Welcome Back, Otters!
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! I hope you and your family had time this summer to relax, play, and make lasting memories.
I’m excited as we prepare to offer full-time, in-person learning, five days a week starting Tuesday, September 7th for 1st - 5th grade students and Friday, September 10th for our kindergarten students.
Our Meet and Greet is on Thursday, September 2nd from 4 - 6pm. Please attend during your assigned time:
- 4:00 to 4:30 pm - A - G
- 4:30 - 5:00 pm - H - M
- 5:00 to 5:30 pm - N - R
- 5:30 to 6:00pm - S - Z
I can’t wait to see everyone in person. Please understand that this event will look different in the past due to the pandemic. Here’s what you can expect:
Format: This event will begin outside the building and families will meet their classroom teacher at a location around our building (look for signs and a map when you arrive). There will be an opportunity for families to tour the building in a way that ensures distancing between one family and the next in order to ensure staff, student, and family safety. The classrooms will be open, but families will not be congregating in the classroom for a period of time to hear an orientation from the teacher as they might in a pre-pandemic year; everyone will keep moving in more of a museum-tour type fashion.
Last month Governor Inslee announced that all students, staff and visitors (vaccinated and unvaccinated) in Washington state K-12 schools are legally required to wear face masks indoors due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. While masks are not required outdoors we encourage parents and students to wear masks outside as well during this event.
Physical Distancing - “Family Units”
We will follow the Washington Department of Health’s guidance and require students and families to be within 6 feet only in “family units.” We ask that families follow this even as they may be tempted to get closer to other families with whom they may want to greet or converse. In addition to trying to minimize the possibility of spread, this is important for possible contact tracing in the event of a positive diagnosis from the event.
Staying Home When Sick:
Staying home when sick with COVID-19 is essential to keep COVID-19 infections out of schools and prevent spread to others. Students and school employees who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu) or COVID-19, should stay home and seek medical evaluation, which may include testing for COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone who develops symptoms at school will need to go home immediately.
People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
We can't wait to see you at our Meet and Greet on Thursday, September 2nd!
If you have any questions, please call our office at 253-530-1100.