Dear Northshore Families,
In today's Weekly Reopening Update, I want to focus on two major topics: Graduation Planning and the Summer Computing Device Exchange.
In just a matter of weeks, the Class of 2021 will be celebrated during their respective school graduation ceremonies. Whether they are going to be in-person or participating remotely, this is a special time for all of our seniors. We are looking forward to celebrating the culmination of years of hard work on behalf of our students, families, and staff during our June graduation ceremonies. For the last several months, our Senior Activities Committee, comprised of students, parents, school staff, building leadership, and district leadership have been working diligently to create an event that honors the accomplishments of our seniors while also creating a safe space that is in line with guidelines from the Department of Health. The Senior Activities Committee has appreciated all the input from our seniors and their families as they worked to make sure everyone’s voice was heard and respected while maximizing the number of all family members and friends (vaccinated and unvaccinated) who wish to attend the in-person graduation ceremony.
According to the current Department of Health Guidelines, we are allowed to fill Pop Keeney Stadium to 50% of its 3,500-person capacity with appropriate social distancing. In addition, we could create vaccinated sections for increased capacity up to the maximum currently allowed -- 50% of the total venue capacity. Having vaccinated sections allowed us to create space for 1,750 people including family members, friends, and staff to attend and celebrate the graduation. Based on our official capacity and the results of the survey of our senior’s families, schools are able to provide each graduate with four tickets. Tickets will be pre-marked for seating in the vaccinated or unvaccinated section; you will just need to notify your high school which section you plan to sit in when you pick up your tickets. We are hopeful this will meet the needs of most of our families. However, we recognize some families may want an extra ticket while other families may need fewer than their allotted four tickets. Each school will be creating a wait list for families who would like more tickets, and they will use a lottery system to redistribute the tickets from the families that need fewer than four tickets to families that would like more than four tickets. When you enter the stadium on graduation day, you will be able to enter through any of the entrances and upon doing so, you will find clearly marked sections of the stadium for families planning to sit in the vaccinated section and families planning to sit in the unvaccinated section.
Each high school will be sending more specific information regarding graduation and ticket distribution to their senior families. Questions specific about your senior’s graduation should be directed to the high school staff at the high school your senior attends. Again, I want to thank our Senior Activities Committee for this work; together all things are possible.
We all know that technology has been central to this year of instruction and learning. Now, we are just weeks away from the end of the 2020-21 school year. Today, I am pleased to share that every student who has a District-provided computing device will receive an updated device that they may use for the entire summer. During my many meetings with parents and guardians, I’ve been asked if the District will provide access to online learning and enrichment opportunities throughout the summer so their students can start the 2021-22 school year strong. The answer is absolutely yes. Along with the entire School Board, Technology Department, and our Northshore Learns team, we remain committed to supporting summer learning and enrichment opportunities by providing District-issued computing devices so students can access online resources. Please note that, after reviewing feedback from our student and family survey, Northshore staff developed and submitted our Student Academic and Well-Being Recovery Plan to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The decision to support online learning during the summer supports this recovery plan.
Please see the message below from our Technology Department. Thanks to your support of our 2018 Technology Levy, Northshore is equipped to support year-round learning both in the classroom and at home. I understand what summer means to us and while we know everyone needs a break from this last year, there is always time for learning and enrichment ;>) If your student(s) sign on this summer, they will find fun, engaging, and educational online resources that will help them have a successful start in the fall. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.
Message from the Northshore Technology Department:
All Northshore School District schools will be collecting student computing devices and hotspots in June and exchanging them for updated devices for continued summer learning. Families who have a district-issued device at their homes should plan to return all devices, cables and bags to their student’s school according to the schedule provided by their campus. Because some student devices have been with students since as early as March 2020, it is important that all devices are collected so that Northshore’s Technology Department can inventory, update and redistribute devices to campuses for use in the 2021-22 school year.
When your student returns their District-issued computing device, they can pick up their summer learning device at the same time by simply completing and submitting this request form. (https://www.nsd.org/northshore-learns/support/request).
Families do not need to request a device for the 2021-22 school year. Northshore will be expanding its “School2Home” program this fall to provide a computing device to every student without families needing to make a formal request. Students in grades K-1 will have devices assigned to them to use in classrooms. Students in grades 2-12 will have assigned devices that they can bring back and forth with them for use at school and at home each day. These technology tools will support the educational experience for all students as we return to in-person learning and the schools of the future. More details will be provided in future communications.
Wishing each of you a safe, healthy, and memorable Memorial Day weekend.
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.