Happy almost 4th of July!
Even as June turns to July, we are still hard at work preparing for the 2020-2021 school year. I know that you have a lot of questions about what school will look like in the fall. Sometime in the next two weeks, I will share with you a document- created with input from teachers, staff and parents- that will go into greater detail on our plans. For now:
The health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff is of the utmost importance to us. Any plans we make are with that in mind. We will follow all State and King County Health Department guidelines.
Our plan is to provide in-building instruction to all of our students, five days a week.
We know that not all students will be ready to return and that even those who would like to be at school may, for health or COVID-19 related reasons, not be allowed to come to school. Our plans include ways to support these distance learners.
We have a pretty amazing group of teachers and staff. Because they so strongly support our children, our school and Catholic education, they are working on plans and willing to provide our students with one of three possible learning environments: in-person, distance, and a hybrid of both.
We will need to stagger morning drop off times/locations in order to ask a required list of questions and take every student’s temperature before he/she enters the building. This must happen all while social distancing. More will come on this.
We will have to stagger our pick up times in order to socially distance at dismissal. We are working on a plan for this. Thank you to all the families who have already signed up on signup genius to help us practice next Monday at 3:00. As I write this letter, there are only two spots left.
We have researched best practices around using Google Classroom and Zoom. Our teachers will be trained in those best practices, students taught how to use their accounts, and parents will be instructed on how to access information on their children’s accounts. How to videos and cheat sheets have been created, and I know that you will appreciate them.
We will have recess. Yes, we will work on social distancing, but we know kids need to get outside.
We recognize the importance building community in our classrooms, providing emotional support for our students, teachers and staff, and a strongly promoting an environment that is antiracist.
We will have limited EDP. Because we need to keep cohort groups together, we won’t be able to accommodate occasional drop-ins. Yes, student will need to wear face masks during EDP.
We are reviewing and working to implement all King County Health Department, State, and CDC guidelines around cleaning and social distancing. As part of this effort, we will now have custodial staff to clean the restrooms and commonly touched areas throughout the day.
As we work to provide socially distant seats for every student, we will have classes in all classrooms and in almost every large space in the school and parish (not in the church). We are very grateful for the parish’s willingness to let us use the spaces.
Although we love our volunteers, only staff and students will be allowed in the school building.
We will continue to pray together throughout the day, every day.
I know that you have many other questions. If there is something that I haven’t yet addressed, and you really want to know, please email me
. I will do my best to answer your questions.
In the meantime, please:
Continue having your children practice wearing face masks appropriately both inside and outside.
If your child does not have one, please consider purchasing a Chromebook or other similar device for your child. We know that all of our students and their families will need to be able to access Google classroom. Please see the attached document for more information.
If your child will not be at school in the fall, please let me know your plans as soon as possible. We are working on putting together a very large puzzle and every child is an important piece.
This is a lot! Take a deep breath. Enjoy the 4th of July and your family. Continue to pray. Thank you for being a community that rises and volunteers. You really are wonderful.
Let us know if we can help.
Peace and blessings,