The Bellevue School District is currently in:
STAGE 3 REMOTE/EARLY LEARNER IN-PERSON


Overview

Bellevue School District is bringing back our youngest learners, starting Jan. 21, 2021. We know there are a lot of questions about our return to in-person learning, and we have a detailed plan for bringing students back, as public health conditions allow.

  • Thursday, January 21, 2021: 2nd grade
  • Monday, February 8 and Tuesday, February 9, 2021: 1st grade
  • Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12, 2021: Kindergarten

There is a detailed FAQ.

We have a Family Resource Guide (PDF) for families with students returning to buildings.

We recognize the disruption caused by mandatory school closures in the spring and the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our schools and community. While we are starting with K-2 students back in our buildings, we are continuing to find in-person opportunities for our older students. We are also focused on the mental health and wellbeing of all of our students during these stressful times.

Our buildings are ready.  We have proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and proven risk mitigation.  We will work with our educators and staff to welcome back our youngest learners in a safe learning environment. And for students not ready to return to the classroom, we will continue to offer remote learning.

Plan for student movement from remote learning – hybrid learning – fully returned

Bellevue School District uses the Washington State Department of Health “Decision Tree for In-person Learning among K-12 Students at Public and Private Schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)” and King County public health metrics to determine when students move from remote learning to hybrid learning to everyone back to school buildings.

In addition, Gov. Jay Inslee on Dec. 16 issued updated guidance to school leaders, in an effort to return more students to classrooms.

The following graphic details the stages at which groups of learners are planned to return to school campuses for in-person learning.

Even when infection rates are high, we are providing in-person services in small groups and cohorts using risk mitigation strategies including face coverings, physical distancing, health attestations and sanitizing. We will continue to expand these services for students with the highest needs including students with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, multi-language learners and young learners.

We monitor health conditions to provide weekly updates to families including our expansion of in-person services and our potential movement to a hybrid instructional model. When we do move between stages, we will do so incrementally to support stable health conditions; ensure health and safety protocols are effectively implemented; and, buildings are ready to receive more students.

Periodically, the Washington State Department of Health updates the Decision Tree for schools. Bellevue School District will make modifications to plans as these changes are made.

We know that during these challenging times, communications with our students, families, staff and larger community is key. Bellevue School District is committed to timely, accurate and detailed communications about the current remote learning expectations and how and when our students will return to buildings. We will communicate via email to families, update our Back to Buildings website, and post updates on our social media channels on a regular basis with updated public health information and the latest in-person opportunities for students.