Evaluation Appointments – New Process & Protocols

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, our goal is to offer evaluations in person, utilizing a new protocol based on guidance from the CDC, American Pediatric Association, and in accordance with state regulatory agencies.

Here is the new process:

  • CALL when you arrive in the parking lot at 360-575-7429
  • Please wear a cloth face covering while on school grounds.
  • A district nurse will come meet you at the door, and do a “temperature” check of the one adult and child.
  • If any person has a temperature above 100 degrees then we will reschedule after 14 day period.
  • If temperature is normal, nurse will escort the student and ONE guardian to the evaluation room.
  • Staff will be wearing protective equipment to keep them safe.
  • At the end of the meeting a staff member will escort you to the exit.

 

August Evaluation Appointments New Process & Protocols Flyer – Download

2020-08-07T11:50:45-07:00August 7th, 2020|

School Update – 9/22/2020

Hi Everyone,

The district held a special board meeting on September 21 to discuss the transition plan to in-person learning.  The school board intended to take a vote on the implementation of the plan at this meeting.  However, additional information regarding COVID-19 infection rates became available from the Cowlitz County Health Department shortly before the meeting, so the board decided to postpone voting on the transition to in person learning until its September 28 meeting.

The proposed transition plan includes moving to stage two of the district’s reopening plan starting October 5. This means on Monday, October 5 pre-Kindergarten through second grade, and at risk students, would transition to the hybrid learning model.  District special education programs (Broadway, Extensive, Pervasive and Behavior) would begin meeting full in-person, 5 days per week at this time.  One week later, on Monday, October 12 we propose transitioning grades 3-5 to hybrid learning too.  If the school board approves the proposal on the 28th and if health conditions remain favorable, on October 26, middle and high school students will transition from full remote to hybrid learning.

In hybrid learning students would be split into two groups and each group would receive two full days of in-person instruction per week.  During the three days each group is not at school, students will be involved in remote learning activities and experiences designed by their classroom teacher.  By splitting the students in to two groups, we limit the number of students at school each day, which helps to provide a safe learning environment that keeps students physically distanced as much as possible.

Families who express a desire to remain in 100 percent remote learning while we move into hybrid learning will be able to do so.  We surveyed our elementary families last week and will be surveying our middle and high school families this week to determine who plans to remain in remote learning when we begin our hybrid learning transition.

The presentation provided at last night’s board meeting contained details regarding the community health data we are using to help us in our return to school decision making.  It also included details on Hybrid Learning and the safety measures being put in place as we begin returning to in-person learning.   This presentation and other important information regarding the district’s planning and communication can be found on the district website at longviewschools.com.

To provide information and answer your questions about our transition to in-person learning, the district will hold a Zoom LIVE event on Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00pm for parents and community members. If you would send questions about hybrid learning plans to infoteam@longviewschools.org prior to the meeting, we would appreciate it. The link to the Zoom session will come in a subsequent e-mail.

We are excited and ready to have our kids back at school but want to be sure that we do it safely. Safety procedures and precautions for students and employees are in place and I am confident that we will continue to provide a quality educational experience for our students throughout this difficult time.  If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or principal.  You are also always welcome to contact me or a district administrator by sending an e-mail to supt@longviewschools.com.

 

Thanks,

Dan Zorn

Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

2020-09-22T16:04:02-07:00September 22nd, 2020|

School Update 9/17/2020

9/17/20

Dear Parents and Families,

We are continuing to monitor the air quality in our community each day. Current air conditions remain in the low end of the “very unhealthy” range.

Remote learning will continue as scheduled, but due to ongoing air quality issues school facilities will be closed on Friday, September 18. We anticipate air quality conditions will improve over the weekend and are planning on a return to normal operations on Monday, September 21.

The district’s meal service will continue to provide grab and go meals for any child age birth to 18 every weekday. For more information about meals visit longviewschools.com.

If you have questions please call your school.

Respectfully,
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools

2020-09-17T15:07:30-07:00September 17th, 2020|

School Update – 9/16/2020

9/16/20

Dear Parents and Families,

We are continuing to monitor the air quality in our community each day. The air quality is improved and is no longer in the “hazardous” range per the Washington State Department of Ecology Air Monitoring network.  However, we continue to be in the low end of the “very unhealthy” range.

Remote learning will continue as scheduled, but school facilities will be closed on Thursday, September 17 due to ongoing air quality issues.

The district’s meal service will continue to provide grab and go meals for any child age birth to 18. Free meals are served at six schools and four community locations. Kids do not need to be present to pick up meals. For more information about meals visit longviewschools.com.

We will continue to monitor local air conditions and will send additional updates as needed. We appreciate your support of our schools. If you have questions please call your school.

Respectfully,
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools

2020-09-16T15:17:39-07:00September 16th, 2020|

School Update – 9/15/2020

9/15/20
Dear Parents and Families,

The air quality in our community continues to be at hazardous levels. Remote learning will continue as scheduled, but school facilities will be closed on Wednesday, September 16 due to ongoing air quality issues.

The district’s meal service will continue to provide grab and go meals for any child age birth to 18. No qualifications are necessary to receive meals. The meals are free and kids do not need to be present to pick up meals.

We will continue to monitor local air conditions and will send additional updates as needed. We appreciate your hard work and support of remote learning.  If you have questions please call your school.

 

Respectfully,
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools

2020-09-15T15:14:34-07:00September 15th, 2020|

School Update – 9/14/2020

Dear Parents and Families,

We are continuing to monitor the air quality in our community. Remote learning will continue this week as scheduled, but school facilities will be closed and we will not be serving students in-person on Tuesday, September 15 due to poor air quality.

The district’s meal service will continue to provide grab and go meals for those who need them. The meals are free and kids do not need to present to pick up meals.

If air quality continues to be hazardous, we will send additional updates, so please check your email or visit the district web page at longviewschools.com. If you have questions please call your school.

Respectfully,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools

2020-09-14T15:30:17-07:00September 14th, 2020|

New Health Screening Protocols

Our principal has an important message regarding our new Health Screening protocols. Watch the video below to find out more!

2020-09-14T13:27:26-07:00September 14th, 2020|

School Update – 9/11/2020

September 11, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

The first week of remote learning has been a success but has held a few challenges.  The feedback we have received has been positive and helpful – thank you.  A successful remote learning experience would not be possible without the cooperation and hard work of our families.

While district employees are working hard to provide a great remote learning experience for students, we are also preparing for the time when we are able to bring students back for in person learning. We are watching the Covid-19 infection rates closely after the Labor Day weekend and hope our community stays on a healthy path.  If the infection rates remain at safe levels, we will soon be considering bringing our youngest learners back to school in a hybrid format, which combines in-person and remote learning.  The earliest that this could begin would be the week of September 28.

The district is prepared and ready to have students back in class for in person learning when it is safe to do so. Our schools are clean and high frequency cleaning plans are in place. Air filters at every school in the district are being replaced with new, upgraded filters to support clean air. Safety signage is posted around all schools and every school has personal protective equipment for employees and students who need it. For high traffic areas like the main office and cafeteria, Plexiglas barriers are in place to protect students and staff members. After extensive work with the county health department, emergency plans are in place in case a student or employee is diagnosed with Covid-19.

We are excited and ready to get back to what we do best – teaching our kids in person.  In the meantime, thank you for your continued support of our remote learning efforts.  We will continue working hard to meet the needs of our students.  Please keep checking your email, or the district website, for updates.

Thank you for supporting our schools.

 

Respectfully,
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools

2020-09-11T15:59:23-07:00September 11th, 2020|

School Update 9/4/2020

September 4, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,

It has been a busy week in our schools with families getting ready for school, picking up Chromebooks and meeting staff members. We appreciate the chance to serve you.

Teachers and staff members were busy reaching out to families and students this week while continuing their preparation for the start of school on Tuesday. Our goal with our family outreach is to help your child get the most benefit possible out of remote learning. If you have not been able to speak with your child’s teacher please call your school office and they will be able to get you in touch with the appropriate staff member.

We continue to monitor community health conditions closely. The rate of infection in Cowlitz County continues to be low. After the Fourth of July holiday, new Covid-19 infections increased and we are hoping this does not happen after Labor Day. We want to get our kids back in school as soon as safely possible, so please practice good safety measures while enjoying the long weekend.

On Monday, August 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the summer meal program. This means school districts can continue to provide meals to any child, from birth to age 18, with no qualifying requirements. The Department of Agriculture also implemented a positive change to support our families; children no longer need to be present for families to receive meals. This will allow kids to stay engaged in remote learning while a guardian or caregiver picks up meals. The summer meal program restarts on Tuesday, September 8, for more information please visit longviewschools.com.

Please keep checking your email, or the district website, for ongoing updates.

Thank you for supporting our schools.  We are ready for the start of school on Tuesday and look forward to getting back to serving our kids!

 

Respectfully,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

2020-09-04T16:23:33-07:00September 4th, 2020|

Special Services Update

September 3, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

 

The new school year starts on Tuesday, September 8 and we are looking forward to serving you.

The special education team continues working hard reaching out to families to discuss remote learning. If you have not talked with your teacher, please call your school principal. It is important for each family to communicate with teachers to ensure we are meeting your child’s educational needs. While remote learning has its challenges, we are committed to providing your student with an outstanding education.

The district continues to monitor community health conditions closely. The infection rate in Cowlitz County continues to be low, which is great news. We hope the infection rate remains low so we can start serving students in person soon. Please keep checking your email, or the district website, for ongoing updates.

Thank you for having patience during this busy time.

 

Respectfully,

Dr. Elizabeth West, Executive Director of Special Education

Longview Public Schools

 

2020-09-18T11:51:04-07:00September 4th, 2020|
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