Back to School: Remote Learning Fall 2020
School districts in Clark County have announced their remote learning plans as staff, students and parents prepare to start off an unprecedented school year amid the spread of COVID-19. Dubbed Remote Learning 2.0 by Evergreen and Vancouver Public Schools, impactED Remote Learning by Washougal School District, Ridgefield Remote in Ridgefield, or simply Fall 2020 Reopening in other districts, specific details for each district look slightly different, but all plans have or are expected to be approved by Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and were developed with close guidance from Clark County Public Health. Safety of staff and students is a primary concern, but school districts and teachers also have kids’ mental health and unique family and home situations in mind. Most schools will provide a blend of live, or synchronous, classes for real time instruction with on-demand, or asynchronous, content that is pre-recorded and can be viewed at flexible times. This model is intended to provide real time interaction while also allowing for flexibility in schedules and home environments.
Though hopes are high that students will be able to return to school full time as COVID-19 is controlled in our area, districts plan to open in a phased approach similar to local businesses, moving from fully remote (with modified in-person exceptions made for some students such as those attending special education programs) to hybrid, to full in-person attendance. No timeline has been provided for this transition, as circumstances will be dependent on local rates of virus infections. “We do anticipate that we’ll be in remote learning for definitely a period of weeks at the beginning of the year,” Superintendent of Evergreen Public Schools (EPS), Mike Merlino, said in a video webinar released Tuesday. “But what we need to see is the county move to the moderate phase with respect to the number of cases per hundred thousand, and then remain there for a number of weeks in order for us to have the opportunity to get to hybrid in K through 5.”
See below for links to detailed descriptions of each school district’s reopening plan.