Returning to Full-Time In-Person Learning April 12!

Returning to Full-Time In-Person Learning April 12!
Posted on 03/25/2021
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The Royal School District is thrilled to welcome students back to full-time in-person learning each day, Monday-Friday, beginning Monday, April 12.

The decision was made by the School Board, Superintendent, and staff after careful consideration, planning, and the March 25th order from Governor Inslee following updated guidance from the Washington Department of Health. The new DOH guidelines reduce the physical distancing requirement for students from six feet to three feet. The Royal school board of directors unanimously approved a resolution for this transition to “Strive for 6. No less than 3” in Royal schools at a special board meeting on Thursday, March 25.

Royal Superintendent Roger Trail says, “With the reduced physical distancing requirement, we have the space available to finally bring students back into the classroom. Our district recognizes the vital academic and social-emotional benefits of in-person learning. We want to assure our entire learning community of parents, students, and staff that we are committed to delivering the highest quality education possible in a safe environment.”

As students return full-time, they will notice some modifications. These may include changes to the time and spacing of class transitions, seating on buses, classroom arrangements, food service, and lunch schedules. This is especially true for 7th and 8th grade students at Royal Middle School, which is the most congested building due to the current construction and remodeling taking place around campus. We ask for your patience, flexibility, and cooperation as we adjust and work to create space!

All schools will continue to practice diligence adhering to established health and safety protocols, including wearing face coverings, and screenings with temperature checks. Staff responsible for cleaning and sanitizing buildings and buses are preparing for the increased number of students.

Important Notes:

  • Beginning April 12, the District will no longer be operating on a hybrid schedule. Students will either receive 100% in-person or 100% online learning.
  • Any families of students in grades 6-12 who are currently attending the hybrid model may choose to switch to 100% online if they are not comfortable with the new three-foot physical distancing. However, the student must be academically successful to be allowed to switch to online.
  • Families who selected online learning initially but are interested in returning in-person should contact their student’s school.
  • Late Start Fridays will continue as currently scheduled for the remainder of the school year.

Royal School District’s updated Reopening Plan will provide full details on how this latest transition addresses academics, social-emotional wellbeing, health, safety, transportation, athletics, and extracurricular activities. The updated plan will be posted online by April 2nd at royalsd.org/reopen/reopening_plan.