WST Weekly Update
March 14 - March 18, 2022
Updated COVID Information
The Governor's office and the Washington State Department of Health recently updated the K-12 Covid guidance. Following you will find the summary of changes that may impact your student(s) attending WST:
- Masks are no longer required for staff and students
- Unless in the health room, TOR, or days 6-10 of isolation without a negative test result
- A person who tested positive for COVID may return after day 5
- If they test negative on day 5 or later OR
- If they wear a mask days 6-10 of isolation
- Unless they test positive on day 5 or later, then they will need to continue to quarantine for the full 10 days (not test required after day 10)
- Diagnostic testing is still available to individuals who
- have symptoms,
- have been exposed to COVID and want to confirm they do not have COVID -19
- want to return after their 5-day isolation
- Contract tracing is no longer required (you will still be notified when someone with COVID is in your building)
- Please continue to stay home if you have symptoms
At West Sound Tech, all students will be respected for their decision to wear or not wear a mask. If your student experiences any challenges related to masking/not masking, please let us know!
Students in Maritime Operations are learning boat building techniques.
Students and staff at WST are #rockinthecrocs, in honor of classified week. WST celebrates all of our classified staff for their tireless work at WST.
It's PI Day!
Students in 3D Animation & Game Design celebrated Pi day 3.14, with what else, but pie!
As a quick reminder, parents need to contact WST when students are absent to excuse the absence. If the absence does not get excused, then a report will go home to notify families. Often, it is found that a student had a doctor's appointment or were sick, but WST does not get notified.
From the Student Handbook:
ATTENDANCE | TARDY POLICY
SEE DISTRICT HANDBOOK
WST ATTENDANCE NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES
At West Sound Tech, we are preparing students for life and careers. Our attendance procedures meet both the preparation for life for students and the state requirements for reporting an absence. While it may seem like the process duplicates the process, it helps to develop student accountability while also following the law. There are
two steps to the WST reporting process, student responsibility to contact the instructor directly and the parent/guardian responsibility to officially report the absence to the registrar.
STEP 1: Student Responsibility
Just as you would in the workplace, students at West Sound Tech MUST contact their instructor if the student is absent. Contact your instructor by either email or phone, just as you would for a job, and explain your absence to the instructor. (EXAMPLE: Good morning Ms. Sanford, this is Geneva. I am sick and will be absent today. I plan to be back at school tomorrow). Many of our teachers now use REMIND, so you may send a message through REMIND to your instructor as well.
STEP 2: Parent/Guardian Responsibility
A parent MUST report an absence in writing or by phone call. IMPORTANT: Absences MUST be reported to both the student home school and to WST separately.
Parents, please follow-up a student absence with an email to the registrar
(ERIN.MCKIERNAN@WESTSOUNDTECH.ORG), a phone call (360-473-0557), or written documentation with the following information: STUDENT NAME | DATE OF ABSENCE | REASON FOR THE ABSENCE
TRAVEL during the school year: families and staff planning to travel should follow the CDC travel advisory guidance.
Prior to travel, families must notify the principal of any planned international travel or planned travel to any location identified where a COVID-19 variant has been circulating. The must also notify the principal upon return.
WST Spring Break
For those that have a different spring break than WST, students are welcome and encouraged to attend WST during their spring break, if available, but are not penalized if they are not able to access WST during the sending school spring break. Sending districts do not run bus transportation during their non-sending times.
Progress Reporting 3/16
Students that are in jeopardy of failing will have a progress report mailed home.
Have questions? Please contact your student's instructor: https://www.westsoundtech.org/staff
West Sound Technical Skills Center
Mission: The mission of West Sound Technical Skills Center is to ensure that all students are prepared for life, career, and college through industry-based, technically rigorous programs.
Vision: To prepare every West Sound Technical Skills Center graduate to be career and college ready, enter the global workforce, and be a successful and contributing citizen through innovative and flexible program opportunities.