COVID 19 FAQs

South Whidbey School District is closed Monday, March 16, 2020 till April 24, 2020.

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?

At this time, the South Whidbey School District will not be moving to an all online learning model. SWSD will support students who are out of school for extended absences due to an illness or quarantine and teachers will work with students and families regarding coursework to the best of their ability. Some online opportunities are currently available for reinforcement, activities, and specific coursework in some classes. However, replacing in-person classroom learning with online learning for all students in the District presents several regulatory, technological, and logistical challenges that cannot be solved on short notice. Please see below for more information. The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has provided guidance to districts advising they only move to an online learning model if they can meet at least eight specific criteria.

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.

What instructional support opportunities are available if my child is ill or if I choose to keep them home as a precaution?

Teachers will work with students and families to the best of their ability given our current circumstances.  Elementary Students and Families:

 

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).

When should I keep my child home from school?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that if your child gets flu-like symptoms without a fever, keep them home to lower the chances of spreading the illness to others. Additionally, if your child does have a fever, keep them home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as acetaminophen. This will help ensure that the fever is truly gone and that your child is past the point of being contagious. Please visit the CDC Website for more information.

What if my child misses several days of school due to illness?

As with the flu or other illness resulting in an extended absence, should your child become ill you can contact your student’s school. You will be asked to describe symptoms. Teachers will work with students and families regarding staying current with work. Please be assured that as a parent or legal guardian, you have the right to excuse your student’s absence on any given day. If you decide to keep your child home as a precaution, please contact your school's attendance office.

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.

Can my student bring hand sanitizers or disinfectants to school?

We appreciate the desire of our community to help provide supplies to assist in this process. It is acceptable to send your child with a hand sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60% alcohol. 

Should I or my student wear a mask?

Public Health agencies currently do not recommend that people wear masks when they are in public. Additionally, scientists are not sure whether wearing a mask in public actually keeps healthy people from getting sick. It is more important for people who are sick to wear a mask in a healthcare setting (such as a waiting room) to avoid exposing other people when they cough or sneeze. As COVID-19 has spread, the supply of masks has been depleted, and it’s important to make masks available to those health care workers most directly working with the disease.

In some parts of the world, mask use when sick is customary. People also wear masks for a variety of reasons, including avoiding pollen and air pollution, as a courtesy to others when they have the common cold, and for other cultural and even social reasons. Please do not assume that someone wearing a mask has COVID-19.

Should children returning from China (or other countries identified by CDC) stay home from school for 14 days?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website with traveler information states that American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their families who have been in China in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States, but will be redirected to one of 11 airports to undergo health screening. Depending on their health and travel history, they will have some level of restrictions on their movements for 14 days from the time they left China. With regard to other countries, please visit the CDC website for the most up to date information.

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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