November 9th. Transfers into the elementary MVLA program will only be considered at the end of each quarter (November 13, January 29, and April 2) except for those with extenuating circumstances.

I know there will likely be many questions surrounding our plans moving forward and therefore, all families are invited to join me on Tuesday, November 10th at 5:00 p.m. (English) and 6:00 p.m. (Spanish) for a Family Q&A Webinar. The Zoom link will be posted to our website later this week. You can submit questions in advance here: https://forms.gle/bNVnvcyZidDvr87r9 or ask questions live during the webinar.


Dr. Justin Blasko
Superintendent