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Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King

Coupeville schools, in whatever form they operate this fall, will open six days later than originally planned.

The first day was set for September 8, but has been moved to Sept. 14 to allow staff members and teachers extra time to prepare for a return to education in the age of coronavirus.

“This will give our district almost two weeks of formal training and preparation so that we can be successful in launching the school year,” Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King said in an email sent to parents.

Oak Harbor schools, which were set to start Sept. 3, are also moving to a Sept. 14 start.

While most large school districts across Washington state have publicly announced a move to 100% online learning to start the fall, King has previously said Coupeville will announce a decision Aug. 7.

In his email to parents, the superintendent included a survey, seeking input on four education models.

“I will start by saying that this is all very complex and is a very difficult decision,” King said. “I can tell you that all four models I am giving you and our community members can all be delivered in compliance with the state guidelines for opening.

“If we have students in person we can sanitize and disinfect our schools on a daily basis, we can do health screening, and we can set up classrooms with students six feet apart.

“We also are committed to providing training for whatever model we reopen with.”

King also noted feedback may influence future decisions on how Coupeville phases back into school, if there is a complete online start, either by local decision or state mandate.

So far, Governor Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Education Chris Reykdal have left the decision in the hands of local superintendents, but, with COVID-19 cases surging, the decision may come down from the head office.

For now, Coupeville is broaching four plans:


Everyday Reopening Model:

Modified schedule (Middle School/High School 8:00 AM-1:30 PM, Elementary 9:30-3:00)

Teacher planning periods will take place outside student school day to maximize teaching force/reduce class size.

Students will lose specialist time at elementary and some electives at secondary, allowing a few elective and specialist teachers to operate as school substitutes to ensure subs are available for sick teachers.

Lunches will be delivered to classrooms, with no school assemblies in order to avoid large gatherings.

Large spaces such as gyms and the CHS Performing Arts Center will be utilized as additional classroom space.

Outdoor learning will be emphasized for classes, with PE taking place outdoors on a daily basis.


K-3 Everyday & Hybrid Model:

K-3 will be in class Monday-Friday.

There will be two options for grades 4-12 — in school Monday-Tuesday, online Wednesday-Friday, or online Monday-Tuesday, in school Wednesday-Thursday, online Friday.

Students in 4-12 will be assigned additional work for remote learning days, with teachers available each Friday for virtual check-ins with students and/or family.


K-12 All Hybrid Model:

Two options – in school Monday-Tuesday, online Wednesday-Friday, or online Monday-Tuesday, in school Wednesday-Thursday, online Friday.


Remote or Distance Model:

Online Monday-Friday.

All students will start school year with remote or distance learning, then be able to transition back to in-person education when it is decided it is safe to hold school.

Likely that schools would transition from this to a hybrid model first, before returning to traditional full in-person school day.

In this model, Coupeville will provide more distance learning training for teachers and parents, and will work with local organizations to assist families with essential workers with childcare.


For families who don’t want to return their students to in-person school, the district is also working with Spokane Virtual Learning to create a version of its program which would be provided by Coupeville teachers.

If that option is chosen, a student is locked-in, and can’t return to in-person learning during the 2020-21 school year.

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Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King

The Coupeville School District is targeting August 7 for an announcement on how it will reopen for the 2020-2021 school year.

The first day of school is currently set for Sept. 8.

“I know that this is a top priority for everyone and I will start by saying that we are committed to educating our students with health and safety as a top priority,” Superintendent Steve King said in an email.

“We also need to make sure that we address issues of equity, giving each and every student in our district the opportunity to be successful.”

Coupeville schools, like all others in Washington state, have been shut down since March as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

A decision will need to be made as to whether to return to full-time in-person teaching, full-time online learning, or a hybrid of the two.

Many larger school districts in the state, from Seattle to Tahoma, have chosen the 100% online option this week.

Coupeville is in a unique situation, though, as Island County is in Phase 3 of Governor Jay Inslee’s four-phase reopening plan, while all surrounding counties are still in Phase 2.

In his email, King said the district is sending out a second survey to staff and families to gauge where everyone stands on the different educational options.

The Superintendent will also consult with school board members, union group leaders, Island County Public Health officials, and his peers from the Oak Harbor and South Whidbey school districts.

King and his staff are reviewing regional and state health data, and also working closely with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Northwest Educational Service District.

Whatever decision King comes to will need to be approved by the Island County Health Department.

After all that, it is entirely possible the decision will be taken out of his hands, he admitted.

“Over the past several months I have learned that trying to predict things can be dangerous and we can certainly never count on anyone’s predictions during these unprecedented times,” King said.

“Having said that, I want you to know that I do think that there is at least some possibility that the state may only allow remote or distance learning as the school year approaches.”

The Washington Education Association has asked Inslee to mandate all state schools use the 100% online option when schools open, but, for now, the choice remains in the hands of the superintendents.

“At this point opening schools is still a local decision,” King said. “So we will proceed with our decision-making plan as I have outlined.

“I hope that each and every one of you enjoy the rest of your summer and I encourage everyone to enjoy the many positives that continue to exist in our lives even during difficult times like these.”

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Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King. (Photo property Coupeville School District)

He’s been re-upped.

School Board directors approved a new three-year contract Monday for Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King.

The new deal runs from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023.

King, who has held the superintendent position in Coupeville since 2018, will be paid $168,636 for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

In a unique move, however, he will not be getting an immediate pay raise.

With the school district facing uncertain financial times as the COVID-19 pandemic plays out, King volunteered to accept the same salary for 2020-2021 as he received in 2019-2020.

This move was hailed by school board members, who voted unanimously to approve his new contract.

A former Principal at Mount Baker High School, King was an Assistant Superintendent in Oak Harbor prior to accepting the Coupeville job after Dr. Jim Shank departed.

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Joel Brown (left) and his son and grandson. (Photos courtesy Matt Brown)

Joel Brown, a vital part of a much-loved Coupeville family, passed away Friday night.

The following remembrance is courtesy his son, Matt:

Joel Nelson Brown was born on July 17, 1957 to Leonard and Patricia Brown in Coupeville, Washington. He was the youngest of three boys.

Joel completed school and went on to the Coast Guard.

He married Shelley Alexander and they had one son, Matt. They also adopted a second son, Scott.

Joel had many jobs and positions in the Coupeville community.

He was on the school board, owned and operated Genesis Hair Care in Greenbank and Coupeville, was a Hunters Education instructor, and worked for the Navy Exchange in Oak Harbor and other states.

He came back to Washington and lived in Bellingham where he was a manager for the Nooksack Casino.

Joel moved back to Coupeville and while living with his brother became ill and contracted a blood infection that severely damaged his spine.

After several emergency surgeries the doctors were able to save his life but could not save his spine. He was a quadriplegic.

Joel spent the last year of his life in Harborview, then the Seattle VA spinal cord unit and finally moved into Retsil Veterans Home in Port Orchard in July of 2017.

Through it all Joel remained the funny, sarcastic and loving man he always was.

He never complained about his limitations and the intense treatments and care he had to receive daily.

He made a point to give all he could to his family and be a force for good in their lives and in the lives of those around him.

Joel again became ill in December of 2017 and contracted an infection as a result of his quadriplegia and his body could not recover.

After many weeks in the hospital without improvement Joel and his family wanted him to come home to Retsil to be comfortable and surrounded with the people who cared for him.

Joel passed away peacefully and quietly on the evening of January 19, 2018.

He was with family and the staff who cared for him when he passed.

Joel is survived by his brothers, Patrick and Barry, his sons, Matt and Scott and his beloved grandchildren Kayleigh, Hunter and Jackson.

A celebration of life is being planned and will be announced.

We know many people want to be there and are tentatively planning it for the late spring in Coupeville.


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The calendar says August, but the start of a new school year looms.

As a new school year approaches, every student in the Coupeville School District will have a list of required school supplies.

Realizing not every family can handle the financial cost, the Readiness to Learn Foundation is launching its annual “Back to School Project.”

The Foundation is offering free backpacks and supplies, based on financial need or circumstances such as job loss, illness or a recent move.

An appointment is needed. If interested, call the school’s Student Service Secretary at 360-678-2416 to set one.

Supply pick-up will be at Coupeville High School on the following days:

Monday, Aug. 28 (12:00-4:00)
Tuesday, Aug. 29 (2:00-6:00)
Wednesday, Aug. 30 (10:00-2:00)

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