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    Return to School 7/6/20

    As you likely know from the media, the state released guidelines for re-opening schools in the fall. The guidance is helpful for planning, but illustrates that we will not be allowed to start school in a completely “normal” way in the fall. Rules such as face masks and six foot physical distancing will be in place. We know that this is distressing for many families and that this will not work for everyone. We also know that six foot physical distancing will not allow all students to be on campus every day.

    Our focus moving forward is the following:

    • To provide options for our families through in person, online, and blended models.
    • To have students on campus as much as possible.
    • To prioritize additional campus access to those who need to be on campus the most – based on age, disability, home situation, learning needs, etc.
    • To maintain safety for students and staff.
    • To improve our continuous learning model to help students and families be successful when students cannot be on campus.

    Parent Feedback and Advisory Group: Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. It was very helpful to us for planning purposes. The survey results have been released to the public on our website and our Facebook page. While the survey gives excellent information for us, more discussion and collaboration will be needed for us to make specific plans for the fall. To assist with this we have established a parent advisory committee focused on re-opening. This committee will vet all ideas for re-opening in the hope that pitfalls can be avoided where possible.

    Changes for the Fall: There were a number of lessons learned this past spring during our emergency continuous learning that provided valuable information for us moving forward. A few of the important changes include…

    • Every student will be assigned a Chromebook that they can take home.
    • Staff and students will use the Learning Management System (Google Classroom grades 3-12 or SeeSaw grades K-2) both at school and at home so that everyone is familiar with using it.
    • On campus learning will focus on things that need to be done on campus and remote learning will be tailored to things that work well in that environment.

    Updates to our planning will be posted approximately every two weeks throughout the summer on our district website under the Emergency Closure tabs and will be posted on the school district Facebook page. More complete information will also be sent by mail in August.

     


    Family Survey Results

    This link will take you to the results and comments from our Family Survey. Student names have been redacted.

    Thank you to everyone who completed this. Your comments and suggestions will be used to help us make the best possible plan with the constraints we are given by the department of health.


    Continued Meal Service

    Our current meal service and routes are in place until June 25th. Starting on Monday, June 29th through Wednesday, August 19th, meal service will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. Multiple meals will be included each delivery. If you wish to continue to receive meals after June 25th, please call or email Barbara Puhl at 360-642-3739 or district.secretary@oceanbeachschools.org. For communication in Spanish, please contact Cindy Guzman at 360-214-4033 or cindy.guzman@oceanbeachschools.org.


    Dear Ocean Beach School District Community:

    It is with deep sorrow that we have watched the death of George Floyd and the aftermath of that event. It is easy to feel a sense of hopelessness and a lack of empowerment, but our children and our community need us to remember that we can make a difference – right here, right now, in our community. We do not control the larger world, but we do control how we treat others and how we raise our children.

    I personally have struggled with how to address this with my own children. My high school and college children were easy because they are either adults or on the cusp of adulthood. It is not so easy with my third grader. How do I talk to her about this without confusing her or scaring her? She is already afraid due to COVID and its ramifications. But I know it is my duty as her mother to ensure that she processes this event appropriately, and that she knows her role in making a difference in her community and in the world. I know that the most important lessons that I can teach her are how to treat others with compassion and respect.

    As parents, I challenge us all to talk to our children about the events occurring in our nation. Teach them to be kind and understanding and to never judge someone by the color of their skin. As a school system, I challenge us to look at our curriculum and our lessons to ensure that we are representing the voices of a complicated and diverse world. That we teach kindness, compassion, and respect every single day. That our children, who do not have a lot of access to the larger world, need to know how to interact in a larger, more diverse society than the small peninsula that we inhabit. How we treat others is the cornerstone of our democracy and is the basis for faith. We must all work together to be the change we wish to see in the world.

    To assist you in speaking with your children about this difficult topic, we are attaching some resources that you might find helpful. Thank you for working with us to help our children make sense of this tragedy and its aftermath.

    Amy Huntley                                                                                                                                                                                                              Superintendent

    https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

    https://youtu.be/LnaltG5N8nE

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MPK5Zp7Mtsm839CpbdJFapLHNHP8DGO406t6JR00G3g/edit?usp=sharing


    5/26/20

    Ocean Beach School District Families:

    The Ocean Beach School District is beginning the work to plan for next school year. The State of Washington, the Centers for Disease Control, and other groups are providing guidance that we will use to plan for our return to school. To assist us with this, please complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W5WTFF8 or use the QR code below to reach the survey. If you would prefer a written survey, please call the district office at 360-642-3739, and we will mail one to you.

    QR Code for Survey

    2020 Census

    It is very important for our county, including our school district, that every household complete the Census. Census data is not used for purposes outside of the Census, but the numbers generated by the Census guide everything from how many representatives Washington and Pacific County have in state and federal government to the percentage of certain federal and state funds awarded to our county and to our schools. Pacific County currently has one of the lowest Census response rates. If we don’t correct this, our county stands to lose a great deal of funding for critical services such as mental health care, health department resources, low income housing grants, school funding grants, transportation funds for road repairs and upgrades, and much, much more. Please go to https://2020census.gov/ and complete the survey for your household as soon as possible.


    Continuous Learning 5/5/20

    Dear Families,                                                                                                                                                                                                          I hope all in your household are doing alright during these strange times. I want to thank you for partnering with us to continue learning for your children. As this closure has progressed, our mission as a district has shifted to better serve student needs; however, you parents have been in the middle as each shift has occurred. I would like you to know that our course between now and June 19th, when school will end for this school year, will remain essentially the same as it is now (with us getting better at this every day, of course). Below is an FAQ of things that have come up and that you might be wondering. I will continue to add to the FAQ on our website at www.ocean.k12.wa.us. There are specific tabs for the emergency closure in both English and Spanish. We will also be asking you to participate in a short survey in the next few weeks. The survey will help us better understand your needs and will help us prepare better for next school year. If you have questions in addition to the Q and A below, please email amy.huntley@oceanbeachschools.org

    Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Amy Huntley                                                                                                                                                                                                            Superintendent

     


    Continuous Learning 4/13/20

    Dear Families,                                                                                                                                                                                                Now that we know that we will be doing remote instruction for the remainder of the year, it is time to move beyond the work being “enrichment” to the concept of “continuous learning.” We know this won’t be the same as “in person school,” but we plan to help our students keep learning and progressing during the social distancing time.

    If you and your children are engaged in online communication and work with the teachers, then we record that as present for the purposes of attending, and you can just keep doing what the teachers send. If you have been using paper packets, we will start collecting these back again to assess the students and make adjustments as needed. As with online participation, this will count as present for the purposes of attendance. If you get paper packets and the teacher is reaching out directly to go over the packets with you, then you do not need to return anything.

    There will be drop boxes at the high school for dropping packets off when you collect new work on Mondays and Tuesdays. If your work is being sent to you via our transportation department, then we will begin collecting work in a drop box when the new packets get delivered. Returning work will begin next week.

    It is not our goal to overwhelm families, nor should families expect their student to be engaged in online learning all day long. Our goal is to move learning forward to help students have as little “catch up” time as possible in the future. For high school students the goal is to gain as many credits as possible to help keep students progressing towards graduation.

    Please continue to take good care of yourselves and your families. Together we will partner to help keep learning moving forward for our students.

    Sincerely,

    Amy Huntley                                                                                                                                                                                                            Superintendent


    4-6-2020                                                                                                                                                                                             Schools Closed for the Remainder of 2019-2020 School Year

    Dear Families,

    I’m writing to share some important news. Governor Inslee has made the decision to close schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This closure is an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe and healthy. During this closure extension, all schools in the district will remain closed.

    We understand that the continued closure of schools presents many challenges for students and families. It also raises many questions. The information outlined below is what we know now. We will continue to share further guidance as decisions are made and as information becomes available.

    • Distance Learning: Distance learning will continue through the remainder of the school year. We will continue to improve on this model and our outreach to students.
    • High School Seniors: High school seniors will receive support from staff on opportunities to earn credits needed for postsecondary transitions. We are working closely with the state’s college system to ensure smooth transitions. We will reach out to all seniors after the State Board of Education votes this Wednesday on flexibility waivers for the class of 2020.
    • Graduation Ceremonies: Alternatives to in-person graduation ceremonies are being explored. Stay tuned for options.
    • School Activities: All school events, including sporting practices and matches, field trips, dances, etc. will be canceled during the extended school closure. We are engaging with students to come up with creative alternatives to celebrate milestones. We will keep students and families updated on these decisions so that you can plan your participation in advance. Some activities may be postponed until summer.

    Please continue to take good care of yourselves and your families. This is a difficult time for all of us, but we will get through it together.

    Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Amy Huntley                                                                                                                                                                                                              Superintendent


     4-3-20                                                                                                                                                                                                               Dear Ocean Beach School District Families,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               As the school closure continues, our mission to support families is shifting. We do not know how long the closure will last, but we are assuming it will likely last longer than April 24th, so we are gearing up to serve children academically for a longer period of time. This cannot replace the services we provide in person for your children, but we will do our best to keep learning progressing for all of our students.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Material Pick-up                                                                                                                                                                                            The district is working to streamline the process of picking up packets and materials for families. When we reach out for you to pick up things, we will be staging all of the pickups at the “fish bowl” at the entrance to Ilwaco High School. Ocean Park will still put some of their materials in the boxes borrowed from Lighthouse Realty at the front of the school. This will only be Ocean Park materials. Materials from all schools, including Ocean Park, will be available at the high school. If getting to the high school is a concern for your family, let your school know and we will arrange delivery. If you are picking up a chromebook, you will have a scheduled time to come in to the high school so that we can ensure social distancing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Connecting with Teachers and Staff                                                                                                                                                 School staff are committed to reaching out to families, but this process is actually far more difficult than you might imagine since staff cannot access the buildings and their school phones. I know that many people do not answer blocked calls, but please answer them as it may be school staff trying to reach you to support your children. We are reaching out via phone, email, Facebook messenger, and any other way that we can think of to safely connect with you. Most of the communication and outreach will occur Monday through Wednesday for the next several weeks. We have teachers otherwise engaged on the next several Thursdays and Fridays, so you likely won’t see much outreach then.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Census 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                             Having the Census on April 1st in the middle of a pandemic is very strange and makes counting our residents more difficult than usual. If you have not already done so, please go to 2020census.gov and take a few minutes to fill it out. It is confidential and it does not ask anything about immigration status or income or other personal things. It just asks for basic information such as names, birthdays, gender, etc. for people who lived at your house on April 1st. Census data is used for a number of school and government funding programs as well as for our state and local government delegates, so filling it out helps everyone in our community.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Seniors in the Class of 2020                                                                                                                                                                        One of our greatest concerns is helping the class of 2020 graduate and celebrate that accomplishment. More than any other student group, these kids have had their plans and exciting opportunities altered in ways that cannot be recovered. I want to assure you that if your student was on track to graduate at the end of February when the state of emergency was declared, as long as you work with us on the material that we push out to you, you will graduate. Currently the Ocean Beach School District Board of Directors waived the two local requirements of a job shadow and 20 hours of community service. The State Board of Education (SBE) meets on April 8th to adopt emergency rules for further waivers for the class of 2020. We will be reaching out with specific plans for each senior after the SBE finalizes their rules on the 8th. We are also looking at fun ways to honor our seniors during this crisis. Graduation plans and contingency plans are also being discussed and worked on.

    Finding Information                                                                                                                                                                                 Things are changing quickly and we are sharing information as it comes in. We are currently updating our website at www.ocean.k12.wa.us to have tabs for both English and Spanish links on the main page where we can put all of our communication. We hope that it helps to have one place to look back to for any information you may have missed or may need to revisit. We should have this mostly updated by Monday. Please remember to check your email for messages from the district and from teachers.

    Food Delivery                                                                                                                                                                                                   We want to be sure you know that food will continue to be distributed throughout the closure, including the week that would have been spring break. If you need food and have not already reached out, please email district.secretary@oceanbeachschools.org or call 360-642-3739. Food is delivered once a day, Monday through Thursday, along the regular bus routes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you for your continued collaboration as we get through this public health crisis together.                       Sincerely,

    Amy Huntley                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ocean Beach School District Superintendent


    Opportunities to Access the Internet: 4-2-20

    1. School Parking Lots                                                                                                                                                                      Your school Chromebooks will already be able to connect to the schools’ Wi-Fi automatically, you will not need to do anything different than what you do while at school.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To connect personal devices (NOT YOUR SCHOOL CHROMEBOOKS!), use the network, obsd-guest and the password, Free4a1!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    1. Charter, 60 days free for students:

    Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

    1. All Timberland Libraries - Ilwaco, Ocean Park, Naselle

    Wi-Fi Internet Access at the library can be accessed from your car in the parking lot.

    • Timberland Regional Library (TRL) provides free wireless access (Wi-Fi) to the Internet in all TRL libraries. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about using Wi-Fi in the library.

    Which Timberland libraries offer Wi-Fi?

    • Wi-Fi access is available in all TRL libraries (Ilwaco, Ocean Park, Naselle)

    What hours is the Wi-Fi service available?

    • Daily from 6:00am - midnight

    What do I need to use Wi-Fi at the library?

    • TRL uses the Wi-Fi standard known as IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
    • You need to bring your Wi-Fi capable laptop, tablet or other mobile device to the library
    • Devices should automatically get settings from our servers (DHCP), and custom network settings (especially DNS) will not work properly, and will not be supported
    • Most Wi-Fi equipment should work but TRL cannot guarantee that your equipment will be compatible with the library’s Wi-Fi network

    Do I need a login and password to connect?

    • No login or password is required to connect to the TRL Wi-Fi network. Just look for "trlguest" in the list of available networks on your device.

    Restaurants/Locations with Free Wi-Fi

    • McDonald’s

    (360) 642-8212      100 16th St Se, Long Beach, WA 

    • School Parking Lots

    Hilltop, OPE, LBE, High School

    • ADRIFT Parking Lot
    • Adriftlife

    (360) 642-2311      409 Sid Snyder Dr., Long Beach, WA


     Potential Childcare Option

    OBSD Parents/Guardians:                                                                                                                                                                         The needs have shifted so much since this closure started, that we need new information from our families. No promises, but we would like to explore the need for childcare in our community for critical workers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Any care that we offer would be limited to "at work" time for essential workers during this time of closure; would only be available Monday-Friday 8:00-3:00; would be limited to school-aged children; and would require parents to pick up and drop off.                                                                                                                        Please email amy.huntley@oceanbeachschools.org or call 360-642-3739 if you are lacking basic childcare to work in the following places/fields: healthcare including mental health; in home care and elder care; first responders; and grocery store employees. If you feel that your work situation should be considered and is related to, but not on this list, please email me that as well.

    When you email I need the following information:

    • Student(s) Names and Ages
    • Whether you would want care at Ocean Park or Long Beach
    • Parent(s) Name(s)
    • Parent(s) Phone Number(s)
    • Parent(s) Employer(s)
    • Employer(s) Phone Number(s)
    • Hours and Days you might need care (only M-F from 8-3 potentially available)

     COVID-19 Family Update: 3-18-20

    Ocean Beach Families: 

    The Ocean Beach School District is closing all buildings to public access. If you need to speak to someone, please call the district office or your school office. We will have staff to answer your call Monday-Thursday during the day. To accommodate working from home and to accommodate later additions to the school year, the district will not have staff available on Fridays during the closure.
     
    On Thursday we plan to begin offering meals. These will be delivered along the bus routes once per day, Monday through Thursday. The district will be calling families that indicated a desire to have meals delivered to clarify drop off times. If you need meals and have not reached out, please email district.secretary@oceanbeachschools.org or call 360-642-3739. Spanish speaking families should call Cindy Guzman at 360-214-4033 or email her at cindy.guzman@oceanbeachschools.org.
     
    Packets of enrichment materials for students and free books to take will be available at each school building on Monday and Tuesday next week from 9-11 and 2:30-3:30. No staff will be on hand to answer questions. If you need to speak to someone, you need to call and make an appointment. If you cannot come during that time, but would like a packet, please call your school building. Spanish speaking families should call Cindy Guzman at 360-214-4033 or email her at cindy.guzman@oceanbeachschools.org. Next Wednesday, we will deliver packets along with food to those who request it.
     
    Current guidance on childcare is that school districts are childcare of last resort for health care workers and first responders. If you fit in these categories and need assistance with childcare, please call 360-642-3739 and ask to speak to Amy or Barb. If you need Spanish translation assistance, please call Cindy Guzman at 360-214-4033.
     
    Current guidance from the state and the CDC is to stay home if you are 60 or older and/or have chronic health issues such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes. Others should assume they are infectious and practice precautions to not spread the virus to vulnerable populations. Please consider helping your neighbors and friends and please, please wash hands and surfaces frequently.
     
    Sincerely,
    Amy Huntley, Superintendent

     
    COVID-19 UPDATE: 3-13-2020

    As the situation with the coronavirus outbreak continues, the advice and recommendations change. As of today, the Ocean Beach School District is closing until April 27th per order of the governor.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    During the closure, we will be working to support families with food insecurity and with crucial childcare. Next week the district will be working on plans for food and curriculum deliveries by bus route.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           By next Monday, we would ask that all families that would like to have school meals delivered to their bus stop during the closure send an email to district.secretary@oceanbeachschools.org with the names and grades of their students. Elementary students are being sent home with a flyer that further asks for families to let us know if the lack of childcare would cause them to possibly lose employment. The school is working on contingency plans to provide childcare for those who most need it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           We will send out information via email, Facebook, and Bloomz when meal deliveries, curriculum deliveries, and possible childcare will begin.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Some health things to consider...

    It is recommended that people at high risk stay home as much as possible and avoid crowded events. People at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 include people:

    1. Older than age 60.
    2. Who have serious, chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease.
    3. Who have weakened immune systems.

     Kids are talking about it to each other and may have some worries or misinformation.

    • Let them know that it’s natural and okay to be worried. I’m worried too. You can reassure them that kids who have gotten COVID-19 have recovered nicely.
    • Let’s make sure our kids have the right information. Help the older ones understand how to find reliable information on the internet. More DOH blog and CDC website; less YouTube.
    • Teach the little ones how we keep our bodies healthy—good food, lots of sleep, exercise. Drink water. You know the drill.
    • Remind them of the last time they were sick. How did they feel? What made them feel better? Help them translate those memories into compassion for others who are sick and into desire to keep themselves and others healthy.
    • Teach them to wash their hands and cover their coughs.
    • And if they are really into it, encourage them to explore a career in public health!

     We know that this is a huge change and a hardship. We have been asked to pull together to help prevent the spread of this virus.