BACK TO SCHOOL: Explorer West MS’s ‘remote plus outdoor’ plan

With Seattle Public Schools starting the 2020-2021 year on Friday, remotely, we’re checking around to see what local independent schools are doing. This afternoon, we talked with Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor), which has a hybrid plan: One day a week in person – outdoors – the other four remote. Each of EWMS’s three grades – 6th, 7th, 8th – will have its own day on campus each week. Canopies will be set up for some protection from the elements.

The school plans weekly all-grades assemblies online. The full plan is summarized on the EWMS website. This all starts tomorrow, with 6th graders on campus for orientation.

7 Replies to "BACK TO SCHOOL: Explorer West MS's 'remote plus outdoor' plan"

  • M August 31, 2020 (9:36 pm)

    Yay for outdoor school. Such a great idea!

  • Ws resident August 31, 2020 (10:46 pm)

    This sounds like a solid and safe plan to get the students together once a week outdoors!

  • HS September 1, 2020 (7:03 am)

    Also leaving a ‘yay’ for outdoors classroom.

  • Argonautter September 1, 2020 (9:06 am)

    I wish there was a way SPS could do this! Way to go Explorer West!

  • MaryDB September 1, 2020 (9:58 am)

    Best of luck to all the students, near and far, blazing new trails this Fall!  Thanks Explorer West for your innovation and creativity!

  • CheckYourPriv September 1, 2020 (10:23 am)

    I hope the parents that choose to send their kids to EW rather than a public school recognize their privilege and support social justice causes that help black and brown children who do not have the luxury of going to a private school to receive in-person education like this. 

    • Gmcgee September 1, 2020 (10:16 pm)

      I think about that a lot. My oldest went thru there and my youngest has one year left. Great school, great teachers. I’m really thankful we found it. If you have kids approaching middle school age you should apply. You would be surprised how many of our families get a break on tuition 

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