District moving to limited in-person learning

District moving to limited in-person learning
Posted on 09/24/2020
Reopening updates The district has begun moving forward to plan for Step Four of our reopening plan. 

Please read the following information to understand what Step Four may mean for your student. Parents were sent a survey link to indicate their level of interest in having their student return to some in person learning. If you did not receive this survey link, please contact us at (360) 503-1200 or

If you have more than one student, please submit a separate response for each student.  We will review feedback on Monday and use the information to plan our next steps for K-12 students.  

What Guides Our Decision

Our community has moved into the moderate disease activity level (25-75 cases per 100K) as defined by the Washington State Department of Health. For more information about the county’s activity levels, please visit the Washington State COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard.

For school districts, the Washington State Decision Tree for Provision of In Person Learning helps determine what routines and procedures must be in place for a safe return to in-person learning. Though the requirements are very challenging, our goal is to bring all hybrid learning option K-5 elementary students back to school for limited in-person learning in early November. We will bring students back on a split-day schedule by cohorts according to the model below.  On Wednesdays, students will learn remotely while buildings receive an additional deep cleaning and professional learning occurs for staff.

Safety Protocols

Throughout this transition to in-person learning, we will continue to ensure that our remote learning program meets academic standards. More information regarding in-person hybrid learning for K-5 will be provided by the end of next week. Information for grades 6-12 will follow next month.  

In accordance with guidelines provided by the Decision Tree, the following measures will be in place:

  • Daily Health Screenings

    • The state’s school reopening plan requires daily health screenings for both students and staff.  Verification and tracking will be through an individual “attestation” form provided to families via an electronic link.

    • The form covers possible COVID-19 symptoms as well as attestations regarding the following: 1) the student or staff has not been in close contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19; 2) the student or staff has not had a positive COVID-19 test; 3) the student or staff has not been contacted by a public health or medical professional regarding concerns over COVID-19 infection.

    • Use of medication to reduce fever prior to coming to school is prohibited.

    • Students will not be allowed into classrooms until their daily health attestation is completed.  Staff also must complete the attestation process.  

  • Face Masks

    • All students, staff, volunteers and guests must wear cloth face coverings at school. Guidelines are posted on our website.

  • Social Distancing

    • Desks will be placed six feet apart.

    • Students in K-5 will stay with their same classmates throughout the school day, including for recess and specialist classes. There will be little or no mixing with students from other classes. Campus occupancy will be 50% less than normal capacity, according to a hybrid schedule.

    • Once students in grades 6-12 begin in-person instruction (at a later date than K-5), they, too, will be on campus according to a hybrid schedule that will reduce campus occupancy to 50% of normal capacity. Lunch will be managed in classrooms or in group sizes that maintain social distancing in the lunchroom.  Passing time will be monitored, with specific directions of travel in the hallways to minimize risk.

    • Though students may be in proximity during bus routes, seating in general can be socially distanced due to the low number of students at any one time. 

    • Though students may not be able to maintain a six-foot distance at all times, these encounters will be short in duration and mitigated by mask wearing.  According to the Department of Health, this type of “casual contact” is generally safe and does not constitute “close contact,” which is six feet or closer for 15 or more minutes.

  • Hygiene Practices

Students and adults will be instructed to clean or sanitize hands when they arrive at school, before meals or snacks, after time outside, after going to the restroom, after blowing their nose or sneezing, and before leaving to go home. Students will be taught and encouraged not to touch their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Hand sanitizer will be readily available through the school.

  • Sanitizing Procedures  

Custodial staff will use certified cleaning products throughout our schools, paying special attention to disinfecting and sanitizing high-touch areas and locations. These areas will receive regular cleaning throughout each school day. Buses also will be cleaned and disinfected between routes.  

  • Ventilation

Windows will be open as weather permits, and some doors will be open throughout the school day. These actions will assist with air exchange and, in addition, the open doors will reduce shared touchpoints for students and staff.  Because our classrooms may be cooler this fall and winter due to increased air exchange, and because we plan to get students outside more often for breaks during the school year, we strongly encourage students to dress appropriately for the weather.  

  • If a Student or Staff member Becomes Sick

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, the district has a protocol for quarantine requirements and a communication plan to inform staff and families. If there is a suspected case on campus, trained health staff will assess the individual and determine if they need to leave campus. Every school will have an identified isolation space, away from other students or staff, for the individual to rest until they are picked up. While in the isolation space, the individual will be required to wear a cloth face covering and will be provided six feet or more of distance from others who may be in the space.  

Questions? (360) 503-1200 or

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