• Frequently Asked Questions

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    Planning is currently underway around reopening Snoqualmie Valley schools for some students with social distancing and other safety requirements, due to the recent reduction in COVID cases in our region. The following questions and answers are intended to help families of elementary students make an informed decision on the Elementary Learning Model Selection Form. Parents/guardians need to complete this form, which is posted in Skyward Family Access September 23-28, for each of their enrolled elementary students. They will be asked to choose one of three options:

    • 100% Remote Learning
    • Shift to Hybrid Learning
    • Stay with Current Teacher (either model)

    Additional information on this decision and transition was shared in the September 18 Update

    We will continue to add questions and answers to this resource, to assist families with their decision.


    LAST UPDATED September 2020: 

    Please refer to the Return-to-School Safety Handbook for Families for the most current information related to reopening SVSD schools.


    Teaching & Learning

    Where do I find the form to select my choice?

    • For all elementary students enrolled in our six SVSD elementary schools, the form is now located in Skyward Family Access. The primary parent/guardian, as indicated in your student's Skyward account, should complete this form by Monday, September 25 at 5 p.m. for each of your students in grade preschool through grade 5. When you log into your Skyward Family Access, the link to the survey will be on top of your message wall. If you cannot remember your login/password, please click the link at the login page “Forgot Your Login/Password?” to reset.


    • UPDATE: For families enrolled in the SVSD Parent Partnership Program (P3), please refer to email communication from Principal Rhonda Schmidt sent on Thursday, September 24 that addresses information related to your unique program.  Additionally, P3 families with student in grades K-5 are asked to complete the P3 Elementary Learning Model Selection Form located in Skyward Family Access. If you cannot remember your login/password, please click the link at the login page “Forgot Your Login/Password?” to reset. This form closes Monday, September 28 at 5 p.m. Please complete a separate form for each of your elementary children.


    • For families who withdrew from SVSD but would now like to re-enroll their elementary student when hybrid learning begins, please click here to indicate which learning model you want for your elementary student. This survey closes Monday, September 28 at 5 p.m. If space allows us to accommodate the request, we will notify the family and provide instructions for re-enrolling their student.


    UPDATE: What happens if I do not complete/submit a Elementary Learning Model Selection Form for my SVSD student?

    Families who DO NOT complete a selection form for their student in grades P-5 will be scheduled into the in-person/hybrid option that is available for their grade level, by default.


    What is the timeline for restarting school in person?

    Our preliminary target dates to welcome back some groups of students who choose in-person learning include:  

    • No earlier than October 19: welcome some of our youngest students in grades preschool, kindergarten, first and second grades;
    • No earlier than November 9: start grades 3-5 who choose a hybrid schedule;
    • To be determined: bring back grades 6-8, then 9-12 at a later time, both on hybrid schedules. 

    IMPORTANT:  These are estimated times that we are working toward. And, this timing could be extended, if needed -- given uncertainties of this pandemic, changing guidelines from the state or public health, and/or other circumstances that may be out of our control.  In the meantime, we are working hard to anticipate needs and plan ahead for the myriad of details involved in operating schools within the safety requirements for this pandemic.


    Can I make a different choice (100% remote, hybrid model, or "stay with current teacher either model") for each of my elementary children? 

    Yes. We are asking families to please fill out a separate response for each of your elementary students in Skyward Family Access. Please know that we will do our best to accommodate family requests, if space allows.  However, some changes may needed to balance classes and we cannot guarantee that schedules between siblings will align. 


    Can we try hybrid and then switch back to 100% remote if we choose to?

    Once a selection is made via the Elementary Learning Model Selection Form, we would like students to remain in either hybrid or 100% remote learning through the end of the 2nd trimester, which is March 12 for all elementary schools.  If special situations arise, however, we would work with families to consider their requests, if space allows.  


    Why can’t all students attend school full-time face-to-face? 

    Our district is following the guidelines required by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Department of Health (DOH). These guidelines require social distancing of 6 feet in classrooms, which will result in smaller class sizes. We do not have the space or the staff to allow us to have every student at school at the same time with this requirement.


    What is the In-Person Model for K-2?

    This is a learning option for students in Kindergarten through 2nd grades (if space allows), plus some special programs such as Preschool, Transition Learning Center, STREAM, and Specialty/Life Skills.  Our desire is for these groups to attend in-person, 4 or 5 days a week.  Wednesday schedules are still to be confirmed. This model supports select groups of students for whom in-person instruction better suits their learning and developmental needs. (NOTE: The results of the Elementary Learning Model Selection Form will help us confirm if this will be possible to serve all three grade levels: K, 1st and 2nd in person while social distancing. This will depend on how many families choose 100% Remote Learning.) 


    Due to the social distancing requirements and capacity challenges, what if the school district cannot support all the younger grade levels daily (4-5 days/week)?

    If we cannot meet the social distancing requirements for all our primary students, we would implement a hybrid A/B model, as needed, similar to what is planned for grades 3-5, and older students eventually.


    When will we know for sure if the district can accommodate all K, 1st and 2nd grades in-person, in this model?

    Once we confirm how many students will choose to continue with 100% remote learning, the district will be able to consider capacity and staffing needs to support both learning options. Our goal is to notify families no later than October 9.


    Can my Kindergarten student attend in-person for half-day?

    Kindergarten will continue to be a full day program. 


    What if I would prefer a hybrid model for my K-2nd grader, is that an option?

    That is not available at this time. Current choices for these ages include 100% Remote Learning or Full-time In-person Learning, or to Stay with your current Teacher on either model.  That said, if class sizes for these grade levels are too large, we may consider the hybrid model later.


    What is the Hybrid A/B Rotation Model?

    This learning model combines in-person instruction and at-home learning each week. Available to grades 3-12, students will be designated into two groups (A & B, split alphabetically) with alternating schedules.  Each group will attend two days on campus for in-person instruction and participate in at-home learning the remaining days each week.  Group A will attend school in-person Mondays and Thursdays, while Group B will attend in-person Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesday schedules are still to be determined. 


    What does a school day look like for students who return to buildings in a hybrid format? 

    Similar to a “normal” school day (and current remote learning, in some respects) students will have a school day of about five 1/2 hours, including core subjects, breaks/recess time, and lunch. Students will still be greeted warmly by staff when they arrive at school, can see and talk with their classmates and resume some normalcy.  However, we will all need to support six-foot distancing, wear masks, and follow other safety protocols throughout the school day. Students and staff will be asked to stay in cohort groups, as much as possible.


    Will my elementary student stay with the same teacher?

    We anticipate that some students will need to be placed with different teachers, regardless of whether your family commits to the 100% remote model or the hybrid model, as we will need to balance class sizes and understand staffing availability.  In each scenario, there is a potential for a teacher change.  For elementary students who want to stay with their current teacher, we are offering families this option as well, with the understanding that they may be scheduled to either 100% remote or hybrid learning, depending on where the teacher is assigned.  If a family chooses this option, we cannot guarantee that sibling schedules will align.


    NEW 9/24: Can I choose to stay with our current teacher AND choose our model?

    No. If you choose to the “Stay with your teacher either model” option, we will prioritize keeping you with your teacher but your model will be determined by the teacher’s needs and where he/she will be assigned. Teacher assignments will be determined, in some cases by health considerations or other circumstances that will keep them teaching remotely, and in other cases by the need to support family preferences – based on results from the selection form responses -- for either hybrid or remote only. This flexibility is needed for our district to accommodate as many requests as possible. Once it comes down to balancing class sizes, there may still be instances where we cannot meet all requests.


    How many students will be in a classroom?

    This depends on the size of the room to accommodate a six-foot separation between students in their seated positions. On average, our classrooms hold up to 16 students with these social distance requirements.


    How will the A and B Groups be determined when transitioning to the hybrid model?

    Three factors will be considered for defining the A and B cohort groups at the elementary level. Alphabetically, students will be assigned based on the first letter of their last name with A-K in Group A and L-Z in Group B. Additionally, we’ll work to balance boys and girls between the two groups, and we’ll consider consistency of teacher connections. 


    When will the decision on A/B groups be announced? 

    This information will be provided closer to the date of beginning on a hybrid A/B model. A specific date is still to be determined.


    Will students be allowed to switch cohorts (A and B groups)?  If so, what would be the criteria and appeal process? 

    We ask that families support their assigned group, as much as possible, to help balance the district’s educational services and supports for students.  However, we also recognize there could be extenuating circumstances that may necessitate a change. More information on the process for appeals will be provided when the A/B groups are announced. For any change requests, the district will need to consider balancing class sizes, social distancing mandates, staffing implications, etc. 


    What about siblings who live in same household but have different last names that may place them into different cohorts?  

    We will work with families to keep households together. 


    In our Hybrid A/B model, if teachers are busy during the day teaching half of their students in-person, what will the at-home learning look like for the other half of their students on alternating schedules?  

    Students at home will be participating in asynchronous learning opportunities that will prepare them for follow-up instruction with their teacher. During the “at school” days, teachers will prepare students for working independently on their at-home learning days. We will also identify times and methods for students to connect with teachers on days when students are not at school physically. 


    What are the differences between online learning on the Full-time Remote Learning model, and at-home learning through the Hybrid A/B Rotation model? 

    The Full-time Remote Learning model does not include any time on campus, and will have SVSD staff dedicated to supporting students virtually. The Hybrid A/B Rotation model includes at least two days a week on campus, with the remaining days focused on at-home learning. Teachers will teach either a Fulltime Remote Learning group OR a Hybrid A/B Rotation group.  


    Why is the district choosing an AB/AB Hybrid model rather than an AA/BB Hybrid model?  

    Feedback we received from our working group and parents, staff and students last spring emphasized the desire for less time between teacher connections with students throughout the week. Using this feedback, educators discussed both scenarios and believe the Hybrid A/B model, which has student groups attending in person Monday & Thursday (A) or Tuesday & Friday (B), is better for student learning.  It enables teachers to respond to asynchronous learning in a more timely manner, and allows for teacher connections and student engagement throughout the week.  In the AA/BB Hybrid model, which has one cohort attend Monday/Tuesday and the other group on Thursday/Friday, there was concern that having five days in between the in-person attendance days is not ideal for student engagement in learning.


    Will there be recess at the elementary schools?

    Yes. We are planning for social distancing during modified recess times. 


    Will there be any changes to the start/dismissal times? 

    We are considering an adjustment that would begin the elementary school day at 9:40 a.m. and end at approximately 3:30 p.m. for elementary schools on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday schedules are still to be determined.


    What is the plan for Wednesdays?  

    Wednesday will be our early release day. Currently, we are in discussion with our employee associations and other staff to confirm our plan for Wednesdays. 


    Will elementary students have specialist time? 

    Yes. Students will participate in specialist classes. That schedule is still under development.


    Do students need to bring their device to and from school, if they attend in-person?

    Yes. All students, all grade levels, will need to bring the device they have been assigned to school and back home each day they attend. This will ensure they have tools needed to connect with their entire class, and will help limit the spread of COVID by minimizing common touch surfaces.


    How will students who qualify for the STREAM Highly Capable program be served?

    Based on the upcoming survey results, STREAM staff will be assigned based on the majority preference among STREAM families and the remaining students would be rostered with a class at the grade level above. For example, if the majority of STREAM families choose hybrid, we would have a hybrid offering. And, the online only STREAM students would be assigned to the grade level above online class. For 5th grade STREAM students who want an option that is not the preference of the majority of their fellow classmates, the student will be scheduled in a 5th ELA Cluster class and have a 6th grade math option. (The math class would be online since they won’t be attending middle school in person.)


    How much of the standard curriculum do you plan to cover? How can you cut instruction time so drastically without having an impact on the curriculum?

    Members of our staff have worked closely with the Teaching & Learning Department to determine key standards and assessment in each grade level or course that is guiding instruction for the 2020-21 school year. 


    On the hybrid model, what is expected of my child during their asynchronous or at-home learning time? 

    If selecting the Hybrid Learning model, students will have five full days of learning in a five-day week that will consist of a combination of in-person learning at least two days at school and at-home distance learning the other days. Teachers will be able to utilize the in-person learning time for instruction, guided practice, checking for understanding, assessment, and supporting social and emotional well being. The at-home portion of the learning does not need to be fully dependent on online instruction. Teachers may utilize an online component but may also assign follow-up work to be completed during the at-home learning time to be returned when the student comes back to school. This will vary by grade level and course.


    Student Services


    What programs will be served in-person? 

    The district intends to serve students in developmental preschool, specialty classrooms, Life Skills, and the Transition Learning Center in-person at this time. Staff are working with families to determine services on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please refer to our Student Services webpage on our Distance Learning 2.0 website.


    How are students with special education served in the hybrid model? 

    For students with special education services accessing the hybrid model, the IEP team will work with the student and his/her parent(s) to determine how IEP services can be implemented.


    If in-person learning is not feasible for my student, what accommodations can be made for students with disabilities?  

    For students receiving special education services, case managers and IEP teams will partner with families to identify accommodations and supports that can be feasibly provided should the student be unable to attend in-person.


    How will my student receive related/therapy support services (i.e. SLP/OT/PT/Eval etc.) if we close again?  

    Related service providers, also known as therapists, will work with families to schedule services remotely during a closure. Services provided would look different than in-person services, as they did this spring during the statewide closure.


    What if my student with disabilities is unable or unwilling to wear a cloth mask?  

    We recommend families begin creating routines for all students to practice wearing cloth masks, as soon as possible.  Additionally, we understand there may be students who are unable or unwilling to wear masks, and we will work individually with students and their families on a case-by-case basis to provide guidance during this fluid situation.


    Health & Safety


    How will SVSD be keeping students and staff members safe while they are in the buildings?

    We have been preparing throughout the summer for bringing students and staff back into buildings. Our Health and Safety work team has studied, planned and prepared for each aspect of the return to buildings. Our plans follow recommendations for schools from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Washington State Department of Health (DOH), as well as Public Health of Seattle and King County (PHSKC).  Safety protocols include:

    • Recommended cleaning and disinfecting of buildings and buses
    • Face coverings worn by students and staff
    • Improving ventilation
    • Limiting common touch items
    • Frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer
    • Six-foot social distancing in classrooms and throughout the buildings, and cohorting (staying in groups) where feasible
    • Daily health screening and attestation to evaluate and monitor whether students or staff members have any symptoms of COVID-19; or for any exposure to the virus
    • Response protocols for if a student or staff member displays signs of possible COVID-19 while at school
    • Special consideration for areas such as: food services, transportation, recess, etc.


    What social distancing will be required?

    In general, students and staff will need to remain 6 feet apart, based on requirements for schools from the Department of Health and OSPI. Our district’s Operations Department is working with building administrators to set up classrooms to maximize space and ensure physical distancing. The 6-foot requirement may be waived for quick passings, such as when a student walks across the room to get a drink of water or to sharpen a pencil. There may also be an exception at times when a teacher needs to give quick feedback to a student.


    How will teachers be able to enforce social distancing in the classroom? 

    It is our expectation, and one which we will teach and expect of all individuals on our sites, that we maintain at least 6 foot social distancing.  Delivery of education about this expectation will vary by age of our students and grade levels.  


    How do students move safely in the buildings? (To the bathroom, arrival/dismissal times, between classes, etc.) 

    School schedules are being developed to minimize the movement and interaction of students to the extent possible (cohort groupings, teachers moving classrooms rather than students moving, etc.)  Protocols are being developed for portions of the day when students need to move locations safely.


    Does the 6-foot social distancing requirement eliminate the need for masks?

    No. Both the 6-foot social distancing and the wearing of masks are required by OSPI.


    What are the state requirements regarding wearing masks?

    The Department of Health requires everyone in a school building, on school grounds, or on a school bus to wear a face covering, with specific exemptions identified in the guidance. 

    OSPI states: Only as a last resort may districts consider excluding a student for refusing to wear a face covering. If a student is excluded, the school must provide the student with an opportunity to receive educational services during the exclusion and then return the student to their regular educational setting when the exclusion ends. Students who are unable to consistently wear a face covering due to sensory, behavioral or other disabilities must not be disciplined or denied access to educational services as a result.


    Can face shields replace masks?

    Per OSPI guidelines, cloth face coverings have a superior ability to capture more droplets from speaking, coughing, sneezing, etc., however students may use face shields in the classroom as an alternative to a cloth face covering. OSPI is requiring cloth masks only on buses. The Department of Health states, "In rare circumstances when a cloth face covering cannot be worn, students and staff may use a clear face covering or a face shield with a drape as an alternative to a cloth face covering. Face shields should extend below the chin, to the ears and have no gap at the forehead."


    Will the district be providing masks for students?

    Students will be asked to provide their own cloth face covering and it’s recommended that they bring a spare face covering (as a back-up). The school will also maintain a supply of extra face coverings for students in the office and each classroom. Essential visitors who may be on-campus will also need to wear a face covering; and if they do not have one, the office will provide one (while supplies last). 


    How will health screening take place?  

    Staff will be supporting the safety precautions that are required by the Department of Health and OSPI requirements. The SVSD health screening plan is a partnership with parents who will have a role at home before sending their students to the bus or school. It is based on a daily at-home/prior to bus/school screening (questions and temperature checks) and a reporting system for both students and staff. This will be monitored and enforced daily at all schools and district facilities through a daily email and text system for symptom checks and attestation. Detailed instructions will be provided to families prior to returning in person. Schools will also have the ability to take temperatures of those who develop symptoms at school. We appreciate your partnership to establish this new routine with your students before they leave your home each morning.


    What happens if a student or staff member doesn’t “clear” the screening? 

    Any student or staff who doesn’t clear the at-home screening will be notified through the symptom check/attestation system to stay home.  If they develop symptoms at school, they will be sent home.


    What are my responsibilities as a parent before sending my child to school in person?  

    • Screening your child each morning (taking temperature and answering questions) and reporting results to the school (likely through an app)
    • Keeping students home who fall into any of the “stay at home” criteria
    • Ensuring your child has a face covering (and a spare mask in the backpack) and takes a water bottle to school
    • Ensuring your student takes their assigned device to/from school each day they attend
    • Have an ongoing child care plan in place for quick student pickup if they become ill at school and for extended absences for ill symptoms or quarantine due to exposure
    • Ensuring the “return to school” criteria have been met, if your student has stayed home


    What happens if a student or staff member is experiencing or displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever above 100.4 degrees, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea)?

    The student should not attend school, and the family should contact their primary care physician for potential in-person evaluation and/or testing. Staff members should stay home from work, contact their primary care physician for potential in-person evaluation and/or testing, and also notify their supervisor. Home quarantine for ill individuals is at least 10 days after symptoms first appear AND fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine) AND symptoms improving.


    What happens if my student gets sick while at school?

    A parent/guardian will be called for immediate pickup. Until pickup, the student will be separated/isolated in a designated waiting area with safe supervision and wear a cloth face covering or mask while waiting, if tolerated. (It is important for parents/guardians to make sure their school has up-to-date contact information on file, and that each family has a plan in place ahead of time.) 


    What happens if a student or staff member is exposed to someone who may have COVID-19?

    If there is a chance that a student or staff member has been exposed to COVID-19, they should not come to school. Exposure means that they live in the same house with someone who tested positive, or that they have been within 6 feet of a sick person for 15 minutes or longer. If exposed,* stay home and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after their last contact with the sick person. *Note: If students or staff members have been exposed while at a school building or site, the district will inform families and/or employees of the possible exposure while also maintaining confidentiality. 


    What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19? 

    The health department will contact the school district when they learn of a positive test associated with our school community, and likewise, our district will contact public health for guidance if a positive case is reported to us. SVSD will partner with public health to determine the necessary response actions including exclusion of the individual from school, cleaning, contact tracing and notification to close contacts , according to Public Health protocols. Current guidance states that any student or staff member who has been around the person with a positive test result within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer is considered exposed.


    Will families be informed if there is a positive case?

    The district will work with public health on contact tracing at school which includes notification of close contact exposure. Notification will align with public health guidelines and privacy laws. 


    How will you support my child if they have to stay home due to illness or quarantining due to exposure? 

    We will work with your student to support them remotely until they can safely return to school. 


    What happens if the COVID cases increase and students aren’t able to attend in-person? Do they pivot to the 100% online-only model?

    Yes. If school buildings close due to health concerns, students in the hybrid model would pivot to Distance Learning 2.0, implemented by their in-person classroom teacher(s). Students who selected the 100% remote model will remain with that model, and that teacher. The two programs are separate and would not be combined into one. 


    If a teacher becomes ill (with COVID or some other illness), will students have a substitute teacher?

    If staff are ill and unable to work, either in person or at a distance, students will still be provided instruction. We will be working with building administrators to determine when different staff (either a guest teacher, substitute or other arrangement) is required.


    Operations & Facilities:


    How up-to-date and effective are the air filtration systems in our schools?

    All schools have air filtration systems that are automated.  Every classroom in the district is equipped with a carbon dioxide monitoring system, which measures occupancy and drives the air circulation system.  As carbon dioxide levels rise, the system automatically increases airflow.  The district currently uses carbon dioxide thresholds that are more stringent than current recommended levels to initiate increases in airflow. We are also increasing outside air to 100% when allowable and increasing the frequency of air filter changes.  


    What changes will we see in our buildings to encourage social distancing? 

    Buildings will look different when they reopen. Additional signage will be added. Classrooms will have less furniture to meet the social distancing requirements. Lunch delivery will be different.  We are currently looking at how to space students during the lunch period in order to provide staff with a lunch break themselves. Additional lunch periods may be necessary in order to accommodate students within the social distancing guidelines.  


    What about passing time safety?

    We are working on implementing ways to reduce exposure during passing time. This could include direction hallways where students either only go one-way, or only use the right hand side of the hallway.  


    Does the district have enough PPE to meet the needs? 

    We have a good supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) currently and have ordered more.  Families can help our schools by providing masks for their students, as the supply chain for PPE is fragile and under stress during this time.


    What cleaning and disinfecting protocols will take place in our schools?

    Every classroom and school bus has been provided with disinfectant that is EPA approved. This disinfectant is hydrogen peroxide-based and can be applied without the need for gloves, goggles or other protective equipment. Staff will be able to use this disinfectant on the common-touch areas of their classrooms. Additional custodial personnel will be hired to provide increased cleaning and disinfecting of common-touch areas. The district has also purchased additional disinfecting equipment and supplies to provide more frequent cleaning/disinfecting.


    If someone with COVID attends school, how will school facilities be sanitized/disinfected?

    Custodial staff are trained and will perform specific disinfection of areas used by someone who has tested positive for COVID.


    Food Services


    How will meals be served at school?

    We are working to determine exactly how meals will be served, in ways that align with safety and social distancing requirements. In some cases, we may have students eat in their classrooms, in order to keep them with the same group of students and reduce the number of people in one area at a time.  For those students who choose school lunch, it would be delivered to their classrooms.  Similarly, breakfasts would be “grab and go” style, and likely eaten in classrooms. We are also considering limited us of cafeteria spaces where we can safely space our student in a class, for their lunch meal; with diligent cleaning between each group. More details for specific schools will be provided.


    Will the district be able to offer free meals to all – even to families who do not qualify for the federal Free and Reduced-price Meals program?

    Yes. The USDA has extended their program through December 31, or while funding lasts, that allows school districts to offer free meals to all children ages 0-18 years, as well as to our students ages 18-21 in the Transition Learning Center  


    Will school meals/food be offered “to go” to students who are learning at home?

    Yes. Meals will be made available for student learning at home. We will provide an update later if distribution locations for meals, for those doing remote learning, need to be adjusted.  Updates will be posted on our Food Services webpage




    Will SVSD provide transportation? 

    SVSD will provide transportation to/from home for those students enrolled in the Hybrid Learning Model who need it. However, students are encouraged to be transported to and from school via private vehicle, bicycle or by foot, when possible, to help keep passenger numbers low. 


    What are the state requirements regarding school bus transportation? 

    Bus Transportation principles for COVID prevention include:

    • Maximize outside air and keep windows open as much as possible
    • Encourage walking, biking, or being driven by caregivers as much as possible
    • Riders and staff members must wear a cloth face covering
    • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces
    • Keep riders as far apart as possible on the bus


    Will masks be required on a bus? 

    Yes, students and drivers are required to wear cloth face coverings while on the bus. 


    How will buses be cleaned/disinfected? 

    Drivers will be trained to properly disinfect all common touch areas utilized on the bus, between each school run/student load.


    Do students have to stay 6 feet apart on a bus?  

    OSPI’s guidelines for students on the bus are not as stringent as the 6-foot social distancing requirement for classrooms. Their bus guidelines are based on the minimal amount of time the students are on the bus as compared to in the classroom, the ability to ventilate by having all windows opened at safe levels, and the compartmentalization of the high back seats that help separate the students. That said, our Transportation Department is considering ways to help space riders where possible to limit contact. 


    What will transportation be like?

    All students and staff will wear face coverings. If a student arrives at the bus without a face covering, the driver will provide a disposable mask. Windows will be open when weather permits. High touch areas will be wiped down as frequently as time allows, and all buses will be disinfected at Transportation at the end of each day. Family members will be asked to sit together if they ride the same bus, and other students will be asked to spread out as much as space on the bus allows. 


    Child Care


    Will SVSD-provided child care be available? 

    SVSD is unable to provide child care due to space, staff and budget constraints. However, we are working with local child care providers and sharing school schedules so they can best align their offerings to support families who need child care. When our schools reopen for in-person/hybrid learning, the current programs through the Snoqualmie YMCA and Si View Center, that are supporting Distance Learning 2.0 at a few select school locations, will need to relocate.


    As details are confirmed and as directives from the state and health department evolve, additional questions and answers will be added to this FAQ.  Thank you for support and patience during these extraordinary circumstances due to the pandemic.