By Alison Brynelson
Mukilteo School District Superintendent 

Schools will look far different in the fall | Superintendent's Corner

Community invited to share thoughts on reopening plans


Last updated 7/8/2020 at 12:20pm

Staff work groups have been busy developing plans and scenarios to reopen schools this fall.

You can see their tasks and progress on the district website at While they are making great progress, we have much work to do in a very short amount of time. In a very complex and uncertain time, one thing is very certain: this coming school year will look and feel very different than previous school years.

We are leaning heavily on innovative thinking within the health guidelines provided by state and county health districts. We are also building on addressing the social emotional and equity issues raised by the pandemic.

Based on the information we have gathered, my hope is to have elementary school students back in school for in-person instruction this September. Middle and high school students will likely have a hybrid model with some days spent physically at school and other days continuing their learning from home with a more robust distance learning approach than this past spring.

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To help gather thoughts from students, parents, staff and community partners, we are using a tool called ThoughtExchange.

The platform allows participants to enter multiple thoughts, concerns and questions and then review and rate thoughts shared by others. It is available in any language supported by Google Translate. The exchange process and evolving results will be visible for anyone to explore. The results will help inform work groups’ recommendations for re-opening schools this fall.

I invite you to share your thoughts at and return often. The more people participate, the more thoughts there will be to review and rate and the more comprehensive the results. The exchange will be open through midnight on Wednesday, July 15. Thank you for taking a few moments to let us know what is most important to you as we plan what school will look like in September.

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As we develop school reopening plans, I am reassured by the thoughtfulness and focus of the work groups. They are doing tremendous work to help best serve staff, students and families. I look forward to sharing a more comprehensive plan by late July. Until then, please stay safe and healthy. Our community’s ability to do so directly affects our ability to reopen schools.


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