The Issaquah School District is pleased to announce we have reached a tentative agreement with Issaquah Education Association (IEA), our teachers union. This agreement will extend the in-person learning hours by two hours a day, four days per week for our kindergarten through grade 3 students who are currently receiving in-person instruction at Challenger and Cascade Ridge. The extended day schedule will begin on Thursday, May 20. Nothing will change for students in kindergarten through grade 3 who are learning fully remote or for any students in grades 4 and 5.
We have selected Challenger and Cascade Ridge elementary schools to pilot this expansion. These two schools were selected because:
- Challenger and Cascade Ridge do not require transportation within their attendance areas. Given limitations on busses available and conflict with dismissal time of secondary students, additional transportation is not available to pilot an extended day at the elementary level, other than at a walking school.
- Challenger and Cascade Ridge have smaller enrollment and can therefore accommodate a fewer number of lunches where supervisory and support staff are required. This factor is important as COVID has created limitations on the number of staff available to support supervision throughout the day.
- Challenger is currently already serving the LRC II special education program full day so required staff have been put in place for the additional hours.
Families of Challenger and Cascade Ridge students can expect a follow-up message with further details tomorrow.
Both the District and IEA see the value in learning from the implementation of this extended day pilot in advance of a full day return to in-person school in the 2021-22 school year.