Dear Warden School District Families,
Last week the Board approved our Elementary school to progress from a Level 2 to Level 3 instruction. Our focus is to provide increased in-person instruction to meet our students’ needs. Based upon space availability in each of the elementary classrooms, student in-person instruction will be 15 students per class cohort, four days per week, as aligned to Governor Inslee’s reopening plan while maintaining all the Department of Health guidance. The four in-person instruction days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesdays’ will remain the same with all students online.
Our student numbers have adjusted from 1st semester of 18.2 elementary students per class average to 15.7 students for 2nd semester. There are several things that need to be accomplished to make it possible to reach a capacity of 15 student per each classroom for us to move forward. Two of our six elementary grade levels have the appropriate number of students per class to progress. The remaining four grade levels will need to have some students reassigned to another class to balance the student numbers. We know how sensitive this is and are taking care in those students’ selection and reassignment. In addition, two additional classrooms will need to be created to accommodate the student counts above 15 to get our Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade students in four days per week. We will be requesting Board approval to add certificated and classified staff to meet this need. In addition, extra bus route(s) and driver(s) need to be secured.
We have a target goal of beginning this the first part of March. As mentioned, numerous steps are being worked out and secured to provide increased in-person instruction for our elementary students. Our students deeply need this to progress. We have different groups working on these and other items to get this going as soon as we can. We have been making parent calls pertaining to needed transportation and will have a parent informational announcement out on our website. We are waiting for some key information that we anticipate getting the first of next week that will provide us with a clear date of when we will be able to begin. More information will be provided once we get confirmation of staffing, transportation, student reassignment, and start date.
Dr. David B. LaBounty