Vancouver Public Schools will welcome small groups of kindergarten students back into school classrooms for in-person learning beginning Monday, Nov. 16, consistent with existing Washington State Department of Health guidance. The VPS board of directors reviewed this plan at its Nov. 10 school board meeting.
In-person learning will be two days per week with three days in remote learning. Students will be divided into two schedules for in-person learning: Monday/Tuesday (A pod) or Thursday/Friday (B pod). Full-remote learning continues to be an option for families. A/B pod schedules will be emailed to families Friday, Nov. 6.
The school day for in-person learning will be three hours each day. School hours are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at most elementary schools; and 9:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. at Lincoln and Minnehaha. Remote learning will continue in the afternoon.
At any point, parents can change instruction from in-person to full remote or vice versa. VPS has prioritized keeping families with multiple children on the same schedule.
Health and safety
- Classroom sizes will be limited to 10 students or less per class.
- Students will remain with their current teacher unless, for whatever reason, the teacher is on leave; if that happens, a substitute teacher will teach the class.
- Parents will be asked to assess their child’s health via an emailed health screening form to determine if they should go to school.
- A temperature check will be taken as students enter the school building.
- Students will be expected to wear a mask on the bus and in school.
Information about bus stops and schedules will be available next week.
Bus drivers will pick up grab-and-go meals at the nearest school meal location for students on the bus ride home. Lunch and breakfast for the next day will be provided to each child.
For students who are picked up by their parents, grab-and-go meals are available at eight school sites.
Principals will provide a list of school supplies needed for in-person instruction.
Breaks for activity and movement will be included during the in-class schedule.
For more information, visit the health and safety webpage or contact the school principal.