Reopening and COVID-19 Information
Guide to Second Semester 2021
As we reopen campus, our community’s health and safety is of utmost importance to us. We are committed to in-person education within a safe framework for our entire community. Our plan provides a comprehensive, dynamic and socially connected experience for our students and is designed with an understanding that the reality of our times require a structure that will withstand the unpredictability of this pandemic in order to keep our students and faculty safe.
- A commitment to our mission and Touchstones of academic excellence, healthy relationships and servant leadership
- Ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and employees
- Offer a comprehensive, dynamic and socially connected experience for our students with health and safety modifications to learning protocols and physical spaces
- Support students’ social-emotional development and health by strengthening programs that build community and prioritize wellness
- Create a flexible and thoughtfully crafted framework to accommodate changing circumstances as needed
Our plan will continue to evolve, driven by the latest science surrounding COVID-19. Our benchmarks for success are focused on our ability to bring students back to campus while following the requirements mandated by the Washington State Governor's office, the Washington State Department of Health, King County Public Health and our assessed ability to effectively execute the necessary safeguards.
Student & Family Health and Safety Expectations
All members of the Eastside Catholic community have a shared responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19, on and off campus.
We are grateful for the efforts of our community members to work together to prevent community spread and keep transmission of the virus to a minimal level. Students and families must commit, in collaboration with the school, to the following public health practices, guidance and safety procedures.
Our ability to reopen and stay open is dependent upon everyone working together to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the risks associated with on-campus learning to keep everyone as safe as possible. Please review the below health and safety expectations of Eastside Catholic students and families.
- Follow federal, state and local orders.
All families and employees are expected to follow directives from national, state and local authorities to maintain their own health and safety during this pandemic. These include Washington State Department of Public Health, Public Health - Seattle and King County, and the CDC Guide on Protecting Yourself and Others.
- Contact Eastside Catholic if a family member tests positive for COVID-19.
If a student or a member of their household tests positive for COVID-19, a parent/guardian must notify the school as soon as possible. Please contact Nurse Anne Michaels with questions or to report a positive COVID-19 test result. This information will remain confidential and will allow the school to engage in effective contact tracing procedures to limit possible infection of others. Anyone at Eastside Catholic who tests positive may only return to school after following the mandates of the Department of Health (DOH).
- Stay home if sick.
Students showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 must not come to school. Parents/guardians must keep them at home and away from others and report the illness to the school. Provisions will be made to support students through remote learning. Please review information about COVID-19 symptoms provided on the CDC website.
- Stay home if exposed.
Anyone in a household who has been notified by the State Health Department that they were in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19 must notify Eastside Catholic School as soon as possible. Based on the circumstance, the family may be asked to keep their student home from school for 14 days. During this time, the student will be able to attend classes remotely.
- Keep medical information up to date.
All medical forms must be updated with family and emergency contacts and current medical forms for a student to attend the first day of school.
- Participate in daily health screenings including temperature checks.
A daily health screening will be required for all students, faculty and staff using the Health Shield health monitoring app each day you are scheduled to be on campus. The screening will help determine if an individual is healthy enough to be on campus. Students who come to campus without a completed wellness check will be sent to a trained employee who will administer a screening. Students will be checked for a high temperature if they show COVID-19 symptoms or are generally ill while at school.
- Wear a face covering over nose and mouth.
All members of the community are required to wear a cloth face covering at all times while on campus. Gaiters, bandanas and masks with respirator valves will not be permitted due to current evidence that they are not as effective as other face masks. Face shields may be worn in addition to a mask but are not a substitute for a mask. If someone forgets or does not have a properly fitted mask, they can request one at the Attendance Office. Cloth face coverings need to be laundered daily or after each use. Students should also refrain from touching their masks directly as much as possible. If a student forgets their face covering, one will be provided for them for that school day.
- Practice physical distancing.
All members of the community must adhere to the six-foot physical distancing guidelines. These guidelines will be made explicit through written communication, physical symbols (marks on the ground and signs), verbal reinforcement and behavior modeling. Eastside Catholic will install plastic barriers in high-contact areas such as the Front Office and the Attendance Office.
- Practice excellent hygiene.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds — especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Keep personal items at hand or at home.
Students will not be allowed to store books, backpacks, laptops or personal items at school. All student possessions must remain with the student while they are on campus during the school day and must return home with them each day. Lockers will not be available for use this year. This includes hallway and athletic lockers as well as cubbies in the Commons and the Athletic Pavilion.
- Limit social interactions outside of school.
Parents and guardians should limit students’ social interaction outside of school and have them refrain from participation in large gatherings where they will be at a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission. Families must partner with the school to ensure that their student limits their exposure both during the school day and while off campus to mitigate the spread of the disease. Please refer to the CDC guidelines for specifics on social gathering numbers by phase.
- Avoid unnecessary travel.
Anyone traveling outside of the state to a current COVID-19 hot spot or internationally will be required to self-quarantine before being allowed back on campus. This includes students or anyone who is on school property regularly, including faculty and staff. Students may return to campus after 14 days if no COVID-19 symptoms emerge.
- Learning remotely is a choice.
For students unable to attend in-person school days, a remote learning option will be offered. We recognize that some students and their families may not wish to return to campus for distinct reasons. Students can attend classes remotely full-time with the support of our faculty and staff. Students will be asked to opt in or out to the hybrid learning model which will remain in effect for the entire semester, unless we resume to a fully in-person model based on local public health guidance.
Our Admissions Team continues to support families looking for information about the EC experience! Visit our Admissions webpage to connect!
EC uses HealthShield to conduct our daily health screening for students who are on campus.
Screening must be completed daily before students will be allowed on campus.