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Letter to the editor: Hold Mukilteo School District leaders accountable for delay in online learning


Last updated 3/29/2020 at 9:36pm

We need to hold Mukilteo District leaders accountable for the delay in online learning.

Other districts around us already offer online learning support and virtual classrooms while the Mukilteo School District continues to delay a roll out of educational classrooms and materials for students.

The Northshore School District launched Zoom classroom to all its students on March 7, before the statewide announcement of school closures. The Everett School District already gave out 1,000 Chromebooks to its students and has classroom packets of exercises that can be printed from its website.

In contrast, Mukilteo School District offers a 3-page word document reiterating the need for students to continue reading with some suggested ideas (no links) on how parents can approach curriculum topics. I want to remind the school district that parents are working - we don't have time to devise our own lesson plans.

How much longer do our school district leaders want parents to sit and wait while our friends in other districts continue with their education and meet their peers and teachers through Zoom?

Our district has failed to move quickly or show their preparedness in a time of crisis. Mukilteo spends more per pupil than Northshore and is one of the highest paying districts in the state for teacher salaries. This is not a money or technology issue. This is a failure of resource allocation and action by our district leaders. Online learning and cloud based classrooms have been around for years.

In terms of educational access and success, the Mukilteo School District is letting other districts take the lead.

Melanie Banfield



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