BACK-TO-SCHOOL COUNTDOWN: Don’t be a no-show

With Seattle Public Schools starting classes a week from tomorrow (except for kindergarteners/preschoolers), it’s important for schools to have an accurate count of how many students are showing up. Toward that end, Tricia suggested we publish this message from the district:

If your student will not be attending Seattle Public Schools or attending another school this year, please complete the appropriate form here. If you have questions, you may contact the Seattle Public Schools Admissions Center team online or at 206-252-0760.

10 Replies to "BACK-TO-SCHOOL COUNTDOWN: Don't be a no-show"

  • JJ August 24, 2021 (4:29 pm)

    I just wanted to give a link to the “Declaration of intent to provide home instruction” form. This link is on the Washington Homeschool Association. The due date is coming soon for turning it in if you are starting the year homeschooling rather than remote instruction. Be sure to read about the other laws and requirements. All of them are pretty doable for many families, especially in the elementary/middle grades.

    • wsperson August 24, 2021 (6:20 pm)

      Thanks for the link!

    • mama August 31, 2021 (1:08 pm)

      Thank you!

  • Michelle August 24, 2021 (4:52 pm)

    Here is the live stream of the SPS town hall happening right now. They did not give families much notice of this town hall, so for those who need it, here is the YouTube link.

    • JJ August 24, 2021 (6:11 pm)

      Oh, I missed it! Did they talk about a testing plan? Will they be testing students? Did they talk about a positivity rate that would trigger a move to remote learning?

      • High Point August 24, 2021 (6:56 pm)

        I heard from an SPS nurse earlier this week that there is no threshold for triggering remote learning. I’m anxious to hear if that changes over the next week. 

        • WSParent August 31, 2021 (1:10 pm)

          I have still not heard either – does anyone know what the plan is in case of outbreaks? How many kids would have to be sick (answer should be none) for at least the option of remote learning through SPS?

  • Ocean August 24, 2021 (5:03 pm)

    JJ-   Great point about the due date, and thank you for including the  link.  The Homeschool Association works well for many families.   (I’m a retired teacher and often help families complete the requirements.)

  • jissy August 24, 2021 (10:23 pm)

    Yes, JJ — due date is September 15th and I would strongly suggest you take 2 copies in, one to get stamped as received with the date you did so to keep for your file records.  BTW, you don’t have to officially declare until your child has turned 8.Here’s another great resource:

  • N August 24, 2021 (10:43 pm)

    We’ve tried to reach Admissions for two straight days, no luck.  The local school answeed right away but they are powerless, everything is run at the district level and apparently it’s quite hard to get someone to answer a phone or email.  Rant over.

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