OSPI Announcement on Student Support - Mar 23

COVID-19 Resources and Updates | 03/24/2020

Katie Gustainis
Marketing & Communications Director, Stand for Children Washington

On March 23rd, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction sent a letter to school leaders outlining their updated guidance around:

  • School facilities closure priorities
  • Guiding principles
  • Sample plan
  • Sample continuous learning workflow
  • Next steps
  • Resources

As it relates to school facilities closure, the superintendent's office re-emphasized the priorities laid out in Supt. Reydal's March 17th letter, which included:

  1. Ensure the provision of school meals including breakfast and lunch to students who need them. 
  2. Develop plans to be a childcare provider of last resort in response to the Governor’s call to action. 
  3. Provide graduating seniors the content they need to meet their graduation requirements and support their post-secondary transition. 
  4. Offer learning opportunities for students and continued professional learning for staff. 
  5. Continue payroll for all employees as you develop meaningful work and professional development plans

 While school districts and educators are also working to create an environment of continuous learning for students, the announcement outlined a list of guiding principles that school leaders should follow in creating their plans:

  • Keep Students at the Center
    • Plan for Student Learning
    • Develop a Weekly Plan and Schedule
    • Contact Families
  • Design Learning for Equity and Access
    • Teach Content
    • Deliver Flexible Instruction
    • Engage Families
  • Assess Student Learning
    • Check Student Learning
    • Make Instructional Adustments
    • Engage Families

You can read the full letter with sample plans and sample continuous learning workflows here. At Stand, we are more committed than ever to ensuring that every student recives a high quality education in Washington. We will continue to amplify messages from our state agencies to support families and students amidst our current reality.

View the Letter

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