• Welcome SSD Families!

    (Updated March 22, 2021)


    Dear SSD Families,

    What a joyful experience it was getting to see our youngest learners and many special day class students return to campuses last week. Seeing their excitement and eagerness to learn in the classroom was uplifting. We are thrilled to be at this phase and look forward to continuing to bring more students back safely to our classrooms for learning in-person.


    We want to acknowledge everyone’s hard work as we continue to bring more grade levels back in the coming weeks. Next up:


    March 22 Preschool. Welcome to our preschoolers today!
    April 1     2nd & 3rd
    April 5     6th grade
    April 8     4th & 5th grades
    April 19   7th & 8th grades


    Please share any reopening day or virtual school photos by sending them to alia.wilson@sesd.org.


    We had over 300 attendees for our Community Forum last Tuesday that included an overall update about reopening as well as our next steps for 7 and 8th grade. You can find the recordings here:
    English: https://youtu.be/aDVk0tjh1Gw
    Spanish: https://youtu.be/4M7yVeVT9lQ


    We have over 150 attend our Board Meeting last Thursday. You can find the recordings here:
    English: https://youtu.be/Q_MfhRTjq2s
    Spanish: https://youtu.be/avXAdyDH42c


    The slide show has a great summary of how many Kindergarten through First Grade classrooms we’ve reopened to date in addition to preschool and special day classes. As mentioned in the presentation, we are confirming the 7th & 8th-grade in-person model early this week, and we will then survey families on their preferences, configure classes, and communicate student assignments to families.




    Highlights of the Elementary In-Person Hybrid (AM/PM) Model


    • Students' in person schedule is either  8:00am - 10:30 a.m. OR 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (M, T, TH, F), for 2.5 hours a day.

    • Due to the split schedule, only half the class will be in person at any given time

    • Each group of students completes asynchronous work while not attending school in person. This work may consist of digital, paper/pencil assignments, and exploratory materials.

    • All students attend live instruction in the Virtual School model on Wednesday morning from 8:00-10:00. 

    • Students will be assigned asynchronous activities for Wednesdays after the end of live instruction at 10:00 a.m.



    Elementary Hybrid Model: A Week at a Glance 

    • To ensure the necessary space for physical distancing in classrooms, in-person classroom capacity will be restricted to 50% of current class sizes.

    • The students that attend the morning session will have breakfast and a snack on campus. A hot lunch and a frozen dinner, with reheating instructions, will be bundled to take home. The students that attend the afternoon session will have a hot lunch and a snack on campus. A breakfast for the next day and a frozen dinner, with reheating instruction, will be bundled to take home.

    • Home to School transportation will be provided from the same bus stops as have been provided in prior years.  Bus capacity is limited to approximately 25% and will be disinfected throughout the day.


    Safety Protocols and Procedures

    • Daily Screener - all students attending the In-Person AM/PM Hybrid program will be required to complete a daily screener prior to their student entering campus.

    • Mask/Social Distance/Handwashing - facemasks will be required for all students and except for those that are medically unable to (doctors note will be required).  Social distancing signs and markers will be posted, proper handwashing techniques will be modeled and hand sanitizer is available.

    • Given the social distancing requirement, there will be some major differences from Pre-COVID, including no use of the playground and no open recess.

    • Disinfecting/Cleaning/HVAC - classrooms will be disinfected between each cohort in elementary school classrooms and at the end of each day.  Restrooms will also be disinfected daily.  District-wide, HVAC systems have been upgraded and fitted with MERV 13 air filters.  Rooms that do not have forced ventilation systems will be equipped with HEPA air scrubbers rated to exceed the air volume of that space.

    • Parent Handbook - The District has created a handbook to provide information about the safety protocols and procedures that will be in place at the school site.

    • FAQ - The District has created a Frequently Asked Questions page to provide information about the gradual, phased reopening of campuses. 

SSD Reopening Updates