I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a 2021 where we can begin to put our lives back in order.
Just before our Christmas break, the governor made significant changes to his Decision Tree for re-opening schools. Previously, the number of positive cases of Covid, allowing a return to in-person instruction for PreK-5th, was 75 per 100,000 people. That number has been adjusted to 350 positive cases per 100,000 people. The new Decision Tree also has included the return of middle school students in that category, where before we had to reach 25 per 100,000 cases. As of today, the rolling `14-day average stands at 305/100,000 cases in King Country.
Our timeline for returning our 3rd-5th grades will remain the same. (See below). Provided the 14-day averages remain beneath the new threshold, the revised metric allows us to now make plans for a return of our middle school students. More information will be coming next week once our entire staff can meet together and finalize a plan. As has always been the case, this revised plan will incorporate the existing expectations for distancing and class size limitations and, thus, will include some form of hybrid on-campus and remote instruction schedule for our middle grades – at least at the outset.
Also, I want to remind you of the protocols regarding travel that we will be enforcing, with no exceptions, when we resume school on Monday, January 4th:
1 If you travel out-of-state, it is strongly recommended (and preferred) that you choose to self-quarantine for 14 days.
2 A family may reduce the number of quarantine days for their student if that child can provide a negative result from a County-approved COVID nasal swab test. This test MUST be administered no earlier than 5 days following their return to their home residence. Once negative results are received the student may return to school no earlier than day 7. A dated hard copy of a negative test result must be provided to the school.
Along with the health screening questions and temperature checks, we will be using these standards, without any exception, before allowing those who have traveled out-of-state to return to the building.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate this. When I hear stories from our sister schools, I am so thankful that we have remained remarkably blessed to have stayed clear of the virus in our school. This is due to our families and the commitment all of you have made to abide by all precautions and protocols. Let’s keep it up!! We all look forward to the day we can have all of our students back in the building.
Happy New Year!
- Monday January 4th PK to grade 2 returns
- Monday January 11th Grade 3 returns
- Tuesday January 19th Grade 4 returns
- Monday January 25th Grade 5 returns