Common Hybrid Learning Questions and Answers

Common Hybrid Learning Questions + Answers 

(Combined information from Principal Marshall and the Principals’ Q&A session on March 31st) 

What are the start and end times for each session? 

The morning session will be from 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM and the afternoon session will be from 11:45 AM – 2:30 PM. We encourage families to walk, bike or park further out and walk students to the campus. 

When is the daily electronic health attestation due? 

For any student attending in-person learning in either morning (A) or afternoon (B) cohort, please fill out the electronic health attestation by 7:00 AM daily.  You can do this from a computer or mobile phone.  SPS will email links to each family.  The attestation form is also available here: https://seattlepsb2s.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1MJ02N2Lv2lT5P0?Q_CHL 

How will arrival and dismissal work? 

  • Playground gates will be opened at 10 minutes prior to the session start bell time.  For example, for the 8:00 AM morning cohort (A), gates will open at 7:50 AM.   
  • Refer to the traffic pattern guidance on the PTSA website for drop-off locations by car (on 34th Ave) and by foot (on 33rd Ave).   
  • To avoid major traffic backups, we suggest parking a couple of blocks away and arriving by foot, if you are able. 
  • Please display a name sign (letter size, 8.5” x 11”) with the student’s name and teacher name at drop-off and pickup.  The staff at the entrances will see this sign, held by hand or displayed in your car window, and know where to direct your student at drop-off and pickup.   
  • At drop-off, students will be called forward from the foot or car line.  If needed, a staff member will walk the student to the gate.  At pick-up, students will be released to parents/caregivers based on the name sign displayed in the car window or held by hand. 
  • Families will not be allowed to enter the playground.  Please give them hugs and kisses in the car or at the walk-up line.  Parents and caregivers should remain in their car in the 34th Ave. drop-off area. 
  • If your student is allowed to walk home on their own, please contact their teacher to allow for self-dismissal.  Students may also arrive on their own, preferably with a name card displayed upon arrival. 
  • We are expecting that there will be two crossing guards, one on 35th Ave. and one on 65th St. 
  • Bryant is coordinating the process for transferring students directly between LASER care and in-person learning cohorts. 
  • Students will be directed to their classroom lineup on the playground before the first bell time.  Lines will be managed to keep students distanced, and the playground will not be open for playtime prior to school.  Students will remain within their cohort group throughout the in-person learning time, including recess.  Each classroom will wait for the majority of students to be in line before entering the building.  Classrooms will wait as long as is needed for students to be admitted from the gate line-up.  Students will not be marked as tardy due to a long wait at the admission gate.  
  • If you need to pick up a student prior to dismissal time, you may buzz the front office from the front door at Bryant. 
  • The new process for arrival and dismissal will take some getting used to.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and attention to health precautions, including 6’ distancing and mask-wearing. 

 

Are attendance processes changing? 

Yes.  If your student will miss in-person or remote learning, please notify the Bryant attendance line to receive an excused absence.  Attendance Line: 206-252-5204 or Attendance Email: bryant.attendance@seattleschools.org 

Will Bryant students receive bus transportation? 

The district is starting from scratch: hiring drivers, conducting background checks, trainings and creating bus routes. They are also prioritizing schools based on their socio-economic needs. Bryant has single digit free and reduced lunch (FRL), so it is unlikely that we get bus transportation. 

What will learning look like for my student? 

Will my child fall behind If we decide to choose the 100% remote model? Students will have a consistent learning experience regardless of whether they come to school for the hybrid model or stay remote. Students will receive in-person or remote model for 2.75 hours and the remainder of the day with be a mix of specialist classes (art, library or PE) and then students will be working independently for the remainder of the school day. 

What if my student needs to take medication while at school? 

Per Nurse Sheila, please complete Authorization for Medications Taken at School form for your student attending Bryant in-person.  Return the form and the medication to Bryant. 

How are desks arranged in the classroom? 

Desks are placed at least 6’ apart and facing in one direction. 

What if a student needs a new mask? 

There will be masks available at school, if a student needs one. 

Will lunch be available at school? 

There will be grab-and-go lunch and breakfast options to take with them. 

Will there be recess? 

Yes, recess times are scheduled for approximately 20 minutes.  Your teacher will provide the daily schedule.  The playground will be marked for cohort sections, and cohorts will rotate sections each week. 

How will restrooms be managed? 

If your student’s classroom does not have a dedicated restroom, their cohort will be assigned to a shared restroom.  Shared restrooms are color coded by cohort.  Two students from the same cohort may be in the restroom at the same time.  There will be markers to indicate how many students are in the restroom.  Handwashing will be done both in the restroom and again in the classroom when returning from the restroom. 

Will Bryant have both morning (A) and afternoon (B) in-person sessions? 

Yes, we estimate that over 90% of Bryant students have opted for in-person/hybrid learning, which requires us to use the A and B model. 

Can we switch to remote or hybrid later in the school year? 

Once you make a decision regarding the learning model that meets your child’s needs, you will remain in the same model through the end of the school year. 

Will I be able to choose between the morning or afternoon session? 

Based on the agreement with our labor partners, we must prioritize the morning sessions for both remote and hybrid first, once the morning classes are filled, we will create afternoon sessions if necessary. Our goal is to ensure that students receiving Special Education, English Language services and siblings at Bryant are prioritized for the Morning group. 

Will my child keep their current teacher? 

Although every effort has been made to keep classes intact, some students will need to be re-assigned to other teachers.  The diagram below indicates teacher assignments for the in-person and remote model. Although your child’s teacher may be teaching in-person sections, some students were moved to other teachers due to health and safety protocols and class size limitations. The teachers will be sending a personal note to their current class and welcoming new students. 

TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS: 

TEACHER NAME 

MORNING SESSION 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

REMOTE 

CONFER 

         X 

 

      X 

GALLAGHER 

         X 

         X 

 

JONES 

         X 

         X 

 

SORENSON 

         X 

 

      X 

EEDS 

         X 

 

      X 

HOLLEY 

         X 

         X 

 

JOHNSON 

         X 

         X 

 

SATZINGER (BARNES) 

         X 

 

       X 

SHELLENBERGER 

         X 

         X 

 

ARROWSMITH 

         X 

         X 

 

DUNCAN 

         X 

         X 

 

FAHSELT 

 

 

       X 

REGALADO 

         X 

         X 

 

BERNARD 

         X 

         X 

 

JOHNSTON 

         X 

         X 

 

NGUYEN 

         X 

         X 

 

H. SHETE 

 

 

        X 

DOLAN/CARLS 

         X 

         X 

 

KEARNEY 

         X 

         X 

 

SALISBURY 

         X 

         X 

 

J. SHETE 

         X 

 

         X 

BOSKE 

         X 

 

         X 

DAY 

         X 

         X 

 

GARLID 

         X 

         X 

 

LORD 

         X 

         X 

 

 

For additional general information about Seattle Public Schools, please refer to the district website.  Here are some helpful links: 

SPS Homepage 

2021 resources & COVID plan 

In Person Learning updates 

UPDATED FROM THE PRINCIPALS: FORMS TO COMPLETE FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING

Note: Updated as of 3/31/21 6:18PM

Hello Families,

Earlier this week we sent a message with links to forms that need to be completed before your child returns to in person learning on Monday.  The way we sent these forms didn’t work for most families so we have attached PDFs to this message.  Please drop your hard copies off in the tub at the front doors of the school (from 9-1) or email bryant.attendance@seattleschools.org with your forms attached. Please do this before Friday end of day.

Agreement and Family Instructions.pdf 
Emergency Information and Student Release.pdf 
Letter for Families- April 5th.pdf  

Thank you!

Principal Charmaine (Char) Marshall and AP Heather Snookal 

DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING

 

See below for important details about new drop off and pick up procedures for in-person learning from Principal Marshall:

Unlike previous years, we will not be allowing parents or families/adults to walk their children on to the playground for drop off or pick up. We know this is a change for you and our students returning to in-person learning. Please begin having conversations with your child about how drop off and pick up will go, as children thrive when they know what to expect and have time to process change.
We will have finalized drop off and pick up plans out to the community by the end of this week (April 2nd), however in the meantime, there are things you can do to prepare yourself and your family.
 
If you will be driving your child to school:
  • You must have filled out your child’s health attestation before arriving to school by car.
  • We will have a designated traffic flow pattern – well marked with signs. Drop off will be past the bus zone on 34th. This is designated by a blue smiley face on the map above.
  • You will remain in your car and a staff member will escort your child to their class line up spot. Classes will line up on the playground and will be physically distanced from each other.
  • To help us know your child’s name and where they need to go, please prepare a sign with your child’s first and last name and their teacher’s name in bolded letters to hold up when you arrive to the drop off/pick up location.
  • Have your child’s backpack ready to go and mask already on so that when you arrive your child can give you a kiss and hug and hop out to be escorted in.
  • When you pick up your child, you will need to have your name sign ready for staff to see. We will look down the line of cars and getting your children in anticipation.
 
If you will be walking with your child to school:
  • You must have filled out your child’s health attestation before arriving to school on foot.
  • You will drop your child off with a staff member at the entrance to the playground by the garden on 33rd. This is designated by a blue heart on the map above.
  • Have your child’s mask on and backpack ready when you arrive to school to wait to be escorted on to the playground.
  • Please prepare a sign with your child’s first and last name and their teacher’s name in bolded letters to hold up when you arrive to the walking drop off location. This will help with both arrival and pick up.

IMPORTANT SHORT-TERM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR PTSA NOMINATING COMMITEE

 

 

 

 

 

Important short-term volunteer need 

The PTSA Nominating Committee is forming now and seeking additional volunteers.  We have an amazing opportunity to support our students and community in the coming school year.  The Nominating Committee plays an essential role in April and May – working as a team to identify a diverse group of candidates to fill open roles in the PTSA Board.  Please contact volunteer@bryantschool.org to join the committee or express an interest in board leadership in 2021-2022.   

  • 3+ volunteers needed 
  • No prior experience required – WA PTA and Bryant PTSA will provide materials to get you started 
  • Representation matters!  The Nominating Committee will be seeking candidates to represent diverse perspectives from our community 
  • Timing: The committee will be formed ASAP, they will present a draft slate of candidates at the May PTSA meeting, and elections will be held at the June PTSA meeting 
  • Questions?  We’d be happy to hear from you at ptsaexec@bryantschool.org  
  • Please consider volunteering to join this short-term committee in the important work of planning for an amazing year ahead for our students, our building, and our community volunteer@bryantschool.org 

 

UPDATES ON THE RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING

 

 

 

 

Key updates from Seattle Public Schools – updated 3/29/2021

By now you have received several important updates from Seattle Public Schools about the opportunity to return to in-person classrooms at Bryant this spring.  We’d like to call out several important resources for families.  All students, remote or in-person/hybrid, will be facing some changes in April.  Please let Bryant PTSA board members know how we can help you find information and support students.   

  • 2021 In-person learning plan: Update to Stage 2 Remote/Phased Return outlined on this SPS page
      • March 29 – 31: We are in the asynchronous learning period.  Educators are receiving health and safety trainings and preparing classrooms for students.
      • April 5: New Kindergarten to 5th grade hybrid in-person and remote learning models go into effect.
      • New Illustrative schedules have been shared by SPS for reference.
    • New Bell Times: The school board has approved a new bell schedule for Elementary and K-8 schools: After the asynchronous learning period, on April 1st, all classes will start at 8:00 a.m. daily and will remain at this earlier time through the end of the school year for remote classrooms.  The following hybrid schedule will go into effect for in-person classrooms: 
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 
    • Morning Block: 8 – 10:45 a.m.
    • Afternoon Block: 11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.: All students will be remote.
  • Please refer to the SPS website for the full schedule and updates.  
  • Transportation: Yellow bus transportation services for in-person learning will be limited.  Please refer to the SPS website for the latest information. 
    • The 2021-2022 School Year calendar has been posted here.  Note: Kindergarten and Preschool first day changed to Thursday, September 9th.  First through Twelfth grades will start on September 1st.
  • Bryant updates: Principal Marshall and Assistant Principal Snookal will host an information session on Wed, March 31st at 6pm-7pm on Teams.

-Bryant PTSA 

IN-PERSON/HYBRID LEARNING INFO SESSION WITH PRINCIPALS MARSHALL AND SNOOKAL

Please join Principal Marshall and Assistant Principal Snookal for an information session regarding the April 5th K-5 return to in-person/hybrid learning at Bryant! We will be providing much anticipated information about the procedures and policies we will be utilizing and hope to have answers to your important and burning questions.

The Information Session is Wednesday, March 31st from 6-7pm on Teams.


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Bryant PTSA Budget & Equity Discussions

Sign up now! Bryant PTSA will be hosting small discussion groups about PTSA spending and equity in March. We are committed to educational justice as we now pivot toward our 2021-2022 budget. We’ll be seeking feedback from you, our community, about PTSA spending and what equity means to you. Please join us for one of the small group meetings in March.

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See you in March!

-PTSA Executive Committee