March 31, 2021
Dear students, staff, families and community,
This is a revised update with corrected links to the change forms embedded in the fifth paragraph. I apologize for any confusion.
Thank you to Mount Baker School District’s entire school community including students, staff, parents, and all other supporters. We have endured many hardships and taken on challenges we would have never dreamed of prior to COVID-19. Every change includes stress and hard work as well as hope for increasing the time we are able to serve students in school. I hope my announcement this evening will bring joy and celebration.
Due to Governor Inslee’s executive order related to protecting the mental and behavioral health of children and youth in Washington and the updated K-12 Guidelines, we have one change we must make and other changes we are able to make to increase in-person learning at all grade levels. As outlined below, these changes will occur on April 19 and May 3.
We currently meet the requirement of 30% in-person instruction for our elementary students. However, with the change in guidelines from six feet of social distancing in classrooms to three feet, we are able to safely expand to four days per week. This transition is scheduled for April 19. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday students will be at school. Wednesdays will continue to be the day they learn asynchronously. To support our elementary teachers with this transition, we will have students stay home to learn asynchronously on April 13, 14, and 16. This will give them time to plan and prepare classrooms for more students.
We currently do not meet the minimum requirement of 30% in-person instruction in our junior high and high school. April 19 we will transition to a longer day beginning at 8:00 a.m. with students being dismissed at 1:05 p.m. To increase engagement and mitigate learning loss, our secondary students will transition to four days per week on May 3. Due to scheduling and meeting credit requirements this additional time is needed for planning and scheduling.
School principals will be in contact with families to share more details about these upcoming changes. To assist them in planning we are asking families to complete the Elementary Change Form and/or Secondary Change Form only if you want to make a change in the learning program for your student(s).
It is important that we know how many students will be in classrooms and how many will be working remotely as well as the number of students who may want to transition in or out of the Mount Baker Academy or Edgenuity. If you are anticipating a change, please complete the form(s) by Friday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m.
My best wishes for a wonderful spring break next week!
Mary Sewright, Superintendent
View the 3/31/2021 Superintendent Update (REVISED) as a PDF.