NOTE: See below for links to webinars happening TONIGHT as other local districts also unveil their reopening plans
MEAD, Washington. – The Mead School district will present its reopening plan to the School Board this afternoon. Tonight’s school board meeting follows recommendations by the Governor’s office and state health department that districts in most Washington counties begin the year online. Spokane County is considered “high risk” and if they followed the governor’s guidance, Mead would start online. You can listen to the school board meeting by dialing 1-699-900-6833, entering the Meeting ID: 853 4967 8183 and then using the Password: 752891.
Following the July 20th, 2020 school board meeting, Mead Superintendent Shawn Woodward’s message was clear: Mead wants 100 percent of their students back for face-to-face instruction this Fall. On July 17, Superintendent Woodward sent a letter to parents outlining three options for reopening (CLICK HERE TO READ THAT LETTER). During the July 20th school board meeting, Mead’s reopening teams detailed those options.
If Mead is approved for face-to-face instruction, or a hybrid model, here are some of the changes they discussed during that July 20 school board meeting:
Daily/Weekly health screenings for all staff and students Dedicated entry points/Assigned seating to facilitate contact tracing Enhanced cleaning throughout the facilitiesAll faculty, staff, and students will wear masksHand sanitizer and wipes provided in each classroom and used frequentlyClassroom seating that maintains social distancing guidelines Dedicated isolation room in each school building
Here are Mead’s Reopening Options, as outlined in that July 20 school board meeting:
Face-To-Face Instruction: If approved by the state and/or local health board Mead would bring nearly all students, K-12, back to a classroom every day.K-5 will be back in the classroom every daySpecialist teachers will travel to classroomsBoxed lunches to be eaten in classroomsMead says they are exploring lengthened and structured recess with PE
Split Schedule: If Mead cannot bring back all students at once, they will implement a split schedule. Grades K-2 will attend M-F or M, T, Th, F Grades 3-5 will be split into two groups (either alphabetically or by neighborhood) to attend school in person at least twice a weekGroup A will attend M, T and Group B will attend Th, F. On Wednesday both groups will complete online assignmentsWhen not at school, students will be expected to log in to their Google Classroom to complete assignments, and be able to access Music, PE, Library See below for a sample of what a K-5 student’s “Distance Learning” day could look like:
Distance Learning: If face-to-face instruction and a split schedule are not an option, Mead will continue a virtual learning experience.
K-5 students will take part in a live morning meeting with their teachers (Staggered to accommodate device/bandwidth issues) Each day students will take part in a recorded Core lesson (English/Language Arts, Math, Science/Social Studies) From 3-3:30pm teachers will be available for a live, virtual “Office Hours” Spokane Public Schools, Cheney Schools and the Central Valley School District have already announced plans to start online. West Valley says they are wholly basing their plan on the state’s fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 over two weeks criteria. Spokane County has not met that threshold since May. Right now the Department of Health lists Spokane at 215 cases per 100,000 over two weeks. While it’s possible to do hit the state threshold before school starts, it’s unlikely. East Valley is announcing their plans tonight at 6 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., Cheney Public Schools is holding a webinar for parents of students with special needs to discuss their options. Spokane Public Schools is also hosting a webinar to delve into details of the reopening plan tonight at 6:30pm.