The Bellevue School District is currently in Stage 2: Remote Learning.


Overview

We recognize the disruption caused by mandatory school closures in the spring and the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our schools and community.

We know our community has one big question: When will our students and staff be able to safely return to school buildings?

Following is our plan to get students back in schools as public health conditions allow.

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” and King County public health metrics to determine when students move from remote learning to hybrid learning to everyone back to school buildings 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.

Full transition to hybrid learning will occur no earlier than January 2021 and is dependent on public health conditions, BSD school infection rates and the preparedness of buildings and staff. In the meantime, some hybrid learning may take place for younger learners.

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. Communications will be provided weekly, starting Nov. 13.