Superintendent Susan Penrod took a look ahead at the last Seaside School District board meeting for this year — including a full-time schedule for students in the fall.
“We are planning to bring back kids five days a week,” she said. “We completely reworked what teaching and learning have looked like. Together, we’ve been able to bring our students back on-site this spring, which was no easy feat. So we’re excited to have them back full time this fall.”
Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for middle schoolers and 8:30 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. for high school students. Early school release on Wednesdays, as pre-pandemic, will continue, with dismissal at 2:30 p.m. at the middle school and 2:35 p.m. at the high school. Elementary students will attend from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, except for Wednesdays, when dismissal is at 1 p.m. Pre-K students will attend daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Masks will still be required for students and drivers on the bus. The district plans to develop protocols for entry and screening of students into buildings, as well as cleaning and disinfecting. All students are required to wear appropriate face coverings indoors.
Students, staff and other adults will not be required to wear face coverings outdoors for physical education, recess and other activities.
Fully vaccinated staff will be required to wear masks indoors only when students are in school. School districts may still choose to require face coverings universally at all times.
The district surveyed families after school resumed on-site instruction to see if they wanted to stay in a virtual program or a full-time in-person classroom.
“They want it to be in the building,” Penrod said. “Very, very few parents shared that they would want to stay in the same online option, not enough for us to be able to offer something from our teachers.”
While distance learning won’t be directly available from the district, the Northwest Regional Education Service District will offer virtual classes to students who cannot come back on-site for medical reasons.
Registration begins Aug. 4 for students. Athletics practice, with a normal season planned, begins Aug. 16. Classes begin Sept. 7.
“To have our students back five days a week and have some semblance of normality is what we’ve been yearning for,” Principal Jeff Roberts said.
After a season of stops and starts, Penrod made it clear that protocols remain fluid.
“These are conversations that the leadership team is still having, and we haven’t made any definite decisions,” she said. “We know that over the summer, things are going to change. But we want to let you know that this is the plan.”