Back to School Task Force

  • Task Force & Workgroup Members

    The Kent School District Back to School Task Force includes labor partners, PTSA members, students, community members, and district staff. This group of dedicated individuals volunteered to commit their time, energy, and expertise in providing plans for reopening our schools in support of the continuing education of our students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Our strategic plan, our core values of equity, excellence, and community, the Reopening Washington Schools 2020: District Planning Guide from the Office of the State Superintendent (OSPI) and local, state and federal health and safety requirements, guided the work of this Task Force.

    In alignment with OSPI guidance, the Back to School Task Force has planned for three school scenarios in the 2020-21 school year. On August 5, 2020 the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the Decision Tree for Provision of In Person Learning among K-12 Students at Public and Private Schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic to assist local health officers and school administrators in making decisions around resuming in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic:

    1. All Students Physically in School Buildings. This scenario requires ensuring all physical distancing, hygiene practices, cleaning, and disinfecting procedures are met. We are prepared to support students and staff for the social-emotional transition back into the building. 
      • Below 25 cases per 100,000 in 14 days is considered a low COVID-19 activity level.
      • At this level, DOH recommends full-time in-person learning for all elementary students and hybrid learning for middle and high school, eventually moving to in-person for middle and high school.
      • Staff may work in school at any COVID19 activity level if the school follows DOH and LNI health and safety guidance. 
      • The complete all students physically in school buildings scenario plan created by the Back to School Task Force Workgroups is available on our website and is highlighted in this Reopening Plan in alignment with the OSPI Washington Schools 2020 Reopening Plan Template.
    2. Hybrid. This scenario includes both in-person and remote, online instruction. This scenario also means ensuring all safety and health guidelines are met for in-person instruction in all buildings.
      • 25–75 cases per 100,000 in 14 days is considered a moderate COVID-19 activity level.  
      • At this level, DOH recommends distance learning as described above, with gradual expansion to in-person education, beginning with elementary students. Younger students under the age of 10 benefit the most from in-person learning while potentially posing less risk for transmitting COVID-19 than older students. Most sports and extracurricular activities should remain on pause.
      • Staff may work in school at any COVID19 activity level if the school follows DOH and LNI health and safety guidance.
      • The complete hybrid scenario plan created by the Back to School Task Force Workgroups is available on our website and is highlighted in this Reopening Plan in alignment with the OSPI Washington Schools 2020 Reopening Plan Template. 
    3. Continuous Remote Learning 2.0. This scenario includes preparing for all students to participate in 100% remote learning.
      • >75 cases per 100,000 in 14 days is considered a high COVID-19 activity level for a community.
      • At this level, DOH recommends distance learning with the option for limited in-person learning for students who need it most – such as children with disabilities. Sports and extracurricular activities should remain on pause.
      • Staff may work in school at any COVID19 activity level if the school follows DOH and LNI health and safety guidance.
      • The complete Continuous Remote Learning 2.0 scenario plan created by the Back to School Task Force Workgroups is available on our website and is highlighted in this Reopening Plan in alignment with the OSPI Washington Schools 2020 Reopening Plan Template.  

    Role of Task Force Members

    This diverse group of representative stakeholders engaged in meaningful discussions and planning in the development of our back to school plan. Collectively the Back to School Task Force reviewed guidelines from the Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Seattle King County Public Health to prevent, identify, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in all schools and buildings and to preserve the continuity of teaching and learning and operations in mind. A crucial role of this Task Force has been to provide clear, frequent, and ongoing communication with all stakeholder groups – especially families – about decisions, rationale, and implementation throughout and after the planning processes.

    With their diverse background, knowledge, and expertise, this Task Force has also been able to help ensure a robust plan that includes efficient processes and systems for operational needs, especially finance, technology, nutrition, personal protective equipment, and transportation to ensure we are prepared for successful implementation.

    Task Force Objectives

    Develop a student-centered, equitable, and comprehensive Back to School Plan for Fall 2020, acknowledging that our learning models and mindsets must be adaptable as the global health crisis continues to evolve. The KSD plan developed by the Task Force and presented to the board for approval in August should:

    • Mitigate and minimize the spread of Coronavirus
    • Keep staff and students healthy and safe
    • Be in alignment with our strategic plan goals and core values
    • Be developed using our racial equity lens
    • Enable staff and students to focus on student learning
    • Support the social-emotional well-being and interaction for students and adults
    • Provide families timely information through this transition and a plan for ongoing two-way, meaningful communication throughout the 2020-21 school year

    Kent School District has established a web page where families and community members can learn more about the reopening plan, including answers to frequently asked questions.

    Back to School Task Force Members

    On behalf of the KSD Community, we want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for the countless hours of hard work and dedication to the volunteer members of our Back to School Task Force. Thank you for your expertise, your time, and your commitment to ensuring our students and staff are safely prepared for the 2020-21 school year.

Task Force & Workgroup Members

  • Student Learning Workgroup

  • Health & Safety Workgroup

  • Social-Emotional Workgroup

  • School Operations Workgroup

  • Communications Workgroup

  • School Meals Workgroup

  • Transportation Workgroup

  • Community Feedback

Last Modified on August 13, 2020