UPDATED 10.1.20PHASED REOPENING PLAN INFORMATION
Families and Staff 10.1.20
Greetings Lynden School District Families,
We are excited to welcome K-2 students back to school starting the week of October 12th. The first week of school will include a modified schedule to provide some additional time for schools and staff to transition from the distance learning model to in-person learning. Monday will be a non-student, teacher work day. This non-student day will be swapped for the non-student day scheduled for January 29 to maintain the same number of instructional days throughout the school year. Tuesday and Wednesday will be early release days and on Thursday students will begin full days.
- Monday – Non-Student, teacher work day (this day will be swapped for the non-student day scheduled for January 29)
- Tuesday – Early release at 1:00
- Wednesday – Early Release at 1:00
- Thursday – Full day
- Friday – Full day
The plan is to have K-2 students attend full time, 5 days a week. Students in grades 3-12, will continue in the distance learning schedule currently in place.
To ensure the health and safety of students and staff, stringent health and safety protocols are necessary to comply with the reopening criteria. If you would like to review the criteria and recommendations, please follow this link to Department of Health Website: DOH Reopening Guidance K-12
We have also developed a website dedicated to health and safety information that is pertinent to reopening schools. Please take some time to read through Lynden Health Information
We have established a few guiding principles to follow as we welcome students back to school:
- Individuals who are ill should not enter school buildings — students/staff are to stay home for any level of sickness.
- Cohorts — Conducting school activities in small groups minimizes student mixing.
- Physical distancing — Minimize close contact and have 6 feet between desks in classrooms.
- Hygiene — Frequent soap and water hand washing and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Protective equipment — All students and staff wear face coverings and implement additional PPE as necessary
- Cleaning — Frequent cleaning and disinfecting, especially high-touch surfaces.
The following list provides some details:
- Daily at-home health screenings will need to be completed by each family/student/staff member. Please read the Daily Health Attestation.
- Each student will have their temperature taken at school each day.
- All students and staff will be asked to self-monitor forsymptoms of COVID-19. If they are feeling sick, they should stay home from school. If they are experiencing symptoms of the virus, they should stay home, consult a healthcare professional right away and notify the school office.
- In order to return to school after experiencing one or more symptoms, 10 days must pass OR student must get a negative COVID-19 test result.
- Handwashing will be emphasized, and hand sanitizer units will be available throughout our buildings.
- Family members will be asked not to leave their vehicles when picking up or dropping off students.
- Visitors and volunteers at school will be limited.
- Desks will be spaced 6 feet apart.
- School custodians will implement strict cleaning and disinfection protocols.
- A supervised room will be used for students who are not feeling well to minimize contact with others until they are able to go home.
- School busses will provide transportation services to and from school. Bus route information and pick up times will be communicated next week. To reduce close contacts on busses, we are encouraging families to drop students off and pick them up if possible.
Your child’s school will be sending information with additional reopening details and plans. As always, they are readily available via email if you have additional questions.
Our District safety leads are also available for any safety and health related questions:
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During this time we encourage everyone to be informed and do what they feel is best for their own family. Find more information regarding the Corona Virus in Whatcom County here: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3329/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19
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