Paraeducator Paula Walters passes out Chromebooks to Seaview students, drive-thru style, at Jefferson Elementary.

Paraeducator Paula Walters passes out Chromebooks to Seaview students, drive-thru style, at Jefferson Elementary.

Peninsula school districts beginning instruction

Many districts starting instruction or handing out materials the next few days

Many North Olympic Peninsula public school students are picking up materials or beginning instruction today.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced public school districts to design unique learning strategies to offer comprehensive educational opportunities to students while keeping them, and staff members, safe.

In Jefferson County, all but the Quilcene School District are offering a hybrid blend of online and in-person instruction models. Quilcene is going fully remote.

School districts in Clallam County are providing online-only instruction except for small numbers of students who can’t be taught online.

Here are the schedules:


Brinnon School District begins in-person classes at 8:15 a.m. today with socially distanced classrooms and face masks required for all students, said Superintendent Trish Beathard.

Some families opted for full online instruction, but most students are scheduled for face-to-face instruction today through this week, and then starting next week, after the Labor Day holiday, will gather for in-person instruction Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with remote learning Wednesdays, Beathard said. More information can be found at


Quilcene School District is starting the school year fully remote due to Jefferson County being in the state’s moderate-risk category.

But today through Friday, about one-third of the student body will be on campus in-person each day to receive materials and establish contacts with their teachers, said Superintendent Frank Redmon.

Students are asked to arrive by 8:10 a.m. for temperature screening before they head to class.

Grade levels attending today are kindergarten, fourth, seventh and 10th grades. Thursday students are first, fifth, eighth and 11th graders. Friday students are second, third, sixth, ninth and 12th graders, according to the district plan.

For details, see quilcenereopens.

Port Townsend

Port Townsend School District will resume classes on Sept. 8, the Tuesday after Labor Day.

It offered families full online instruction or a hybrid model of two days of in-person instruction and three days of online instruction, with a limited number of high school students having the hybrid model available, officials said.

For information, see


Chimacum School District also starts on Sept. 8, with high school students studying remotely and the remaining students who did not choose to study remotely attending either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday with Wednesdays devoted to outdoor activities, targeted in-person support, extra services for special education students and professional development for students and staff, officials said.

The three days the students are not in class, they will be learning remotely.

For more information, see chimacumreopens.


With the exception of the middle school, the Sequim School District will host curbside curriculum pick-ups at the individual schools, with specific times for each grade level, today.

• Greywolf Elementary students for grades first through fifth grades, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at either the Looper or Main Parking lot of the school, officials said.

• Helen Haller students, kindergarten from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., first grade from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., second grade from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., third grade from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., fourth grade from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and fifth grade from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., officials said.

• Sequim High School, last names starting with: A and B are from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., C to F from 10:30 11 a.m., G to I from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., J to L from 11:30 to noon, M and N from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., O to R 1:30 to 2 p.m., S to Z from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and any students who couldn’t make the scheduled time can pick up their materials from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., officials said.

Sequim Middle School will host a material pick-up on Sept. 9, as staff and faculty want to make sure they have all necessary materials the students need. More information on specific timing will be released soon, said Principal Mark Harris.

For more, see

Port Angeles

Port Angeles School District will begin the year on Thursday. High school students already have received their materials.

Thursday, Friday and next Tuesday, some assignments will be posted for high school students, and the younger students will be receiving work in packet form, said Jennifer Sperline, the district’s communications coordinator.

During that same time, teachers will meet in person or virtually with the individual families to discuss where the student and families are at, such as strengths and weaknesses, where learning barriers might be and how to best support the student, Sperline said.

Official instruction is scheduled to start on Sept. 9, Sperline said.

For details, see


Crescent School District in Joyce resumed instruction on Aug. 27, with a soft opening last week for elementary students.

The vast majority of students are online-only. On Monday, the district began bringing in small groups of students who need to be served with in-person instruction.

For more about Crescent School District, see

Quilayute Valley

Quilayute Valley School District, which begins the school year today, is fully remote. The district has different times for electronic and login information pick-up depending on the grade level, officials said.

• Elementary students, last names starting with A through I can pick up today from 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.; last names starting with J through Q can pick up Thursday at the same times; last names beginning with R through Z can pick up Friday at the same times.

• High School students, ninth grade, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. today; Thursday 10 a.m. to noon and Friday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; 10th grade students are scheduled today from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; 11th and 12th grade students are scheduled to pick up today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to noon.

For details, see

Quileute Tribal School

Quileute Tribal School begins instruction today, having decided early in August to go completely remote.

For more information, see quileuteschool .

Cape Flattery

Cape Flattery School District is fully remote at this time, officials said.

The first day of school for the district is Thursday.

For more, see


Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 360-385-2335, ext. 5.

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