Reopening Plan 2020-2021
As new information and guidance becomes available, this plan will be updated.
Holy Family School Reopening dates this fall were:
September 28, 2020 for grades K-2, October 1 for grades 3-5, November 5 for grade 6, and November 11 for grades 7-8.
Planned last day of the 2020-2021 school year date: June 11, 2021
To identify core principles and criteria that will allow HFK to reopen on-campus instruction in the fall of 2020 in ways that are consistent with the missions and values of our school, with the needs of our community, and with guidance from public health.
Health and Safety: In order to limit transmission risk of COVID-19 within our school while creating the most effective teaching and learning scenarios, HFK will utilize the health guidelines provided by state and local government.
Teaching and Learning: The goal is to return to school for on-campus learning to the greatest extent possible. In order to maximize the student learning experience, HFK will provide opportunities for students’ academic, social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth.
Mental Health: In order to promote mental health and wellbeing, HFK will provide flexible, safe and healthy opportunities for ongoing connections with peers and staff whether students are learning in-person or at home.
Equity and Inclusion: HFK will work to provide teaching and learning opportunities that are accessible to all students and teachers.
Family Support and Communication: There will be ongoing communication with parents about how best to work in partnership with the school to provide the highest level of support to students.
Contents of HFK Reopening Plan
A. On Campus Learning
B. Health and Safety
C. Cleaning and Disinfection
D. Online Extended Classroom Learning
A. On Campus Learning
Most classes will be split to decrease interaction among groups and support differentiated learning. In the event that there is a person who tests positive for COVID-19, such limited grouping will create the least disruption to the whole school. Decisions on which grade levels were split into cohorts is based on the number of students in the class and the number of extra learning spaces available at HFK. For safety and social emotional reasons, when creating splits, consideration will be given to keeping siblings together and making sure students have friends in their cohort.
What does a typical day look like for my child in a small cohort?
Students remain in their classrooms or learning spaces with their cohort and teachers and specialists come to them for instruction. Students also remain in their classroom or learning space with their cohort for lunch.
Do students change clothes for PE?
Is there be lunch service at school?
No, we have decided to temporarily suspend hot lunch service. Students will need to bring their own lunch from home each day. Full lunch service will resume at a date to be determined.
Is there school Mass on Fridays?
Yes, we are still having our Friday all-school Mass, but only one cohort of students attends each time. The rest of the students participate in the livestream Mass with their cohort in their classroom or learning space. In the church, students wear masks and are seated at least 6 feet apart from each other. There will be no singing until the restriction is lifted. Safety precautions regarding the eucharist have been established by the Archdiocese of Seattle and we are following them at HFK.
Are students still having recess?
Yes. Recesses are staggered to reduce the number of students on the playground at one time and recess areas have been divided into ten zones. Cohorts are assigned a zone which rotate regularly. Recess equipment is provided for each cohort and is cleaned between uses.
Are visitors allowed at HFK?
Entry to the school is currently limited to essential volunteers (e.g., recess monitors, pick up time monitors) or parent visitors. All visitors to HFK are screened upon entry, including a temperature check.
Will volunteer hours still be required?
At the beginning of the year, the expectations regarding volunteer hour requirements were modified due to the reduced opportunities to volunteer for the school or parish. Volunteer training is provided virtually.
Do staff and volunteers maintain social distancing?
Yes, HFK staff and volunteers maintain a 6-foot distance from each other at all times. In addition, all staff and volunteers have received COVID-19 training provided by the Archdiocese before working with students.
Are there large group school activities?
Yes, but for now, all student assemblies, special performances, school-wide parent meetings (e.g., Curriculum Night), etc. are being held virtually. CYO sports will decide how and when organized sports will take place.
Will there be Kids’ Club?
Yes. Kids’ Club will remain open before and after school from 7am to 6pm. A complete plan is in place for the students’ safety.
What are the expectations for the Preschool?
The preschool students will continue to be engaged in meaningful activities and experiencing the joy of learning. To keep students safe, the following precautions are in place:
- Face coverings or shields for all preschool students and staff to be worn daily while at preschool. We understand that it will require patience and ongoing positive reinforcement for preschool age students to wear face coverings comfortably on a regular basis.
- Face mask breaks are provided as needed. Students are not required to wear masks outside or while eating.
- Temperature checks are administered upon arrival of all preschool students and staff.
- Only preschool students and staff are allowed in the preschool building. Volunteers and preschool parent involvement days are suspended until it is safe.
- Music, Library, and Art specialists visit preschool during their scheduled time. Gym time is postponed until preschool reenters the main building on a regular basis.
- Sensory activities such as playdough, sand table, water table, rice bin, etc. have been suspended. For now, items that can be cleaned easier and more frequently will be used.
What if I don’t feel comfortable sending my child(ren) back to school?
Students may participate in their grade level “online extended classroom.” Swivl robots in each classroom and learning space enable all students to push directly into the classroom via Teams. They can be seen and heard, raise their hands to ask and answer questions, etc. HFK staff support online learning at every grade level. In addition, Matt Galant, HFK Technology Director, supports students and families at home with technology needs.
Students may participate in their online extended classroom full-time (five days per week) or three days per week (M/T/W) or two days a week (Th/F). This “hybrid” option allows families who want to return to in-person instruction more slowly to do so.
What if HFK is directed to close?
B. Health & Safety
As new information and guidance becomes available, the health and safety section of the reopening plan will be updated.
School COVID-19 Coordinators
Susan Webster, Principal, is the HFK COVID-19 Coordinator and Leslie Oja is the HFK COVID-19 Supervisor. Their tasks are to monitor the health of employees and enforce the COVID-19 job site safety plan. Together, the coordinator and the supervisor will do the following:
- Provide resources and information about COVID-19 and quarantine/isolation to ill staff and families of ill students.
- Gather additional information about close contacts for tracking on the School Case and Close Contact Template.
- Serve as liaison to the Archdiocese and alert them to COVID-19 positive cases in school.
- Manage internal and external communications regarding outbreak status of the school. Serve as the point-of-contact to answer questions and provide information for staff/students/families.
- Notify close contacts of COVID-19 positive student/staff of the exposure and need to quarantine
- Maintain and disseminate COVID-19 procedures, protocols, and information to all staff, students and families, including privacy policies regarding COVID-19 health information and infections status.
- Assure that there is staff designated and available daily to fulfill COVID-19 Response Team Roles within the school.
COVID-19 Screening Lead
Suzanne Malcom is the HFK COVID-19 Screening Lead. Her duties include the following:
- Gather information about symptomatic students and staff.
- Notify parent/guardian/emergency contact to facilitate student/staff getting home safely.
- Gather preliminary information for School Case and Close Contact List Template, including date of infectious period.
- Ensure that students/staff are using cloth face coverings.
- Notify Infection Control Lead of need to initiate infection control protocols.
COVID-19 Isolation Supervisor
COVID-19 Isolation Supervisor
Karen McGlynn is the HFK COVID-19 Isolation Supervisor. Her duties include the following:
- Supervise area where students/staff who develop COVID-19 symptoms while at school are kept until they can leave school.
- Assure that student/staff remain masked and maintain minimum social distance from others while waiting.
- Assure that student is released to parent/guardian or designee.
Infection Control Lead
Steve Carbonetti is the HFK Infection Control Lead. His duties include the following:
- Prepare COVID-19 cleaning and disinfecting plans and regularly update plans with new or revised CDC and WA DOH guidance.
- Facilitate initiation of cleaning and disinfecting protocols of all affected areas.
- Notify custodial staff that affected area(s) must be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with CDC COVID-19 cleaning/disinfection protocols.
- Assure that affected areas are not used until cleaning is complete (i.e., close off area, post sign).
- Assure that COVID-19 isolation area is disinfected daily.
- Confirm that custodial staff has completed cleaning and disinfecting all affected areas.
- Maintain and update cleaning and disinfecting protocols and procedures.
HFK will not allow students, staff, vendors, parents and guardians, or guests on-site if they:
- Are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
- Have been in close contact* with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
*Health care providers, EMS workers, and educational staff associates who wore proper personal protective equipment (PPE) are OK to attend.
- Have traveled out of state, we ask that you wait at least 14 days after you return before you come to visit HFK.
HFK will ensure staff are trained in health and safety protocols, including how to screen for symptoms, maintaining physical distance, wearing appropriate PPE, frequent cleaning and handwashing, and what to do if someone develops signs of COVID-19 as detailed below. This training is being provided by the Seattle Archdiocese for all employees and volunteers.
HFK administration will communicate regularly with families and staff, and emphasize the importance of staying home when sick, physical distancing of six feet, and hand hygiene.
All students, staff, volunteers, and guests must wear cloth face coverings while inside the HFK building and while outside during drop off and pick up. While on the HFK parish and school campus, students, staff, volunteers, and guests may be asked by school or parish administration to wear a face covering in addition to those instances as required above. In addition, HFK is obligated to provide our employees a safe and healthy work site in accordance with state and federal law and safety and health rules, including addressing hazards associated with COVID-19.
Health Screening at Entry
As a standard, all students, staff, vendors, volunteers, parents and/or guardians, or guests will be screened for signs of illness upon entry each day. Parents will be asked to sign a form at the beginning of the year, agreeing to screen their child(ren) every day before bring them to school by asking them the following questions: If the answer to any of the following is “yes” please remain at home with your student, including siblings.
Does your student have any of the following symptoms in the past 24 hours (on the first day after a break including scheduled breaks, holidays, weekends, or hybrid learning, or for a new student, symptoms must be screened for the past three days, 72 hours):
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever of 100.4°F or higher or a sense of having a fever
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle or body aches
- Congestion/running nose – not related to seasonal allergies*
- Unusual fatigue
- Does anyone in your household have any of the above symptoms, currently or in the past 24 hours?
- Has your student been in close contact with anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
- Has your student received any medication to reduce a fever before coming to school?
If the answer to any of the above is “yes” please remain at home with your student, including all siblings.
*Please provide a doctor’s note for our records if your child has any allergies or other pre-existing condition that has similar symptoms to COVID-19.
Will all students and staff members be screened for illness each day?
Yes. Both DOH and the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) require students and staff to receive a health screening before entering a school.
Will students also be physically assessed at school?
Yes. Upon arrival at school, students will be assessed for physical signs of illness each day, including a temperature check, utilizing touchless thermometers purchased by Holy Family.
When a parent drops their child for school, they are agreeing that they have answered “no” to all of the above questions. If they have answered “yes” to ANY of the above questions, the student should remain at home.
Guidance on what to do if a student or staff member exhibits/reports that they have symptoms of COVID-19
(from the King County Schools COVID-19 Response Toolkit, August 2020)
What are symptoms of COVID-19 and how will we screen for them at HFK?
People may experience a wide variety of symptoms including fever of 100.4°F/38°C or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle pain or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and others. People experiencing these symptoms may or may not have COVID-19.
If a staff member or student reports having symptoms, the COVID-19 Screening Lead will ask them, or their parent/guardian, if they have been in close contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19. Close contact means being within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more. The Lead will also ask if they are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms and will use the Covid-19 Daily Symptom Checklist (B) and the COVID-19 Screening Flow Chart (C) to screen. These documents are included in the appendix of this HFK Reopening Plan.
If the answer to one or more of the symptoms is YES, the person will be separated away from others in the isolation room, within supervision at a distance of at least 6 feet, until they can leave.
The COVID-19 Screening Lead and School COVID-19 coordinator and/or supervisor will use the Checklist for Managing Student/Staff with Symptoms of COVID-19 (I) to help them through the process of screening and gathering information from students or staff who are experiencing symptoms.
When should sick students or staff isolate/quarantine and for how long?
Sick students or staff who have not been in close contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged to follow-up with a medical provider if possible, especially if symptoms get worse.
If they have NOT been tested for COVID-19, remain home for at least 10 days after symptoms began, AND at least 24 hours after fever has resolved AND symptoms have improved.
If they tested NEGATIVE FOR covid-19, remain home for at least 24 hours after fever has resolved any symptoms have improved.
Sick students or staff who have been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged to get tested and remain home for:
- at least 14 days from date of last exposure
- AND at least 10 days after symptoms began
- AND at least 24 hours after fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications
- AND symptoms have improved
Sick staff members or parents/guardians of sick students should notify the school immediately if they or someone in their home tests positive for COVID-19.
Refer to the Return to School Guidance (G) and Return to School Information for Families and Staff (H) included in this HFK Reopening Plan for more information about quarantine requirements.
What is an exposure?
Person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 happens primarily through close contact (within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes or more) and respiratory droplets from an infected person coughing, sneezing, or talking. May occur by close personal contact (example: shaking hands or touching a contaminated object or surface and then touching mouth, nose, or eyes).
What is the health isolation room?
The health isolation room will be a room within the school that has window access to the outside in order to support proper ventilation. This room will only be used for students with COVID-19 symptoms and will not be used for any other purpose. The door to the room will remain closed at all times and will only be monitored via camera if a student is waiting for pickup. The isolation room will be the Development Director office. It is close to the main office and has a window that can let in fresh out. The Development Director will be using another office this year.
If two students are deemed to have symptoms at the same time, the second student may be placed in an additional unused room or may wait outside with a staff member of HFK, as appropriate, maintaining a minimum of 6 feet of distance and maintaining masking precautions. The isolation room will be properly disinfected prior to use by another student.
What about people who were exposed to the sick student or staff member?
People who have been exposed to an individual with COVID-like symptoms should monitor themselves for symptoms and, if they become sick, stay home. If the student or staff member experiencing COVID-like symptoms later tests positive for COVID-19, those people who were in close contact with the person should quarantine at home and monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days from the last day they had contact with the infected person. They should be encouraged to seek out testing if they develop symptoms and inform the school immediately if they test positive for COVID-19.
What do I do with siblings if my child is suspected of having COVID-19?
Upon the decision to send a student home for suspected COVID-19, the sibling(s) of the sick student will also be taken home as a precaution. The sibling may be required to remain at home for up to 14 days after the last date of contact with their sibling if the student tests positive for COVID-19. If the student tests negative, the sibling(s) may return to school upon the school’s receipt of written confirmation of a negative result provided by a health care provider. For further guidance, please visit Quarantine If You Might Be Sick: When to start and end quarantine.
If a classmate is diagnosed with COVID, will that child’s classmates need to be quarantined?
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the local health jurisdiction will advise, but it is possible that many of the student’s classmates will be considered close contacts and need to be quarantined for 14 days. Refer to What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID- 19)?
Parents and staff should inform the school immediately if someone in their household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is being quarantined for a suspected case.
What information is gathered from sick staff or parents/guardians of sick students?
If the sick student or staff member was NOT at the school at any time during their infectious period, the School COVID-19 Coordinator(s) do not need to gather any further information on the case.
If the sick student or staff member was at the school at any time during their infectious period, it is important to gather information about anyone who may have been in close contact with them at the school during that time. Refer to the Checklist for Managing Student/Staff with Symptoms of COVID-19 (I) for guidance for calculating infectious periods.
The School COVID-19 Coordinator should record information about close contacts on the School Case and Close Contact List Template (J). There is no way to know if someone with COVID-like symptoms is positive for COVID-19 until they are tested. Gathering information about anyone who may have been in close contact with the sick student or staff while they were at school will allow the school to more quickly respond if the sick person tests positive for COVID-19. In that event, those close contacts should stay home and isolate for 14 days from the last date they had contact with the infected person. If they develop symptoms, they should be encouraged to seek out testing.
Additional COVID-19 resources
- COVID-19 Fact Sheets for Families and Staff (D)
- Return to School Information for Families and Staff (H)
- What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 (WA DOH)
- What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms but have not been around anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 (WA DOH)
- How to care for yourself or others with COVID-19 (PHSKC)
- Find testing information here kingcounty.gov/covid/testing. 11
Additional COVID-19 resources:
Guidance on what to do if student/staff tests positive for COVID-19
(from the King County Schools COVID-19 Response Toolkit, August 2020)
What if the person reporting that they have tested positive for COVID-19 is currently at school?
If the person who tested positive is currently at the school during their infectious period, they should return home immediately regardless of if they are experiencing symptoms.
The COVID-19 Screening Lead may use the Return to School Guidance (G) to determine the infectious period.
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 should remain at home and should return to school until:
- at least 10 days have passed since symptoms began
- AND at least 24 hours have passed since fever resolved (without the use of fever-reducing medications)
- AND other symptoms have improved.
People who test positive for COVID-19 but never develop symptoms should remain at home and away from others for at least 10 days after the date of their first positive COVID-19 test.
The School COVID-19 Coordinators will gather information about everyone the person may have been in close contact with at the school during their infectious period. They will use the Checklist for Managing Student/Staff with Confirmed COVID-19 (I) to calculate infectious period and for next steps. They will use the School Case and Close Contact List Template (J) to keep track of confirmed cases and close contacts.
What if the person has COVID-like symptoms but their test results are inconclusive?
If a person is experiencing COVID-like symptoms but the test results are inconclusive, treat the case as if the person tested positive. The person cannot go to school and should remain in quarantine until:
- at least 10 days have passed since symptoms began
- AND at least 24 hours have passed since fever resolved (without the use of fever-reducing medications)
- AND other symptoms have improved.
If the person takes a second test and returns with a negative COVID test, they can return to school after:
- at least 24 hours after the fever has resolved (without the use of fever-reducing medications)
- AND other symptoms have improved.
What information is gathered from the staff member of parents/guardians of the student with COVID-19?
The School COVID-19 Coordinators play a key role in helping to monitor for potential outbreaks in the school. They best understand their school’s resources, structure, classrooms, staff, students and communities.
There are three important pieces of information to gather from the staff, student, family:
- Information related to symptoms and dates they began (or COVID-19 test date if person is asymptomatic)
- Contact information for the School Case and Close Contact List Template (J)
- List of everyone who was a close contact of the staff or student while at school.
If a parent/guardian of a student or staff member calls to report that they have tested positive for COVID-19, the School COVID-19 Coordinators will use the School Case and Close Contact List Template (J) to gather the following information:
- When was the student or staff member last at the school?
- When did they start experiencing symptoms?
- What symptoms are they experiencing?
- What is their contact information?
- What rooms or other parts of the school did the person visit when they were last at school?
- Other questions found in the cases and close contact list
The School COVID-19 Coordinators must also gather a list of everyone in close contact with the staff/student with COVID-19 while at school. A Contact Tracing Team from either PHSKC or WA DOH will interview people who test positive for COVID-19. However, close contacts must quarantine as soon as they know they have been exposed.
The School COVID-19 Coordinators will gather the close contact list as they are likely able to identify close contacts faster than Contact Tracing Teams can reach the person with confirmed COVID-19. The school COVID-19 Coordinators should use sources, such as classroom teachers or other staff, to help gather information.
Once the School COVID-19 Coordinators gather a list close contacts, they will work with their District COVID-19 Coordinator to notify these individuals that they have been identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. This outreach is essential to reduce the spread of COVID-19. District COVID-19 Coordinators will work with the school to determine if areas or the entire school needs to be closed. PHSKC can help provide guidance to inform such closures and assist in evaluating and managing potential outbreaks.
Close Contact Exposure Letter Templates (E) are will be used for communication with the school community. The letters contain important information about monitoring symptoms, testing, when they can return to school, and sources for additional information and resources.
A Checklist for Managing Student/Staff with Confirmed COVID-19 (I) will help the coordinator through the process of gathering information from students or staff with confirmed COVID-19 and managing communication with close contacts, the District COVID-19 Coordinator, and PHSKC.
Who is notified about a confirmed case of COVID-19?
The School COVID-19 Coordinator(s) should notify their District COVID-19 Coordinator of any reports of positive cases and share the completed or updated School Case and Close Contact List Template (J). The School Covid-19 Coordinator should update this list whenever the school has been notified of an additional student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Whenever a staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19, the School COVID-19 Coordinator should notify Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC). The School coordinator should work with PHSKC on any further actions to investigate and manage potential outbreaks in the school.
The School COVID-19 Coordinator can report cases online here or call the King County COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977 between 8AM – 7PM.
District and school administrators should refer to WA Department of Health (WA DOH)’s K-12 Schools – Fall 2020-2021 Guidance regarding when to close areas or an entire school in the event of an outbreak. PHSKC will also be able to advise if closure is warranted.
Return to school guidance
(from the King County Schools COVID-19 Response Toolkit, August 2020)
Refer to Return to School Guidance (G) and Return to School Information for Families and Staff (H) for quarantine calculation metrics and resources to share.
How long should students or staff with confirmed COVID-19 remain out of school?
Staff or students who tested positive for COVID-19 should stay at home until:
- 10 days have passed since symptoms first started
- AND 24 hours after fever has resolved (without the use of fever-reducing medications)
- AND symptoms have improved.
Staff members or students who test positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms should stay home until at least 10 days have passed since the date of their test.
Anyone who experiences severe symptoms may need to remain out of school longer. They should consult with a medical provider before returning to school.
How long should people who were exposed to someone with COVID-19 remain out of school?
People who were in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 should quarantine at home. They should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days starting from the last day they had contact with the infected person. The school will encourage them to seek out testing if they develop symptoms. People who were exposed should inform the school immediately if they test positive for COVID-19. They still must quarantine for 14 days even if they receive a negative test result.
If someone with COVID-like symptoms receives a negative COVID-19 test result, when can they return to school?
Students or staff with COVID-like symptoms who receive a negative COVID-19 test can return to school 24 hours after fever resolves (without use of fever-reducing medications) AND symptoms have improved. If the student or staff were in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, they still must quarantine for 14 days, even if they receive a negative test result.
Ongoing monitoring of COVID-19
Ongoing monitoring of COVID-19 in school
(From the King County Schools COVID-19 Response Toolkit, August 2020)
As long as in-person services or interaction of any type is offered in school facilities, schools should consistently perform ongoing surveillance for COVID-19. Ongoing monitoring for COVID19, also referred to as ongoing surveillance, means to continuously monitor for COVID-like symptoms and confirmed cases at each school. School districts should work with school administrators to develop COVID-19 safety plans for each school that include processes for managing COVID-19 surveillance.
Ongoing Surveillance includes Daily Screening: Each day, all students and staff should be assessed for symptoms before attending school. We will use the COVID-19 Daily Symptom Checklist (B) to guide us with this process.
HFK is asking parents/guardians to check their children for COVID-19 symptoms or staff check their own symptoms at home. Regardless of the screening method that is used, families, students and staff will be made aware of the symptoms to watch for on a daily basis and directed to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms.
Monitoring symptoms of students and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms: The School COVID-19 Coordinator(s) and the person screening for symptoms will continue to use the resources and information provided by PHSKC to track confirmed COVID-19 cases, suspected cases, and close contacts on the School Case and Close Contact List Template (J).
Reporting confirmed COVID-19 cases to Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC): The School COVID-19 Coordinator(s) will report confirmed COVID-19 cases to PHSKC as soon as they become aware of them and provide updates about any people who were in close contact with the infected individual while at school. The School COVID-19 Coordinator(s) can report cases online here or call the King County COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977 between 8AM – 7PM.
Public Health—Seattle & King County’s role
What will Public Health—Seattle & King County do if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in our school? (from the King County Schools COVID-19 Response Toolkit, August 2020)
- Conducts case investigation interviews: Public Health staff work with an individual to collect information about when symptoms appeared and the severity of the illness, source of illness, history of testing, employment information, activity during exposure and infectious periods, and details about exposure locations to make a list of close contacts. Ideally, this is done as soon as possible after a positive COVID-19 test result. PHSKC also works with the District COVID-19 Coordinator to gather information already collected by the school for case investigation.
- Provides guidance to schools about isolation/quarantine and symptom monitoring among households and facilities.
- Mobilizes resources to assist with testing of close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
- Conducts public health research regarding the epidemiology, history, transmission and control of COVID-19 in King County.
In partnership with the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, WA DOH, school districts, and school administrators, PHSKC will:
- Provide guidance and tools to help schools carry out initial school-related contact tracing of students or staff with COVID-19
- Provide case investigation of students or staff diagnosed with COVID-19
- Identify and recommend quarantine for all household contacts of the COVID-19 positive case
- Assist schools to determine which students and staff should quarantine
- Conduct symptom monitoring for all close contacts
- Connect school districts to educational resources about COVID-19 risk reduction and best practices.
Wearing face coverings may help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A face covering is required for all students, staff, vendors, volunteers, parents and/or guardians, and visitors.
Is my child required to wear a face covering?
Yes. All students, grades K-8, will be required to wear cloth masks or plastic face shields at school. If face shields are used without a mask, they should wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend to below the chin. Parents will provide their child’s masks or face shields. Students will be asked to always have two masks at school in case one becomes dirty, wet, or breaks. Per Washington State guidelines, children in our preschool program will wear face coverings within the facility.
If my child is wearing a face covering, do they still have to physically distance from other children?
Yes. Even when cloth face coverings are worn, continue practicing proper physical distancing.
Can my child ever remove their face covering at school?
Yes. Students may remove cloth face coverings to eat and drink and when taking socially distanced mask breaks outdoors during recess, outside classroom breaks, or outside physical education.
Are teachers required to wear a face covering?
Yes. Teachers will be required to wear a cloth face covering or a plastic face shield while around others including during outdoor activities, unless otherwise deemed inappropriate. A teacher or other HFK staff may only remove their mask when eating and drinking. Teachers may choose to wear a face covering that has a plastic insert so that their mouth can be seen.
How big are the classrooms at HFK?
Most of our classrooms are 1,184 square feet (per the architectural drawings, with some rooms, like the music room and the science room being larger). We are fortunate to have such large classrooms at HFK. We have altered our indoor classroom and common spaces (e.g., cafeteria) and reconfigured our processes to ensure six feet or more of physical distance between all persons in our school facilities as a planning framework.
How are you ensuring physical distancing at HFK?
- Student desks will be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
- Desks will be turned to face in the same direction (rather than facing each other), or students will sit on only one side of tables, spaced apart.
- We will install physical barriers, such as sneeze guards and partitions, particularly in areas where it is difficult for individuals to remain at least 6 feet apart (e.g., reception desk).
- We will provide physical guides, such as tape on floors or sidewalks and signs on walls, to ensure that staff and students remain at least 6 feet apart in lines and at other times
We understand that this is a planning framework and there will be limited times when students and/or staff may need to be within six feet for short periods of time.
What are the hygiene practices that will be put in place at HFK?
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Children and adults should wash hands when they arrive at school, before meals or snacks, after outside time, after going to the bathroom, after nose blowing or sneezing, and before leaving to go home. Help young children to make sure they are doing it right.
- Teach children (and adults) not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand gel with at least 60 percent alcohol and preferably fragrance-free. Supervise use of alcohol-based hand gel by young children.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean hands with soap and water or hand gel.
Students and staff will be required to clean their hands before/upon entering the classroom and before eating. When possible, students will use soap and water to wash their hands. Alternatively, they will use hand sanitizer dispensers in their classrooms and hallways.
Touchless soap and paper towel dispensers have been installed throughout the school. Touchless water faucets have been installed in each main student bathroom thanks to the generous donation of a parent. A sink is being installed in the 8th grade classroom.
COVID-19 Safety Training
Will staff and volunteers be trained at HFK?
Yes. All staff and volunteers will be trained in COVID-19 procedures related to recognizing symptoms, cleaning, and reducing the spread of the virus through the Archdiocese. The principal will serve as the COVID-19 Coordinator for the school. Leslie Oja is the school COVID-19 Supervisor.
What is being done to address ventilation at HFK?
Air circulation throughout the building will be increased. This will include opening windows in classrooms and offices and keeping classroom doors open when possible and appropriate.
MERV-13 Filters, top rated for air purification, are being installed in all our HVAC units.
Teachers will take students outside more, as weather and space permits.
The HVAC system will be adjusted to allow the maximum amount of outside air to enter the school. Use of fans for cooling is acceptable. If used, the fan will blow away from people.
C. Cleaning and Disinfecting
What is the plan for keeping HFK clean?
From Steve Carbonetti, HFK Facilities Manager:
For the well-being of our students, the following plan has been put in place.
- “Touch Points” – Touch points such as door handles, switch plates, and handrails will be wiped down twice daily.
- Restrooms – School restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily.
- Student Desks – Student Desks will be “Fogged” with our new Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayer. This will be done at the end of the day when rooms have been vacated. Our Electrostatic Sprayer sends out a fine mist of disinfectant which allows for the disinfectant to cover all surfaces (top, bottom, and sides) of a desk and chair.
Our trained Janitorial staff will be on-site during and after the school to complete the above as well as the regular janitorial duties.
In addition to our trained janitorial staff, each classroom has been provided with the following products to maximize cleaning ability and effectiveness: Face shields, face mask, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, gloves, (2) spray bottles of disinfectant, and heavy duty paper towels. All products are meant to provide additional assurance and readiness on an as-needed basis.
Our QT-3 Disinfectant Chemical has a 5 minute “Kill” time for COVID-19. In addition, QT-3 has a one minute “Kill” time for Influenza Type A. This will be our primary disinfectant used throughout our facility. All chemicals used have been certified EPA and SDS sheet can be viewed on-line.
Finally, new “touchless” towel and soap dispensers were installed throughout the school.
See School Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines from PHSKC for further information.
D. Online Extended Classroom Learning
HFK offers remote instruction online for those who are not ready to send their child(ren) to school. This remote learning will be referred to as the “online extended classroom.” We understand that some students and/or their families are not able to return to in-person instruction due to a variety of health concerns. So, we are providing robust online instruction for any students who need it either for a short time or long-term. Students are able to see and interact with their classrooms during the in-person instruction each day. Our online classroom support staff help oversee and coordinate the online extended classroom instruction.
The online extended classroom will be available to students no matter the reason. If a student is at home because of a compromised immune system, a broken leg, or the flu, or anything else that keeps them out of school, their online extended classroom will be available to them. “Remote” instruction is different now than it was in the spring in that students are participating remotely in their classes according to the regular school schedule. Depending upon your child’s grade level, some classes can be viewed at a later time in order to accommodate each student’s abilities and family’s schedule.
Do I have to choose either full-time in-school instruction or full-time remote instruction?
You are welcome to have your child participate in their online extended classroom full-time (five days per week) or three days per week (M/T/W) or two days a week (Th/F). This “hybrid” option will allow families who want to return to in-person instruction more slowly to do so.
How do students engage in their online extended classroom?
Classroom instruction will be livestreamed using SWIVL cameras and Microsoft Teams, so students can view instruction and participate in instructional lessons from home. Students will have the opportunity to interact with their in-class peers.
How will teachers support the students in their class and at home at the same time?
During instruction, teachers will focus on their students in class as well as include students from home by asking and answering questions and having all students participate in class discussions. There will be another HFK staff member available to provide technical support to those pushing in through the online extended classroom. In addition, teachers will receive support from other staff with the management of the online learning platform.
How will my child’s learning be managed in the online extended classroom?
Each grade level will utilize Microsoft Teams and OneNote to facilitate and manage learning. Directions for accessing and navigating these platforms will be sent home to all parents.
What would a typical day look like in the online extended classroom?
A class schedule will be sent home so parents and students know when direct instruction will be taking place in the classroom through Microsoft Teams. Assignments will be posted in the student’s grade level Team or subject Team, so students and parents know what activities they need to complete each day. Students will turn in their work in Microsoft Teams and teachers will provide feedback in Microsoft Teams.
If we start off with online extended learning, either full or part time, can my child switch to in-school learning later in the school year?
Yes, students are welcome to return to in-school learning at any time throughout the year. The same goes for parents who decide they do not want in-school learning—they can switch to online extended learning. We ask that parents notify the principal via email one week prior to changing their student’s designation.
If my child is home sick or is quarantined, can they participate in their online extended classroom?
Yes, by participating in their online extended classroom, students will remain engaged in learning and connected to their teacher and classmates.
Will attendance be taken?
Yes, teachers will check each day to see which of their in-person and online students are present. This information will be reported to the office.
The HFK reopening plan follows guidelines from the Washington State Department of Health, the King County Health Department, and the Archdiocese of Seattle. The following resources were used to develop the reopening plan:
Public Health Seattle & King County King County Schools COVID-19 Response Toolkit: Guidance for K-12 Schools
Washington State Department of Health K-12 Schools—Fall 2020-2021 Guidance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Considerations for Schools
Washington Federation of Independent Schools Private Schools Reopening Principles, 2020-2021
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Reopening Washington Schools 2020 Planning Guide
American Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry