Principal Bi-Weekly Message
Hello Shorewood Families
The Shorewood staff is happy to be back with your lovely children . . . even if it is still on zoom. As you know, our district and school are busy planning for a potential return to in-person learning. At Shorewood, we have a committee of about 15 staff members who have been meeting weekly since December to build a return-to-school safety plan that focuses on three main areas: arrival and dismissal procedures, PPE and health screenings, and cleaning protocols. We will continue to meet at least once a week until we start serving students in person. There are several important dates coming up for families that will get you information on the hybrid model and then ask you to participate in a final opportunity to let us know whether you plan to participate in in-person learning or stay in full distance learning. Thanks to all of you (190 out of 512 students) who participated in the initial survey before the winter break about your intentions at that time about coming back to school. From that survey, we learned that about two-thirds of you will want to send your children back to our building. This number is slightly higher for our Kindergarten and 1st grade students.
The parent webinars offered by our district to learn more about the hybrid model are on Thursday, January 14, 2021. The zoom links for the morning and evening webinars on that date are here: https://www.highlineschools.org/return-to-learn/coronavirus-news-updates/news/~board/district-news/post/family-webinars. I encourage you to attend one of these sessions. Over the following two weeks, ALL families will need to complete a Family Commitment Form that identifies your interest or not in attending in-person learning. Please note that this commitment will be for the rest of the school year and if your family does not complete the form by January 28, 2021, your child will be assigned distance learning only for the rest of the school year.
I want to be clear that the return dates for grade levels to return have not been determined. Individual schools are charged with having a final safety plan in place by February 1, but this does not mean that we will return on this date. We will continue to need to be flexible as our district pays close attention to the covid rates per 100,000, and to updates provided by the CDC.
Related to returning to school is an important parent communication tool, Parent Vue. Going forward, ALL Highline district families will need to be registered for ParentVue. This will be the communication tool used for students in distant learning, and will be the tool used by families to update contact information for the future. Please find time to register for Parent Vue soon. Use this link to our district website for directions on how to register for Parent Vue: https://www.highlineschools.org/departments/enrollment-transfers/student-enrollment/help-guides
Have a fantastic weekend,