Head of School
Tonight, I want to provide you with an update on where in-person attendance stands in the light of the recent increase in King County COVID-19 cases. You may recall that in August, I indicated that in-person learning would begin at Clyde Hill when case counts were below 50 and return to remote learning when the number exceeded 75. We believe it was the best decision at the time.
We are now looking at multiple data points including continuously monitoring the King County Dashboard and its eight indicators. We are watching case counts in those communities where most of our students live. We monitor news reports about specific spikes in cases throughout our region. We have developed a good relationship with King County Health, which has provided us with sound advice when we have questions. Most importantly, we are paying attention to what is happening on our campuses. Through eight weeks of school, we have remained free of any coronavirus; thanks be to God.
For the time being, remaining in school is consistent with the advice offered by King County Health last week: For schools that have already brought back some students in-person, Public Health – Seattle & King County does not advise rolling back those measures at this time. Continuity for kids and educators is one important factor that school districts need to weigh before making quick shifts to all distance-learning, particularly for early grades.
In summary, BCS will remain in-person until virus activity on one or more campuses makes it unsafe to do so.
However, in the face of rising case counts around us, we must be meticulous regarding the safety protocols we have put into place. Our students are doing great. Masks are staying on, and social distancing is mostly maintained.
We are grateful for the many parents and guardians who consistently affirm that their children are healthy by completing the App before they come onto campus. We have appreciated parent feedback on the App and have made changes to make the process more efficient. The newest version of the App has simplified the sign-in process. However, consistent use of the Magnus App is not where it needs to be. The Health Department and OSPI require daily screening of symptoms.
One area we need to improve is in screening students before they come into our classrooms. Starting on Monday, Oct. 26, we will institute some changes in our procedures. Please read these carefully and reply to this email with any questions:
1. Remembering Monday is an asynchronous day, starting Tuesday, parents do not have to complete the Magnus Health App for students in grades 7-12. All Clyde Hill students will answer the screening questions, have their temperatures taken, and sign in before proceeding to their classes.
2. All elementary and preschool parents must complete the Magnus Health App for their child(ren). Children dropped off at school will need to have their parent or guardian show the green “GO” button to one of the staff members at the drop-off points before student temperatures are checked and permitted on campus.
a. If you have not completed the App, you will be directed to the parking lot or off-campus to complete the screening. You can then return to the drop-off area.
b. If your student takes the bus to school, you will need to show the green “GO” button to the driver before your student boards the bus.
c. If a parent is not dropping off the student, take a screenshot of the “GO” send it to your driver, and that can be shown to school staff.
d. If you have multiple students in Preschool through 6th grade, you may also wish to take screenshots of the completed App and show the photos to the staff at drop off.
We are making these changes to ensure that every student is screened before they enter the classroom. OSPI and the Department of Health require this safety measure. More importantly, it reduces the risk to our students, faculty, and staff. We thank you in advance for your patience as we roll out these new procedures.
As always, I am available to answer your questions through email or at (425) 454-4402 ext.1211. Please continue to pray for our beloved community as we navigate these challenging times.