Dear Raider Family,
I hope you and your families are all doing well. I want to thank our staff and students for the great work they have done in a difficult and challenging time. It has been exciting to see students and teachers back on the WA campus. I also want to express my appreciation to you parents for the great support that you have provided to us as we work through this challenge. It is not the way any of us wanted to start the new school year, but I am pleased how everyone has pulled together and made it run as smoothly as we could have hoped for.
I wanted to provide you with some updates.
Calendar Reminders & Adjustments
Monday, October 12 – Indigenous Peoples Day – No school Tuesday, October 13, Teacher Professional Development Day – No School Wednesday, October 14, Cohort 1 on campus, all others zoom in. Thursday, October 15, WA Community Service Day in your community Friday, October 16, Cohort 2 on campus, all others Zoom in.
Parent Teacher Conference Week: November 16th - 20th through Zoom. Parents should contact their child’s teacher if they wish to have a Zoom Conference.
Thanksgiving Week: Monday, November 23, Cohort 1 on campus, all others zoom in. Tuesday, November 24, Cohort 2 on campus, all others zoom in. Wednesday, November 25, Wednesday Remote Schedule
Health & Safety
We are demonstrating responsibility to student & staff health & safety by doing the following: Emphasizing self-screening of symptoms of illness and staying home when sick Daily health screen google form Temperature checks upon arrival We are reminding students about hand hygiene - sanitizing as they enter the buildings and as they enter the classroom. We are appropriately distanced from each other while in classrooms and while eating. When a student becomes ill while at school, we send them home with a paper that describes their symptoms and a plan for when they may suitably return to school. We have corresponded with local health care practices what this plan is as well.
Emotional & Mental Wellness
Interested students and staff will be participating in NAMI's Sources of Strength initiative this month. This program will work to create a culture of understanding and a community of support for mental and emotional health. We are happy to announce that we have counseling on site for students two days a week. Holly Greenleaf Whitney, LCPC, is available for students both in person and through tele video for mental health services.
Flu Shot Clinic School
Nurse Schwinn has scheduled flu vaccine clinics for staff and students, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to receive vaccinations appropriately. Free student vaccine clinics will be held on November 3rd and 5th and a flu shot information sheet can be found HERE and a flu vaccine permission shot HERE for those who wish to have their child participate.
Planning for the Future
We only have five weeks of school safely under our belt, but we are still constantly strategizing ways that we can safely have more students on campus more often in the future, while still following the CDC and DOE guidelines. We are concerned about students’ physical, social and emotional health. Currently three foot social distancing for students and six feet social distancing for adults is required in the classroom and throughout the school. Six feet social distancing is required in the cafeteria for everyone. Music and physical education have even stricter social distancing guidelines. If you have any innovative ideas, thoughts, and suggestions or want to volunteer please do not hesitate to reach out.
Fortunately we have been able to participate in a much modified fall sports season. The DOE, HHS and MPA allowed cross-country, golf and soccer seasons this fall with regional competition and no playoffs in some sports, but they have moved football and volleyball to the spring. We are anxiously and hopefully awaiting to see what the plan is for winter sports. Under Phase #4 of the Governor’s reopening plan the indoor gathering limit will increase from 50 to 100 on October 13th. Individuals will still need to be seated six feet apart from one another and wearing masks.
Have a great weekend and do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or suggestions.
Judson McBrine Head of School