Launching the 2021-2022 School Year
Last week, the WLWV School Board voted to add a specific Staff Professional Development Day prior to the start of school. Our focus will be on Care, Connection and Community, as we prepare to welcome students back to fully in-person learning this fall. This additional staff development day takes place on Tuesday, September 7 which means that the first day of school will be Wednesday, September 8.
The last day of school will now be June 20, to maintain the same number of instructional days for our students. As a reminder, the last day of school is subject to change in the event of inclement weather or other necessary calendar adjustments during the school year.
Please read on for information about staggered start dates for our preschool and kindergarten learners, supply drop off plans, health and safety during this school year, and other important dates/events to add to your calendar.
Enjoy the sunshine and the last bit of summer. It is going to be a fantastic school year!
Dates to Remember
Aug 31: Teachers return to work
Sep 2: Meet and Greet/Popsicles on the Playground
Sep 8: First Day of School
Sep 15: Professional Growth Wednesday-Students dismissed at 12:!0
Sep 22: Curriculum Night (details coming soon)
Sep 29: Professional Growth Wednesday-Students dismissed at 12:10
Meet and Greets- Popsicles on the Playground
On Thursday, September 2, we will host smaller supply drop-off events for each grade level. Students will have a chance to meet their teacher, see their classrooms and bring in personal supplies before enjoying popsicles on the playground. The scheduled times for your child's grade level(s) are below.
Due to Covid conditions and the number of children and adults at these events, we invite parents of preschool and kindergarten learners to join their children for a brief tour of the classroom. Older students in grades 1-5 will go to their classrooms independently, drop off supplies, see their learning space and say hello to their teacher. Adults may wait at the designated entrance and then accompany their child to the playground, where teachers will mingle and meet families for the remainder of the event. We will have many adults available to guide and support our learners as they navigate their way to and from their entrances and new classrooms.
*Students will be required to wear masks inside the building. Mask wearing for all is encouraged when in a larger group outside. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe.
PreK & K Meet & Greet
Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 10:30-11:30am
Sunset Primary School, West Linn, OR, USA
West Linn, OR
1st- 2nd Grade Supply Drop Off
Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 1-1:45pm
Sunset Primary School Playground
3rd-5th Grade Supply Drop Off
Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 2-2:45pm
Sunset Primary School, West Linn, OR, USA
West Linn, OR
Class Placement and Information Packets
Health and Safety
Face Coverings Required During School Day While Indoors
Face coverings will be required, effective immediately, at all times for students, staff, visitors and contractors when in an indoor setting and during the school day:
- At school during regular school hours;
- For educational activities ie., field trips or off-campus classes during regular school hours
- At school engaged in educational activities outside of regular school hours.
- Face coverings remain required on school buses as part of the federal CDC mandate.
When Is A Face Covering Not Required?
Face coverings will not be required outdoors, during outdoor recess or when actively eating or drinking. Face coverings will not be required when playing a musical instrument that requires using the mouth, or for sports such as swimming, water sports or where wearing a mask could be a strangulation hazard such as gymnastics or wrestling.
Will My Child Be Able to Take a Face Covering Break During the Day?
Yes. As all outdoor activities do not require face coverings, students will be able to remove their masks during recesses, outdoor PE classes, and any outdoor activities. Students will also be able to remove their masks when eating or drinking. Individual, group, or full classroom mask breaks are also permitted, while ensuring that students still keep to 3 feet physical distance to the extent possible.
Are There Any Changes to Quarantining?
Several factors are unchanged at this time:
- An exposure is defined as a susceptible individual who has had close contact (less than 6 feet) for longer than 15 cumulative minutes in a day with a person who has COVID-19.
- Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine.
These factors have been updated/changed:
- Exception: Quarantine is not necessary for students who were within 3 or more feet of a person with COVID-19 and both students were consistently and correctly wearing face coverings and other prevention strategies were in place in the school setting (e.g. proper ventilation, hand washing). This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.
Will My High School Student Who is Vaccinated Have to Quarantine?
No. Any vaccinated student who is exposed to an individual who has COVID-19 will not have to quarantine. An unvaccinated student who did not maintain at least 3 feet distance from the person with COVID-19 and consistently wear their face covering will need to quarantine according to the local public health authority time frame. Vaccinations are still available to all persons 12 years and older and accessible at most local pharmacies and health care providers: https://www.vaccines.gov.
Are Face Coverings Required for Indoor Sports?
No. This is a local decision. Noneducational before-and-after-school programs are voluntary, unlike the regular school day and some required educational programs that occur outside the school day. The WLWV School Board made the determination at the July 12th Board meeting that face coverings are “strongly advised but not required” (per RSSL, July 22, 2021), and this decision would apply to all district events and activities that are not subject to the new state ruling.
Is This Rule for the Full 2021-2022 School Year?
No. The goal is to go back to local decision-making. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will review the data at least monthly and make this determination.
Stay Informed on Updates and Communications
It is recommended that parents/guardians stay informed on these COVID-19 related updates and communications by checking district and school-sent emails and checking the district website as frequently as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school office or principal.