Hybrid Education Plan — 2020-21
While Governor Inslee is recommending that most schools remain virtual this fall, many private schools are exploring a hybrid approach. At LEADPrep we opened the 2020-21 school year offering in-person, on-site learning with a live-stream remote learning option for every student, every day. We alternate full-day in-person learning between Middle School and High School, each two days per week for an A/B schedule (M-Th) and whole-school remote Fridays. We’re nimble, innovative and ready. Small class size, masking, social distancing and outdoor classrooms allow us to stay safe for the opening of school, all while offering options for our families.
Our mission is to create a dynamic space where education is engaging, not one-size-fits-all, for all learners to be seen, heard, valued, and thriving. With COVID-19, being SAFE and engaging means we are taking the steps below in order to open our doors this fall. Since “thriving” is critical, we are adding many social-emotional mental health features to make sure ALL learners are fully supported.
- Teachers are creating lessons where in-person students are engaged with remote students for full inclusion
- Teachers are creating safety protocol videos to demonstrate both Seattle & Kirkland expectations
- Teachers are meeting in-person with identified remote learners prior to September 1
Parent/Guardian and Student Preparation
- Each parent/guardian and student is attending a safety training session
- Each parent/guardian and student is committing to daily safety, hygiene, and cleaning protocols
- Each parent/guardian and student is determining (in an ongoing basis) whether remote or in-person learning is best for their situation
Protocols and Procedures
Screening Questions Answered Before School (at home) and Again at School
In reviewing symptoms for the past 3 days (72 hours):
- Has your child had:
- — Cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
- — Fever of 100.4 or above (taken any meds to reduce fever?)
- — Sore throat
- — Chills
- — Loss of taste or smell
- — Muscle or body aches
- — Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
- — Congestion/runny nose – not related to seasonal allergies
- — Unusual fatigue
- Has the parent/guardian/anyone in the household had these symptoms?
- Has the child come in close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed Covid-19?
- Has the child either flown or traveled “out-of-state”? If so, when and where?
If YES to ANY, then the student must be excluded and travelers must show a negative test OR quarantine for 14 days.
The above questions and temperature taking will be repeated in the school parking lot, between 8:30-9:00 am, prior to a student being given a daily clearance sticky dot to wear to indicate the student has been screened and being allowed to enter the learning area. Teachers will also be responding to the same questions and self-monitoring.
- Students will wear a cloth mask, covering nose and mouth from the time they step into the parking lot until they leave the parking lot (unless in the mask-free zone with teacher permission)
- Students will remain six feet apart designated by hoops from each other and staff for the entire school day
- Students will each bring their own supplies and lunch and use one school chair/tray table daily
- Students will wash bathroom handles and counters after using the bathroom
- Handwashing will be mandatory (20+ seconds with soap or with hand gel w/60% alcohol):
- — Upon entering and leaving the building
- — After going to the bathroom
- — After nose blowing or sneezing or coughing into their hand
- Students will avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth
Mental Health Features
The stress, social isolation, and uncertainty of this pandemic has greatly increased mental health concerns for many. To support our remote learners our team is:
- Teachers are meeting in-person (socially distancing, of course) with identified remote learners and creating a personalized wellness plan with each student/family
- A teacher will be assigned as advisor to each remote learner to provide weekly personal check-ins and be a direct contact person/liaison to the rest of the LEADPrep teaching team
While there are many unknowns in starting school this fall, KNOW that the LEADPrep team is committed to safe, inclusive, holistic learning and support for each of our students.