K-4 will begin hybrid learning Feb. 1

Jan. 5, 2021

In light of the new metrics for in-person learning announced by the state, we are looking forward to phasing in hybrid learning in our schools. For Clark County’s current COVID-19 activity level, please visit Clark County Public Health. Activity is calculated as the number of new cases per 100,000 residents in the county over 14 days.

Battle Ground Public Schools wants to give parents time to prepare and needs time itself to make the transition. Now that we have a definitive date for a primary start, the district will be adjusting staffing to accommodate families’ preferred learning model, recalling support staff and training them on safety protocols, working with our transportation provider to recall staff and build bus routes based on families’ preferred learning model, and partnering with our nutrition services provider to recall and train staff and increase supplies for student meals.

Phase 1
Primary school students (grades K-4) and special education preschools will begin hybrid learning on Monday, Feb. 1. We will use the results of our last Learning Model Choice survey to accommodate your family’s choice of hybrid or remote learning. Battle Ground’s learning options are explained in this Reopening Paths PDF. If your choice has changed, please contact your primary school directly by Friday, Jan. 8.

Phase 2
As long as the COVID-19 activity level in Clark County is below 350 (moderate) and test positivity is below 10%, middle school students will begin hybrid learning in February. Fifth graders would attend an in-person orientation the week prior to all middle schoolers attending.

Phase 3
As long as the COVID-19 activity level in Clark County is below 200, high school students will begin hybrid learning after middle schoolers. Ninth graders would attend an in-person orientation the week prior to all high schoolers attending.

Hybrid schedule
Students will be divided into two groups to accommodate physical distancing. Each group will attend in person two days each week. During the other 3 days, students would continue independent/asynchronous remote learning at home. Please note that all River HomeLink students will continue learning remotely.

Parents can request a change based on family need/situation, but generally

  • Group A (A-L) will attend in person on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Group B (M-Z) will attend in person on Thursday and Friday.

In-person school hours will be

  • Primary: 10:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. (5 hours)
  • Middle: 8:10 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. (5 hours)
  • High School: 7:55 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. (5 hours)

More information about Battle Ground Public School’s hybrid learning plan is on the district website. The district will follow state health guidelines for safety and cleaning protocols, including for attestation, physical distancing, the wearing of face coverings, personal hygiene, and cleaning. Details about bus routes, attestation and other logistics will be provided as the first day of hybrid learning approaches for each grade level.

Thank you for your patience as we transition to hybrid learning. A conscientious and phased transition is the safest way to get students back into classrooms. Spacing the start between primary and middle and high school students will allow the district to ramp up attestation, transportation, lunch and other services and provide the opportunity to make adjustments. If something isn’t working, we want to be able to make changes so that we are doing what is best for our students.

Thank you,
Battle Ground Public Schools

FAQ

Can my child continue remote learning if I do not want to attend in person?
Yes, we will use the results of our last Learning Model Choice survey to create schedules. Battle Ground’s learning options are explained in this Reopening Paths PDF. If your choice has changed, please contact your school directly by Friday, Jan. 8.

Will my child have to wear a mask at school?
Under current restrictions, yes. The state has mandated that students and staff wear masks in both public and private schools, with some exceptions for medical conditions. Students will be permitted to remove masks to eat meals and during physically-distanced outdoor activities.

Will my child need to take supplies with them to school?
Primary students will be provided with basic school supplies at school. Middle and high school students should come to school prepared to learn with writing instruments, paper and calculators. All students need a mask and are encouraged to bring a backpack, earbuds, and a reusable water bottle filled with water.

Will my kindergartner’s schedule change?
Yes, when hybrid learning begins for K-4 students, the kindergarten schedule will change to the hybrid schedule so that students are on the same schedule. This will allow the district to efficiently provide transportation and educational services. For hybrid, AM students will attend in person on Monday and Tuesday, 10:10 a.m.-3:10 p.m. and PM students will attend in person on Thursday and Friday, 10:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

What will the special education preschool schedule be?
Preschool teachers will contact families about the special education preschool schedule and to provide additional information.

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