We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school in just a few short weeks! Our teachers, staff, administrators and school board have been working tirelessly to prepare for our students’ return. Our schools are preparing for the traditional busy pace that each school day brings.
Please watch for updates from your child’s school with information about back-to-school activities and specific detail regarding your school.
It is our intention to fully open on a normal school schedule beginning September 8, 2021. This means a full 6-period schedule for grades 6-12. A full-time virtual option is available for grades K-8 through Central Valley Virtual Learning (CVVL) Elementary and Middle School, as are extended online courses for 9-12th grade students through each high school. Music, P.E. and teacher librarians will return to our elementary schools with appropriate mitigation measures. Classes and book checkout return to our libraries. Cohorting restrictions are lessened. We will adapt to the ever-changing updates regarding mitigating the spread of COVID-19 throughout the school year.
It will take the cooperation of all of us to ensure consistent in-person school for our students. We are starting this school year with a sense of hope for our future and a sense of responsibility in our present. We need to continue to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and how we open schools this fall will reflect this responsibility.
- We continue to take measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. We’ve installed MERV 13 air filters in schools, added air purification units in classrooms, and are continuing to teach and model good hygiene practices with handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.
- At this time, symptom attestation tickets and temperature checks will not be required. As always, we continue to ask that you keep your children home from school when they are ill.
- We will provide free COVID-19 testing at school sites for students and families. With new testing protocols in place, we hope to minimize time away from class for children as they quarantine due to exposure or possible exposure.
- Classroom seating will be spaced at a minimum of 3’ apart. Elementary students will be eating in cafeterias and common areas to allow for 6’ distancing. Middle school lunches will look similar to last year. High school lunches will see further adjustments as we work toward safe distancing.
- As you know, face coverings will be required in all schools, to be worn by everyone while indoors. As of now, face masks are not required outdoors. School districts across the state of Washington are under a legal mandate by the Department of Health and by Proclamation of Governor Inslee to have all students, staff and visitors wear masks indoors at school. Masks are required on school buses under federal mandate.
Our intention for this school year is that by implementing these and layering on other mitigation strategies, we can maintain a daily in-person learning model for our teachers and students. Your cooperation and participation in this strategy is crucial.
See you in September!