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Snohomish Schools returning more grade levels next week

Photo courtesy Snohomish School District

At Snohomish’s Cascade View Elementary, Hazel McGruder, age 7, sits ready for instruction last week. Second grade students had the option to take classes in a classroom or online starting Feb. 3. This week, Kindergartners and first-graders in Snohomish Schools will be back. The students have their temperature checked before entering class, all wear masks, and desks are distanced apart. Other students in the photo are Kianna Nunez Hernandez, age 8 (in pink) and Travis Ruonavaara, age 8 (in blue in the back).

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish School District is preparing for students in third and fourth grades coming back to classrooms starting Wednesday, Feb. 24. Fifth and sixth grade students will tentatively return March 3.
All Snohomish students will have the option to continue remote learning.
Some parents are keeping their kids home: About two-thirds of students in Kindergarten through second grade came back to in-person learning, Superintendent Kent Kultgen said at last week's school board meeting.
K through 2 are going to school Monday through Thursday.
The district will use an “A-B” schedule for the third through sixth grade students each day, where half the grade can take classes in school and the other half learns at home.
The district will use last names to split it up. Students with last names A through K go on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students with last names L through Z go on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Everybody stays home on Fridays for in-person learning.
A recent survey suggested about 70 percent of parents with third to sixth grade students want to return to in-person learning, Kultgen said.
Students in the Highly Capable program, who attend classes as a group for fourth, fifth and sixth grade, will not be split up.
The district is still working on how to return middle and high school students. Under an optimistic timeline, their return could happen after spring break the first full week of April, Kultgen said during last week’s school board meeting.

Educator vaccinations
The school district held a vaccination clinic last Saturday that got shots in the arms of 400 staff eligible to receive a vaccine under the state’s current eligibility framework, despite the snow. Kusler’s pharmacy partnered with the district for it.


As students come back, how are buses made safe?

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — As younger students are returning to classrooms as an option, some parents who rely on the bus system may be wondering how safety will extend to transportation to and from school.
Will there be measures to fight COVID-19 on bus routes? Yes, districts said.

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