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    Letter to Families April 8, 2020
    Posted on 04/09/2020

    April 8, 2020 

    Dear Leschi Families:

    Earlier this week, Governor Inslee announced that schools will not reopen for the 2019-20 school year. Yet instruction will continue for our students. We are now one big co-teaching team. In addition to the many other responsibilities being juggled in your household, your home is also now a learning site. This is a lot to take on. We know our teachers are disappointed they cannot provide the level of support to students they strive for, and miss seeing your students every day, but are here to guide and support you and your students in making this transition. Our mission to ensure every student graduates prepared for college, career, and community participation has not changed.

    Our delivery has drastically changed however, and we thank you for your continued patience with us as we continue to ramp up. We also understand the need for clarity and consistency regarding what to expect from staff and how to get additional support. As such, below are the detailed guidance and expectations for continuity of learning for each age group and staff position. If you have questions or need more support from your child’s teachers and school staff, please reach out to your school principal.

    What should learning look like?

    Each class and school will tailor their remote learning a little differently, based on their school community. That said, we understand you need clarity as to what basic outcomes are expected for each grade and subject area and how those will be delivered by staff. Also included below are expectations for baseline communication from staff to both student and families. 

    Pre-K Resources

    Elementary Resources

    Middle School Resources

    High School Resources

    Special Education Resources

    We know managing schedules and new expectations is challenging, so you should make the best decisions for the well-being of your family. Don’t hesitate to let your student’s teacher(s) know what is and isn’t working. Encourage your student(s) to do the same.

    We recently redesigned the SPS website, so the resources you may need are front and center. Again, it’s a lot to manage and we are here to help keep it manageable. 

    Spring Break, is there learning?

    As a reminder, April 13-17 is Spring Break, but meals will still be distributed at the 26 sites around the city. SPSTV will be airing reruns of previous educational programming. During Spring Break, you’ll receive just one email from us on Monday, unless any emergent information is released later in the week. After Spring Break, you’ll receive emails from Public Affairs on Mondays and Thursdays.

    Your student still needs technology? We’ve got a plan.

    A phased, scheduled distribution of laptops will take place. Families will receive a School Messenger notification when laptops are available for their student. Click here for more information.

    Elementary: We know that our students, families, and staff are all working hard to continue teaching and learning. Our elementary school students just got a big boost thanks to Amazon. Starting this week, any elementary student who does not already have access to a computer at home can get a free laptop from Amazon. The donation from Amazon, 8,200 laptops, helps close the gap in our continuous learning plan during the pandemic. 

    Middle and High School: We are also rolling out distribution of SPS laptops to middle and high school students, beginning with high school seniors. Distribution will take place over the next couple of weeks, as shipments arrive and are imaged for students.

    What about grading?

    Please know that discussions are taking place about how grading might be implemented during the extended closure, what gradation might look like, what kind of summer learning might be available for students, as well as what school will look like when we return in the fall. We know there are many questions, and we are working through the details as quickly and thoughtfully as we can.

    What can I expect regarding the Special Education services my student receives?

    The Special Education department has been working hard alongside staff, school leaders, district partners, the Special Education PTSA, and SEA to think creatively and equitably about serving students with IEPs. We plan to prioritize distributing district devices for students who have been identified as requiring adaptive and/or technical assistance. Comprehensive IEP guidance has been made available to staff and building leaders, and Special Education Supervisors have been trained to support online IEP meetings. We have added supplemental resources to the district web page specifically for students receiving special education services, with a focus on social emotional learning, organizational and study skills, functional life skills, and strategies to support occupational/physical and speech therapy at home. 

    The Special Education department leadership all have at least one child in their family who requires special education services, and have some lived experience related to the difficulty of this moment. It is why our teams are so passionate about working to know and support each family we serve.

    What about spring sports and activities?

    Following the Governor’s order, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) has announced the cancellation of all in-person extracurricular athletics and activities through the end of the school year. This will include all regular season contests and practices as well as all postseason tournaments and championship events.

    Is Child Care available?

    Yes, several of our child care providers still have availability to serve families. More information can be found on the Child Care Options page

    Questions and comments?

    Our central office building is closed to the public, but we are still open to support you remotely. Click on the orange "contact us" tab on our website at or leave a voicemail or text us at 206-260-2044. We will do our best to assist you as quickly as possible.


    Thank you for your partnership.

    Office of Public Affairs