Dr. Ellen Perconti

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Dr. Ellen Perconti

 

November 16, 2020

Thank you for your support for the implementation of our hybrid phase. We continue to adapt and improve as we learn more about how to support student learning in this model.

Our health and safety precautions are working! At this point, we have only had one case and no spread of COVID with our schools. As the community case counts rise, we continue to take the health precautions seriously. We work closely with our county Health Department to ensure that we are on track with what we are doing in order to keep students and staff safe. Thank you for continuing to support and reinforce these precautions.

A report released from the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) demonstrates that while in-person learning is not zero risk – no scenario is, including fully remote learning – having students, in-person in small groups on a staggered schedule with prevention measures in place did not significantly influence virus activity in the community when compared with all-remote learning. Further, the report showed that symptom screening and other countermeasures are highly effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Gov. Inslee's recent proclamation excluded K12 education from the restrictions.  We will continue our hybrid schedule! 

In the past, weather conditions caused our schools to close or delay. This year, if weather conditions prevent us from having school in-person, we will use remote learning. The transportation director, facilities director and I begin this decision-making process at 4:30 a.m. each morning and remain in close contact with the county/state road departments and weather reports to make certain that conditions are safe enough to transport our students and staff to and from school. If it is determined that we are unable to get safely to school, we will notify all staff and families that we will be remote for the day.

It is important that students take home their Chromebooks each day to ensure that they can participate in remote learning should weather require it.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping our students and staff healthy.  And thank you for your patience as we navigate this new way of operating.