Back-to-School Task Force

  • Purpose

    There are incredibly diverse needs within our school district; these may include health considerations of students, staff and their families; inability to bridge the operational requirements to meet health recommendations with the financial capacity of the district; and the diverse and varying academic needs of students within individual classrooms which will likely vary more than typical summer learning loss. 

    As our plans are developed, and guidance from local, state, and federal guidance continues to change, we need to ensure a shared understanding and unwavering commitment to what is driving our local decision-making. 

    Our goals in the development of the Kent School District 2020-21 school year plans are to:

    • Engage a diverse group of representative stakeholders in a meaningful way in the development of our back to school plan
    • Review and implement recommendations 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 while preserving the continuity of teaching and learning and operations.
    • Provide clear, frequent, and ongoing communication with all stakeholder groups – especially families – about decisions, rationale, and implementation.
    • Ensure robust implementation districtwide, including objective and accurate data collection related to health, attendance, school culture, and climate, student achievement, etc.
    • Ensure efficient processes and systems for operational needs, especially finance, technology, nutrition, personal protective equipment, and transportation.

    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. Our KSD plan will be 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 goals and core values 
    • Be developed using our racial equity lens
    • Enable staff and students to focus on student learning
    • Support 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 

    By involving all KSD Employee groups, PTSA representatives, students and community members in the development of this plan and including resources, checklists, and best practices to be delivered to all staff in early August, this should allow planning time for educators and school operations staff to coordinate this enormous transition.

    Timeline

    • Final KSD Reopening Plan to board no later than August 3, 2020, for adoption by August 13, 2020. 
    • Final Draft Reopening Plans to Executive Cabinet for review by Monday, July 20, 2020. 

    June 24 - July 1, 2020 

    • June 24 Launch Meeting, 90 Minutes
      • Foundational, Review of Plan, Tools, Outcomes
    • Task Force Work Group meetings and work throughout the week via Teams focusing on Back to School Model: All Students Physically in School Buildings
      • Objective: Task Force Work Group produce a plan for their area of focus for this back to school model including checklists, best practices and resources
      • 6-8 hours of Task Force Work Group and independent work time  

    July 1-8, 2020 

    • July 1 Task Force Meeting, 90 Minutes
      • Check in on All Students Physically in School Buildings Plans, Review Objectives for Week 2
    • Task Force Work Group meetings and work throughout the week via Teams focusing on Back to School Model: Hybrid (Some in-person time for all K-12 students and some remote, online instruction)           
      • Objective: Task Force Work Group produce a plan for their area of focus for this back to school model including checklists, best practices and resources
      • 6-8 hours of Task Force Work Group and independent work time 

    July 8-15, 2020 

    • July 8 Task Force Meeting, 90 Minutes
      • Check in on Hybrid Plans, Review Objectives for Week 3
    • Task Force Work Group meetings and work throughout the week via Teams focusing on Back to School Model: Continuous Learning 2.0
      • Objective: Task Force Work Group produce a plan for their area of focus for this back to school model including checklists, best practices and resources
      • 6-8 hours of Task Force Work Group and independent work time 

    July 15-17, 2020

    • Task Force Work Groups have time to adjust all plans for any new guidance from local, state, or federal authorities and cross-check for alignment with other groups. 

    July 20, 2020

    • Presentation of Plans to entire workgroup
    • Executive Cabinet will invite KSD Leadership

    July 21-31

    • Plans are combined and refined into final KSD Plan to be shared with board August 3
    • Communication Plan Finalized
      • Translations
      • FAQ
    • Professional Learning Courses developed in alignment with the plan 

    Work Groups 

    • Student Learning
    • Health and Safety
    • Social Emotional Wellness
    • School Operations
    • Communications
    • Meals
    • Transportation, including Drop-Off and Pick-Up

    Membership 

    All Task Force Members should be ready, willing, and able to commit to the work, June 24 through July 20, with the potential to present to the board in early August and help support implementation in mid-August through the beginning of the new school year. 

    Task Force Members should be willing to commit a minimum of 5-10 hours per week June 24 – July 20. For staff that is not 12-month employees, this is unpaid volunteer time. For 12-month staff, this would need to be prioritized and completed in addition to any current workload duties. 

    Meetings will be held virtually using Microsoft Teams and may be held after regular business hours and/or outside of normal work schedules and days pending the group agreement. All groups will meet with KSD Executive Cabinet on June 24, July 1, July 8, and July 20.

    As equity is a core value of our district, to the extent possible, we need to ensure our workgroups racially diverse and represent the students we serve. We want to ensure we have the technical expertise required and the voices at the table of those we serve. 

    Each Work Group will have a maximum of two representatives from each labor partner and KSD Community group listed below, working together with the support of central office district leaders and an assigned executive cabinet member or designee:

    • AFT Maintenance and Custodial Staff 
    • Coaches/Extra-Curricular Employees
    • KAEOP
    • KAP
    • KEA
    • KSFSA
    • KPA
    • Non-Represented Employees
    • Bus Drivers
    • KACPTSA
    • Current High School Students
    • KSD Educators of Color Cohort Members
    • Equity Council Members

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Last Modified on June 24, 2020