Before School & Mask Expectations
- A parent/guardian needs to assess their student’s health and take their student’s temperature at home each morning.
- Complete the health screen/attestation questions -- prior to leaving for school or bus – each day a student attends school in-person.
- If your student exhibits any symptoms of potential illness or does not pass the attestation, keep them home. (New public health guidelines for when to keep students home are much more stringent, requiring students with ANY potential ill symptoms to stay home.)
- Call your School Attendance Line to report all absences.
- Students must wear a properly fitting face covering at school and on the bus.
- Students should bring:
- Computing device – bring their assigned device to and from school every day
- Smart Tag Card (coming soon…for students who ride a bus)
- Personal water bottle labeled with their name
- Extra mask (wear one and pack a spare)
- Personal hand sanitizer (optional – at least 60% alcohol is recommended)
- Masks are required on all campuses and buses.
- There are limited exceptions to this rule, in which case, the School Site Coordinator should be made aware, before the start of school, of any families expecting that their student will not be wearing a mask. Each case will be reviewed, and students may be given a remote learning assignment as an alternative.
- Families are responsible for supplying their student’s face coverings. (Face masks will be available to those in need.)
- Masks should fit properly - snug (aim for no gaps) to cover the nose bridge, mouth, chin.
- Label cloth face coverings with your student’s name, and mark the inside vs. outside (if not obvious) so your student will wear it properly after lunch.
- “Mask breaks” will be given as needed and under advised safety considerations/conditions.
- Students should bring extra masks in their backpack in case they need to be changed during the day.
- Parents should wash student’s mask daily each evening.
The importance of a properly fitted mask:
- Public Health – Seattle & King County: Statewide requirement to wear face coverings with resources.
- DOH: Wear a cloth face covering or mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19 -- also in Spanish
- CDC: Use of cloth face coverings – how to make, wear, care for & store
Face coverings for children:
- Public Health Insider Blog: Face Coverings and Children - Tips for keeping a face mask on children, how to keep them from touching it, how to safely store a mask, plus physical/social/emotional development impacts.
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Cloth Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19 - Tips for helping children become comfortable wearing them.