Frequently Asked Questions
Many of you have asked questions about our hybrid plan. Please see our FAQ page for a complete list.
Here are a few common questions.
What data was used to decide on the March 1 start date, and how current is it?
Our decision to transition is based on public health guidance, not on any one data set or study. Public health authorities are doctors and scientists who have expertise in monitoring data, controlling infectious diseases and keeping our communities safe. They are closely watching COVID trends and new variants, and they update their guidance as circumstances change.
Our primary guidance comes from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). DOH says in-person instruction for small groups of students is safe when safety measures are in place--given current COVID rates and before vaccines are widely distributed.
How will classrooms be cleaned?
Custodians will clean and sanitize classrooms between AM and PM groups and will use a sanitizing fogger at the end of the day. Cleaning supplies are approved as safe and effective for schools. Teachers will be equipped with a cleaning kit for extra incidental cleaning, if needed.
How extensive are school safety plans?
School safety plans cover entry and exit points, traffic flow, bathroom routines, distancing, and many other safety measures. All our buildings are unique, and it takes time to build a strong plan for every individual building. We are refining those plans now, and they will be posted on our website on February.10.
Will every school have a full time nurse on site?
We do not have funding for a full time nurse at every school. The state funds us for just six nurses for the entire district; we hire 12.5 additional nurses with local levy funds. Staff who do temperature checks will be trained and equipped with PPE. Principals or cabinet members will supervise symptomatic students in isolation rooms until they can be picked up.
Will you supply masks?
Masks will be available for students who need them. Students are also invited to wear their own, which may be more comfortable for some students.
What is the plan for students who repeatedly have to be asked to wear a mask or maintain social distancing?
Our educators will be trained in how to support students in following safety protocols. If a student repeatedly refuses to follow safety guidelines after multiple supports, they may have to be transitioned to fully remote instruction.
For more frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ page.