EBE Home Connections
November 2, 2020
Message from Mr. Hanzeli
What a joy it was to see so many of you...even from a distance...during our PTA Honk or Treat last Friday night. What a wonderful success. To Brandy, Elizabeth, Roxanne, Suzanne, John, and all our amazing families who took their personal time with so much going on to create such a fun, positive, and safe way for our students to experience this joyful drive through costume filled gathering. We are all so grateful to each of you.
We estimated that we had about 200 cars drive through and that the average car had 2-3 children.
The costumes, the laughs, the exchange of thanks and appreciation between children and the adults was heartwarming to see and feel. What a great reminder that we are all part of a very special school community.
Below in the newsletter you will find a few reminder messages.
As always, please be sure to call if you have any questions.
Important Upcoming Dates
Wednesday, November 11
Veterans Day (No School)
Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20
Student Progress Conferences (No Student Meets or Assignments)
Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27
Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)
Monday, November 30
Grades Grade 4 and 5 Hybrid AA or BB In Person Model Begins (depending on metrics)
SCSD Family Message, Wednesday, October 28
Stanwood-Camano School District
October 28, 2020
Good afternoon families,
We know that families have been anxious for an update, so this message is in lieu of our normal Friday Family Message.
The district met this week with both Island and Snohomish County Health Districts. Snohomish County in particular has high COVID activity levels. Island County had a one week drop in infection rates after multiple weeks of increased activity. Our students and staff travel between Stanwood and Camano Island, therefore we cannot isolate one county over the other. Until we have multiple weeks in which the infection rate drops in both counties, we cannot safely reopen our schools to increased populations of students. We are postponing bringing back our 4th and 5th grade students into a hybrid model until November 30 at the earliest. We will continue to serve grades K-3 in a hybrid model. Special populations (preschool through high school) will attend as they are currently scheduled. All other students will be served in a Continuous Learning 2.0 model.
The district also has made the difficult decision to not return our middle and high school students in a hybrid model until second semester at the earliest.
We know this decision is disappointing for students, families and our staff, but we believe that this is necessary due to the rapid case increase over the past several weeks.
Families have asked what the protocol is when a school has a confirmed case of COVID 19. The district immediately contacts the school nurse and the Snohomish or Island County Health District. The Snohomish Health District has provided the following documents for families.
We also have protocols in place for students/staff who are ill. When students or staff display the following symptoms, they must go or stay home:
Lost of taste/smell
Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
Muscle Aches/Pains (not attributable to other causes)
Headache (not attributable to other causes)
Congestion/Runny nose (not attributable to other causes)
When students/staff have these symptoms, they must stay home for 10 days or until they have a negative COVID test.
We need to reiterate schools are casualties of increased rates of transmission within the community. We have become aware of students spending time together off-campus, in unmasked social situations. This has the potential to increase transmission rates, thus impacting the district’s ability to bring back more students. We are reminding everyone that it is essential to wear masks, maintain social distancing, avoid indoor in-person gatherings outside of immediate family, and practice good hand hygiene. If a social gathering must occur, these gatherings should be held outside.
Social Emotional Support
The holidays are quickly approaching. In normal years, holidays can be difficult times for our students and families. We would like to remind our families that we have supports in place for our students. We have counselors in all of our buildings. Please contact your school immediately if you have concerns about the social emotional health of your student. We want to provide support to them.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available.
SCSD Healthy Student Return to School Process (Repeat)
SCSD Healthy Student Return to School Process
As you are aware, Stanwood Camano Schools have implemented new processes and procedures during this outbreak of COVID-19 and we are committed to keeping students and staff safety our top priority.
Symptoms of COVID-19
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills (> 100.3)
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Please contact your student’s medical provider for additional health instructions and/or testing.
If your student is not tested for COVID-19, they may return to school 10 days after symptoms began AND symptoms are resolving AND 24 hours after fever resolves.
If your student is ill for additional days, please notify the attendance office of your student’s absence.
If your student is positive for COVID-19, they may return 10 days after symptom onset AND symptoms are resolving AND 24 hours after fever resolves.
If your student is negative for COVID-19, they may return to school campus when symptoms are improving AND they have not had a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication for > 24 hours.
Elger Bay Attendance: 360.629.1290
Donna Hunter, EBE School Nurse: 360.629.1290
Coats for Kids Opportunity (volunteers needed as well)(Repeat)
(The following is not an EBE coordinated event. If you have questions, please contact Emily at the number and Email listed below)
My name is Emily Goodman and I am the new Warm Cots for Kids Coordinator. I have taken over the role from Dian and I hope I can continue her great work!
As I am sure you aware we have changed how we will be distributing coats this year. Last year we were able to let kids pick a coat out upstairs at the food bank. Due to Covid we are unable to let anyone in the building other than our volunteers. So in order to reach as many kids as possible we are doing a pop-up tent distribution!
We will have a pop-up tent in the parking lot of the food bank on serve days. We have also partnered with the school district to have a pop-up tent at the schools when the weekly school lunches are picked-up. We will rotate between the designated schools weekly.
I will need a minimum of two volunteers per distribution date. All of the sites will be outdoors.
There will be 2-3 pop-up tents with side walls to keep out the weather. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Here are the dates and locations for distribution.
Stanwood Camano Food Bank Pop-up
Wednesdays 10am-3pm (One Volunteer Committed)
Elementary School Pop-up
Tuesdays and Fridays
Times: 3:30pm – 7:30pm (approx. time)
Same time for each day
10/20 & 10/23 - Twin City Elementary
10/27 & 10/30 – Elger Bay Elementary
11/3 & 11/6 - Stanwood Elementary
11/10 & 11/13 - Utsalady Elementary
11/17 & 11/20 - Cedarhome Elementary
11/24 - Twin City Elementary
12/1 & 12/4 - Elger Bay Elementary
12/8 & 12/11 - Stanwood Elementary
12/15 & 12/18 - Utsalady Elementary
12/22 - Cedarhome Elementary
We will begin distribution the week of October 19th.
I hope you will be able to help keep as many kids warm this winter!!!
Just let me know how and when you would like to help with this important and exciting program. Sincerely,
Click on this button for further details about the FREE MEALS program currently offered by the Stanwood-Camano School District.
This is not comprehensive, but just a few photos to help you see how some of our procedures have changed. Needless to say there is a very strong emphasis on safety, even as we relish the experience of having some students back in school.
Please Reply Promptly to Absence Excuse EMAIL (REPEAT)
Please reply to the absence EMAIL at your first convenience or call the Elger Bay office 360.629.1290 to speak directly with our staff.
Transportation Plans AND Change of Plans (REPEAT)
Our office works incredibly hard on making sure we understand your daily transportation plans for each student. To that end, it is really important that you make sure you have done all of the following:
- K - G3 students have all had a "blue" daily transportation form sent home by the EBE office to be completed by you regarding the daily plan for your child's transportation to and from school. G4 and G5 will have these sent home when they return to school on 10.26.
- If there is a change from this plan, you must call the office or send a detailed note/Email in advance, so that we might write a "pickup slip" to inform the teacher to make sure that we all know the plan for each child and can communicate about the change.
- Finally, keep the EBE phone number (360.629.1290) loaded in your phone. We know there is the occasional emergency that requires a quicker change at day's end. Please do everything you can to avoid this as it does get a bit hectic, but if there is an emergency, please don't hesitate to call.
I thank you in advance for helping us with this significant safety and communication issue.
Transpo forms from Kristie (K-3), coming for 4-5
Welcome Video to non EBE families
Grade by Grade Hybrid Transition Reminders (UPDATED)
K Students are in one cohort of 10 students in the regular kindergarten rooms.
On Monday, October 5th, in person kindergarten students transitioned to full days from 9:00-3:30 in the hybrid model AA/BB.
Grade 1 - Grade 3
Hybrid teacher placement and AA (Monday / Tuesday) or BB (Thursday / Friday) assignments have been communicated by School Messenger.
Students in grades 1-3 who are opting for Continuous Learning are assigned a new teacher.
The technical transitions are supposed to be happening in the very early hours of Monday, but I suggest you prepare for a day or two of potential corrections. NOTE: Please let your online teacher know by Email if you continue to have any technical difficulties.
Grade 4 - Grade 5
The hybrid students in grades 4 and 5 have been assigned a teacher have been notified of their teacher. NOTE: G4 and G5 families potentially returning on November 30 have been informed if they are in the AA or BB Hybrid sections.
On Monday, October 5th, any student in grades 4 or 5 who were assigned a new teacher began working with that teacher.
All students in grades 4 and 5 will continue in distance learning until November 30, unless the metrics indicate otherwise.
Students in grades 4-5 who are opting for Continuous Learning have been assigned a teacher and are working in their classes.
- PBS students electing to attend in person in the PBS program began full time on Thursday, October 1.