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State of the District - June 23, 2021 Text Graphic

Dear Peninsula School District Community,

Happy summer! As we end the school year, we cannot thank you enough for partnering with us and supporting your students throughout this challenging year. We made it! 

Fall Learning Options Update
Previously, we asked families to complete a fall learning preference survey to help us plan ahead for the 2021-2022 school year. A vast majority of families preferred their students to attend school in-person this fall, with only minimal interest in having children attend school virtually. Because of this, we will not be asking families to complete another survey for fall and have made several adjustments to our original plan of learning options. This fall, we will offer: 

  1. Full-time, in-person learning for all grades.
     
  2. Elementary Virtual Learning: Due to a low level of interest at the elementary level for virtual learning, we will not be able to run a separate virtual academy with teachers for each grade level. We will offer elementary students a virtual option through Discovery Elementary School. Students will be placed in small, multi-grade groupings for grades 1-5. Students will engage in synchronous and asynchronous lessons and have the opportunity to engage in some in-person enrichment programming if desired. We received very little interest in virtual kindergarten, but we will still provide an option that will be mostly independent with an assigned teacher if there is interest.  Elementary students who are interested in this option who do not live in the Discovery Elementary attendance area will register with their neighborhood school and complete a Within District Transfer Request prior to enrollment.
     
  3. Middle School Virtual Learning Canceled: There was not enough interest from families to staff a virtual school for grades 6-8. If a family still desires a remote option, we will work with them to find other programs that can meet their needs outside of the district. We understand that some of our middle school families may not want to return to in-person instruction. For approved virtual learning options in Washington State, please visit this website. To attend any program not offered by the Peninsula School District, you will need to file a Choice Transfer or Intent to Homeschool. If you have any questions about the Choice Transfer process, please contact Roxann Tallman, Executive Assistant, at tallmanr@psd401.net or (253) 530-1007.
     
  4. High School Virtual Learning: PSD will continue to offer high-quality, asynchronous learning for grades 9-12.  We will offer a full menu of regular and AP courses, using our district teachers and our district Schoology platform. In addition, we will expand our offerings by contracting with PEAK/K12 when specific courses are needed to meet student needs and desires. Students have the opportunity of enrolling full or part-time. High school students interested in full-time virtual learning can sign up online here. For part-time options, please contact your student’s school counselor.

If you have questions, please contact Anne Mullen, Director of Programming for GVA, mullena@psd401.net.

Summer Learning
'PSD Summer Scholars' provides learning opportunities for students to engage in academic and social-emotional programs to connect with peers and fill needed learning gaps. We are committed to providing a quality summer school experience while upholding our commitment to health and safety. All summer programs, including any associated transportation and meals, are free for participating students. Visit our web page to learn more about program dates, times, eligibility, and registration instructions.

Summer Meals
The PSD Nutrition Office will have free meal kits available for children up to the age of 18 during summer break running from June 24, 2021, through September 2, 2021. Find more information about summer meals here.

Graduation Photos
Congratulations to the Class of 2021! You can view graduation events and car parade photos on our website. 

We wish you a happy summer break, and can’t wait to see your students next fall!

Sincerely,
PSD Leadership 

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