Health and Safety
Our focus is on ensuring the health and safety of our students, our staff and our community. As a community, our hope is that we can work together to follow all established health guidelines so we can get back to in-person instruction as soon as safely possible.
We must be partners and work together in order to provide the best possible experience for the students of Enumclaw Schools, with health and safety being our top priority
We are living through a pandemic with many unknowns. While we have hope for the days ahead, the fact is that we are in a “waiting game” and the situation is changing every day. Let’s offer each other kindness and understanding as we navigate this together.
SYNCHRONOUS & ASYNCHRONOUS REMOTE LEARNING
- 100% online learning at home
- Daily Attendance Taken
- Students will use an internet connection and district-issued technology device
- Consistent navigation of online assignments
- Assignments and instruction based on priority learning standards
- 6-12 students will earn and receive letter grades
- Course completion and credit accrual are based on demonstration of student learning
- Superintendent Letter to Families: August 27, 2020
- Childcare Partners Communication Letter to Families: August 21, 2020
- Letter to Families: August 20, 2020
- Letter to Families: August 13, 2020
- Letter to Families: July 30, 2020
- Spanish Version of Letter to Families: July 30, 2020
- Letter to Families: July 23, 2020
- Social Media Update: July 21, 2020
- Communication Sent to 6-12 Families: July 10, 2020
- Superintendent Letter/Email to Families and Staff: June 25, 2020
Enumclaw School District Family,
Let me be the first of many other educators to welcome you to a new school year! In a few days, I will celebrate my 28th “first day of school” as an educator. Although this year will begin as no other year has begun in my career, I remain excited to meet our students, interact with our families, and provide the best possible educational experience for our students despite the unique set of circumstances that we are forced to navigate.
Two months ago, when I accepted the offer to serve as the superintendent for the Enumclaw School District, my only concern was how would I continue the legacy of excellence established by the great superintendents who served this district before me. While this question still remains somewhere in the back of my mind, the challenges of these times have created a number of other concerns that have dominated my waking hours.
The on-going COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying health and safety concerns necessitate that we BEGIN the year in a remote learning environment. I say “begin” the year in a remote learning environment because I believe as the year progresses, we will shift to the hybrid learning model we originally planned for in early July, and ultimately shift to our traditional school model prior to the end of the school year. I choose to believe this as more than wishful thinking and trust that each of us will do our part to make this a reality.
Until we reach this learning environment “milestone,” our teachers and support staff will continue to prepare for the robust, remote learning environment our students will experience in just a few short days. These first several days will focus on building classroom and schoolwide community, which includes activities designed to get to know one another, understand how students will be expected to engage in the learning, and practice many of the processes and procedures taught to all students in a traditional learning environment.
Please trust me when I say we understand that we are being expected to do more than just pickup where we left off. We have gained insight from the experiences of last Spring, used the past few weeks and months to engage in meaningful professional development, and are poised and prepared to deliver learning opportunities that rival or surpass those expected in our familiar, traditional setting.
I work with an amazing leadership team who, given their long-standing connections to the community, are assisting me in making the best decisions for our students. These decisions always begin with “what would I want for my own school-aged child(ren)?” In answering this question, we then look for guidance from our local and state health departments, the department of labor and industries, and our governor’s office for the latest “best practices” in safely operating our schools and school programs. This has been our lens from the very beginning, and it will remain our lens as we move forward.
Finally, I must acknowledge again that the start to this school year presents hardships for each of us. Our community, our working parents, our teachers, our support staff, and most importantly our students will not go unimpacted. I ask that we all do everything we can to support each other during this time of challenge and opportunity for growth. Thank you for being a partner as we work through this difficult time.
Serving you as a partner in educating OUR students,
Dr. Shaun V. Carey
Superintendent of Enumclaw School District
Please see the information on Food Services, and Chromebook Help information is below.
Grades 6-12: New students that attend Enumclaw High School, Enumclaw Middle School, or Thunder Mountain Middle School who need a Chromebook may pick one up at their school.
Elementary: Families who have requested a Chromebook through our survey have been contacted for a pickup time.
Families with elementary students who have need for a Chromebook, please contact your school's office.
Repairs - Grades 6-12: Students in grade 6-12 may bring their Chromebook to their school’s main office to get repair or checkout a loaner.
Repairs - Grades PreK- 5: Families of students in grades PreK-5 may bring their Chromebook to the Enumclaw School District Technology Office, located at 2929 McDougall Avenue (just behind the district office) for repair or to checkout a loaner. Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Help with your Chromebook:
For help accessing your child’s learning, logging into Google Classroom, etc. please contact your child’s teacher. For technical help, you may bring your Chromebook in for repair, as described above.
We have had many responses (currently over 300 requests) from our survey in July for hotspots. Because we have many more requests than we have hotspot devices available, we will not likely be able to fulfill every response with an individual hotspot. If you do have an internet access need, please contact your school so that if hotspots become available, we are able to communicate with you.
We are currently checking out our available hotspots in the following process:
Phase I: Families with no internet access at all. We are currently using our available hotspots to checkout to these families.
Phase II: For families who have indicated that they have some internet access, but need additional support, we are in the process of working with King County and Verizon to get additional devices. We will reach out to families who have requested a hotspot if they become available.
At-School Internet Access: For families who live in areas where a hotspot will not work or who are waiting for a hotspot, each of our schools is in the process of scheduling on-site “Internet Cafe” locations and hours for very small groups of students to come to the school site to access their online learning materials on a scheduled basis.
Dear ESD families,
Based on the feedback from our surveys, we understand that having additional options for childcare for our families is important. Although we are unable to bring all students back on campus, we are grateful to be able to provide our families with the following list of, small group, community childcare options that will provide additional support to families and students with online learning this Fall.
ESD is partnering with Right At School, a high-quality educational provider who offers a safe place for children of essential workers and struggling parents to bring their kids to help fill a critical gap in childcare during COVID-19. Starting this Fall, Right at School will be providing Distance Learning Camps at Westwood Elementary and Southwood Elementary, available to all Enumclaw families.
For those families who wish to participate in the distance learning camp program, it will be available from 8am - 4pm, 8am-12pm, or 12pm-4pm every day remote learning is in session. Once school transitions to a Hybrid/Traditional model, before and after-school care will also be available to our families.
Families will be able to work with Right at School to create flexible monthly schedules to support their families' busy lives. Just create your own monthly schedule choosing 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week. Drop-in care as well as punch cards are also flexible options, and Right at School will be available during breaks, non-school days, and summer.
Right At School provides families flexibility in enrollment options. Right At School will follow all DOH health guidelines, including small cohorts and social distancing. Students will have support to access their online learning, a healthy snack, engage in dynamic fitness activities, student-driven projects, team building, and leadership development.
Right At School is hosting a "Virtual Family Information Night" to provide an overview of their programs, to answer questions, and to interact with you.
Date: Monday, August 24, 2020
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84301514196?pwd=RFV6c2ZRVnpOMzVCSnVrSFFLSjB4UT09
Time: 6 pm - 7 pm.
We encourage you to visit Right At School's website, https://rightatschool.com/districts/enumclaw-wa/, for more information about their organization and dynamic curriculum. We look forward to enhancing the educational experience of our students and families through this exciting partnership.
Enumclaw and Black Diamond Adventures, a local partner, is offering full-day childcare and distance learning support from 7am - 6pm at their Enumclaw location (3333 Griffin Ave) and Black Diamond Elementary. Enumclaw and Black Diamond Adventures are offering facilitation of distance learning by education professionals, contactless sign in/out, focus on time outdoors when possible, indoor gym, fun & educational field trips, encouragement of social development balanced with COVID-19 precaution. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and more information.
The Country Playhouse Club, another partner located in Enumclaw, is offering care and support for online learning for ages: 5 - 12 years old. For more information on pricing and registration please contact Director, Lindsey Boles, at 360.825.5252.
The City of Enumclaw is extending the Camp Commotion Fall schedule to provide day camp and online learning supports for students K-6, Monday-Friday from 8-4 pm. For more information on Camp Commotion or registration please contact Julie Reddaway at:
phone: 360.615.5620, email: JReddaway@ci.enumclaw.wa.us.
As we begin the year in remote learning and as we transition to hybrid and in-person learning models in the future, we hope that these resources may offer additional support and options for our staff and our families.
Serving as a partner in educating OUR students,
Dr. Shaun V. Carey
Chromebook Pickup Information
Thank you to all of our families that have responded to our Chromebook survey sent out earlier this summer with requests to check out a Chromebook for your student(s).
All families that submitted their request to check out a Chromebook, on or before 8-19-20, will be contacted directly by our Technology Department by Friday, Aug. 21 with detailed information regarding your pickup date, time, and location. You will be contacted via the email address you provided in our survey. If you submitted your request prior to 8-19-2020 and you do not receive an email from our tech team by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 21st, please contact our Technology Department.
If you missed the opportunity to submit your request using our survey, you can still submit your Chromebook request. The survey is available in English and Spanish on our website: https://www.enumclaw.wednet.edu/teaching-learning/2020-2021-school-year
Our Technology Department will work to fulfill all additional requests as our Chromebook supply permits. Chromebook requests submitted after 8-19-2020 may not be filled before the first day of school, but we will communicate directly to the email you provided, as soon as we're able to fulfill your request.
Enumclaw School District is exceedingly grateful for your partnership in supporting our students' learning as we begin the new school year. For any questions regarding student devices or hotspots, please contact our Technology Department directly at 360-802-7135.
Enumclaw School District Families,
I am happy to be able to share detailed information with you today about the work the ESD team has been doing over the past months.
As you are aware, based on our survey feedback we have developed a model that provides flexibility and consistency for each family's unique needs. This means our primary means of delivering instruction will be weekly modules with video and audio that will allow families to access learning when it works best for them. We also heard from our secondary students and families that managing six classes in a remote learning environment is very difficult. In order to better support our students and allow them time for deeper learning in each course, our secondary schools will be moving to a quarterly schedule that requires students to only take 3 courses at a time. Students will still meet all requirements for a successful pathway to graduation.
Our staff will use a new common digital learning format to provide a consistent learning experience for all students in Kindergarten through high school. Our wonderful staff have been participating in professional development opportunities over the summer to ensure a quality remote learning experience for all students. As part of this experience, daily attendance will be required for all students.
In order for our families to plan their upcoming weeks’ learning, teachers will upload their weekly learning module to their Google classroom every Friday afternoon and in order to provide outstanding customer service and support to our families, staff will dedicate time each day to respond to parent/guardian questions or concerns. Our goal is to always respond to students/families within a 24 hour time period.
Below is additional information on the remote learning model:
How will learning be delivered?
- Weekly Learning Modules will be uploaded by their teacher(s) into Google Classroom for the coming week every Friday afternoon for all K-12 students.
Common features of our remote learning
- Learning activities will be based upon grade level learning standards and skills.
- Learning will include synchronous (online together) and asynchronous (done independently) learning experiences each day.
- The week’s learning will include both video content and written learning assignments.
- Classes will include opportunities for individual support and small group help with the teacher.
- An attendance ticket will be uploaded into Google Classroom daily and will need to be submitted by the student or parent/guardian by 2pm each day.
- Standard grading, assessment and feedback will be provided, based on student work.
- Individual teachers will design and customize the learning components for their students’ age, the learning content, and individual student needs.
Why is our learning designed in this way?
- Flexibility: Learning and working remotely looks different from student to student and family to family. Flexibility in scheduling is important.
- Wellness: Research shows that the ability to manage how much and how often students are expected to be on video calls at any point is important for overall wellness in a remote learning situation.
Learning Support Resources
- All students in grades 6-12 will have a chromebook checked out to them for their learning needs.
- Our goal is to provide a chromebook to every elementary-aged student/family who has expressed that need.
- We are working with individual families who have expressed a need for internet access and will be providing support such as a wireless hotspot or access to a school internet location on a scheduled basis
- All necessary learning support materials will be provided for your student to be able to complete their learning activities.
Weekly Learning at a Glance:
Sample Elementary Schedule
Reading & Writing
Approximately 75 minutes of daily instruction and independent work delivered remotely
Approximately 45 minutes of daily instruction and independent work delivered remotely
30 minutes twice a week
30 minutes twice a week
60 minutes weekly
Synchronous Time w/ Teacher
Class meeting via Zoom
30 - 45 minutes once or twice a week
Small group via Zoom
Throughout the week as needed
Individual meeting via Zoom
Throughout the week as needed
Sample Secondary Schedule - 1st Quarter
Periods 1 - 3
Approximately 60 - 90 minutes of daily instruction and independent work for each course delivered remotely
Synchronous Time w/ Instructor
Class meeting via Zoom
30 - 45 minutes twice a week
Small group via Zoom
Throughout the week as needed
Individual meeting via Zoom
Throughout the week as needed
Shaun V. Carey
The purpose of this communication is to share information about our remote learning model that will be implemented this Fall. This tool was developed over the summer based on survey feedback from families, students and staff. The number one request from families and students was for us to provide a consistent and predictable delivery format that allows for easy wayfinding and navigation for both students and parents.
Below is a link to a video that will share a planning and delivery tool for remote learning. All staff will utilize this tool to assist in the delivery of remote learning to all students K-12.
In addition, you’ll find a series of frequently asked questions to give more information about our remote school opening as well as links to complete a survey if you have internet access or student chromebook needs for your student to access their remote learning.
Watch a short video to see an example of how our remote learning will be delivered to students.
Internet Access Survey:
Complete a survey about your needs for internet access. Please respond by Aug 4, 2020
Complete a survey about your needs for a student chromebook for your PreK-5 student (all students in grades 6-12 are provided a chromebook each year, so there is no need to request one here). Please respond by Aug. 4, 2020.
El propósito de esta comunicación es compartir información sobre nuestro modelo de aprendizaje remoto que se implementará este otoño. Esta herramienta fue desarrollada durante el verano en base a los comentarios de las encuestas de familias, estudiantes y personal. La solicitud número uno de las familias y los estudiantes fue que proporcionáramos un formato de entrega consistente y predecible que permita una fácil orientación y navegación tanto para los estudiantes como para los padres.
A continuación hay un enlace a un video que compartirá una herramienta de planificación y entrega para el aprendizaje remoto que se desarrolló durante el verano. Todo el personal utilizará esta herramienta para ayudar en la entrega de aprendizaje remoto a todos los estudiantes de K-12. Tenga en cuenta que la versión que verá en este video está orientada más hacia la escuela primaria superior hasta la secundaria. Estamos en el proceso de adaptar este módulo para la entrega exitosa de aprendizaje remoto y una fácil navegación para nuestros alumnos más jóvenes.
Además, encontrará una serie de preguntas frecuentes para brindar más información sobre la apertura de nuestra escuela remota, así como enlaces para completar una encuesta si tiene acceso a Internet o necesita un Chromebook para que su estudiante acceda a su aprendizaje remoto.
Encuesta de Acceso a Internet:
Haga clic aquí para completar una encuesta sobre sus necesidades de acceso a Internet. Responda antes del 4 de agosto de 2020
Encuesta de Chromebook:
Haga clic aquí para completar una encuesta sobre sus necesidades de un Chromebook para su estudiante de Pre K-5 (todos los estudiantes en los grados 6-12 reciben un Chromebook cada año, por lo que no es necesario solicitar uno aquí). Responda antes del 4 de agosto de 2020
¿Se tomará asistencia regular durante el aprendizaje remoto?
Si. La asistencia diaria será un requisito para nuestro aprendizaje remoto este otoño.
ESD parents and families,
The landscape of reopening schools in the fall has shifted dramatically over the past several days. As was stated in our communication on Tuesday, we have continued to work with King, Pierce and WA State Department of Health officials, OSPI and the Department of Labor & Industries to monitor positive cases and infection rates of COVID-19. We continue to adjust our instructional models for the new school year ahead, with a focus on ensuring the health and safety of our students, our staff and our community. Our district has been in communication with the department of health officials and district superintendents from across the Puget Sound region over the past two days. Today, the superintendents of districts in Pierce County were strongly advised by public health officials that it is not safe to return to in-person instruction in the Fall at this time.
Enumclaw School District, in partnership with neighboring districts, will begin school this Fall with a 100% remote online model. We know there is no replacement for students experiencing learning with others and from teachers in a face-to-face setting, however, our focus remains on the health and safety of our students and our staff.
Enumclaw School District would have preferred to start the year with in-person instruction and although we are a smaller community, many members of our community travel across the region on a regular basis and we are not isolated from the transmission rates in neighboring cities.
We recognize that this is not the situation that any of us imagined we would be in and it is sad and disappointing for all of us. We are hopeful that by making this decision now, this will allow us to focus our efforts on implementing a high quality remote learning program for our students and will allow parents time to plan. More information regarding the online learning model will be shared with you in the coming week and will be available on our website: https://www.enumclaw.wednet.
As a community, our hope is that we can work together to follow all established guidelines so that we can get back to in-person instruction as soon as safely possible.
The Enumclaw School District
Our team continues to work on plans for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Our leadership has been in regular contact with health and education officials to determine the best options for the health and safety of our students and our staff. Currently, our preliminary plan for reopening school buildings includes full-time in-classroom instruction for grades PreK-5, a full day A/B/A/B hybrid model for grades 6-12 or a K-12 full-time online option.
In addition, as you may be aware, positive cases and infection rates of COVID-19 are increasing in our region, and around the state and nation. We will continue to monitor the data and adjust our work in response to guidance from the Department of Health, The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Department of Labor and Industries. As a result of this ever-changing landscape, we, along with other districts in our region, are also preparing for the possibility of starting the school year 100% fully remote.
More detailed information will be sent out Thursday, July 23, on all three of the above options as well as information regarding a timeline for registration for the full-time online option.
We will continue to monitor all information and will adjust our work accordingly in response to any guidance changes. We understand that this is a difficult time for our students, families and staff and we will continue to work collectively and intentionally to get through this time together.
The purpose of this survey is to seek your feedback on possible models for opening school in the fall for students in grades 6-12. As previously shared, we are planning for PreK - 5 to return to a regular daily school schedule following all health and safety guidelines.
For students in grades 6-12 we are currently considering two different A/B rotation models. We will ensure families with more than one student in grades 6-12 remain on the same schedule. We are asking for your feedback to help us in our decision making.
As you consider the advantages and disadvantages of each model below it is important to note that both models allow for the following:
- the ability to meet all health and safety requirements
- breakfast and lunch provided to students
- bus transportation, including a mid-day run if necessary
- flexibility to allow extra time and support for students with unique needs such as, IEPs, 504s, AP students, ELL, Highly Capable etc.
- flexibility to reduce student workloads during any specific grading period (for example students could take fewer courses within a grading period while still meeting all academic requirements by the end of the year)
If you have a student(s) in grades 6-12 and you did not receive the survey please email Miranda Newell at miranda_newell@enumclaw.
June 25, 2020
The purpose of this lengthy letter is twofold:
- Share survey results
- Provide you with our initial plan for September 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to fill out the survey we sent out last week! Between students, staff and community members, we received over 2,000 responses. Our leadership team and I have spent time reviewing each one. There were some overall themes that I will mention to you briefly here. There were also individual thoughts connected to your specific family that we are not able to include in this note, but these comments will make our overall system better in planning for the future. Again, thank you!
- The vast majority of responses indicated a desire to open schools for all students as soon as possible.
- If all students are not able to return at one time, a “A/B” rotational schedule is preferred over a phase-in model of certain grades while other grades remain at distance learning.
- Distance learning should remain an option for families not comfortable returning to school.
We did hear from some of you that you are not comfortable with the Department of Health requirement of wearing face coverings. The decision for wearing face coverings is not a local one and at this time is a requirement for both staff and students in order to return to school. As we all have experienced during the past three months, requirements can change and we will keep you apprised if changes to this requirement occurs.
We have taken your feedback and have begun to work with our student enrollment and staff allocations as well as physical spaces within our schools to develop a model that meets requirements outlined by the King County Department of Health and the state of Washington.
Initial Plans for September 2020
Based on survey feedback and our ability to meet Department of Health requirements, our current thinking includes a model having:
- Preschool will follow a regular schedule for their program
- Grades K - 5 will return to a full day model
- Middle and high school students will return in a A/B rotational format.
- A K-12 distance learning option will also be provided.
September 2020 will be different than last spring, but it will also be different than September 2019. There are many logistical challenges of meeting health standards/requirements that my team and I have immediately begun to process. Your child’s daily routines and procedures will look and feel different than the school we are all used to. Having them back in school, though, is a huge gift that we look forward to, even in this different looking model.
As we do this, we ask that you begin to have conversation as a family, particularly if you are wanting to register for a distance learning environment. We will be sending a communication to you the week of July 6-10 with more detailed information and directions on how to register for K-12 Distance Learning, should you decide not to return to a school campus in the fall.
This past weekend State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal released the following informational video that addresses four critical areas in opening schools. I thought this may be helpful.
Thank you again for your thoughtful feedback to our survey.
In Partnership with you,