In-Person Learning in NBSD Begins Thursday, February 18Parents and guardians, we are on-target to bring students back to school for in-person learning on February 18. Your child's schedule should have alreay reached you. Each school sent out a Smore newsletter with the school-specific schedule. Schedules will also be posted on the school's Facebook page and will be emailed to parents again, early this in the week of February 15.
Planning for a Safe Return to School
We know in-person learning works best for most students. Our goal is to get kids back to school safely.Families play an essential role in our return to safe hybrid/in-person learning. You are the first wall of defense to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in our schools.
Every two weeks, parents/guardians are asked to return a form confirming that you will check your child/children daily for all symptoms of COVID-19.
That form says you are agreeing not to send your child to school if he or she has:
- any COVID-19 symptoms,
- has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19,
- has tested positive for COVID-19,
- or has been told to self-monitor, isolate, or quarantine.
Here's an easy-to-follow flow chart that lists symptoms, and the specific number of days that the state requires children to stay home in each case.
Each school district in Washington is required by law to follow the guidance published by the Washington Department of Health as it returns to in-person learning. This guidance has been updated and revised since the beginning of the pandemic. The most recent document (updated January 25th) can be found at: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/FallGuidanceK-12.pdf
At school and on the buses, North Beach School District will be doing our best to follow the guidelines to keep students and staff safe.
In addition to your daily check of your student before they come to school, we'll also be checking as they enter the schoolhouse doors.
- Conduct a brief screen of students and staff at the school to check they do not have fever, shortness of breath or cough.
- Make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
- Students or staff with symptoms should be isolated until they can go home.
- The school must ensure that physical distancing can be maintained as students and staff wait to be screened.
- School staff will use personal protective equipment when screening students and other staff. Refer to Employer Health & Safety Requirements for School Scenarios for additional details.
As you know, there have been a limited number of COVID cases within our school district this year. In each of those cases, we KNOW that the virus was not acquired at school based on contact tracing. We also know that NO transmission happened to make other sick (either students/staff) as a result of these positive cases. This data tells us that the mitigation strategies that we have in place are good, working, and keeping everyone within the school safe.
If we all work together we CAN do this!!