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"Golden Ticket"

Parents are required to fill out and sign the "Golden Ticket" form for each student on each morning that they are coming to the SGS campus for in-person learning.  Go to this link to download the Golden Ticket Form.

 
 

JAMIE'S UPDATE: covid & spring break

April 2, 2021

Dear SGS Community,
 

I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break.  This break is well-deserved and much needed for everyone for obvious reasons.  The CDC, our state and local agencies are reporting increased virus activity over the past week, especially around the 16-23 age group.  The increased numbers are concerning as the state evaluates the re-opening phases and requirements to move forward.  I urge everyone to maintain the use of masks and other mitigating precautions.  If you plan to travel, please be cautious upon your return to school on April 12th.  Our SGS community has been outstanding in communicating immediately any possible close contacts with the school and this has prevented potential outbreaks in our school buildings.  Thank you!

Last week, schools were able to move from 6’ to 3’ for classroom social distancing.  We have maintained the 6-foot distance in most spaces, however we have rearranged several Upper School classrooms utilizing the 3’ distance to accommodate students in the space.  On the vaccine front, most of our faculty and staff have now received one or both doses of the vaccine.  This will provide additional stability in classroom teaching throughout the remainder of the year.

Proposed Calendar for April 5 – April 16: (Parenthetical days are for MS/US schedules)
 

Operational Issues Update:

Grades 7-12 move to 5 days a week of in-person/hybrid schooling starting after Spring Break on April 12.  A combination of factors, including teacher/staff vaccinations and lower case counts county-wide, will allow us to begin 5 days of in-person/hybrid instruction in grades 7-12 starting Monday, April 12.  We strongly believe in the social/emotional benefits of students attending in person for a social outlet and the opportunity to connect through classes and activities.

The new portable air filters purchased with parent donations are now operational in the classrooms.  Thank you for your generous donations and making this purchase possible.

Busses: 
No change in home to school service.  We have been able to use bus service for athletics with proper spacing and limiting the cohort to one team per bus.

Since the school year began, Ryan Peplinski, COVID-19 Coordinator, has been communicating with families that have been impacted by COVID-19 in their family and then working with the SRHD team to assist with contact tracing.  Below are the dashboards (as of 4.1.21) we are using to track COVID-19 related data at SGS.  
 

 
Regulatory Oversight Update: 
 
Governor’s Office:  
The Governor’s Office along with the Washington Department of Health, will be evaluating the re-opening phase metrics on April 12 to determine the status in Spokane County and across the state.
 
The Spokane Regional Health District: 
SRHD reported an increased number of cases across Spokane County over the last 10 days, especially in the 16-23 age group.  We have also seen two high schools move to online-only classes through Spring Break in Lincoln County due to outbreaks.
 
It was also reported that vaccinations will be open to all individuals 16 and older on April 15th.
 
SRHD is also working on in-person graduation guidelines and prom guidance for high schools.  Saint George’s School is planning an in-person graduation for the class of 2021 on Friday, May 21 at 4:00 pm.
 
Items that could impact plans: 
1. Outbreak of 2 or more students in the same classroom during a 14-day period.
2. Change in the State’s Re-opening Phase status.
 
Thank you for your continued support and partnership in keeping our schools safe.
 
Sincerely,
 

Jamie Tender
Head of School

 

RESOURCES

• CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• WA State Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/
• Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction: https://www.k12.wa.us/