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I have heard reports in the news that children across the nation are failing more in the online learning environment than they do in-person. Can you provide statistical information comparing academic achievement in fall quarter 2020 vs 2019 for SPS high schools and middle schools, that could either substantiate or disprove these reports?
I read the guidelines SPS published on Wednesday regarding phasing in for all school age kids. I noticed that even though you indicated in prior questions on this website that you would provide direction, the use of the word "TENTATIVE" indicates to me that you really have no intention of getting ALL kids back in school. Moreover, it indicates you have put very little though into getting them back into school in the near future. You are failing our children! Note that I have provided my email address to which you may reply.
I certainly feel that I have not been heard since you have not posted my 2 prior questions, nor my husband's one question.
I understand the frustration of parents (I am one), but I'm also a teacher. I know younger kids have more mild responses to Covid-19 (although there have been deaths), but teachers- especially those at higher risk or have family members who are high risk, will be put in a position that could result in serious illness or death. Is the safety of staff being seriously considered by the board and administration?
I’m concerned about the funding for our kids. If you continue to keep middle and high school closed, more students will transfer schools. Mead is succeeding with the hybrid schedule. I need to know when and if this is going to take place. My kids want to transfer to Mead, just to go to school. Is this something I need to consider?
So when do you plan on bringing back middle school students?! They are in separate buildings from k-5. Why can't you create co horts for them?! My 8th grader is falling so far behind and struggling and the district obviously doesn't give two thoughts about it! Take a look at mead school district and east valley, they have students in and minimal cases!
When are projected back to school dates for 5th & 10th graders? What is the current hold up in having a active plan of action with weekly progress? Feeling frustrated and from what I see science is not the hold up. I look forward to a positive way forward for our kids to get back in school.
Why is SPS asking for levy money?
We now have a situation where the teachers and administrators are the only people in the school buildings. The taxpayers are spending dollars to keep empty middle and high schools heated with running water and custodial staff. So the teachers and administrators have the option to get out of their houses, go to work, and socialize with coworkers (maintain mental health). This is not an option for our kids, for whom the schools were actually built and funded. Why should we fund a school system that does not have the interests of the students in mind?
When will grades 6-12 go back to school? SPS has done a very poor job communicating with parents, but has done a very good job of stringing us along with tiny little hopes of reopening. If you don't want to or don't have any plans to get grades 6-12 back in school please just tell the parents. At least then we would be able to make alternative plans to educate our children. It was clear from the news reporting on around December 18, when Inslee offered new guidelines for schools, that SPS had NO IDEA what they would do with the new information. Does any planning at all take place in that large administrative building downtown?
All summer I was fully planning to homeschool my 6th grader and send him back to school when SPS reopened. Then in mid-August, I was flabbergasted to discover the district would only offer two options for parents, neither of which were our family's ideal choice. However, I did know I wanted my kids back in the schools when they reopened, and only one option allowed that.
And why would you string us along all summer and all fall? Is it all because of dollars in the pockets of the district?
I have a daughter I will be enrolling for kindergarten in fall 2021 and she has profound hearing loss in one ear so we wanted to do a 504 plan. Do I just make note of that when I enroll her in March? How do I go about doing a 504 and when do I need to get it done by?
Thank you so much for your help!
Why does the auto attendant call after 6:30 pm to leave a message that your student missed a virtual class? This should be done after 11:50 when the regular virtual classes are done. This is the second time this has happened and my son was in class both times. When being called so late there is no opportunity to follow up, clarify or dispute it. So now...with it being after hours on a Friday and the beginning of winter break there is no way to dispute it. My son emailed his teacher and I have left a voicemail but it will probably not get resolved due to the break. You really need to change this as there are some parents who are very involved in their student's school career and know where they are at all times during school hours. Its very frustrating.
This is more of a comment re: reopening. Since high, jr, and elementary school are in separate buildings could you do as you are in elementary. Start seniors, the fresh, then soph and last junionrs. Same with Jr. high. Maybe at risk students could move to the front of the line. If course adjust depending on the data from the health department. I'm a grandmother with students in elementary.
How much money has been allocated from the Levy for all extra-curricular activities for the current school year? Including A.C. Salaries, busing, etc.. Was there a savings last year due to the closure of school in March. High Schools had just begun their Spring Sport Seasons before the closure, were coaches paid their entire stipend?
Why are you denying a student the ability to express her love and appreciation for our country?
Sierra Athos looks like a great kid. I wouldn’t consider the American flag to be a “prop”. It’s a symbol of the way of life we enjoy, a way of life people have bled and died to preserve.
There’s got to be better things you could be fixing, making better use of our tax dollars, than denying this girl her freedom of speech rights.
What is the plan for bring back middle school? Other districts have already announced plans to start bringing middle school back at the beginning of 2nd semester. I understand bringing kids back slowly. You started at the bottom of elementary school with kindergarten. Why not start at the bottom of middle school with 7th graders and the bottom of high school with 9th grade? Both parents in our house start work before school starts leaving my middle schooler doing school at home by himself. He has toget himself up and around and navigate tech issues on his own. He is struggling with so much being expected of him. To navigate all the separate classes by either calender or by going into each individual class team; find assignments both due and returned; sit in front of a screen for hours; do his school work all by himself. This isn't healthy for anyone. Especially not for an adolescent!
I am guessing that the speed limits in school zones active. Have you considered putting something to tell drivers that on the reader boards. I drive on regal and pass by Adams and Ferris all the time. its not a when children are present speed zone. I think people key off of Ferris empty parking lot not thinking of Adams.
I have a student in 1st grade and another in 3rd. Is there a particular reason why it was decided that in person learning should begin at the same time in the morning as distance learning? How do other parents in my situation have both kids attending on time without dropping the in-person learner off earlier than the school would prefer?
What can I do if I know of a child that has not gone to school for two years. He left school 3 months into his 1st grade and now he should be in the 3rd grade. The mother says she is homeschooling him but I know they are not registered in any school district. So what can I do? I really don’t want to confront the mother, but I am concerned about the boy.
Question about the Student Health Check form: Can you add clarity to the question "Has your student been in close contact with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 within the past 14 days"? It would be nice to differentiate between "suspected" and "confirmed." (For instance, if someone answers "yes" to that question, can you provide an additional popup question that offers the option to specify "suspected" or "confirmed"?) As it stands, answering is problematic when the close contact is awaiting test results. Naturally, while waiting, we have to answer that particular question as "yes," but if the results come back negative, it looks sketchy to suddenly answer that question as "no" (if the person looking at those forms doesn't know the context, that is). Anyway, I understand the need to streamline the form for everyone's convenience, but we encountered the conundrum this week and wondered how we should proceed in the future should the same situation arise. We also wondered how SPS can interpret the data of the current form when "suspected" and "confirmed" are two very different outcomes, but included in the same question. Thanks for your help-- sorry if I over-thought this-- haha!
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.