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Can SPS please consider sending out daily reminders for health checks. The easy access point for submitting the health check is great, but when you have two working parents and kids on 3 different schooling schedules you are bound to forget to check your kindergartner in every so often and then you are called out before they let the children into school in front of everyone. We have a daughter at the Mead school district and they send out reminders each evening, it works GREAT.
Why is the district not postponing return to in-person learning for 1st and 2nd grade when community spread of COVID-19 is increasing? People are probably going to continue to have indoor gatherings to celebrate the holidays. Are you considering delaying until January like Pullman School District recently did?
Why on earth is there no live tech help besides emailing the teachers? They are not providing solutions other than what I can find on GOOGLE! This is very frustrating when the kids are not able to see their assignments and have to wait for a teacher to respond. Maybe there is live tech help that I have not been able to find yet - but all that I saw was a Family Guide to Microsoft Teams which is pretty useless. It's suggested help is "Email your teacher".
I understand with Covid that virtual learning is a necessity; however, when the phasing in started, why was it not discussed to start at both ends of the grades. K and 12 phase in until back full time as they are; then 1 and 11, 2 and 11, etc... I understand that the younger grades would take more time and reminders for masks, handwashing etc; but the older grades really need to have that time back in school. The 11th and 12th graders are getting a serious lack of resources.. this is the time that they are supposed to be contacting colleges, taking college placements and getting the tools needed to move into secondary education. This is hurting the students!! If you look at the dashboards that have been created for the school districts (mead - full time, CVSD - hybrid, and SPS - virtual) you will see that there have been practically zero covid cases and NONE associated or transmitted within the schools themselves. How is this fair to the students that DON'T learn well virtually, that are legitimately trying their hardest and STILL failing?
I do not plan to have my children attend in-person until there is a reliable COVID-19 vaccine. They are in 6th, 8th and 9th grades. Is that likely to be an issue this year? How do I register that with the school district without disrupting their current classes, and what is the latest date to make that change in their student records?
How do I transfer my girls to the Spokane Academy? This foolish and dangerous need to put kids back into in-person school when there is no vaccine and zero chance of detecting asymptomatic kids breaks my heart. My girls are going to lose their teacher and classmates because of this foolhardy move by the Spokane schools. I'd rather they learn in a safe environment than risk bringing home a virus that could very well kill my 75yr old parents who we live with. I was told by the counselor that it would be easier to move my girls to the academy from the more structured local online school, than to try going the other way. I need to know how to do this.
I noticed I am now receiving a weekly report from Microsoft 365 regarding assignments from the previous week for my children's assignments. Is there a site to know what assignments will be assigned or what has been assigned but not yet due? I have multiple children doing virtual learning and it we have connectivity issues daily. I am afraid my children are going to fall behind if I am not able to help keep track of all of the assignments. Why do not all the schools use PowerSchool? Also, is there a specific number to call to report an absence or do I call the school directly?
I have had restriction issues with websites and Teams in the past on my school laptop and those have been fixed, but the school does not allow Youtube to be accessed on a school laptop which is a material that most teachers use. How can I allow Youtube on my school laptop so I can do school assignments? I've tried logging to the Content Keeper multiple times on the Youtube page and it refreshes the page and pops up again, but I have not yet tried logging in to a school website in a school parking lot, I don't think this will help though because Youtube has always been restricted on a school laptop as long as I can remember.
I have a question why would my teenage granddaughter teacher be talking about Trump and then saying that it is safe to go trick-or-treating during a pandemic when people are dying and people are still getting sick why would a teacher be allowed to say that it is OK to go trick-or-treating
For virtual learning, I checked out a school laptop and it now has a content keeper blocker, and this just started to happen and hadn't happened previously. We have tried what the district recommends about logging with your student id and password, but it doesn't opt me to put anything in. We restarted the laptop, and its still content blocked. It's not helpful, especially since I cannot get into links for YouTube videos, which is a resource many teachers use. Teachers will send in other links and it gets content blocked. Help please.
When are middle school kids going to go back to in person learning? I am a single mother working 2 jobs and work at 530am Tuesday through Saturday and can’t be there to wake my kid up and she has already been late a couple days due to this and I am concerned about her education
I know COVID is bad but the children of or futures education is a little more important to me than maybe catching COVID
It was said that the "updated guidance from SRHD was based on case count trends, infection rates, test positivity rates, community spread vs. cluster spread, and the public health outcomes associated with distance learning." However, the number of cases per 100K in Spokane County is currently double the 75 cases per 100K threshold taken from the K-12 decision tree and the test positivity rate is currently at 11% which is over double the 5% threshold. Given these numbers, will we be provided further information on what specifically was seen in these numbers that warranted a return to in person learning?
I am wondering which website the district is using to know how many Covid cases we have in Spokane to determine if we will be doing in person learning? Do you look at the total currently active case or new cases that day? At what number do you call it all off and we have to go back to distance learning?
Can we get more detailed information about what exactly the "updated guidance" from public health officials was that caused the decision to phase in K-2 grades? The only thing that has been provided is a short press release that does not give any insight into what has changed. The original guidelines (the K-12 decision tree) were very detailed. Are we going to be provided another decision tree or something similar for the new guidelines?
Why, after setting up the virtual learning system this year and committing to at least a semester of off-campus schooling, are you suddenly going to start rushing students back into school?
Dr. Lutz has indicated that nothing has changed since he promoted this type of schooling and still states Covid hazards remain "in high range." Seems there must be a demand from somewhere to suddenly speed things up.
Is the safety of the kids and parents suddenly going to give way to the push of parents who don't want the work of schooling at home or want babysitters so they can go to work? If your reason is that "it is for the good of the kids," does that outweigh the need to keep everyone safe? At least wait to see the results at Mead SD and honor you earlier commitment for this semester.
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With the absurd decision to start opening up the schools with daily increases in new Covid cases, will parents still have the choice to have their student stay with distance learning? A choice had to be made before school started so is that choice still available now? What is the plan when a student/teacher tests positive for Covid? Will the whole school shut back down or just the class the student is in?
I realize with everything else going on this is pretty minor, however, for some people it is a big deal and it really is a pretty easy fix. Why is it that the track at Ferris is locked and closed to the public? I know that the track for LC on 37th has public access because I see people on it all the time. Bloomsday, our wonderful Spokane event, was moved to this weekend as a virtual event. Members of my family and friends decided that running the event on a track would be easier because it was a safe place for little kids and we could determine the distance much easier. However, we now have to drive to the LC track because Ferris is, as usual, completely locked up. So my question is why, and why are the track access rules between two District 81 high schools so different? thanks
I would love to see a hybrid model soon for my 1st and 2nd grader...I know it was only the first day of school, but I can see that my kids would probably learn better in person or with a regular homeschool day with pencil and paper.
Have you all considered a few days in person when we're allowed? I like assisting them here, but they need 2-3 days in person.