Superintendent Decker Reflections

FIRST DAY OF ONLINE SCHOOL: September 2, 2020 –

Dear QTS Community (blind cc to staff, board and council)
Today was the first day of the 2020 School Year.  We have 115 students enrolled on day one with  65 on the reservation students and 50 off the reservation students.  This is 2 below last year’s start.  We have 5 kids not registered that are in consideration for enrollment.  The topic of the day was technology and students’ ability to connect at home.  We are identifying the issues and zeroing in on those issues.  The primary issues appear to be at the younger grade levels with devices that are out of the box (iPads and Chromebooks).  We suspect a combination of user error, network connectivity and Internet Service Provider issues.   We have a mechanism in place to identify, track and solve the issues.  We estimate that if we resolve 8-10 of the student connection issues daily that by the middle of next week we will have most of what we believe to be 40 issues resolved.  We will always struggle to resolve connectivity issues due to weak signals depending on student home locations.  Also, there was a nationwide Zoom issue today that peaked at 11 am today, again another issue we cannot resolve.  Most teachers resolved that issue by switching over to Google Meets.   We urge all to exercise patience, flexibility and persistence in problem solving. Today we served a total of 38 meals. We were aiming for 50 total.  We served 23 QTS students, 3 QVSD Students and 12 QTS staff.  We learned today that the USDA has opened up the ability for us to serve younger children not in school.  Stay strong, talk and help each other and next week we will be in a better place.  We are in unprecedented times.

Mark Decker
Superintendent
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Historical Communications:

Sunday, August 30, 2020 – LINK – Letter to all Parents Regarding “off reservation” registration of students, lunch/breakfast servings and technology pickup.

Thursday, August 20, 2020 – LINK – Letter to all 2019-20 Parents and QTS Facebook Page regarding Registration and Technology Pickup

Sunday, August 16, 2020 – LINK – Letter to Community, Resolution, Google Slide Show of 2020-21 Reopening Plan, YouTube Video of Vice Chair Charlotte Penn, Transition Plan, Welcome New Employee

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 – UPDATE: Parent/Guardian/Student Communication (ie email, web page, https://www.facebook.com/quileute.tribalschool.3)

Quileute Tribal School Board made a heartfelt decision last night and approved that Quileute Tribal School will start school 100% online. Since the Quileute Tribal School Board made the decision of being 100% online, JOM clothing vouchers will be placed on hold until if/when we are able to return to campus.  QTS Staff will return August 26th – September 1st to the QTS classrooms for professional development. The first day of online school for students will begin on September 2, 2020 from home.  Deployment of technology plans & registration dates are forthcoming in the days ahead, please watch social media, QTS web pages and emails directly to parents and students for instructions.  All K2 students will have a Generation 7 iPad for home use.  All Grade 3-12 students will have a chromebook.  Verizon jetpacks will be available based on need for students/families.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 –  UPDATE: August 11, 2020 – QTS Going 100% online! Just a quick note to inform all that the Quileute Tribal School Board made a heartfelt decision tonight and approved a resolution (LINK to be signed by the Board and Superintendent) indicating its approval of the QTS 2020-21 Reopening Plan (LINK) whereby 100% of the students enrolled will be offered their academic program online through a Personal Learning Management System (ie Core 4) and following a Continuous Learning Model 2020 format.  Staff will return August 26th to the QTS classrooms and deliver online instruction from their classrooms. Students will begin online instruction on September 2, 2020 from home. Deployment of technology plans are forthcoming in the days ahead, please watch social media, QTS web pages and emails directly to parents and students for instructions.

Thursday, July 30, 2020 – LINK – DRAFT School Reopening Plan 2020-21 (COVID 19 Environment) Presentation to Quileute Tribal Council

Sunday, July 26, 2020 LINK– Recent Reflections: A Message from Superintendent Mark Decker

Sunday, July 19, 2020 – LINK – Recent Reflections: A Message from Superintendent Mark Decker

Sunday, July 12, 2020:  VIDEO LINK (2:26 min) to Superintendent Reflections. Bloopers included in last 16 seconds.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020: In the spirit of distance learning that we have all been experiencing, I will introduce myself to the community using a short 5 minute video.  It is best if you watch the video on a chromebook / laptop or iPad / tablet screen.  A smart phone is adequate for the video, but the letter will be difficult to read on a small screen device.  Best if you turn up your volume before clicking the video link.  CLICK HERE FOR SHORT VIDEO! (once in, click the circle with triangle).