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COVID-19 Updates

 

Thursday, August 20th
Click here to read the latest K-8 back to school details from Mrs. Hundt.

Wednesday, August 5th, Governor Inslee announced his most recent guidance for the safe reopening of schools in Washington State. These apply to all schools, public and private and will be measured by county. While these measures are highly recommended by the Governor, they are being interpreted as directives by all Archdiocesan schools. To date, Clark County is reporting 74.3 cases per 100,000. Our test positivity rate is 5.4%. Based on the new guidance by Washington State, counties fall into the “Moderate Risk” category when they have 25-75 confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 and a test positivity rate below 5%. Based on direct feedback from our county health departments, our buildings are ready. Unfortunately, our county isn’t quite there yet. https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/novel-coronavirus

The metrics presented this week fail to support the immediate, safe return to in-person learning in our schools. We are eager to have all students return to campus. However, the community’s health and safety is also a priority.

We recognize the importance of and share your desire for our students to return to campus, particularly in the younger grades. Countywide metrics will be reevaluated every two weeks, with any changes made for the following week in order to give staff and families time to prepare. Our first reevaluation is scheduled Monday, September 7th. If new cases show a measurable decline and the positivity rate falls below 5%, Kindergarten and First Grade will return to in- person learning on Monday, September 14th. If the county continues to see declines in both new cases and positivity rates as of September 21st, then Second Grade and Third Grade will return to in-person learning on Monday, September 28th. We will continue to use those countywide measures to guide our integration of older grades. However, should we see a positive case in our school community or any increases/instability in these metrics, we will not hesitate to pause or reverse our return to an in-person model. Additionally, should we see a sharp decline at any time, we will consider an expedited return to in-school learning.

1. Academics and instruction
  • 360 degree cameras/microphones in classrooms to allow for live classroom instruction and interaction within a variety of circumstances
  • New curricular subscriptions to allow for fluidity in instructional delivery methods and needs
  • Creation of flexible schedules dependent on classroom capacity directives (full time vs. alternating days, etc....)
  • Additional extended care opportunities to accommodate for any changes to maximum classroom capacity and schedule modifications
  • Increased availability of student-use devices
  • Increased mobility of specialist and MS teachers in order to limit student travel throughout building
  • Increased access to Social Emotional Learning resources to help staff and parents address increased anxiety in our students
2. Building modifications
  • Additional classroom spaces created for alternate learning environments
  • Mobile teaching carts to allow for limited student movement and increased teacher mobility
  • Additional Stop and Drop lanes in North Lot to accommodate for limited guests in the building
3. Health & safety accommodations 

(All accommodations mandated by federal, state, and local health authorities will be met and/or exceeded)

  • New bathroom/Physical Education dress-down protocols to limit physical contact o Increased sanitizing stations at all high-traffic entry points
  • Increased cleaning and sanitization during school days and after hours by both school and janitorial staff
  • Revised “stay-home-when-symptomatic” protocol based on new CDC recommendations. Increased access to contactless temperature checks
  • Increased access/utilization of PPE
  • Physical distancing measures taken for all transitions by students, staff, other essential adults in the building
  • Creation of a Health and Wellness Committee, led by a chaired position on the School Commission

Ready to Serve

Being a small and flexible school we can pivot, change, update, seamlessly and quickly. Suggestions are listened to, improvements made. Our students learning is our top priority.

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