COVID-19 FAQs

Updated Aug. 5, 2020

We recognize that you have many questions. We know how difficult uncertainty can be, especially as you try to plan for work and childcare this fall. We hear you and understand your very valid concerns. We also know how integral our plans are to our staff and students’ safety and our students’ learning. That’s why our planning teams are taking a careful and informed approach to deciding what this next school year will look like.

Please continue to engage with us and ask questions as we do our best to respond to this pandemic and to care for our staff, students and community. We will keep this page updated as we receive additional questions and answers. If you have more questions, please email us at info@ckschools.org.

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Childcare

What are the childcare options for school-aged students?

Although we cannot directly provide childcare, we know that we can take part in helping our working families find solutions. During the 2020-21 school year, we will have options with:

These providers operate independently from our district; they have a contract with our district to lease space in our schools. Military families also have the option of choosing Litehouse School-Age Care.

Why does the district appear to be “ok” with kids being around other kids at child care, but not at school?

We know that some of our families are in a situation where they must work and also find a way to ensure their children are appropriately cared for when they can’t be in school. In order to operate, child care facilities are offering smaller groups and taking the appropriate steps to meet the state’s health and safety guidelines.

Some childcare providers are already full. Will more spaces open up with these providers?

We are working with our current childcare providers, local agencies and community-based organizations to support and develop additional community-generated solutions.

🆕How will kids in childcare be supported in learning?

We understand that the current health crisis has created hardships for parents who must work and find a way to support their child’s learning. Our goal is to provide adequate support, guidance and structure, while also allowing the flexibility needed to accommodate the situations our families are navigating. We will provide childcare providers with the same information we provide parents to support their children at home. We strongly encourage families to stay in regular contact with their childcare providers. 

🆕Do I have to pay for childcare on remote days?

Financial assistance, fee subsidy for qualifying military families, DSHS, and other third party provider assistance is available to families who need assistance with additional childcare costs. Please visit our website for more information on childcare providers and locations: https://www.ckschools.org/school_info/child_care_options

Can families switch between any of the learning models?

We are asking families to remain in the model they choose for the entire year in order to provide for the best student experience. There may be situations that require us to move a student between models. We will address these situations on a case-by-case basis.

🆕 Will families lose their spots in programs (Magnet, Montessori, TEAM, Venture) if they choose all the online or homeschool options? What if they completely withdraw from the district to use K-12, etc. What will be the process for re-entering those programs?

We want families to have the flexibility they need during this time. We will hold students’ spots in these programs so that families who remain enrolled with our district will have the option to continue these programs next year. Families who withdraw from our district will need to reapply.

🆕 Can you send bus drivers to deliver meals to kids?

We continue to work with OSPI and USDA to provide meals to our students. We are not delivering meals via buses at this time. If you or your child is not able to visit one of our meal distribution sites, please call 360-662-1092. 

How will you meet the needs of students who need additional intensive learning supports?

We will continue to focus on supporting students and families with unique needs, including special education services, English language learners, students experiencing homelessness and others. We will provide those supports remotely if possible or in-person when that is the only effective delivery method.

How are you supporting families of students with special needs?

We will provide special education and related services (occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language, etc.) in a remote learning environment for students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We recognize that we will not be able to implement IEPs in the same manner as prior to this health crisis. IEP teams will continue to work with families upon return in the fall.

 

Why did you specify nine weeks for fully remote learning?

Beginning the school year in a fully remote model for the first nine weeks will allow us much-needed consistency through the first quarter of the school year.

 

Will any classes be offered at WestSound Tech?

Our students will not have access to any in-person WestSound Tech classes while we are in a fully remote learning model.

 

Can my student take AP classes?

Yes. Students may take AP classes with our CK teachers in th remote + in-person model.

🆕 Will music still be offered?

Yes. Music will still be offered in our Remote + In Person Learning Model.

🆕 Are all three learning model options open to transfer families?

Yes. Families whose transfer requests have been accepted may choose any of our three learning model options on a space-available basis.

Academics: Remote + In Person Model

How will remote learning be different than it was last spring?

We’ve heard feedback from many families, students and staff, and that feedback has allowed us to make significant improvements to our remote learning. This year’s remote learning model is not the same model you experienced this spring. A district team has developed an improved, more robust remote learning experience that will have increased expectations for student participation, more consistency for delivery of content, and better feedback to students and families.

Will there be any live instruction?

In the remote + in person model, there will be a mix of recorded lessons, live interactions with staff members, and additional supplemental support activities. We will share recorded lessons in order to ensure students have access to these lessons to watch (and re-watch if needed) at a time that is convenient for them.

🆕 What do the daily schedules look like for fully remote days?

Students can expect to be engaged in a mixture of online and offline activities.  Schools are creating daily and weekly schedules for students. We will publish those schedules as soon as they are finalized.

🆕 What will grading look like?

At the elementary level, we will use standards-based grading for students in grades K-3. For students in grades 4-12, we are creating an equitable system of instruction, assessment, and a grading system of A, B, C, or Incomplete (I).

🆕 Will all elementary families get paper packets, or just those without access to technology?

Our elementary teachers will be creating these packets for their classes. Please work with your child’s teacher to determine whether your child needs the paper packet, online materials or both.

🆕 Does this negatively affect the start of AP classes in any way?

No. Our fully-remote learning model will not affect the start of AP classes. Students who wish to take AP classes will still have access to these classes.

🆕 Will teachers be available in the evenings for working parents?

Every teacher will publish office hours at the start of the school year.

🆕 How will you help 6th and 9th graders transition? Will there be WEB activities?

We’ll be conducting transition activities virtually to help build relationships while following health and safety guidelines.

What days wills students attend? Will siblings be on the same schedule?

In the hybrid model, what days wills students attend? Will siblings be on the same schedule?
We will initially assign families to an AA (Mon/Tues) or BB (Thur/Fri) schedule. Students with the last names A-K will attend on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students with the last names L-Z will attend on Thursdays and Fridays. We will do our best to address any hardships this may cause individual families on a case-by-case basis.

Academics: All-Online Model - "CKSD Virtual Academy"

🆕 Where can I see an online course list for Pearson Connexus?

Academics: Homeschool Partnership

Will there be a limit on K-8 Homeschool enrollment at Barker Creek?

No. We will provide enough staffing at Barker Creek to ensure that all families who wish to enroll in our K-8 Homeschool program are able to do so.

How do students get technology help?

You can find links to help you troubleshoot common problems on our At Home resources page. You'll also find a link to request a repair when troubleshooting doesn't work. 

You can find a "Resources" link at the top of all school sites, or go straight to CKschools.org/AtHome.

What if I don't have access to technology or internet?

We recognize that some students have limited access to technology. We will ensure that all students K-12 receive a district Chromebook. We are contacting each family who identified that they do not have internet access at home. We are working with these families individually to help provide internet access. If you need help, please call 360-662-1652.

Our elementary teachers will develop packets that align with the curriculum available on Google Classrooms, and will make them available to families every week, in addition to supplemental materials. We will work with secondary students to address this need on a case-by-case basis.

Will elementary students get computers to take home?

Yes. We will check out Chromebooks to all of our students.

🆕 How will Chromebooks be distributed?

If your student still needs a Chromebook, please complete this form (Spanish | Tagalog). Chromebooks will be distributed from our Teaching & Learning Center at Barker Creek (1400 NE McWilliams Rd., Bremerton). We will work individually with each family to schedule a pick-up time.

Are playgrounds open?

As a school district, we have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to doing our part to flatten the curve and comply with the recommendations of public health authorities. Therefore, we our school playgrounds are closed.

Are fields and other outdoor facilities open?

Tennis courts and tracks are open. 

Fields and other outdoor facilities, however, are temporarily closed. 

Our state's phased reopening plan provides a path forward for our community. Within our state, groups are developing specific plans to re-open our schools and sporting fields.

Locally we are working with Kitsap County as many of our campuses have facilities adjacent to our county’s park system.

We plan to reopen our outdoor facilities using a phased approach.

Will staff have access to their building every day in order to meet the needs of students?

As long as we are in Phase 2 or beyond, staff will have access to their classrooms.  Staff will be expected to follow DOH as well as CKSD requirements for safety.

Are you providing meals?

Yes. We are offering free meals through Aug. 20 to all children age 18 and under. We will also provide free meals to students up to age 21 who receive education services. Meals are available for pickups two days a week with meals for multiple days in each package.

Please visit CKschools.org/Meals for more details on pickup locations and times.

When school resumes in September, we will continue providing school meals to the families who rely on them.

How will you communicate information to families?

The Community Relations Office takes the lead on communications using a variety of channels including emails, district and school websites, and social media. If you do not already receive our district emails, sign up now. You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

If you have not been receiving emails from your school or from the district's ENewsCKSD account, please email us at info@ckschools.org.

Will sports be offered?

At this time, the Kitsap Public Health District supports the postponement of all extracurricular and athletic activities. As suggested by the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) we will move Season 1 sports to later in the year. All middle school sports are on hold.