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So far, the Moses Lake School District appears to be the only school district in the area poised to put students back in the classroom in some fashion this fall. During its regularly scheduled board meeting on Thursday, the district approved its three-option plan. MLSD will now submit its ok’d plan to the Grant County Health District and the state for approval. The school district describes each plan as follows on its website:

Model 1: Blended Learning

Blended Learning is for parents who would like their children to learn in a somewhat face-to-face environment. The Blended Learning model will include full days of on-campus and full days off-campus learning, each under the direction of a teacher.

While there will be alignment across schools of general schedules- the bell schedules and class availability will vary between elementary, middle, and high school. Health and safety procedures will be in place to support student and staff safety. All students, teachers, staff, and visitors on-campus must be screened prior to entry. Social distancing requirements will be established and adhered to throughout the day. Facial Coverings will be required while in classrooms, school buildings, on school buses, at school bus stops, and while attending school activities and events.

Specific exceptions may be made, should they meet criteria, and a formal plan is established with the school nurse.

Model 2: On-Campus Learning

On-Campus Learning is for parents who would like their children to learn in a face-to-face environment. The On-Campus model will include full days on-campus under the direction of a teacher. This option will need to include several revisions to course offerings, movement of students, food service, and general school operations.

Families should prepare for and expect changing conditions. Health and safety procedures will be in place to support student and staff safety. All students, teachers, staff, and visitors on-campus must be screened prior to entry. Social distancing requirements will be established and adhered to throughout the day. Facial Coverings will be required while in classrooms, school buildings, on school buses, at school bus stops, and while attending school activities and events.

Specific exceptions may be made, should they meet criteria, and a formal plan is established with the school nurse. 

Model 3: Remote Learning

Parents may choose Remote Learning for their children- either initially or at the semester change. Parents choosing this model for their children should expect to commit to remote instruction for the full grading period (semester). Requests to opt-in or out will be honored up to two weeks before starting the new term; to allow for decision making based on the latest public health information.

This model will be different from the distance learning experienced when schools closed in March. Rather, we will focus on the delivery of core content and subject areas through a consistent curriculum. Middle School and High School students will not have access to all courses via remote instruction. Specific information regarding expectations, credits, courses, and are to be developed.

(16) comments

Wash girl

Understandable that some of the teachers will feel intimidated by the virus and concerned for possible at risk family members and or close friends they are in contact with considering the exposure to many students , so I do feel that they need not be on the payroll if they cannot commit totally to the job and task they sign up for .

I do not see why the Taxpayers should be responsible for a teacher that is not totally committed to their position.

GrantCitizen

It's because of the teachers union contract with the school district that you are unwillingly forced into.

Cheburashka

No, it's because the teachers are still doing their jobs, despite the virus, even though it involves more time and effort.

GrantCitizen

See, Wash Girl, here's your answer from a teacher. Not an answer at all.

Cheburashka

So who will teach the classes then? Esther from Bangladesh who works on the Apple Helpline? Washington currently has a shortage of teachers. And I don't think that full commitment to a position means that you're willing to die for it. I've watched firefighters refuse to enter a burning building because they felt it was too dangerous. There are very few professions where you have to put your life at risk to do the job in a particular way, when you can do it in a different way and have a similar success rate. The teacher can be totally committed to their position while teaching online.

Getrealman

If people can choose to not wear masks and not take the virus seriously then teachers can choose to teach from an on line status. So many colleges are straight on line this fall just to see where we end up as a nation rolling into winter it only makes sense to practice caution with children families, And teachers

GrantCitizen

At least Esther would teach her heart out and do a good job. WA's teacher shortage is related to STEM topics because everyone wants to take the easy way out with a liberal arts degree because it's easier to teach poetry than science.

Teacher's ain't no fireman, that's for sure.

@the real JohnQPublic

They should get the same say in this as the Walmart worker who doesn't have a choice, right libs? You'll whine about going to school to teach, but have no compunction about being one of the hundreds or thousands of people that roll through a store, possibly contributing to the sickness of a worker.

Oh, I'm sorry, am I using too much truth?

ThirtyoneForTwo

I couldn't have said it better oh really! Lol Teachers lives matter!

Carlo's

How about the option to shut down all public schools and lay off the entire staff teachers and all? Private schools do so much better and we don't have too put up with the corrupt union.

Cheburashka

Keep on trollin'

@the real JohnQPublic

Which option includes ditching dead weight teachers?

Oh Really

So does your negativity come from knowledge or are you still holding a grudge because a teacher caught you cheating?

@the real JohnQPublic

I'm positive that ditching dead weight teachers will result in less taxes for all, a positive improvement for society.

ThirtyoneForTwo

Right on!

Oh Really

Hope the teachers got a say in this. Their health will be st risk daily for on campus classes.

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