COVID 19 FAQs

South Whidbey School District is closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

State Board of Education:

https://www.sbe.wa.gov/news/state-considers-flexibility-graduating-seniors

New Rules adopted April 8

NCAA and COVID-19:

http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/division-i-council-extends-eligibility-student-athletes-impacted-covid-19

NCAA Eligibility:

https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/

ACT:

https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html

ACT rescheduled April 4 national test date to June 13.  Students registered will receive an email from ACT.

SAT:

https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates

College Board canceled the May 2, 2020, SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) were also canceled.

Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds. Currently, the next SAT is scheduled for the first weekend of June.


OSPI continuous learning resources

https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/press-releases/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-resources/resources-continuous-learning-during-school-closures

 

Webinar on High School Beyond Planning (HSBP)

April 8  HSBP  101 and HSBP  201

April 8th High School & Beyond Planning

High School & Beyond Plans 101: Increasing Engagement with High School & Beyond Planning / 10 A.M.   Register for morning sessions: GATE Equity Webinar 101 

High School & Beyond Plans 201: Aligning High School & Beyond Plans & IEP Transition Plans / 3 P.M.  Register for afternoon sessions: GATE Equity Webinar 201


Will activities at schools or field trips be canceled?

As of Thursday, March 5, the following outside events and activities have been canceled or postponed:

  • Facilities use by outside groups
  • Field trips
  • ALL SWSD sporting events, concerts, dances, assemblies,  informational events, etc.
  • Non-essential travel by SWSD staff
  • Non Essential Volunteer work in schools

Will online learning be available district-wide for all students?

SWSD teachers will work with students and families regarding coursework. Some online opportunities are currently available for reinforcement, activities, and specific coursework in some classes.

See OSPI's guidance on online learning in the highlighted portion of this document, under "Distance/online learning."

 

If schools are closed how will the instructional time be made up?

SWSD is working closely with Island County Public Health, OSPI, and partner agencies with regard to COVID-19. We are following all of their recommendations and are hopeful that we won’t need to close all schools. However, should we find ourselves in that situation; we will explore all opportunities for waivers with OSPI, but may need to add the missed days to the end of the school year if we do not qualify for those waivers. This is all yet to be determined and may be out of our hands.

When should I seek medical advice if I suspect I or someone close to me has COVID-19?

While the number of cases is increasing, the vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and coughs. If you or a family member has symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular medical provider. Public Health recommends not going to the emergency room unless there is a critical need. Public Health also recommends seeking medical advice if you are over the age of 60 and have an underlying medical condition. If you believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, contact Island County’s novel coronavirus call center at 360-678-2301 (Monday thru Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm and Saturday/Sunday 9am - 4pm).

How is the District addressing racial bias?

We are aware of reports that  Asian students have been targeted and discriminated against in connection to COVID-19. This is unacceptable and contrary to our values of racial equity and social justice. In the South Whidbey School District, we are committed to all schools being welcoming, safe, and inclusive, and we do not tolerate hate speech or acts of discrimination. Help us prevent discrimination or stigmatization by sharing accurate information. COVID-19 infection is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. Misinformation can create fear and hostility that harms people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. Public Health Seattle & King County has provided resources to address and prevent discrimination. Please do not hesitate to contact your school principal or use the Report Unsafe Behavior link on all school websites if you experience discrimination.

What can I do to protect myself and my family and prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Coronaviruses, including COVID-19, spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) via coughing or sneezing. It may also spread by touching a surface or object with the virus on it. The same good health habits that prevent other viruses like the flu also prevent the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the risk of getting sick: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand), then throw tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Keep students home if they are running a temperature or they report not feeling well or appear weak or ill.
  • Consult your health care provider if you or your child has health conditions that put you at increased risk.

What does the district do to clean schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19? 

Custodial staff are trained to disinfect and clean our schools and have been doing an outstanding job. All staff have been provided with appropriate cleaning products to use regularly in addition to what custodians are doing. Typically, this means regualrly sanitizing of surfaces and objects that are touched often:

  • Door handles, crash bars, and doorknobs
  • Phones and two-way radios
  • Computer keyboards, mice, and monitors
  • Hard surfaces such as desks and countertops
  • Entry windows
  • Office counters and surfaces
  • Handrails
  • Light switches
  • Sinks and drinking fountains
  • Dispensers
  • School buses
  • Anything else that is handled frequently by multiple people

Our custodians are working with the administration and staff at each building and providing the Department of Health recommended hydrogen peroxide disinfectant to all staff. The transportation department has also been provided the same recommended disinfectant for use on school buses.

What information is available in other languages?

How should I stay informed?

This is a dynamic situation. The District continues to follow the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Island County Public Health in our response to COVID-19, including decisions to close schools and whether students or staff would need to be quarantined. As soon as new information becomes available, we will let you know through our usual emergency communications channels: E-News by email, text messages, social media, and updates to school and District websites.

For the most up-to-date information, visit the Island County Public Health Website.

What resources are available for talking to kids about COVID-19?

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