Fall 2021 School Year Update

Fall 2021 School Year Update
Posted on 05/14/2021
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

May 14, 2021

Dear Pioneer Families, 

Yesterday afternoon, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal released a statement on plans for school in fall 2021 and the Washington State Department of Health launched their COVID-19 health and safety guidance for K-12 schools.  Links to both documents are at the bottom of this message and will be available on our website.



We are very excited that students will be able to learn full-time in a regular five-day schedule onsite in our school buildings in the upcoming school year!   OSPI is recommending that all students learn in this format, but the Pioneer School District will also be operating a newly designed remote learning program called Pioneer Virtual Academy for families who prefer a remote option.  This program will be operating separately from our regular elementary and middle school buildings as an alternative learning experience.  Details about this program will be provided to families as they are finalized prior to the end of this school year.



For this year’s Jump Start summer learning recovery program and the 2021-2022 school year, the Washington State Department of Health currently requires schools to have the following mitigation measures:  face coverings, ventilation, cleaning and disinfecting, responding appropriately to cases of COVID-19, and meeting the reporting requirements to public health.

In addition, physical distancing of 3-foot social distancing in classrooms and 6-foot social distancing elsewhere is recommended to the greatest extent possible. It is possible that there may be updates and adjustments to the above requirements over the summer and prior to the start of the school year.  As changes are communicated, the district will share these with our families. If the district continues to have 3 or 6-foot social distancing requirements, we will be looking at how to increase use of building spaces through modification of interior or exterior spaces or adding additional classroom spaces to maintain safe social distancing requirements.


Families who would like to review the detailed statement from Superintendent Chris Reykdal may access the link here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAOSPI/bulletins/2d91d6f

or may view the updated health and safety guidance for K-12 schools here:  health and safety guidance for K–12 schools



If you have not yet completed the family survey, please complete the survey at this link https://forms.gle/SaLaGMSPzCWk1RjGA  for each child you have registered in our school district. The purpose of the survey is to get feedback on specific required areas and to provide the district with information for improvement and preparation for the next school year.



Jill Diehl, Superintendent

Pioneer School District