Release Date: December 18, 2020
Recipients: Patrons of the Zillah School District, Zillah Community
From: Zillah School District – District Level Administration
As much as the Zillah School District has had to manage challenges throughout this pandemic, we realize the impact on our community has been even more significant. It seems one change or challenge leads to a multitude of others. At this time of year, sending our gratitude seems the least we can do. We would like to thank our students, parents, staff and community members for their willingness to put others before themselves, for the flexibility exhibited as the District navigates guidance, and for the empathy towards those developing a new, or modified, educational experience. We could not do this without you!
With that being said, the Zillah School District once again must make a difficult decision. Our goal is the same as many of you – we want all of our students back in our schools as soon as is possibly safe. With recent guidance from our Governor, the State Department of Health, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Zillah School District is announcing the delay of the hybrid learning model for Zillah High School until further notice. On January 4, 2021, Zillah High School students will continue learning in a distance model.
The District will not identify a start date for hybrid learning in the hopes that once the DOH has made a recommendation to start hybrid learning, we can quickly move into that model. We want to have the ability to adapt quickly so our students can gain the greatest benefit.
We realize some of our students are struggling in the distance model: academically, social/emotional, or both. The ZHS staff has created opportunities for students with these needs to be on-site through the Educational Justice Program. This program allows small groups of students to be on-site for short periods of time in classrooms with teacher support given everyone is healthy and maintains physical distancing requirements. This opportunity will allow student interaction with peers and staff, and academic support and activities in the school environment.
The strength of this community has always been the ability to come together through tough times. Somehow, we always find a way to support each other and, in the end, come out better than we were before. There are more potential challenges ahead, but it is nothing we cannot handle together! We look forward to a new year and hope that it brings you and your family positive experiences and a happy and healthy 2021!
I encourage and welcome any community member to reach out to me personally if you would like to discuss this or any other topic in regard to the Zillah School District.
Doug Burge, Superintendent