Dear Parents and Families,

With the COVID-19 situation changing rapidly, and some school districts announcing returning to school remotely, I want to give you an update on our planning progress.  The safety of our students and staff is a top priority and the guiding principle in our school reopening plans.  As we prepare for the 2020-21 school year, our continued goal is to safely serve as many kids as possible with in-person learning as soon as we can.

We have spent the summer planning and preparing for three different scenarios for the start of the 2020-2021 school year: 1) 100 percent remote learning, 2) a part-time in school, part-time remote learning model and 3) a full-time return to school for all students.

We anticipate making a school reopening decision in early August and will communicate the plan to you once it is determined. The board will be discussing school reopening options at the Monday, July 27 board meeting and again at a board work session on Friday, July 31. The school reopening steering committee meets again on Wednesday, July 29 to talk about plan options.  This steering committee is made up of teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and union representatives and has provided significant input to our planning efforts.

Because of the quickly changing landscape related to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are trying to be deliberate and thorough in our decision making process.  We are regularly assessing local health conditions under the advisement of the County Health Department while closely following guidance from state and federal agencies.  We are in regular meetings with other Southwest Washington school districts and analyzing the latest available medical information.  We are also continuing our ongoing discussions with union leadership.  All of this information will be used to determine the manner in which we will open school in September.

I am confident we will find the right solution that balances the health and academic needs of our students and staff.  Thank you for your patience.  Together we will get through this tough time.

Sincerely,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools