RETURN TO LEARN 2020-21

UPDATE: 04/19/2021

Superintendent Communication

Dear LCSD Families & Community Members,

I hope that you are taking advantage of the wonderful spring weather and enjoying the variety of spring sports that are currently underway. The purpose of this letter is to encourage you to complete an important survey that pertains to the climate and culture of our school district, share information about our re-visioning process and to inform you of the recent decision that was made by the Office of Superintendent of Instruction (OSPI) regarding state testing.

Mental Health Focus: Given the recent tragedies that have occurred in our region, we will be focusing on suicide prevention activities this week. Amy Eddy, our school psychologist, together with our Student Services Department has put together pertinent information regarding suicide prevention and support systems for students, parents, and staff members. This information is available on our counseling website.

Educational Effectiveness Survey: Our Board of Directors, administrators and the entire staff are committed to providing the best possible education for all students that attend our schools. To ensure a high-quality educational experience, we are committed to improving our school system. Each year we set goals based on student performance and feedback that we seek from students, staff, and parents. With this in mind, I encourage you to take a few moments to complete a brief 10-minute survey regarding your child’s experience this past school year. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us and will go a long way to assisting our school district in planning for the future. The survey can be accessed on your computer or on your smart phone by clicking the following link:
https://ees-parent.questionpro.com/?CID=311978&EQMOD=Y
The survey is also available on our district website www.chelanschools.org or any of our school Facebook pages.

Re-Visioning Process: In my mind, there has never been a more important time to examine our education system and improve how we prepare our youth for the future given what we have learned due to the pandemic.  At this point in time, the LCSD is in the process of re-visioning our school district.  To accomplish this task, we have established a Community Outreach Visioning Committee made-up of community members, staff, former students, current students, and central office employees. This group will help guide and facilitate the visioning process. The new vision is intended to function as guidance for change while empowering our school district to re-shape and re-design a futuristic educational system. One that meets the needs of ALL students, allowing them to thrive. We are excited to begin this work! Sometime next week we will be asking for community input through three broad questions to help build a vision that will serve us well into the next decade. And once again, we will be asking for your input to assist us in this critical step in re-shaping our schools.

State Testing: Recently, Chris Reykdal, OSPI Superintendent, has decided that we will not administer the Smarter Balanced Assessments or the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science this spring. Instead, the testing window will be moved to the fall of 2021. Although this was a complicated decision, I believe it was the right decision. It is obvious that testing as usual this spring would not provide reliable or meaningful results; nor does it support the mental health of our students. Moving the testing window to the fall allows our educators to focus on engaging their students and families over the last couple months of school and preparing for a comprehensive opening of schools this fall.

 

Sincerely,

Barry P. DePaoli, Superintendent

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