Dear Issaquah School District Families,
Thank you to all the families and staff members who filled out our recent surveys about our plans for beginning to offer in-person hybrid learning for more of our students. I know that this is a difficult choice for families and staff, but the information we gathered from those surveys has been critical in helping us plan.
At this point, we have two updates about our upcoming plans:
- We are excited that we will be able to begin bringing more of our special education students into our school buildings on an in-person hybrid schedule. On Thursday, October 15, we will welcome back students in our high school and elementary LRC II programs, as well as students in our ECE preschool program. These are some of the students whose needs we can best meet through in-person instruction. We thank the families of these students for their patience as it has taken more time than we originally expected to resolve the staffing issues to make this possible. LRC II and ECE families will hear directly from their teachers and school staff with additional details.
- Unfortunately, we will not be able to begin holding in-person hybrid learning for our kindergarten and first grade students on October 15, as we had originally hoped to do. This is a tremendously complex situation, which involves hundreds of teachers and thousands of students, and we have not yet been able to work out all the details that will be necessary to ensure we can meet the needs of our students and staff. We are continuing to work with the Issaquah Education Association to problem solve the issues related to this hybrid plan. It is still our goal to bring these students back as soon as we can. We will communicate a timeline for this as soon as possible. We want to give families as much advanced notice as possible once we have a return date established, and we commit to giving at least one week of notice.
Please continue to watch for more communications to come. Thank you again for your grace and patience as we continue to manage together through these difficult times. Our students’ health and learning remain our highest priorities.
Superintendent Ron Thiele