OCS 20/21 School Year Planning Updates
On March 16, 2021, the OCS Board and Administration deliberated transitioning to an in-person learning model for the remainder of the 2020/2021 school year. As Governor Inslee shared in the recent Emergency Proclamation, we recognize the extended closure of schools has significantly impacted students.
Therefore, after careful consideration and extensive deliberation, the Board has identified a path forward that it believes will work best to address the needs of the students, families, teachers, parents, and community as a whole, which is as follows:
Our priorities for in-person learning will be to reestablish the core values at the heart of Olympia Community School: social-emotional curriculum, our mindfulness practice, and simply re-learning how to be together joyfully. There will inevitably be some rebalancing of our academic routines as we transition back to in-person learning; this will look different in each classroom and may be fluid throughout our remaining time together, but we can promise that any adjustments will be made by teachers thoughtfully and intentionally, with children's best interests at the center of our decision-making.
The model we are currently soliciting feedback on is as follows:
// Kindergarten (K1 and K2) will return to the classroom on April 26, 2021, for long half days (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday. Becky will have teacher planning days on 4/21, 4/22, and 4/23, and consequently there will be no remote school/lessons for the Kindergarten class on these days.
// 1st grade through 5th grade will return to the classroom on May 3, 2021, for long half days (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday. Jeriann and Lauren will have teacher planning days on 4/28, 4/29, and 4/30, and consequently there will be no remote school/lessons for grades 1 through 5 on these days.
// Families may opt to remain fully remote for the remainder of the year; however, please keep in mind the materials and curriculum afforded to those families who do not return to in-person learning will be greatly limited from what is currently offered. The remote support will occur in the afternoon and will consist primarily of packet work exchanges. Families who wish to remain 100% remote will receive limited support, and should plan to take on a greater role in their children's education than they may currently be playing.
// There will be no change in tuition expectations.
// The Board would like to try and retain the afternoon outdoor activities that are currently offered, but they may need to change in some capacity.
As always, our school will continue to follow COVID health and safety guidelines.
As the plan for this exciting transition continues to evolve the OCS Board will extend updates to you and request your feedback.