Communication Update | 1.8.21
This week we tested 887 staff members for COVID-19 and are happy to report zero positive cases! This means we will welcome students in grades PK-6 back to campus for Hybrid Learning, beginning Monday, Jan. 11.
Also on Monday, the School Board will be voting on a new reopening decision matrix for grades 7-12. The matrix was approved by Island County Public Health and includes the return of 7-12 students to campus the week of Feb. 8, provided we meet all of the metrics and criteria for reopening. The matrix is based heavily on the new Decision Tree and Updated K-12 Guidance from the Washington State Department of Health. If the plan is approved by the Board, communication will be sent to families on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Safety remains our highest priority as we prepare to return students to the classroom. If you have students returning to campus next week, please look for a letter, a new OHPS Daily Attestation Flowchart, and a Parent Agreement Form in the mail. We will need you to sign and return this agreement as your child comes back to school. We have also included this information in this email.
As part of the state requirement, each family will complete a state-mandated health attestation at home each day with your child before sending them to school or onto the bus. Families with students in grades 7-12 will receive their letters, flowchart, and agreement form sent to their homes after a hybrid learning plan is announced.
Attached to this letter is the OHPS Daily Attestation flowchart. This sheet is to guide families in deciding whether to send their child to school or not. The goal of the attestation is to keep sick children and those exposed to COVID at home so they don’t expose other students or staff.
Each morning, begin with Step 1: “Does your child display ANY of the following symptoms?” If the answer is “no” and your child does not display any symptoms, then begin Step 2. If the answer is “yes,” your child should be kept home unless their symptoms are caused by a pre-existing condition such as asthma or allergies. If your child stays home, please call the school to report the absence.
As long as your child has had no contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual, then they are welcome to come to school that day. If your child is considered a “close contact” or has had any COVID exposure, we would ask that you call our school to provide further details. If you are unsure if you should send your student to school, contact us for help. We are happy to walk you through the process.
PARENTAL AGREEMENT FORM
Attached to this letter is a parental agreement form (yellow paper) for you to sign and date that you acknowledge your responsibility in meeting the state’s daily attestation requirement. Each family participating in our hybrid instructional model will need to complete this form and send it with their child to school on the first day they return.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We know this has been a difficult and challenging time for many of our families. To continue to move forward and keep children in school, we need all of us to remain diligent in wearing our masks, social distancing, and keeping sick children at home.
If you have any questions about this new process, please don’t hesitate to reach out.