OSPI models for what school will look like this Fall?

It has a been a while since we posted a blog and I came across some work OSPI is leading on the plan to reopen schools in the Fall.  I thought this might be of interest to our followers.

We are all wondering what school will look like in the Fall.  Living with uncertainty, and unprecedented change of circumstances, has been hard on everyone. The impact on the educational system has been significant.

TSD, like virtually all other districts in the State, is currently operating under the Continuous Learning model.  For more information on continuous learning, you can click here to see Superintendent Dotson’s message here.

OSPI’s guidelines for continuous learning can be found here.

Everyone realizes things will be much different for the foreseeable future.  Given the exigent circumstances, while continuous learning is a viable option on a temporary basis, it behooves all of us to come up with a more sustainable plan.

To that end, OSPI convened a stakeholder workgroup in May, with the goal of providing recommendations and guidance to school districts as they plan for reopening.  The group includes over 100 members, from many areas within the educational system.  The group is expected to conclude its work in June. The link to the OPSI page regarding the workgroup is here.

The group discussed 7 possible “models” for reopening.  I have summarized the models below, but more information can be found here

  1. Traditional on-site face to face learning.  Like it “used to be.”   The group determined this was not an option. 
  2. On-site learning with split or rotating schedules.  Everybody onsite with face to face learning, but at staggered times so capacity is less than 100%
  3. Split or rotating schedules with distance learning.  A mix of Onsite face to face learning and some degree of distance learning.
  4. Phased in opening.  Districts might commence the school year at different times, as dictated by their local social distancing demands.  Students not in school could be in a “waiting” mode or could be distance learning.
  5. Phased in opening with distance learning.  Same as #4, but with those “waiting” engaged in distance learning. 
  6. Continuous learning 1.0.  This is the current model, which the group determined is not viable.
  7. Continuous learning 2.0.  Improved version of current model.

There are certainly more questions than answers at present.  Any of the options will pose a number of logistical issues, not to mention the budgetary considerations that will need to occur. The good news is that lots of qualified and vested stakeholders are working on solutions, and there also is some time to come up with a sustainable plan that can be implemented during Fall 2020.

As always, we welcome questions, concerns or suggestions.