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Elementary Plans for Fall 2020

King's Elementary Re-Opening Information

Elementary Plans for Fall 2020

Message From the Principal

We are eager to welcome our students back to campus with our Every Student, Every Day Plan. We plan to reopen King’s Schools on August 31st to in-person learning. King’s is intent on creating a dynamic learning environment that seeks to engage our students’ academic, spiritual, social and physical needs as we are able. 

However, if there are new restrictions and we are unable to meet in-person, we are prepared to implement an updated remote-learning experience. We have received wonderful parent feedback from our Spring 2020 remote learning survey and are prepared to re- engage this experience with fresh insight and feedback from our King’s community

Beginning August 31st when schools reopen for in-person learning: All students and their families are required to adhere to our mandatory school procedures which include:

  1. Passing a health screening every day
  2. Wearing masks before, during and after school with the exception of athletics/gym
  3. Washing and sanitizing hands frequently at school
  4. Adhering to social distancing guidelines of six feet apart on school grounds.

These Fall 2020 guidelines are to help prevent an increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States and particularly the State of Washington/King County. King’s Schools is committed to adhering to the regulations (state and federal) that pertain to the provision of in-person learning. It is the desire of King’s Schools to provide a healthy and safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff. This communication is not intended to be comprehensive as state and federal guidelines continue to change.

Below is communication specific to Fall 2020 including topics such as: arrival/departure, health and safety measures, lunch, student life, assemblies and chapel, athletics, extra-curricular clubs, international student programming, and bus transportation. These are intended to supplement previously released information regarding these topics. We intend to update this page as needed.

All students, faculty, and staff will be required to pass a health screening as part of their entry to campus. King’s is in the process of making final decisions on a student health screening system and implementation. The screening module will be introduced to our King’s community in early August.

To help facilitate the implementation of various changes to our procedures across our schools, our daily schedule has changed.

All Schools will begin instruction at 8:30am from Monday through Friday.

  • The Elementary School will end instruction at 2:45pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Junior High and High School will end instruction at 2:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • All schools will have an early-release day on Wednesdays with an end-time of 1:30pm.

Arrival

We are finalizing our arrival/check in plans which will include a health screening check. We will communicate this procedure as soon as possible.

Departure

  • Parents please remain in cars
  • Use the same carpool location as in the morning
  • For any changes in student pick-up at the end of the day, please call the office at 206-546-7258 no later than 2:00pm.

Specific drop-off and pick-up procedures will be communicated to families in the coming weeks.

  • Students are only permitted on-campus if they have passed a required daily health screening.
  • Students may only remain on campus during the day if they continue to remain free of COVID-19 symptoms. If a student begins to feel ill during the school day, they are to report to the office immediately.
  • Currently, Washington State requires all students, faculty and staff to wear a face covering while attending school. If this requirement is still in effect when school begins on August 31st, anyone on King’s Schools Campus / CRISTA Campus, will be required to wear a face covering. Face Shields are not recommended as a substitute for face masks, but may be worn in conjunction with a face mask.
  • All students, faculty and staff will wear face coverings while at school with the exception of during outdoor athletic participation (gym class, athletic programs). Students are required to bring their own mask to school everyday; if they forget a mask they will not be permitted to attend class until they obtain a disposable mask upon entering campus.
  • As directed by the Washington Department of Health, students may use face shields as an alternative to a cloth face covering. If used, face shields should extend below the chin, to the ears, and have no gap at the forehead.
  • King’s students will follow all the six-foot social distancing guidelines while on campus. Our principals and staff have worked hard to ensure that classrooms have been re-configured to accommodate six-foot separation between desks, and lounges and other common areas are clearly marked with signage and markers. It is expected that all students maintain the six-foot social distancing guidelines in all settings all the time.
  • Building entrances, exits, stairwells and hallways will be designated as one-way with appropriate signage.
  • The schedule supports this important part of good hygiene. Students will be given intentional opportunities throughout the school day to wash their hands. Bathrooms will be open, additional hand-washing stations will be placed around the campus and hand sanitizer will be available. Students should bring their own hand sanitizer every day to school.
  • Classroom doors and windows, as weather permits, will remain open to facilitate airflow.
  • Any specialist classrooms which are used by multiple groups throughout the day will be sanitized at the end of each session and prior to the arrival of a new student group.
  • Students will not share supplies. In certain classes that require the use of shared equipment, specific sanitizing protocols will be in place.
  • Classrooms and common areas will be sanitized by CRISTA facilities at the end of each day.
  • Touchless water bottle refill stations are available for students. It is important for students to bring their own refillable water bottle or other beverage with them every day. Drinking fountains will not be available.
  • As directed by public health guidance, King’s will make required COVID-19 reports to the Washington Department of Public Health. Reports will contain suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our community. Public Health officials will direct King’s in the contact-tracing process, including any potential closure or changes to the school schedule and school closure/re-entry plans.

School Day Schedule

  • School begins at 8:30am
  • Students may arrive on campus beginning at 8:10am
  • Before 8:10am, students must be checked into KKC
  • Doors to classrooms open at 8:15am
  • Students need to be in their classrooms by 8:25am
  • The tardy bell rings at 8:30am

King’s Kids Club (KKC) Before and After School Care

  • KKC will be open for before school care from 7:30am – 8:15am
  • After school KKC will be open from 2:45pm – 6:00pm
  • Space is limited

Extended Learning Trips

Presently all in-person learning trips, retreats, open houses, class parties, etc. are cancelled until further notice.

KIDS Praise

It is important to create a nurturing, loving, spiritual environment for our students. We are delighted that we will be able to continue KIDS Praise which will occur remotely each week on Wednesdays from 8:45am – 9:10am.

Daily Materials Needed

  • Face coverings – should be washed daily
  • Water bottles
  • Backpacks
  • Lunch box/bag
  • Personal hand sanitizer
  • All other supplies must fit in the desk or backpacks of the individual students

School Supplies

  • Families will receive notification introducing the teacher assignment and offering a designated sign-up appointment to bring school supplies to school on August 27 and 28
  • Students will keep a set of needed supplies in their desk/personal pencil box
  • All other supplies will be kept in classroom storage and distributed when needed
  • There will be no shared supplies in class

Parents on Campus

Currently parents may not park and walk their students to class.

  • Exception: Kindergarten parents may walk their students to the designated area in front of the kindergarten building for the first week of school only through 9/11/2020
  • Kindergarten students enter the building with their teacher
  • Parents remain outside the building

Parent Volunteers

  • King’s Elementary usually thrives on volunteers at school
  • Presently we are limiting visitors to appointments and emergencies
  • Parent volunteers may serve outside of the classroom, such as: recess, making classroom copies and/or prepping assignments/activities/art projects
  • Parents are asked to complete the required forms to volunteer
  • Volunteers are asked to have a consistent schedule and complete a COVID-19 training
  • Playground/recess volunteers should be consistent, committed parents assisting us with social distancing games and activities.

Lunch

  • Students can either bring lunch from home or pre-purchase bag/box lunches
  • Lunches can be ordered each morning in the classrooms through our food service
  • If your child will be late and needs a lunch, requests to purchase a lunch must be made by calling the school by 8:45am
  • Students will eat lunch in their classrooms
  • Purchased bag/box lunches and/or milk will be delivered to classrooms.

Recesses

  • Students will be assigned to designated zones on the playground
  • Each classroom will have designated recess equipment
  • Students will not be required to wear masks during recess but will be expected to remain socially distant from one another on the playground
  • At the end of the day – recess equipment will be sprayed and cleaned for the next day
  • There are 3 recesses:
    • Morning: 15 minutes
    • Lunch: 30 minutes
    • Afternoon: 15 minutes

King’s Schools is planning to continue service of all daily bus routes to and from campus during the 2020-2021 school year. On our buses, we will adhere to guidance from the Office of the Superintendent of Instruction (OSPI) and WA Department of Health which currently requires face coverings and recommends open windows for maximum air circulation. We will also implement increased sanitization practices.

King’s is working to design ridership plans that may allow for decreased occupancy on our buses in order to promote social distancing. Please contact King’s transportation office at kingsbus@kingsschools.org or (206) 546-7278 if you have questions or interest in King’s daily bus service. Families that have already registered for 2020-21 bus service will be receiving more updates and information on bus ridership in August.