As of today, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, the Quillayute Valley School District is planning to reopen schools for the 2020-21 school year. The theme for this school year is: Together as One Spartan, Safety and Health First!
“This status can change overnight,” states Diana Reaume, Superintendent. “We are working closely with Clallam County Health Department and are in the midst of planning very technical safety protocols in order to meet standards that will help us keep our students and staff safe from COVID-19.” A team of district stakeholders is currently working on the reopening plans and are also keeping their eyes on the Westend COVID data as it rises.
There are six main safety and health guidelines the District must follow to open its doors. Following these guidelines will take everyone’s part in order to ensure safety and/or to mitigate the spread of the virus. Every staff member and student will have to follow these guidelines if present for “in-person” learning:
1. Daily staff and student attestations and temperature checks. A stay at home order when sick or displaying respiratory or COVID symptoms.
2. Face coverings (masks) must be worn by staff and students at all times.
3. Grouping of students for entire day. No co-mingling of groups of students.
4. Six-foot social distancing at all times.
5. Hand-washing (explicitly taught and practiced throughout day).
6. Daily facility and bus cleaning.
“We are developing our technical protocols to implement these safety guidelines that we will have to teach to our employees first and then students. The safety guidelines will require diligence and practice with our adults and students. It will literally take EVERYONE to help us in order to reopen our doors,” states Reaume.
The District’s backbone curriculum will be delivered to students by teachers through an online platform, Fuel Ed, so that if the District is forced into remote learning or groups of students forced to quarantine, students and teachers can seamlessly transition back and forth. “The platform has a well-developed curriculum and assessment, as well as many layers of tools for learning and a parent platform for monitoring student work.” There will also be a completely online version of each school in the event that a family has special circumstances of underlying health conditions that might limit a student’s ability to do “in-person” learning.
There are currently a team of district staff who are calling each family to find out what their students’ needs are, including internet access and availability. “We have 583 families who attended school last year prior to the shut-down. Of the 583 families, we still have about 250 who have not returned our phone calls. We will be reaching out again, so that we can build our system,” states Reaume. Please call 360-374-6262 if you have not spoken to someone from the District. “Our goal is to open up on September 2nd for our students, but there are so many moving targets, that this might change.”
Look for current information on the QVSD website at www.qvschools.org and a new District Facebook page will go live by the end of this week.
“This has been such an incredibly challenging situation. Our staff misses our students so much that it has truly taken an emotional toll on many, but I am confident if anyone can pull this off, it’s our dedicated staff,” said Reaume.