Summer Meals Program Schedule

Dear Parents and Families,

 

During the school closure the district has been providing meals to those who needed them at selected schools and through bus route drop off locations.

Since Monday, June 21 we will have transitioned to our regular summer meal program. Both a breakfast and lunch will be distributed each day and the meals are free. This year meals will be served at the following times and locations Monday through Friday.

11:45am – 12:00pm: Archie Anderson Park

12:00pm – 12:30pm: Northlake Elementary, St Helens Elementary, Mint Valley Elementary, Monticello Middle School, Columbia Heights Elementary, Longview Teen Center.

12:15pm – 12:30pm: Community House on Broadway.

Please remember, any child from birth to age 18 is eligible and must be present to pick up meals. If you have questions, or need information about the summer meal program, please call the district nutrition office at 360-575-7172.

We hope you have a great summer vacation.

 

Longview Public Schools

2020-06-24T10:12:45-07:00June 6th, 2020|

School Reopening Stages

Overview

The COVID-19 Pandemic required the district to rethink and develop a reopening plan that can flexibly meet the health needs of our community. Recently, the Department of Health released guidelines to school reopening.  These guidelines link our return to school to the number of new positive COVID cases per 100,000 people living in Cowlitz County, over a 14 day period. This guideline will drive the staged reopening plan that Longview Public Schools will implement which is outlined in the diagram below.

The plan allows for a staged approach that transitions from remote learning in Stage 1, to full in-person instruction in Stage 7. All of the stages incorporate the health and safety guidelines issued by the CDC and DOH.  The stages prioritize providing in-person instruction to our youngest and most at-risk students because they are most likely to receive the least benefit from remote learning.  These groups are also the easiest to keep in consistent cohorts (groups of students who remain together throughout the day).

The diagram identifies how instruction would be provided in each of the stages. It is further broken down by age group and at-risk populations. There are three models of instructional delivery included in the stages: 1) remote learning, 2) a hybrid of remote learning and in-person learning, and 3) in-person learning.  The proposed reopening stages are detailed below.

Longview Public Schools Stages of School Reopening

Grade Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Stage 7
PreK-2 Remote Learning Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid In-Person In-Person
3-5 Remote Learning Remote Learning Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid In-Person In-Person
6-8 Remote Learning Remote Learning Remote Learning Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid In-Person
9-12 Remote Learning Remote Learning Remote Learning Remote Learning Hybrid Hybrid In-Person
At Risk Remote Learning Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid In-Person In-Person
  • At risk = students in need of intensive academic intervention, intensive supports to achieve on-time graduation, extensive social/emotional supports, Special Education programs.
  • Safety precautions, as recommended by federal, state and local health officials will be in place throughout all school reopening stages. Precautions include mandatory face cloth coverings, social distancing, health screenings, regular cleaning and disinfecting, regular hand washing, appropriate clean air movement and filtration and cohorting (keeping groups of students together).
  • Remote learning = students learning remotely through live video instruction, recorded video instruction, regular grading practices and a regular school schedule.
  • Hybrid = students attend school in-person 2 days a week*, and 3 days a week remote learning. Schedules for at-risk student services will be determined individually.
  • In person = all students attend school in-person, 5 days per week.*

*Students who prefer to receive remote learning instead of any form of in-person learning outlined in this plan may continue with a fully remote learning option provided by the district.

Movement from stage to stage is based on the number of positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in Cowlitz County. The Washington State Department of Health School Reopening Decision Tree explains how the district will consider this data when determining the stages of fully reopening our schools.

Washington State Department of Health School Reopening Decision Tree

2020-08-07T16:19:13-07:00August 7th, 2020|

School Reopening Update – 8/7/2020

August 7, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

I hope you are enjoying your summer.  I know that the manner in which we will be returning to school is on everyone’s mind, so I want to provide you with an update on our return to school plans.  At Monday’s board meeting, I will be recommending to the board of directors that we start the year in full remote learning. Assuring the health and safety of our students, employees and community has been in the forefront of this decision.

The decision to recommend full remote learning was very difficult.  Balancing the academic and health needs of our students, staff and community has been an incredibly complex task.  Nothing can take the place of having our kids learning in-person in our classrooms. However, after extensive discussions with health officials, doctors, our union partners, state officials, parents and community members and receiving a recommendation from the County Health Department to start the year in remote learning, the path forward was clear.

Looking ahead, we have two immediate goals 1) provide our kids an outstanding remote learning experience and 2) get our kids back in school for in-person instruction as soon as the community health situation allows. Your children deserve the best education we can provide whether it is remote learning or in-person instruction.

We have spent the summer improving the remote learning model. We are strengthening teacher-student connections through an expanded use of live and pre-recorded instruction that requires less adult assistance and daily scheduled face to face contact between teachers and students. We will be supporting families with consistent expectations for attendance, instruction and our grading practices will return to those used prior to the school closures last spring.  We are simplifying technology for students and families by using consistent learning platforms and we will continue working very hard to close the gaps in Internet and Chromebook access.  Our teachers will receive additional time for professional training, instructional preparation, and student and family outreach prior to school starting so that the remote learning is much improved.

Once the school board finalizes school reopening plans on August 10, we will send you more information. We appreciate your patience and support of our schools. You can email your questions or feedback to infoteam@longviewschools.org.

Respectfully,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

2020-08-07T16:17:53-07:00August 7th, 2020|

School Reopening Update – 7/29/2020

July 29, 2020

 

Dear Parents and Families,

 

As we get closer to making a decision on the upcoming school year things are changing quickly. Today eight Clark County School Districts jointly announced they plan to start the school year in full remote learning. To avoid confusion I want to give you a quick update on where we are in the decision-making process.

This morning I met with Cowlitz County school district superintendents, the county health department, representatives from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industry, Cowlitz Department of Emergency Management and local pediatricians. Superintendents from all Cowlitz County districts received the latest health data, information and perspectives.  After the morning call, I met with both Cowlitz and Clark County superintendents to discuss school reopening plans.

The School Reopening Steering Committee met earlier today as well, to review return to school plans and make updates and changes. The meeting produced some good insights and revealed a few questions we still need to answer before decisions can be made. This Friday, July 31, the school board will hold a special meeting at 4:00 p.m. to discuss school reopening scenarios.

I want to assure you that we are thoughtfully going through the decision-making process as we develop school reopening plans. We appreciate your patience as we work through this complex process.  We will publish our school reopening plans in early August to give parents and guardians as much time as possible to prepare for school.

 

Respectfully,

 

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

2020-07-29T16:09:48-07:00July 29th, 2020|

Learn Music with Longview Schools

Longview schools offers a rich and exciting music education for it’s students. Below are a selection of videos for your student to supplement their music education. Enjoy!

2020-07-28T11:27:28-07:00July 28th, 2020|

Enrollment Survey Closing Deadline

Dear Parents and Guardians –
 
The school reopening survey we sent you last week will be closing tomorrow, July 15, at 4 p.m. If you have not taken the survey and would like to do so, please check your emails for our survey link.
 
For questions or concerns, please email us at infoteam@longviewschools.org.
 
Thank you for your participation!
2020-07-15T16:23:45-07:00July 14th, 2020|

6th-12th Grade Virtual Academy

Longview Public Schools is now offering a virtual academy for 6th – 12th grade students looking for an at-home learning environment. At Longview Virtual Academy, we will provide you with learning that’s right for YOU!

To learn more visit our Longview Virtual Academy page!

2020-07-10T09:59:20-07:00July 7th, 2020|

School Update

June 26, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

As you can imagine, the reopening of schools this fall is dominating much of the work that will occur at the district this summer.  The state has announced schools will reopen using guidelines provided by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health and Labor & Industries.  The safety guidelines are significant and we are working hard to figure out how to open school next year under these new rules.

We are planning to start school with all our kids in class, but are preparing for different options should conditions and state guidance dictate the need for an alternative approach.  Present guidance from the state includes an assurance of social distancing and cloth face coverings for all staff and students (with a few exceptions).  Frequent hand washing, increased frequency of facility cleaning, and health screening of individuals who enter our facilities are also being included in our planning efforts. Adhering to the social distancing guidelines outlined by the state is proving to be very difficult, particularly for our middle and high school students.

The other options we are preparing for are a “hybrid option” in which students would be split into two groups.  Each group of students would receive a combination of in person instruction (likely two days a week) and remote instruction (likely three days a week).  This option may be necessary if we are unable to adhere to the state’s social distancing requirements.

We are also planning for a full Remote Learning option should the state close schools this fall.  In this option, we are determining ways to improve the delivery of the instruction, the quality of the assignments given, and the consistency of the expectations and format for remote learning.  We are also working on the creation of a remote learning option for families who are not comfortable with their children returning to face-to-face learning due to health concerns related to COVID 19.

We will do all we can to assure a return to school that is as “normal” as possible while instituting practices that assure the health and safety of our students and staff.    To help us with the planning, we have formed a steering committee and four sub-committees that include parents, teachers, nutrition workers, administrators and union representatives.

During this highly uncertain time, one thing is certain – the district will be prepared to start school in the fall with flexible plans that can be implemented quickly. We anticipate spending considerable effort communicating those plans to our families and the community in early August.

Thank you for supporting our schools.

Sincerely,

 

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

 

2020-06-26T12:46:49-07:00June 26th, 2020|

COVID-19 Update 6/19/2019

June 19, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

With the school year now over, I want to thank you for all the support and hard work during the school closure. Together, we made the best of a difficult situation.

Looking ahead to next year, we are planning to start school with all our kids in class. However, we will continue to plan and prepare for different options in case circumstances change over the next few months. State officials recently sent school re-opening guidelines to districts. The safety guidelines are significant and we are working hard to figure out how to open school next year under these new rules.

If you checked out a Chromebook from school, please use it this summer to continue learning. The free learning resources on the district web site will continue to be accessible to you. We would like students to keep learning during the summer because it will support academic achievement next year. Please plan to return the Chromebook when school starts next fall. If you are moving out of the district, please call your school and schedule a time to return the Chromebook.  I also encourage you to help make your child’s summer full of reading and exploration.

Please check your email periodically during the summer, as we will be emailing detailed information about school reopening plans in early August. If you have thoughts or questions about next year that you want to share, please email them to infoteam@longviewschools.org.

For those of you with young children who are ready for school, Kindergarten registration is open on the district web site. In addition, we will be transitioning to our regular summer meal program next week. If you have questions about the summer meal program call the district nutrition office at 360-575-7172.

Thank you again for supporting the school district during this challenging time. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.

 

Respectfully,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

2020-06-23T13:02:57-07:00June 19th, 2020|
Go to Top