Expanded Opening Plans | 3.16.21
Over the last few weeks, we have continued to work with our School Board, Employee Groups, District Leadership, District Parent Advisory Committee, Building Leadership Teams, and Island County Health Department to discuss and develop an expanded opening plan.
The proposed expansion’s focus includes four full-days of in-person learning a week for elementary grades (K-4), two full-days of hybrid instruction for secondary grades (7-12), and four half-days a week for preschool starting April 19. Intermediate grades (5-6) would continue with their current two full-days a week of hybrid instruction because of the classroom space limitations caused by the current six-foot physical distancing mandate (click here for more details about six-foot distancing requirements). Island County Public Health has approved this proposal.
The School Board will host a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 16 at 4:30 p.m. to review and take action on our expanded opening model and timeline.
We have created a Feedback Form to directly share your support, thoughts, or concerns to the Board about these proposed changes. Please fill out the form before Monday, March 15 at 5 p.m. This allows the Board ample time to review all of the comments before the special meeting. Some of the comments may also be shared with building teams to help them develop the details of their expanded opening plans.
While the board is acting on the instructional models and timelines for expanded opening, specific details will be developed at each level and communicated to parents from their children’s schools soon. If the plan is approved, the coming weeks will be essential to allow our families, educators, and staff time to prepare for another schedule change for transportation, food service, instruction, and more. Please note, as a precaution, we will test ALL employees for COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 14, the week before this expanded opening.
This expansion is made possible by our thorough school safety plans, which have proven to be successful throughout the school year. To date, we have had just five student cases confirmed on campus and four staff cases, which have led to zero outbreaks. We must remain diligent with our safety and sanitization protocols and practices once we expand. However, we remain confident that our measures will continue to keep students and staff safe during the school day.
As Oak Harbor continues to lead the way, our district will be the largest in western Washington to provide four full-days of in-person instruction for elementary students. We hope you take pride in the incredible work we have done together to get to this point. We are truly grateful for your ongoing partnership with us during this challenging time.