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    In-Person Learning Principal Letter
    Posted on 04/02/2021
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    Hawthorne Elementary Return to In-Person Learning Information for Families

    Hello Hawthorne Families,

    We are excited to welcome students back to Hawthorne School on Monday, April 5 and are looking forward to seeing our students and families on site again. We have been busy planning and preparing for our students who are returning to the building for in person learning, as well as our students who have chosen the option to continue their learning remotely. As you begin to prepare for the start of school on Monday, we want to be sure you have some very important dates and information that will help you know what to expect when your child returns to school.

    Return to In Person Learning – Building Preparation

    Seattle Public Schools and the staff of Hawthorne Elementary are committed to partnering with families to promote health and safety as we return to in-person learning. Each of us plays a role in maintaining a learning environment that supports education and focuses on health and safety. Public Health guidelines, including federal, state, and public health frameworks and processes for reopening, of K-12 schools are being followed and implemented.

    Here are some examples of the training and procedures that are being implemented in preparation for Hawthorne students to return to the building.

    • Building HVAC systems have been inspected and approved for school for school opening
    • Classrooms have been set up for 6ft social distancing with the maximum of 5 students per classroom
    • Staff has received materials and training on health and safety protocols, and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • PPE has been provided to each classroom. A thirty-workday supply of PPE is available in the building to meet the needs of students and staff.
    • Daily Schedules designed to provide adequate breaks for students and handwashing procedures.
    • Routines and procedures for movement through out the building that comply with social distancing guidelines
    • Frequent cleaning schedule for high traffic areas
    • Establishment of school based Covid Safety Team
    • Protected Health Care Room; notification protocols and procedures for Contact Tracing if necessary
    • Appropriate health and safety signage throughout the building.

    Return to In Person Learning – Hawthorne Information and Procedures

    First day of in-person learning is Monday, April 5, 2021

    • School Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Schedule for both In Person and Remote Learning Cohorts

    • AM Cohorts 8:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 
    • PM Cohorts 11:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Note* In-person learning occurs on M, T, Th and F. Wednesdays are 100% remote for all Seattle Public Schools students. (No In-person learning at the building site on Wednesdays)
    • Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 206-252-7210

    The playground will be closed to the public during school hours and before and after school.

    Visitors/Families: Must make an appointment with the office or administration prior to entering the building due to Covid 19 health and Safety protocols and procedures. If you are picking up your student, please enter through the main entrance on Cascadia. Please make sure you are wearing a mask, then sign in at the attestation table located at the main entrance foyer.

    Important Information - COVID Notice for In-Person Learning or Service and Family Instruction
    The COVID Notice for In-Person Learning or Service and Family Instruction document must be filled out and completed prior to your child attending school in person on Monday April 5th. This form was sent out through school messenger and by your child’s teacher. If you did not receive this form please contact you child’s teacher or the school office at 206-252-7210.

    Note* Parents should only complete this form if your child is returning for In-Person Learning at the school building

    Procedures: Daily Health Screening

    • Family Daily Health Screening video
    • All students will need to have a completed health screening before they come into the school. The daily health screening link will be sent to your e-mail by 5:00 a.m. each school day. Please complete screening by 7:00 a.m.

    Arrival Procedures and Information

    Note*(Arrival time for Hawthorne students is 7:40 a.m. for AM Cohort and 11:30 a.m. for the PM Cohort. Please refrain from dropping your student off before 7:40 a.m. (AM in-person) and before 11:30 a.m. (PM in-person)

    At 7:40 a.m. students/families can begin to line up at the designated Attestation Areas.

    • Attestation Area #1: playground stairs on Cascadia.
    • Attestation Area #2: lower playground gate on Cascadia.

    Once students are cleared at the attestation area, they will be directed by Hawthorne staff to their designated class line located in their playground zone area. Each zone/area will be staffed by Hawthorne staff to ensure the safety of all students.

    Please review the drop-off/pick-up procedures page for more information

    Students who come to school without a completed attestation screening will not be allowed to attend class until the family is reached and a screening is completed.

    • Students who have not completed the attestation will be directed by Hawthorne Staff to the designated waiting area located in the Gymnasium.
    • If an adult is present with the student, they will be asked to complete the attestation in the waiting area.
    • Students not accompanied will wait in the waiting area until the family is reached, and a screening is complete.
    • If your student arrives after 8:30 a.m., please have them go to the main office using the main entrance door on Cascadia.

    Dismissal Procedures and Information

    Students will be dismissed by their classroom teacher. Staff will be located at each playground zone to ensure students are dismissed to the correct area monitor the safety of students as they depart the school grounds 

    • LAUNCH Daycare -Students: Line up in covered area and are met by Launch staff to complete their attestation process.
    • Bus Riders: line up on cement wall outside of playground double doors.
    • Walkers/In-person pickups: Families pick up students at the lower playground gate on Cascadia.
    • Car pickups: head south on Cascadia, Inform staff who you are picking up and student will be escorted by a staff member. These students will wait on the map/blacktop area until their transportation arrives

    Pickup Times for AM Cohort Students: 10:45 a.m.
    Pickup Times for PM Cohort Students: 2:30 p.m.

    Please review the drop-off/pick-up procedures page for more information

    Building Covid 19 Safety Procedures During In-Person Learning

    Face Masks/Personal Protective Equipment

    Face Masks or appropriate face coverings must be worn at all times except when eating or drinking. If students do not have a face mask or the face masks they are wearing becomes damages, a new mask will be provided.

    The small group of students who are unable to wear a mask because of their disability or age group may still safely attend school if other safety precaution strategies can be followed. These precaution strategies may include correct mask wearing for others, adaptations such as additional facial protections, and physical distancing. If your PK-12 student cannot consistently wear a face covering or maintain six feet physical distancing, please notify the main office of your school.

    We encourage families to have a conversation with your health care provider about in-person learning if your child has a health condition that puts them at greater risk for severe disease should they be exposed to COVID-19.

    Physical Distancing and Hand washing

    To reduce the transmission of the virus in the school environment, all effort will be made to maintain a six-foot distance between students. Desks have been placed to accommodate six feet.

    • Recess: grade-level recesses (20 min. outside time). Cohorts within each grade-level will be assigned a zone on the playground to maintain social distancing and prevent the mixing of cohorts.
    • Restrooms: to maintain social distancing, cohorts have been assigned restrooms. Each restroom will be marked with assigned cohorts room names, total occupancy, floor markings and handwashing posters.

    Breakfast and Lunch

    There will be no breakfast or lunch served at the school during In- Person Learning. At the end of their day students in both cohorts will receive a ‘Grab and Go Meal Bag” that contains a lunch and a breakfast meal for the next day to eat at home. More information will be provided by nutrition services next week.

    I know that this is a lot of information, but we wanted you to have as much information as possible to prepare for school on Monday. It will be a different experience than most students are used to, but our goal is to provide them with a positive learning experience in spite of the pandemic. Here are a few steps that you can take at home to prepare your child returning to school:

    • Let them know they will only be learning and playing with students in their own class. There will be no mixing of classes during the school day.
    • Discuss the importance of hand hygiene and hand washing. Practice hand washing for 20 seconds.
    • Practice physical distancing. Use objects in your home spaced six feet apart to show spacing needed between themselves and others.
    • Talk with them about the need to wear a face covering. It would be helpful to begin practicing wearing a face covering at home if they are not used to wearing one.

    We look forward to welcoming your child back to in-person learning on Monday. By working together, each of us doing our part, we can provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students.

    Please free to contact us at 206-252-7210 if you have further questions. Additional information can be found on the Hawthorne Elementary School Website and the SPS website page District plan for returning to in-person instruction.

    Sandra Scott, Principal
    Hawthorne Elementary

    "There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise" W.E.B. DuBois