Frequently Asked Back to School Questions

Athletics & Activities

  • When will athletics begin?

  • Are there restrictions on physical education (PE) classes or use of locker rooms?

  • Are schools hosting extra-curricular activities since high school athletics is starting February 15?

Back to School Plan

  • How is there opening plan being developed and who is making the decisions about reopening?

  • What are the childcare options for all KSD families?

  • How are childcares able to operate on school grounds while schools remain closed for instruction?

  • Does the district have a plan for reopening school buildings?

  • What is KSD’s plan for returning to school in the fall?

  • What is the difference between remote learning and homeschooling?

  • Will there be WiFi and laptop support?


  • How do schools decide when staff or students can return to school?

  • How can schools quickly identify close contacts given confidentiality protections?

  • What are the common COVID-19 symptoms?

  • What can I do to prevent COVID-19?

  • What are the key measures all people should do to protect themselves and others in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • What resources can I use to talk about COVID-19 with my child?

  • Where can I learn more about COVID-19 and find the most updated information?

Hybrid Model

  • When will KSD begin the Hybrid model?

  • What is the hybrid model KSD is planning for 2020-2021?

  • Will students be able to participate in PE and music classes?

OSPI & State Guidelines

  • What is the “Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery” plan and how is KSD using these metrics to evaluate the safe transition into a hybrid model of learning?

  • Is there specific guidance on what the cleaning expectations are for after school each day and for buses after each run?

  • If districts cannot bring all students back to school each day, does OSPI have expectations for prioritizing services?

  • Are schools required to bring all students back to campus?

Remote Learning

  • Is my student marked absent if there is a laptop or wifi issue? What are excused absences in remote learning?

  • How is attendance being reported and tracked during remote learning?

  • Will students have flexible schedules or set schedules each day?

  • How will we support the learning needs of all students equitably?

  • How will young students, especially early elementary students, be expected to work on a device without parent assistance?

  • Will students have to be on a device all day?

  • What do the terms synchronous and asynchronous mean?

  • When will weekly schedules be posted?

  • Will students be able to attend in-person classes this fall?

  • How can my child access assignments and materials remotely?

  • How will assessments be handled in remote learning?

  • Will assignments be required and graded?

  • Will I be able to speak with my child's teacher to check in with their progress?

  • How many hours per day should my child spend on remote learning?

  • How can my child access mental and emotional health support?

School Operations

  • What Has Been Done To Improve Ventilation In Our Schools And Buildings?

  • Are face coverings required to be worn at school by students and staff?

  • What is a cloth face covering?

  • When students are wearing face coverings, is six feet of distance still the expectation?

  • How will you protect students and staff that are at a higher risk of COVID-19?

  • When is a student too sick to go to school?

  • What is the process that schools should take if a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19?

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