Disclaimer: While the PTA takes notes at Principal Coffee when we can, please direct all questions on content to Mr. Roos.
Lots of great feedback. Thank you for the feedback. Keep it coming. We really are in this together. Meeting with parents every week and teachers every day, and as many students as who will listen. Making adjustments as we go along. Teachers are doing fantastic!
Issaquah/Tacoma are heading back to in person this Fall, what’s the SPS’ stand?
- There are a lot of surrounding districts that are starting to do in-person school. We’re starting to feel the pressure.
- Seattle Schools has not talked about going in-person yet. They will do it when the CDC says it is okay to do, as we are such a large district.
- District has checked all the buildings to make sure we are ready for in-person.
- Every building has a COVID supervisor (Roos; Eckert is back up); lots of criteria to meet for being ready. We passed with flying colors.
- All classrooms have 15 desks in them that are 6 feet apart. This would allow for the A/B schedule. A group attends M & T; W clean up day; B group attends Th & F.
- Hallways have been cleared out to allow for 6 feet distance. Water fountains have been shut down.
- A few more items that can wait until the time comes (e.g. line markings, etc.).
- When it is safe enough to return, the district will do that. Right now, there are no plans to return just yet.
How do teachers feel about coming back to school in-person? (i.e. teachers concerned about coming back to teach?)
- District is negotiating with the teacher’s union; will need to be part of the plan to come back for in-person.
- Will be different this year, obviously. Wanting to make sure that we have different timing slots so that parents with children in different grades can attend all of their children’s curriculum nights.
- Split them up by grade level. Teachers should be contacting families soon.
Keep checking the Roos report. There’s lots of information are in there. You will get it on Friday (maybe on Saturday too). Lots of parent support information in there; community resources.
What’s the bare minimum K-2 students have to do on digital devices?
- Constantly monitoring and adjusting depending on the class and their attention level.
- Please give feedback to teachers.
- Roos is observing in classes.
- Hoping that at this point that lessons are starting to look traditional, “synchronous live lesson”.
- Half teachers are in the building leading their lessons.
- Lesson, 20-30 minutes; and then asynchronous time.
- Teachers are also having time to meet 1:1, small group, and office time too with parents. Can email teacher for when their check-in time.
- What’s the bare minimum for students are having a hard time?
- The way district is defining it is “participation”, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be online. Discuss it with the child’s teacher to find a way that makes it work for your child if the online learning is challenging. Tell your teacher that your child is struggling a bit.
Communications from teachers—is there a way to templatize this or streamline it. Sometimes we get 5 emails per day per teacher.
- Yes, we can templatize this!
- K-2 are using Seesaw—Teachers can post assignments and kids/parents can check assignments.
- We’re getting several emails a day from teachers between our two kids; it’s overwhelming. Any way that we could make it a template for every grade so that we know what to focus on and where to focus. They can get lost in our inboxes.
- We will discuss at the Building Leadership Team meeting.
- Supplemental help being provided to teachers to learn the new technology?
- Yes, there is. They have access to download trainings, though finding the time to do that is a struggle. We’re working on how to support them for some in-house trainings; as we have some teachers that are up and running with the platforms. We’re going to have a workshop to help those teachers with teachers.
- Turnaround was super-fast, especially with Seesaw. Seesaw is brand new for us.
- Needing patience as time is super difficult to find right now.
- We do have Professional Development, PD, time every Wednesday; and we’ll use time for that too.
- Mr. Roos and Ms. Eckert are visiting the classes to observe. They are seeking out the “super powers” are to help use their skills to share with staff who might need some assistance. All teachers want to have the learning and be at full speed; teachers are feeling the pressure. “I’m working harder and more than ever before, and still feeling like it’s not enough.”
Thank you Parents! You have been absolutely fantastic! Positive emails mean so very much right now. Please ‘cc Mr. Roos and Ms. Eckert too. All of it is overwhelming right now. We really appreciate the positive feedback. Your abundancy of compassion for us has been really appreciated.
We also appreciate your feedback and are making adjustments. We are improving, learning, and growing every day.
Specialist schedules: My child is in a learning group with two other students that are on a different specialist schedule. Could these three students be in the same specialist lesson to keep is simpler for us?
- We’ve discussed this with the specialists and it’s challenging.
- The specialist time is staggered amongst the homeroom schedule, so if they join the specialist class, then they might miss a lesson in their homeroom class.
- The attendance and numbers that they are allotted, add challenges. They also have to grade per teacher, which makes it tricky.
- Our likeliest solution is to just not attend as trying to accommodate 4 different schedules is too complicated.
- Specialists would like kids to attend if possible.
- Are the classes being recorded so that we can watch them later?
- Yes, there are also asynchronous lessons. Can talk to the specialists to see if we can further problem solve.
We had an odd gap, where we had 1.5 hour of school on Wednesday and then we were done for the day. After checking in with the teacher, this is going to be the Wednesday schedule. I’ve sat in the meeting with Juneau, and this isn’t what we expected for the school schedule. There should be something to fill that amount of time. On a full day we’re getting what seems about like 3 hours of total work. It seems from conversations with other schools, there seems to be more going on for their school day.
- Mr. Roos and Ms. Eckert got more information and will follow up.
- For those parents who wish to, you can follow up with Mr. Roos and Ms. Eckert with more questions regarding the information the daily expectations for students.
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