Important Safety Procedures
Chimacum Elementary - September 6, 2021
A Message From Dr. Mauk
Dear Chimacum Families,
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! We are truly delighted you are joining us for a great year of learning and thriving for our students and families. The staff are just finishing up a week of getting ready for the new school year with intention, innovation, wellness, and engaging all of our students from the time they get on the school bus until the time they get off the school bus!
I want to give you a brief update on safely reopening our schools to in-person learning. I know that the regular changes and uncertainty are challenging for all, and many of us are anxious about school. We will be opening safely for our students and staff, and collectively taking measures to ensure that we can safely and sustainably operate our schools in-person.
In addition to the guidelines you have already seen, here are some reminders and updates.
- Masks are required indoors at all times by our students. Students can be unmasked outdoors and for eating lunch.
- Volunteers and visitors are not allowed in buildings at the start of school. We are working on protocols and protections that prioritize volunteers and partners.
- Public access to facilities is limited at this time. Student pickup and drop-off will be outdoors.
- Rapid Testing- We are deploying the use of rapid testing for symptomatic students and staff. In addition, our athletes are being tested regularly, including game days. Unvaccinated staff will be tested twice weekly until they are considered fully vaccinated beginning no later than mid to late September. We will be entering all test data in a central statewide system for tracking Covid test results so that the state can more easily do contact-tracing, and monitor outbreaks and positivity rates. It is required for unvaccinated staff to have the testing to continue working.
- Schools will remain open- We are counting on Covid mitigation measures to prevent outbreaks in our schools. This includes managing lunch periods and not having assemblies, and ensuring we are following the protocols we have been given.
- We will use rapid testing and contact tracing to keep classrooms running and schools open regardless of the overall number of hospitalizations or cases in our county. There is not a student or staff case number threshold for closing a classroom. If we can determine that the virus is contained we will keep classrooms open. A whole school closure is possible if an outbreak spreads to other classes despite testing, quarantine, and tracing measures. Dr. Berry, the county health officer, will be making this call if it were to happen, and we would transition to remote learning. We are counting on our families to agree to student rapid testing so we do not have to rely on long-term quarantine and we can more easily determine the extent of any spread.
District employees are required to be fully vaccinated by October 18. Here is a summary of that mandate.
- It is the position of the Chimacum School District, Jefferson County Health Department, the Washington State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control that the best measure to protect students, staff, and families from contracting the Covid 19 virus is to become vaccinated for Covid 19. While other mitigation measures will help with disease spread, Covid vaccines have been proven to reduce infection rates, and reduce the harmful effects of the disease including hospitalizations and deaths. We encourage all eligible people to get the Covid 19 vaccine.
I wish you a restful and joyful Labor Day weekend. It is a great time to reflect on and acknowledge all of our school district employees, as well as all workers’ contributions to our community well-being!
Scott Mauk, Superintendent
Links for reference:
Rapid Testing - Parent Permission Required
If there is exposure in the community or at school, rapid testing allows students that test negative to remain in school and avoid quarantine and thus allowing us to continue to keep the school open.
For students with family permission, the rapid test is self-administered. With a negative result, the student can continue to attend school and will not have to isolate away from school for 10 days. Parents and guardians will be contacted if their child completes a rapid test.
No student will self-administer a rapid test without the parent's permission. However, without permission to rapid test and the student had close contact with someone with COVID-19, they will need to isolate from school for 10 days and the office will contact you to pick up your child from school.
If your child is showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, do not send them to school and follow the return to school flowchart listed below.
This is the parent permission form that is needed if you wish your child to be able to use the rapid test in the event of a COVID-19 exposure.
Formulario de Permiso para Padres de Prueba Rápida-Español
This flow chart will help you determine if your child should attend school if there is a illness or a COVID-19 exposure.
Masking and Social Distancing Safety Procedures
- All students must wear a mask inside the school. If your child does not have a mask or forgets to bring one, a mask will be provided.
- Social distancing in buildings is 3 feet while masked.
- School meals will be served outside or in our large indoor spaces with social distancing of 6 feet.
- Students will be able to unmask when outside or at recess.
- It is helpful if students bring two masks for each day so they can switch to a clean mask after lunch or when needed. Surgical masks will be provided to any student that needs one.
Wellness Screening & Temperature Checks- no longer at school
All staff and families must screen for symptoms before coming to the building. Symptoms include a fever of over 100.4° F, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue, headache, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea (2 or more loose stools in 24 hours). Daily entry of screening (wellness attestation questions) are no longer required by the Department of Health.
All staff, students, and visitors will check their temperature as part of the daily self-screening before coming to school. The school will no longer be checking students’ temperatures before they enter the building.
Access to School Facilities
- Parent pick up and drop off for school will be outdoors. You may walk your child to the outside door, but must not enter the building. This is to minimize exposure for our students and keep school open.
- Masks are required for all students & staff at school & on the bus. Please have your child wear a mask to school. Masks will be provided if your child needs one.
- At this point, visitors may not visit school facilities so we can minimize exposure to our students.
- Currently, staff and students are not required to wear masks outside during recess and outdoor activities.
- Distancing requirements are three feet for students indoors with masks and six feet when masks are off for eating.
- The school district will follow county procedures for potential exposures. A new flowchart is linked in this newsletter.
- If you are needing immediate attention and are on campus (in the parking lot or near school entry), please call the CES office at 360-302-5855 for assistance or visit our school office masked and in-person.
- Morning student drop off time: 8:30 AM
- School starts: 8:45
- Dismissal on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 3:20
- Early release Wednesday dismissal: 2:20. The early release will not start until the second week of school on Sept. 15th.
Parking - Please park in the 15 minute or visitor parking if leaving your car.
Parking - If waiting in your car, please park in the yellow zone and not in the red fire zones.
We're proud that our food service department is continuing to offer scratch-cooked lunches and breakfasts! ALL Meals will be provided at no cost to all students!
Breakfast will be served each morning before school from 8:30-8:45. Lunches will be served at each class's designated time. Meals will be 6 feet socially distanced using outdoor space whenever possible.
About Chimacum Elementary
Our MISSION is to use S.T.E.A.M. as a foundation for unique and powerful learning experiences rooted in our community.
Our VISION is to grow students who, through powerful community-connected learning experiences, are prepared for life's requirements, challenges, and adventures and empowered to be engaged citizens and creative problem solvers.
Our Motto: "We grow kids!"
Chimacum School District's Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures
In compliance with WAC 392-190-060 & WAC 392-190-058, Chimacum Elementary is providing the following information to all parents, staff, and students regarding the district's discrimination and sexual harassment policies and procedures. Please click here to review the nondiscrimination and sexual harassment policy. You can access a full list of related policy and procedures on our district's webpage at https://www.csd49.org/Content2/372.
Chimacum School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Civil Rights, Title IX, and Section 504 Coordinator
PO Box 278, Chimacum, WA 98325