A Year Like No Other…

Dear Methow Valley Students, Parents, and Community Members,

As we conclude a school year that will likely be described by many as one of the most complex and challenging in our nation’s history, certainly within my household, our staff and I find ourselves turning our attention to the reopening of our schools in the fall.

Our State Superintendent, Chris Reykdal has stated, “It is my expectation that schools will open for in-person instruction.” We share this goal. He has also directed school districts to develop contingency plans involving partial and fully-remote learning plans should conditions worsen, requiring further restrictions or school closures.

With the intent of reopening our schools for in-person instruction in the fall, the Methow Valley School District has established a “Reopen MVSD Schools Workgroup.” Comprised of administrators, staff, parents, community members, and public health officials, the Workgroup will be coming together in mid-July to engage in a deliberative process that includes:

  • Reviewing “Reopen MVSD Schools Survey” feedback provided by students, parents, and community members.
  • Developing health and safety practices that include screenings, physical distancing, hand washing protocols, use of personal protective equipment and face coverings, the cleaning and disinfecting of physical spaces and high touch areas, and the grouping of students in preparation for in-person return to school in the fall.
  • The development of contingency plans for a partial and fully-remote learning model in the event of further restrictions or school closure.
  • Transportation, Meals, Childcare, and Athletics – Working within a parallel process, our Transportation Food Services, and Custodial-Maintenance Departments and Athletics Department will be working on formalizing related plans.

With the requirement of submitting a Reopen Washington Schools Plan to OSPI no later than August 14th, I anticipate receiving a final recommendation from the Workgroup prior to August 1st that I will communicate to you.

While it hasn’t been perfect, I want to publicly express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to our school board, administrative team, teaching staff, childcare providers, transportation department, and food services team for their unparalleled dedication and commitment in service and support of our youth, families, and community during this unprecedented period of time. They have served as a bright spot during some of our darkest days.

And finally, to each of you for your tireless display of grace, humility, compassion, resiliency, and generosity… I’m confident that when our children are adults, they’ll talk about the worldwide pandemic. And when asked what they remember, they will go on to describe how a rural, remote community came together in support of one another like no other.

We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Sincerely,

Tom

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