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Dear Peninsula School District Community,

We are excited about next fall. Our goal is to safely offer in-person and virtual learning options for all students full-time 5 days a week. Safety for everyone will be our primary priority and we will continue to adhere to the safety protocols outlined by the Washington State Department of Health and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

Learner Centered, Future Focused
Our experiences as a public education system during the global pandemic have given us an opportunity to reflect on the programs and services we offer our community. We’ve taken this time to redesign some of our existing programs and reimagine new services to better meet the needs of our students and families. When considering how to be more responsive, we have strived to adhere to our mission of being ‘learner centered, future focused.’ 

The greatest change you will note is the work to create multiple platforms at Henderson Bay to serve a broader set of student needs. This summer, Henderson Bay will transition from a high school to a site for specialized academies that serve our entire student population. We will call this site The Academies at Henderson Bay and it will include the Global Virtual Academy (GVA), an online program with K-5 and 6-12 grade levels. 

Introducing the Global Virtual Academy (GVA)
The online program, Global Virtual Academy, is not remote learning as it was this school year, but rather a combined virtual/in-person educational experience. We are moving from the dual platform as offered this year school by school, to a district-wide approach. Later this week we will publish a webpage with further information about GVA so you can learn more about this program. Next week, May 10-14, we will host a series of information sessions via Zoom for staff and the community to learn about GVA. Stay tuned for dates and times.

Help Us Plan for Fall
In the next few days you’ll receive an email requesting you complete a simple learning preference survey for each child in your household. This information will help us understand how many students want to be in-person next fall and how many want a virtual learning option. Your participation in the survey will help us to effectively plan our staffing models for the 2021-22 school year. We really need to know how many of our students intend to stay remote. An important note about this interest survey is that it’s not binding for parents. Much can happen between now and September, so we will survey families again mid-summer.

We’ve taken all that we have learned from our experience this year and applied it to ideas we think will serve our students best as we transition back to a more normal school year. Come fall, we will be ready for each and every student no matter where they are in their educational journey. 

Sincerely,
PSD Leadership

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