Weekly Reopening Update: June 11, 2021

Dear Northshore Families,

In today’s Weekly Reopening Update, I want to begin by encouraging everyone to take a breath, acknowledge what this year has meant to us, and think about what we’ve accomplished this past year and what we have to look forward to in the coming weeks and months.  Together, let’s reimagine the possibilities… 

Graduation season kicked off earlier this week with our Adult Transition Program and Adult Transition to Independence Program. Next week, graduations will be in full swing, beginning with Northshore Networks and Secondary Academy for Success on Monday. We will then continue with the graduations for the four comprehensive high schools on Tuesday and Wednesday.  As a reminder, for the four comprehensive high school celebrations, all graduates will be allotted four tickets. Schools are providing details regarding ticket distribution and any lottery for extra tickets. I am looking forward to this celebration at Pop Keeney Stadium. Anyone can watch the ceremonies by clicking here.  

While we are all preparing for the end of this school year, including the programs and celebrations to mark major milestones for our students, many of us are also busy preparing for the Northshore School District’s 2021-22 school year. Next week, I will be providing you a web page link outlining our fall plans and resources to check out for back to school lists, start times, and other key information as we return to full time in-person school in the fall.   

With that said, for families who find it preferable or necessary to keep their student home for part or all of the 2021-22 school year, we will offer the 100% online Northshore Virtual Program. This program is developed by experienced educational staff in the District and will incorporate the Northshore curriculum. A Northshore-based curriculum will ease the transition to the in-person classroom for those students who are hoping to get vaccinated in the fall before returning to the classroom. Families who wish to enroll their students in the Northshore Virtual Program are asked to complete this intent to enroll form by Monday, June 14. Meeting this deadline will support our planning and staffing efforts. If a family plans to send their students to full-time in-person instruction from the beginning of the year and they are already enrolled, they do not need to complete the form. I want to thank Student Services Director Rick Ferrell and Online/Remote Learning Lead Katie Bjornstad for bringing their expertise to the planning of this program. Information sessions were held this week and can be viewed here.   

In support of Northshore’s Student Academic and Well-being Recovery Plan, staff will be publishing a webpage next week with a variety of summer enrichment and curriculum support resources to help prepare students for the fall. While we don’t expect students to be online all summer, an hour or two per week will go a long way. To support that work, all schools are holding a summer device exchange. All District-issued computing devices, cables and hotspots will be returned so we can update them for the next school year. When returning students bring back their device, they can exchange it on the spot for an updated device to have available for summer enrichment and learning opportunities when appropriate. Thanks to voter support of the 2018 Technology Levy, Northshore is able to continue providing devices to our students through the summer months.  

Also in the coming days, students and families will receive a survey from our Technology Department. Your feedback on experiences with our new learning management system will help us improve our technology support for families and students. If you are a parent or guardian, or other adult who monitored your student’s learning through Schoology or Seesaw, I hope you will take a moment to complete short survey to share your thoughts and suggestions related to your use of the systems. Because student voice is important, a survey will also be sent directly to students for their feedback about Schoology. Please look for the survey next week.    

As a reminder, the District is partnering with Safeway/Albertsons/Haggens to host another vaccine clinic on Saturday, June 12. If your Northshore student and/or your family member(s) received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine during the May 22 clinic at Bothell High School, you can receive your second dose at tomorrow’s clinic. If you haven’t already registered for your second dose, please do so here. If you already registered for your second dose, no additional registration is required, and you will receive a reminder notice from Safeway/Albertsons/Haggens.  

Also, Northshore will continue the mobile vaccination clinics next week for students who are already registered. We are so grateful for our partnerships with the Shoreline, Woodinville, Northshore and Bothell Fire departments who have been able to vaccinate more than 1,000 students. Due to the required 21 days needed between first and second doses, the second scheduled Inglemoor clinic for Group A may not work for our graduating seniors. Please be reminded that if any student is unable to make it to their school’s scheduled mobile clinic for their second dose, they can schedule the second dose at any clinic or location offering Pfizer vaccines. Visit our website to see a list of some nearby locations. Please direct general questions to: covidvaccination@nsd.org.  

Wishing you all the best,

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.



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