WSD Learning Phases

WSD Learning Phases

Districts Frequently Asked Questions

Will students be required to wear masks?

Yes. Students and staff must wear masks at all times (excluding times when they are eating/drinking) while in the building. This includes when students are not present.  Masks should fit snugly and cover both the nose and mouth. Gators/Bandanas will not be allowed per GCHD guidance.

Wearing a mask all day is new to us, WSD understands that there will be times that masks slip down, we forget to pull them back up after eating, drinking, etc. It is our collective responsibility to support each other to properly wear masks. The district will have extra masks available for students who forget or do not have one. 

Mask Guide

How to properly wear a mask

If a staff member or student cannot wear a mask, visit the link below.  The form needs to be filled out, sent to, and approved by GCHD.  If approved for a student, their copy is delivered to the nurse.  Staff that have approved waivers need to get a copy to the nurse and HR.

Region 7 COVID-19 FaceMask/Cloth Face Covering Waiver Request Form

Can a student or staff member wear a face shield instead of a mask?

The department of health requirement is that all students and staff will wear appropriate cloth masks. Students and staff must wear masks at all times (excluding times when they are eating/drinking) while in the building. This includes when students are not present.  Masks should fit snugly and cover both the nose and mouth. Gators/Bandanas will not be allowed per GCHD guidance.

  •  Wearing a mask all day is new to us, so there will be times that masks slip down, we forget to pull them back up after eating, drinking, etc. It is our collective responsibility to support each other to properly wear masks. How to properly wear a mask

If a staff member or student cannot wear a mask, visit the link below.  The form needs to be filled out, sent to, and approved by GCHD.  If approved for a student, their copy is delivered to the nurse.  Staff that have approved waivers need to get a copy to the nurse and HR.

Region 7 COVID-19 FaceMask/Cloth Face Covering Waiver Request Form

See the Washington State Department of Health Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings and CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings for more information. All students, volunteers, or guests must wear cloth face coverings at school when indoors.  

What will happen if a student/a or staff get COVID-19?

The document below describes how the Wahluke School District will determine when students and staff may return to school after a Suspected or Confirmed Case of COVID-19. 

The guidelines listed below come directly from the Grant County Health District. These protocols will go into effect when your WSD returns to campus for in-person learning, whether that is in small groups or the hybrid learning model. 

  • WSD Get Well Protocol Information for Families - Information 

  • WSD Get Well Protocol Information for Families - Document

  • WSD Get Well Protocol Information for Families - Spanish Document

  • WSD Get Well Protocol Information for Staff - Document

 How will you determine what kids are in each group (AM/PM)?

All families were placed in the same cohort. The Transportation Department will set AM/PM cohorts for all students that ride a bus.  

Walkers and parent drop off will be set by buildings.  Priorities are as follows:

  • Siblings

  • CB Tech

  • Class size

If you do not receive a phone call by Friday, December 16th, please call your student’s school office.

What are the requirements for the Daily Health Attestation Form? 

Each student will be required to fill out paper/pencil attestation provided each day they attend.  If a student has marked yes, in any of the questions on the form they cannot be on school property and must follow guidelines for return.

 Each student will be provided a thermometer, a packet of attestation papers, and a lanyard to place their form daily.  Elementary teachers will collect the daily attestation papers from each student and place them in a baggie with the date.  JH/HS Staff will collect the daily attestation at the temperature check station.  Attestations will be kept for 14 days.

Link to Shared Folder with Attestation

Students that are in 8th grade or older can fill compete their  daily health attestation forms for themselves and fill out and complete their younger siblings daily health attestation form. 

Please watch here to take a closer look at the process. (coming soon)  

Will bus drivers have extra masks for students who don’t or won’t wear them?

  • Every student is expected to wear a mask at all times. Students will not be permitted to ride a bus without a mask. Drivers will have a limited number of masks available, but the expectation is that each student will bring their own. 

What if a student refuses to wear a mask, or their parent refuses to make them wear one?

Facial coverings are a health department requirement. Students who refuse to wear an appropriate facial covering will not be able to remain in class. 

Will uniforms be required? 

Students will not have to wear a uniform during COVID Distance or Hybrid this year but will have to follow dress code guidelines. Dress Code Guidelines

Will parents have a choice on whether their child will go back face-to-face?

Yes. We are offering an online-only plan - virtual school option using the Edgenuity/Pathbalzer program for families who are not ready, to send their children back yet. It will not be the same as the current online model. For more information click here or reach out to Missy Stevenson or Angelica Spreen. 

Will kids get to participate in recess?

Yes, all TK-5th grade students will be offered a 10-minute recess during their session at school.  Teachers will be responsible for taking students outside and following all health guidelines upon return to the classroom. Classrooms are not allowed to mix outside, in case contact tracing needs to occur.  Each classroom we will be provided with materials to take to recess. 

Recess is a great opportunity for a brain break, gross motor development, social skills, and exercise.  The playground will be broken into zones and a rotation will be developed to ensure students can use all areas of the playground throughout the week.

How can you guarantee the safety of my kids from getting sick and bringing it home to the parents that have pre-existing conditions?

As with any other illness, WSD can not provide that kind of guarantee. We are offering an online-only option for families who have health and safety concerns that prevent them from wanting to send their students back to school at this time.

What will the daily sanitization procedures look like? Will classrooms be cleaned between AM and PM groups? 

Custodial staff, continue normal daily cleaning and sanitizing practices they have been doing even before covid-19 and help with any other duties wherever possible.

Current normal daily cleaning and sanitizing:

  • Vacuuming, sweeping and mopping

  • Garbage removal

  • All restrooms (everywhere)

  • Classrooms sinks, faucets and drinking fountains, and countertops around the sink

  • Common drinking fountains

  • High touchpoints such as doors, door windows, and door handle/crash bars.

  • Common areas touchpoints such as staff rooms, workrooms, and lunchrooms

Teachers, Para's, Secretaries, etc. (all hands-on deck approach) will be responsible for sanitizing or have students help:

  • Personal workstations

  • Student Desks

  • Student Chairs

  • Classroom tables

  • In between students or parent transitions (cohorts)

Classrooms will only be “cleaned” once a day, but sanitization will be done frequently throughout the day. Cleaning and sanitizing are two different things and should not be characterized as the same.

Hand Sanitizer will be provided by entrance doors.  Sanitizing spray will be provided at each door and classroom.  Spray the door down after entry.

All touch services in classrooms and student spaces will be disinfected nightly.  We will be using a UV Light to clean each area at least once per week.  If there is a case in any classroom or space the machine will be used. 

Restroom cleaning:  All restrooms will be cleaned nightly and high risk touch points (faucet knobs, flush handles, partition locks, ADA railings) 

 Definition: Cleaning vs disinfecting: 

■ Cleaning removes matter/debris from a surface such as food remnants or dust; 

■ Disinfecting is done to mitigate microbes on a surface. The priority response action will be to focus on ensuring disinfecting is occurring regularly. There may still be some debris noticeable. 

Classroom cleaning: To create a safe and healthy environment for staff and students, we will need to take a more collaborative and team approach to sanitize our classrooms. Teachers and staff will be supplied with spray bottles to prepare and disinfect classrooms and work stations during the day. Custodial staff will clean and disinfect nightly.  Touchpoints will be cleaned in between cohorts.

 Cleaning Supplies: All supplies used for sanitizing/disinfecting are on the CDC approved list.

  • 70627-60 - Oxivir Wipes 

  • 70627-56 - Oxivir Tb 

  • 67619-32 - CloroxPro 

  • 34810-36 - CleanCide Wipes 

 Do I have to send my children to school?

Children over age 8 are required by law to attend school. You may opt-out of the blended learning plan and remain fully online. The online experience will be different from what we currently have. 

Do the students have to go to school or can they continue with Zoom meetings like right now?

The current online mode–distance learning, will not be an option. Students who opted-out of returning to the blended model will continue their education online virtual school using a program called Edgenuity/Pathbalzer. 

This virtual option is for students whose parents wanted something different from teacher-led distance learning or hybrid. Each student will have a district employee managing their account through Edgenuity.  Parents will be required to ensure that students are completing courses and provide all tutoring needed.  

The deadline for signing up for Edgenuity is December 15 for K-8 and January 15 for 9-12. Please contact your student's school if you have missed the deadline or need more information. 

Will students who come back to school still have to do online work?

There will be asynchronous online resources for students that complement their in-person lessons. In the Hybrid Learning Model, your child will only be in school for about 50 percent of their normal time. The rest of the time will be filled with online learning and other curricula their teacher will assign.

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