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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated September 28, 2020

Students will participate in full online distance learning for the first half of the 2020-21 school year, beginning on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

With full online distance learning, curriculum and instruction is delivered in a 100% distance education format, which uses online instruction, online class meetings, online exams, and online submission of projects and assignments.

Read more about what you can expect during this school year.

Below are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions we have received from our community. Additional information is available on our district Schools Reopening webpages.


Distance Learning Schedule and Calendar

Q: When is the first day of school?

A: The 2020-21 school year begins Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

Q: When are observed school holidays and inservice days?

A: During distance learning we will observe regularly scheduled holidays and inservice days. The weekly school calendar is available on the front page of each school’s website The district approved calendar for the year listing holidays and inservice days is available on our calendar page.

Q: Will there be Back to School night? If so, when?

A: Each principal is planning their school’s Back To School night approach in a virtual format, and more information will be sent via email and posted on the schools' websites.

Classroom and Learning Information

Q: What supplies does my child need at home the first day of school and throughout distance learning?

A: Teachers will provide information about what supplies students will need and what supplies will be provided to families.

Q: When can students pick up school materials, supplies and technology devices?

A. Each school site will have their own distribution dates for school materials and technology devices. Please check your school’s website for more information.

Q: What technology (devices and software) does my child need to be prepared for the first day of school?

A: Schools are required by SB 98 to ensure students and families have the devices and connectivity necessary to participate in distance learning. All students will be provided a Chromebook or iPad if they need one. These can be requested through your school site.

Q: What technology will teachers use with students during distance learning?

A:The district’s learning platform for all school sites will be Google Classroom for grades 4-8, Seesaw for TK-3, and Elevation for English Language Learners. Zoom will be the video conferencing platform for our schools.

Q: Will students take tests?

A: Students will take exams and assessments to measure their learning. The approach to how these exams will be administered will be determined by the student’s teacher(s). Academic integrity policies will be followed.

Q. What will the grading structure be for this school year?

A. The district is returning to a traditional grading model for grades 4-8, and primary grades will receive O,S,U, or N.

Q: Will there be parent training on Google Classroom and Zoom?

A: Teachers will be orienting students and parents on using the classroom learning and communication platforms while going over other information at the beginning of the school year.

Q: Will textbooks be provided for distance learning?

A: Both printed and online textbooks will be used and provided for distance learning.

Communication: School, Classroom, and District

Q: How can I keep up-to-date on distance learning and other important school information?

A: It is important to be registered on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. PowerSchool is the student information and communication system used by Evergreen School District. In elementary school, PowerSchool lets parents see their child's class schedule, see their child's report card, follow their attendance, and communicate with teachers. Parents can view PowerSchool information through a web browser at our ESD login page. Student information can also be accessed through a mobile phone app. Learn more about PowerSchool, how to login, register, and the PowerSchool mobile app here.

Q: How does the district and schools communicate with parents?

A: For the most current information, visit your school’s website, which will be updated frequently with news and events from your school, PTA/PTO, the Evergreen School District, and community. After you enroll your child in Evergreen School District, you are automatically registered to receive district approved community programs and events PeachJar eflyers. Also follow the district’s and your school’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Lastly, check your email frequently with information sent by the district and the school.

Q: How will my teacher communicate with parents?

A: Teachers will receive email addresses and phone numbers from the school when they receive their class lists. If you prefer that your child’s teacher(s) use a different phone number or email address to communicate with you, please provide this information to your teacher(s).

School Policies and Process

Q: If my child is sick or absent what do I do?

A: Each school site will have their own process for reporting absences, so please check your school’s website for more information about how to report absences.

Please note, in accordance with Senate Bill (SB) 98 there are specific requirements for reporting attendance during distance learning. Student attendance is not optional. Schools must take students' attendance and participation under distance learning, or risk losing state funding. EESD will work with students who miss more than 60% of their weekly participation rate on a re-engagement plan, including making home visits, if necessary.

Q: Will lunch/meals be provided?

A: The district will be providing Grab and Go meals throughout the school year at five sites. For more information, to sign up for the school meal program, and to apply for the free and reduced school meal program, please visit

Q: Will there be before and/or after school child care programs?

A: Evergreen School District is responsive to the need of providing childcare options for families as we prepare to begin the school year in distance learning. ESD is partnering with Champions and the YMCA to offer full day childcare programs.

  • Champions will be located at Cedar Grove Elementary School. Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Children ages 4 years 9 months to 12 years old are eligible to attend. Priority registration will be given to returning families. The weekly tuition cost is $250.
  • YMCA will be located at select locations. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. TK through 8th grade students are eligible to attend. The weekly tuition cost is $270.

Champions and YMCA staff have agreed to assist students with distance learning during the school day. If you are interested in registering your child in either of these programs, please send an email to

Questions or concerns about Distance Learning or In-Person Learning? Email us at

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