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August 6, 2020

Dear Lopez and Decatur Families,

Today at 5 pm the Lopez Island School Board will be holding a Special Board meeting.  During the Special Board meeting I will be making the recommendation for the Lopez Island School District to start the school year in the virtual model. This recommendation is supported by our County Health Official, Dr. Frank James, our Risk Management Pool, and the Governor’s recommendations from yesterday.

The school staff have been working diligently over the summer on the three learning options, as directed by the state.  The School Board will decide during the special board meeting which option to move forward with. Once the decision is announced by the board, the school district will put full effort into that option.  We are getting this information out to families more than a month ahead of the start of school, with the intent to help families plan for the start of school year.   

In the next few weeks the school district will have a Town Hall meeting to share a draft of the Safe Return to School plan and answer community questions. We know that there’s specific question around learning options for individual students and those plans will be collaboratively discussed in a few weeks with the individual families.

What we know

We know that the start of this school year will look different and we have received feedback from our community and parent survey data that have advised us, which has been helpful and encouraging.  In addition to this feedback, we’ve identified areas of support for our students and families and have started conversations regarding partnerships with the community.  One such area is with child care and we are in the planning stages with the Family Resource Center and Public Library.  Right now, new information is coming at a quick rate and we’ll continue to keep families posted as new information comes through on a weekly basis until school starts.

In partnership,

Brian Auckland           
Posted by kbooth  On Aug 06, 2020 at 4:55 PM

Hello there LISD families! 

I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful Lopez summer. It’s my first one, and it’s just as spectacular as y’all said it would be. My husband and I have been spending time on the water in our kayaks, eating lots of local produce, and saying “Wow, it’s hot!” every time the temp rises above 70.

You’re all undoubtedly very anxious about school restart in the fall, so I’m writing to update you on our process and what we know so far.

  • A staff steering committee was formed and met for the first time in late June. We were presented with three restart options provided to us by OSPI:
    • Split or rotating schedules with distance learning
    • Phased in reopening with distance learning
    • Continuous distance learning
  • Each member of the steering committee met with role alike colleagues to explore each of these restart options in terms of technology, personnel, operations, learning, health and safety.
  • In the meantime, we have ordered PPE, applied for grants to help us with related costs, and sent a survey to parents. Thanks to everyone who completed the survey. We are in the process of analyzing the results.
  • The steering committee met again this week to discuss the process so far and share proposed plans that have emerged from the role alike conversations. 
  • A representative from the PTSA will join the committee at our meeting next week. In August, we’ll ask for parent feedback and questions on our proposed plan.
  • We are hoping to release a preliminary plan in the next couple weeks, with the shared understanding that it could change with the rise and fall of Covid-19 cases in the state of Washington and San Juan County. San Juan is in phase II right now, which means that if school started tomorrow we wouldn’t be able to open. A few weeks ago, we were applying for phase III as a county, but that request was withdrawn. Some districts, especially those who start in August, have published their plans. We are all on a rollercoaster, and even school districts who have released restart plans could be making major revisions as things change.
  • As a school leader, I am so appreciative of your understanding, patience, and grace. Some of you have sent me articles, essays, feelings, and opinions about school restart, and I want you to know that I’m reading all of it and am most appreciative of all the ideas and creative options you’re presenting. I’ve been an educator for nearly 30 years. In my career, I’ve been faced with very few decisions more difficult than this one. Thankfully, it’s a collaborative decision, not mine alone to make, but it is very daunting because all options are flawed.

In other LISD news...

  • There will be a budget hearing on July 22nd. The district is scheduled to approve the 20-21 budget on July 22nd. Check our website for details on attending those meetings.
  • Ballots come out on Friday and the tech levy is on the ballot. Be sure to look for the mailer from Friends of Lopez School Technology Levy. If you have questions, feel free to call Jesse Hammond at 360-540-5072.
  • On Tuesday, a couple folks from Forest Ridge School Gardens, Legacy Orchards, and Edible Living Landscapes visited the LISD garden to learn about our program and practices and make a video to share with others. I walked through the production garden with garden wizards, Valerie and Suzanne, and Chef John, feeling so proud of the garden, sustainable agriculture, and farm to table lunch programs at LISD.
  • PTSA and LIEF have joined forces to support the school with a table at the Farmer’s Market. They are raising awareness about fundraising, membership for both organizations, and the upcoming tech levy. I worked at the table last weekend and it was really a pleasure to meet lots of Lopezians (including a few of you!) and visitors to our island. Thank you PTSA and LIEF for all you do to lift us up.
  • LISD just received the grandest of gifts….a gorgeous baby grand piano! Many thanks to Terry and Capper Wean for their generosity.

Martha Martin, Secondary Principal

Hola allí LISD familias!

Espero que todos disfruten de un hermoso verano de López. Es la primera, y es tan espectacular como ustedes dijeron que sería. Mi esposo y yo hemos estado pasando tiempo en el agua en nuestros kayaks, comiendo una gran cantidad de productos locales, y diciendo "¡Guau, hace calor!" cada vez que la temperatura se eleva por encima de 70.

Todos ustedes están sin duda muy ansiosos por el reinicio de la escuela en el otoño, así que estoy escribiendo para actualizarlo sobre nuestro proceso y lo que sabemos hasta ahora.

  • Se formó un comité directivo del personal y se reunió por primera vez a finales de junio. Nos presentaron tres opciones de reinicio que nos proporcionó OSPI:
    • Horarios divididos o rotativos con aprendizaje a distancia
    • Fase en la reapertura con aprendizaje a distancia
    • Aprendizaje continuo a distancia
  • Cada miembro del comité directivo se reunió con colegas iguales para explorar cada una de estas opciones de reinicio en términos de tecnología, personal, operaciones, aprendizaje, salud y seguridad.
  • Mientras tanto, hemos pedido EPI, solicitado subvenciones para ayudarnos con los costos relacionados, y enviado una encuesta a los padres. Gracias a todos los que completaron la encuesta. Estamos en el proceso de analizar los resultados.
  • El comité directivo se reunió de nuevo esta semana para discutir el proceso hasta ahora y compartir los planes propuestos que han surgido de las conversaciones de rol por igual.
  • Un representante de la PTSA se unirá al comité en nuestra reunión de la próxima semana. En agosto, pediremos comentarios de los padres y preguntas sobre nuestro plan propuesto.
  • Esperamos lanzar un plan preliminar en las próximas dos semanas, con el entendimiento compartido de que podría cambiar con el aumento y la caída de los casos de Covid-19 en el estado de Washington y el condado de San Juan. San Juan está en la fase II ahora mismo, lo que significa que si la escuela empezara mañana no podríamos abrir. Hace unas semanas, estábamos solicitando la fase III como condado, pero esa solicitud fue retirada. Algunos distritos, especialmente los que comienzan en agosto, han publicado sus planes. Todos estamos en una montaña rusa, e incluso los distritos escolares que han lanzado planes de reinicio podrían estar haciendo revisiones importantes a medida que cambian las cosas.
  • Como líder de la escuela, estoy muy agradecido de su comprensión, paciencia y gracia. Algunos de ustedes me han enviado artículos, ensayos, sentimientos y opiniones sobre el reinicio escolar, y quiero que sepan que estoy leyendo todo y estoy muy agradecido de todas las ideas y opciones creativas que están presentando. He sido educador durante casi 30 años. En mi carrera, me he enfrentado a muy pocas decisiones más difíciles que ésta. Afortunadamente, es una decisión colaborativa, no sólo mía, pero es muy desalentadora porque todas las opciones son erróneas.

En otras noticias lisd...

  • Habrá una audiencia de presupuesto el 22 de julio. Está previsto que el distrito apruebe el presupuesto del 20 al 21 de julio. Consulte nuestro sitio web para obtener más información sobre cómo asistir a esas reuniones.
  • Las papeletas salen el viernes y el canon técnico está en la boleta electoral. Asegúrese de buscar el correo del buzón de la escuela Friends of Lopez Technology Levy. Si tiene preguntas, no dude en llamar a Jesse Hammond al 360-540-5072.
  • El martes, un par de personas de Forest Ridge School Gardens, Legacy Orchards y Edible Living Landscapes visitaron el jardín LISD para aprender sobre nuestro programa y prácticas y hacer un video para compartir con otros. Caminé por el jardín de producción con magos de jardín, Valerie y Suzanne, y el chef John, sintiéndome tan orgulloso del jardín, la agricultura sostenible y los programas de almuerzo de granja a mesa en LISD.
  • PTSA y LIEF han unido fuerzas para apoyar a la escuela con una mesa en el Mercado de Agricultores. Están sensibilizando sobre la recaudación de fondos, la pertenencia a ambas organizaciones y el próximo impuesto tecnológico. Trabajé en la mesa el fin de semana pasado y fue realmente un placer conocer a muchos lópezios (¡incluidos algunos de ustedes!) y visitantes a nuestra isla. Gracias PTSA y LIEF por todo lo que haces para levantarnos.
  • LISD acaba de recibir el mayor de los regalos ... un piano de cola de bebé precioso! Muchas gracias a Terry y Capper Wean por su generosidad.

 Martha Martin, Secondary Principal

Posted by kbooth  On Jul 22, 2020 at 10:12 AM
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