Gearing Up for 2021-22: COVID-19 Testing, Bike to School, Bus Routes and More!

As we continue to look forward to the start of the 2021-22 school year, we want to provide a few more important updates and reminders.  

Testing for COVID-19

As we are following recommendations from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), we are in the final stages of planning for COVID-19 batch testing for our students. We will have more information to share about this in the coming days including who will be tested, frequency of testing, any forms that need to be completed and more. We know that testing is an important layer of preventing COVID-19 and it will be key in keeping our Northshore students and staff safe and school buildings open. As with last year’s testing, student health information will be protected. As we plan for COVID-19 testing in our schools, we ask that you complete this brief interest survey to help inform how many testing supplies we order. Please complete the form no later than 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 31. Your response is important to our planning. However, we understand it will reflect your interest, not your final decision. 

To stay up-to-date on positive COVID-19 cases in student and staff, as well as quarantine data, we encourage you to visit the District’s data dashboard. On the same page, you will find a graph that reflects transmission rates in King and Snohomish counties. 

Bike-to-School Program

Northshore encourages students to ride their bike to school on routes where there is less risk because biking creates greater transportation flexibility for families, allows students to exercise greater independence, and promotes positive physical health. Families should carefully consider their potential biking routes, their student's ability, and their safety preparations before allowing their student to bike to school. Bicycle maps are available to help determine the safest route. Learn more about Northshore’s Bike-to-School Program and safety measures to keep in mind by visiting our District website.

Bus Routes and My Stop

Bus route information is now available for families with bus riders. You can find your route information by clicking here. Additionally, the District will launch a new application, called My Stop, which will allow you to find updated arrival time for your student’s bus. This will be available beginning Sept. 1, but you can download the app now. The free My Stop application will improve communication with families about student’s bus schedules. Students should still arrive at their bus stop at least five minutes early. Learn more about My Stop.

ParentVUE and StudentVUE

With ParentVUE and StudentVUE, families can access information on attendance, class schedules, report cards, course history, graduation status and more. Don’t have a ParentVUE account? Visit our website to learn how to create one.

While families may see information about their student’s class assignments in one or more of our learning systems, schedules often change this time of year. Please follow your school’s announcements and procedures regarding schedules and class assignments

Districtwide Learning Management System

Northshore uses Schoology as our learning management system. This system provides access to the tools and resources teachers, students and families need to support teaching and learning. Some teachers in grades PreK-2 use SeeSaw instead of Schoology. Schoology is a place where students and their families can find class information and assignments. During the 2021-22 school year, Northshore’s educators will continue to post class information in Schoology (or in SeeSaw, if used). Information students and families can expect to find in Schoology includes course syllabi, course assignments and course materials related to assignments. Students in all grades will be shown how to access Schoology (or SeeSaw, if used) to access class information and assignments. In some classrooms, teachers may opt to use additional features of Schoology (or SeeSaw) as well as other technology platforms or apps (for example, Zoom) as part of their classroom experience.

Student Devices & Financial Assistance for Internet Connectivity

This fall, Northshore will provide district-issued devices for all students in grades 2-12. The majority of these will be Chromebooks, but other devices may be distributed to students depending on defined needs. Students in grades PreK-1 will each have an assigned device at school, but will not bring the device home. Each school will have enough computers on campus to allow students’ access anywhere and anytime during the school day. While students can opt out of using a district-issued device, we strongly encourage them to use the device provided by the District because it allows students and teachers to have a common experience when it comes to accessing technology, which improves overall teaching and learning. District issued devices have the added advantage of being equipped with the software and extensions needed to participate in learning activities, as well as district-monitored web filtering software. District-issued devices will also connect automatically to the District’s private network, while any non-District devices are limited to accessing the District’s public network. The ability to distribute more than 20,000 devices to Northshore students this school year is thanks to the 2018 Technology Levy, which was approved by Northshore voters.

We know connectivity is critical for student success. Washington’s K-12 Internet Access Program ended on June 30. We encourage families who wish to continue receiving financial assistance for internet access to sign up for the Federal Communications Commission’s new Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. Eligible households can receive up to $50 per month until the federal funds are depleted. Learn more about the EBB program, who’s eligible and how to apply by visiting our District website. After reviewing the EBB program, if a family without home internet determines that they are not eligible and still need a hotspot, they should complete a Hotspot Request form or contact their school’s main office. Please know that a direct internet connection is much stronger, faster and more reliable than a hotspot.

We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring part-time staff in our Food & Nutrition Services Department! We have several positions available at schools in the kitchen with flexible hours, uniform stipends, and opportunities for advancement. If you've been looking for a way to get involved at the school or in the community, feeding our students is the rewarding job you've been looking for. Working in Food & Nutrition Services allows you to work while the kids are in school and be home for the after-school and evening activities. Work-life balance at its finest! Permanent staff starts at $17.51 per hour and shifts are 3.0 - 3.75 hours per day. Learn more and apply today.

Northshore News

Families and staff are encouraged to tune in every Thursday to Northshore News, where Dr. Reid will provide updates and meet with Northshore students, staff and community members during a live stream video

Social Media

Be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube to make sure you don’t miss any important updates, positive stories and helpful videos, such as Superintendent Reid’s morning news.

You can view our district website to find other important information about the 2021-22 school year.

 

 

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