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School Update 9/4/2020

September 4, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,

It has been a busy week in our schools with families getting ready for school, picking up Chromebooks and meeting staff members. We appreciate the chance to serve you.

Teachers and staff members were busy reaching out to families and students this week while continuing their preparation for the start of school on Tuesday. Our goal with our family outreach is to help your child get the most benefit possible out of remote learning. If you have not been able to speak with your child’s teacher please call your school office and they will be able to get you in touch with the appropriate staff member.

We continue to monitor community health conditions closely. The rate of infection in Cowlitz County continues to be low. After the Fourth of July holiday, new Covid-19 infections increased and we are hoping this does not happen after Labor Day. We want to get our kids back in school as soon as safely possible, so please practice good safety measures while enjoying the long weekend.

On Monday, August 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the summer meal program. This means school districts can continue to provide meals to any child, from birth to age 18, with no qualifying requirements. The Department of Agriculture also implemented a positive change to support our families; children no longer need to be present for families to receive meals. This will allow kids to stay engaged in remote learning while a guardian or caregiver picks up meals. The summer meal program restarts on Tuesday, September 8, for more information please visit longviewschools.com.

Please keep checking your email, or the district website, for ongoing updates.

Thank you for supporting our schools.  We are ready for the start of school on Tuesday and look forward to getting back to serving our kids!

 

Respectfully,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

2020-09-11T16:00:15-07:00September 4th, 2020|

Special Services Update

September 3, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

 

The new school year starts on Tuesday, September 8 and we are looking forward to serving you.

The special education team continues working hard reaching out to families to discuss remote learning. If you have not talked with your teacher, please call your school principal. It is important for each family to communicate with teachers to ensure we are meeting your child’s educational needs. While remote learning has its challenges, we are committed to providing your student with an outstanding education.

The district continues to monitor community health conditions closely. The infection rate in Cowlitz County continues to be low, which is great news. We hope the infection rate remains low so we can start serving students in person soon. Please keep checking your email, or the district website, for ongoing updates.

Thank you for having patience during this busy time.

 

Respectfully,

Dr. Elizabeth West, Executive Director of Special Education

Longview Public Schools

 

2020-09-18T11:51:04-07:00September 4th, 2020|

District to Continue Feeding Those in Need

September 3, 2020

District to Continue Feeding those in Need

On Monday, August 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the free summer meal program to December 31, 2020. What this means is Longview Schools will continue providing free meals to those who need them at selected schools and the four mobile pick up locations.

Starting Tuesday, September 8, meals will be distributed at the locations and times below. Both a breakfast and lunch will be distributed each day and the meals are free to any child age 0 to 18. The meals will be served Monday through Friday:

11:45am – 12:00pm: Archie Anderson Park & Baker’s Corner Convenience Store

12:00pm – 12:30pm: Northlake Elementary, St Helens Elementary, Mint Valley Elementary, Monticello Middle School, Columbia Heights Elementary, Kessler Elementary.

12:15pm – 12:30pm: Community House on Broadway & Youth and Family Link.

To accommodate working families, students do not need to be present to pick up meals. Parents, families member and guardians can pick up meals for students who are home attending to schoolwork.

The normal school meal program will go into effect in January of 2021. We encourage families to plan and prepare for when the summer meal program extension ends by downloading a “free and reduced” meal form at longviewschools.com and turn in the signed application to your school.

Please remember, any child from birth to age 18 is eligible for free meals and the kids do not need to present to receive food. Please wear a face covering and practice physical distancing when picking up meals. If you have questions, or need information about the meal program extension, please call the district nutrition office at 360-575-7172.

2020-09-02T16:09:08-07:00September 2nd, 2020|

10 Things You Can Do to Prepare for In Person Learning

As we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we would like to provide you and your student with these 10 handy tips on how to prepare for in person learning.

Teach children when and how to wash their hands with soap and water. Role model the behavior and provide positive reinforcement.

Teach your child how, when and where to wear a face covering. Discuss safety with your children and practice putting on and taking off a face covering to avoid touching the inside of the mask.

Update medical plans and medications. Visit your doctor, as needed, if you have a chronic health issue to make sure prescriptions are updated. Notify your school principal or nurse of medical conditions.

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Know when your child needs to stay home. Understand when your child needs to stay home from school due to Covid symptoms such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure. Purchase a thermometer and keep your student home if their temperature is 100.4 or higher.

Getting vaccinated is a requirement for coming to school. (Unless you qualify for an exemption.) Getting vaccinated helps limit the transmission of diseases. Have your child’s immunizations updated prior to returning to in person school.

It is critical for schools to be able to reach parents and families in the event of an emergency. If your information is not up to date, call your school and ask them to update your records in Skyward with your current phone number and email address. If students have the symptoms for Covid-19, they will need to be picked up from school immediately.

Staying 6 feet away from the people around you helps limit the chances of an infection being spread. Explain to your child what physical distancing means and how to do it. Practice physical distancing at home and it will be easier for kids when they reach school.

Explain to your child how to cover their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Teach kids how to immediately wash their hands after a sneeze or cough. Be a good role model to positively reinforce the behavior.

If a member of your family is sick with a cold, the flu or Covid-19 follow public health guidelines. Do not return your child to school until clearance is given or by following doctor’s orders. Students who come to school sick will be sent home.

Check your email regularly and look in your student’s backpack for messages from school. The district is posting information regularly to longviewschools.com and Facebook.com/longviewschools, so take a minute to find out what is going on. Seek out reliable information about Covid-19 from your doctor or the Cowlitz County Health Department.

2020-09-11T11:04:25-07:00September 2nd, 2020|

School Update – 8/28/2020

August 28, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,

I trust you received the mailer of district information regarding the start of school.  If you have not yet received information specific to your child’s school, you should be seeing that soon.  Our teachers returned to school on Thursday and began the professional development and collaborative planning they will be involved in prior to the start of school.  Our teachers will continue this work in the coming week to assure our readiness for the start of school on September 8.

Next week an educator from your school will be reaching out to talk about your family needs for remote learning, along with information about school programs, daily schedules, Chromebooks and more.

Our initial goal to start the year is to provide students an outstanding remote learning experience. Additionally, we are planning to get students back to in person learning as soon as the local health situation allows. We are ready and looking forward to the day our kids come back to school.

Please contact your school or the district office with any questions you might have about the start of the school year.  We can’t wait to get back to serving the children of Longview.  Thank you for supporting our schools.

 

Respectfully,
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools

2020-09-18T11:51:46-07:00August 28th, 2020|

Special Program Information 8/28/2020

August 25, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,

We are reaching out to provide you with an update regarding special education supports and services for the upcoming school year.  The District Special Education Department will provide updates on a weekly or every other week schedule.

Special Education Personnel have been busily preparing for the start of the school year.  Some important reminders and information for you to know:

  • We will prioritize implementation of IEPs in the fall. Specifically, you will hear from your child’s special education teacher no later than September 4 to discuss the schedule and implementation of your child’s IEP.  You will be provided with a schedule that details when their IEP goal(s) and specially designed instruction will be provided.
  • We will strive to support on-site instruction in a 1:1 format for those students who did not access or who did not benefit from remote learning in the spring. We will prioritize those who have severe disabilities.  On-site will be a minimum of 2 hours, 2-3 days a week.
  • We have spent the summer improving the remote learning model which will assist with implementation efforts and ease of access for students and parents.
  • We realize you may have questions and concerns. Your first point of contact is your child’s special education teacher. We have asked teachers to arrange a check in with parents at least every other week to gather input to guide remote learning efforts.

Thank-you for your patience and support.  We are all in this together!  We look forward to working with your child and are eager for the first day of school.

 

Respectfully,

Elizabeth A. West
Executive Director of Special Education
Longview Public Schools

2020-08-28T15:50:00-07:00August 28th, 2020|

2020 Welcome Back Webinar

If you missed our 2020 Welcome Back webinar then take a moment to watch our recording of it below!

2020-09-18T11:52:03-07:00August 27th, 2020|

Thank you Cowlitz Foot Patrol!

We would like to thank the Cowlitz Foot Patrol for the backpack and school supply donation to the kids in our community!
This event took place Sunday, August 23, 2020 in the Monticello Middle School parking lot and provided attending kids with a backpack of school supplies for the upcoming school year. Over 700 kids attended this event!
Thank you again, Cowlitz Foot Patrol for your generous donation!

See below for photos of the event.

2020-08-27T13:17:22-07:00August 24th, 2020|

School Reopening Update 8/21/2020

August 21, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

 

Thank you for being patient as we work through issues to get school started in a remote learning mode this year.

The district is postal mailing information to all families. The information will arrive in your mailbox next week and includes a remote learning Quick Start Guide, transition stages from remote to in person learning, a Department of Health guide to returning to in person instruction, special programs information, school starting dates, meal distribution and other information. This information is also on the district website at longviewschools.com.

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8, the day after Labor Day.  Your school principal will be sending out information soon about Chromebooks. Schools will schedule Chromebook distribution days before school starts. Between the days of September 2-4, your teacher will reach out to connect with you about remote learning.  The Remote Learning Model will include regular daily schedules for students, the increased use of daily live video instruction and recorded video instruction to support students.  Students will have daily, live contact with their teachers and opportunities to receive additional support when they might be struggling with their learning.  We will be taking daily attendance and returning to our normal grading practices.  Detailed information regarding schedules and expectations will be provided by each of our schools’ principals.

We have been busy all summer preparing for remote learning and the eventual return of kids to school. Each school has safety signage posted; plans are in place to check every employee and student’s health each morning before school.  We have been working with the county health department.  Detailed procedures are in place in case a COVID-19 case is confirmed at one of our schools. The district has a high frequency cleaning plan ready for our kids return to class, we joined school districts across the state in purchasing significant amounts of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. Each school has portable Plexiglas barriers for areas staff members meet the public.

Even though the school year will start in remote learning, we hope to transition to in person instruction as soon as the community health situation allows. The Cowlitz County health situation continues to improve with infection rates dropping. We are committed to the health and safety of our students and staff and know the COVID situation can change rapidly. We continue to work closely with local health officials who are concerned about the potential health impact of the upcoming Labor Day weekend. After the July 4 holiday, local COVID cases spiked higher and the primary cause was the increased social activity.  Before making any decisions on beginning our transition to in-person learning, we want to be sure that the potential impact Labor Day might have on infection rates is considered in the decision making.

I encourage you to continue to follow the state’s safety guidelines that include wearing face coverings in public, maintaining social distancing, and regular hand washing.  These efforts are contributing to the continued drop in infection rates and the more these rates drop, the sooner we will be able to get our students back to in-person learning.

When we do transition from remote learning to in person instruction, you will receive a 5 to 7 day advance notice for planning purposes. If you wish to keep your student in remote learning instead of transitioning to in person learning – that is okay. You will have the opportunity to do so.

Some of you have asked about the difference between remote learning and the Longview Virtual Academy (LVA). Remote learning is a short-term solution for students who intend to go back to in person instruction when school reopens. Students enrolled in Longview Virtual Academy intend to continue online learning long-term, even when in person school resumes. Presently, the Longview Virtual Academy is set up to serve students in grades 6-12.  For more information about the Longview Virtual Academy, visit longviewschools.com/lva.

If you have questions about anything please send them to infoteam@longviewschools.org.  We will do our best to answer any questions you might have.  Thanks and have a great weekend. We appreciate your support.

 

Respectfully,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

2020-08-28T15:25:08-07:00August 21st, 2020|

Remote Learning Information

Dear Parents and Families,

At the August 10th regularly scheduled board meeting, the school board approved the plan to start the school year in full remote learning. Input from families and the community had a significant impact on the final decision.

As I mentioned in an email last week the district has two immediate goals 1) provide our kids an outstanding remote learning experience and 2) get our kids back in school for in-person instruction as soon as the community health situation allows. Please remember, when the district returns to in person school parents can choose to keep their child learning remotely.

The district is working very hard improving remote learning. When school starts, you will find better communication from our schools, simplified learning platforms, consistent schedules, a return to regular grading practices and a combination of live and recorded video lessons.  These improvements will provide students with the instruction and resources they need to learn.

For those of you who do not have a device to connect to the Internet, we will again be holding Chromebook distribution days. Watch your email, the district web site or Facebook page for more information.

On August 27, 28, 31 and September 1 our staff will be engaged in the training necessary to make remote learning outstanding this year. At last night’s meeting, the board also authorized me to request a waiver from OSPI to exchange the first three days of student instruction, September 2, 3, and 4, for additional professional development, preparation, and student/family outreach time for our staff members. If approved, this additional time will help us to assure we are providing a significantly better remote learning experience for our students and move the first day of school to September 8, the day after Labor Day.

We will be monitoring the community health metrics closely and will begin our transition to in-person learning as soon as reasonably possible. Any decisions concerning returning to in person learning will include input from state and local health officials, parents, staff, union partners, and community members.

While the coming school year is filled with uncertainty and challenges, there are a couple of things I am sure of – our kids need us and we will do an outstanding job of meeting their academic and social/emotional needs whether we are in a remote or in-person instructional model.

Please stay tuned, more information will be coming out all month.

Respectfully,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

Parents Quick Start Guide to Remote Learning 2.0

  1. Chromebook – Each child attending a Longview school needs a Chromebook. Families needing a Chromebook should call their school. Your school will check out a Chromebook free of charge. You will need to return the Chromebook when school switches to in-person learning.
  2. An Internet Connection – There are two options: Free Comcast internet or a cellular hotspot. You can request a cellular hotspot by calling your school or apply directly to Comcast (you can do this on your mobile phone) to see if you qualify for FREE internet service at https://apply.internetessentials.com/
  3. Technology Help – For help with technology access, please contact your school.

Virtual Classroom – Teachers and students will interact through virtual classrooms. Teachers will post assignments, materials, videos, grade student work, etc. in the classroom. Students will turn in assignments, ask questions, and respond to teacher feedback. In Google, documents are saved in Google Drive. To access Google Drive, click on the black/white waffle icon on the upper right-hand corner of a new web browser window.

Each student’s login information will be sent in a separate mailing. It is the same as last year for those who remember it.

a. Seesaw – Grades PreK-3 will use Seesaw for the virtual classroom. Access it by:

b. Google Classroom – Grades 4-12 will use Google Classroom for the virtual classroom. Access it by:
– Grades 4-8: Sign in to the student’s Chromebook and click on the Google Classroom link. If accessing from another device, sign in to the student’s Clever account. (https://clever.com/in/longviewschools)
– Grades 9-12: Log in to the student’s Chromebook, which takes them to their desktop. From there they can access all
Google applications.

Class sessions will be held using videoconferencing, where teachers and students interact in real time. These video conferences are expected daily. Videoconferencing will happen using:

a. Zoom – Most classes will use Zoom for videoconferencing. Teachers will provide a link and password in Seesaw or Google Classroom
fo r the Zoom sessions.
b. Google Meet – teachers in grades 6-12 may choose to use Google Meet for scheduled videoconferencing.

1. Weekly Assignments – Teachers will post their lesson plans outlining work expectations weekly on Seesaw or Google Classroom or via email.
2. Weekly Schedule – Your school will provide a weekly class schedule prior to the start of school.

Other Information/Forms

Dear Parents and Families,

At the August 10th board meeting, the Longview School Board voted to start the school year in full remote (online) learning. This letter is to provide you with some specifics related to special education supports and services for the upcoming school year.

The District Special Education Department has spent the summer working closely with state and local officials creating specific procedures for special education students during remote learning.  Some important information for you to know:

  • When the district is in full remote status students with disabilities will be as well. However, staff may bring in students for assessments, evaluations or services on a case-by-case basis. The district will follow the Department of Health’s health and safety requirements, to the extent possible, to reduce the risk for staff and students.
  • We will prioritize full implementation of IEPs in the fall. Specifically, you will hear from your child’s case manager no later than September 4 to discuss the schedule and implementation of your child’s IEP.  Each student will have a master schedule built that details when their IEP goal(s) and specially designed instruction will be provided.  We have spent the summer improving the remote learning model which will assist with implementation efforts
  • Any delayed Evaluations, Re-Evaluations and annual IEPs will be completed within 30 days of the first day of school
  • We realize you may have questions and concerns. Your first point of contact will be your child’s case-manager. We asked case-managers to arrange a check in with parents at least every other week to gather input to guide remote learning efforts.

To assist with communication please ensure that the district has your current e-mail on file by sending your name and your student’s name to infoteam@longviewschools.org. The District Special Education Department will be providing ongoing updates.  I appreciate your patience and support.

Respectfully,

Elizabeth A. West

Executive Director of Special Education

Longview Public Schools

GradeStage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7
PreK-2Remote LearningHybridHybridHybridHybridIn-PersonIn-Person
3-5Remote LearningRemote LearningHybridHybridHybridIn-PersonIn-Person
6-8Remote LearningRemote LearningRemote LearningHybridHybridHybridIn-Person
9-12Remote LearningRemote LearningRemote LearningRemote LearningHybridHybridIn-Person
At RiskRemote LearningHybridHybridHybridHybridIn-PersonIn-Person
  • At risk = students in need of intensive academic intervention, intensive supports to achieve on-time graduation, extensive social/emotional supports, Special Education programs.
  • Safety precautions, as recommended by federal, state and local health officials will be in place throughout all school reopening stages. Precautions include mandatory face cloth coverings, social distancing, health screenings, regular cleaning and disinfecting, regular hand washing, appropriate clean air movement and filtration and cohorting (keeping groups of students together).
  • Remote learning = students learning remotely through live video instruction, recorded video instruction, regular grading practices and a regular school schedule.
  • Hybrid = students attend school in-person 2 days a week*, and 3 days a week remote learning. Schedules for at-risk student services will be determined individually.
  • In person = all students attend school in-person, 5 days per week.*

*Students who prefer to receive remote learning instead of any form of in-person learning outlined in this plan may continue with a fully remote learning option provided by the district.

Movement from stage to stage is based on the number of positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in Cowlitz County, consultation with health officials, and other community health considerations. The Washington State Department of Health School Reopening Decision Tree explains how the district will consider this data when determining the stages of fully reopening our schools.

Meal Service Program

The school district meal service program is helping serve kids in need during this challenging time. Please see some recent changes to the meal program below.

*Beginning September 8th and throughout the remote learning phases of school reopening Longview Public Schools will continue providing meal service * Meals will be served Grab n’ Go style. Meals will be charged to student accounts under their approved student meal status of free, reduced or full pay. Students will need to provide their PIN Number or First and Last Names when picking up meals.

Longview Public School Meal Service Locations and Times:

Meal Offering: Grab n’ Go breakfast and lunch served on weekdays. Meals will be charged to student accounts under their approved student meal status of free, reduced or full pay. Students will need to provide their PIN Number or their First and Last Names when picking up meals. Free and Reduced meal
applications can be found at this link: https://bit.ly/mealapply

Static Sites

Meal Service 12:00 – 12:30pm, Monday – Friday
St. Helens Elementary – Main Office Entrance
Kessler Elementary – Main Office Entrance
Monticello Middle School – Main Office Entrance
Northlake Elementary – Main Office Entrance
Columbia Heights Elementary – Main Office Entrance
Mint Valley Elementary – Main Office Entrance

Mobile Delivery Sites

Meal Service 11:45am – 12:00pm, Monday – Friday
Baker’s Corner Store parking lot – 5601 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview
Archie Anderson Park – 22nd Ave & Alabama St, Longview

Meal Service 12:15 – 12:30pm, Monday – Friday
Youth and Family Link parking lot – 907 Douglas St, Longview
Community House on Broadway – 1335 11th Avenue, Longview (in parking lot behind building by Evangel Christian Fellowship)

2020-08-21T07:44:48-07:00August 20th, 2020|
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