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Here are the latest updates on coronavirus and its impact on our school. 

 

May - COVID Update

Hello St. Al Families,

Happy May Crowning to everyone.  I posted a few items on the School Community page in Teams that I hope you can check out.  Father and the Sisters had a May Crowning event as part of mass this morning and we wanted to make sure we shared it with our students and their families. Below is information I wanted to pass along: COVID-19 Update In a press conference this afternoon, Gov. Inslee said that his stay home, stay healthy order will remain in place until May 31.   The Seattle Times article and access to the press conference can be found here.

Everyone

The school calendar link did not work for everyone last week, so I have included it as an attachment instead.  There are still some dates to figure out but this will give you a solid idea of the calendar for next year. State of the School presentation is available for viewing.  The presentation was originally in March so the full extent of COVID-19 closures had not yet taken place.  For a full account of information sent out from the school about COVID-19 and our online learning plan, please visit our website.

We continue to adjust our distance learning program to help our students succeed.  We recognize that the needs of each family are different and encourage you to reach out to your student’s teacher(s) for any assistance with learning from home. Teacher Appreciation Week begins on March 4.  You should be receiving information from the Parent Club Board about participation in something they have planned.  However, feel free to reach out to teachers on Teams or through email.  They would love to hear from you. Thank you to everyone who has attached a ribbon to the fence at school.  There are still ribbons available by the front door or you can bring your own.  Feel free to add more. Jog-a-thon is now Move-a-thon.  Parent Club Board is getting the final details ready and will share those soon. If you were not able to pick up GoMath! items last Monday, please let your teacher know.  We are happy to make an appointment.

Middle School

We will be starting a study hall elective for any middle school student who needs more time to work or is finding it difficult to keep up with additional assignments in current electives.  I will be reaching out to specific families but if you feel your student needs this study hall elective, please let me know. Information will be coming out soon about math conferences for 6th and 7th-grade math students.  While we are not having MAPs testing this spring, we want to meet virtually with you and your student to discuss math as we finish the current year and discuss getting ready for the fall. Again, thank you for all that you are doing at home and for your support of our teachers and our school.  Remember to check social media and drop in on our Facebook group for parents for support, laughs, and peace.

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit

Principal

APR 9 - Good Friday, Easter, and Spring Break

Hello St. Al Families,

I wanted to send a few reminders your way but before I do, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your support through this trying time.  I know that things have not been easy for all our families at home.   Switching to online schooling and finding space/time for everyone to work has been a challenge.  Thank you for your support at home with your students and for working with our teachers through this process.

Big Items

  • Good Friday: has a noon dismissal for official school time.  There will be no live meetings or chats with teachers after that time as we all observe Good Friday.  I will post stations of the cross and some Good Friday & Easter activities in the School Community team if individuals are looking for ways to observe that time.  Assignments will be due any time on Friday so do not feel you have to submit by noon.  If you need a teacher, you are welcome to email.
  • Spring Break: April 13-17, next week.  We will be shutting down a few features of Teams during this time, such as chat, as teachers will not be checking messages. Assignments, files, and other materials on teams will be accessible as normal.
  • Activities for Spring Break: I have compiled a list of engaging, educational, and fun activities for students and their families over spring break.   You may need things to fill the time or you might be looking for ways to have fun together.  Consult this list for several ideas. You can also find other resources here on our website.
  • Workload: Workload has been reported as a significant issue with middle school and some elementary families.  Teachers will be adjusting the workload to reduce time and/or quantity of work to find more of a balance for our students.  We may have some students who need more work and some who need less, so please speak with your student’s teacher if work load is an issue going forward.
  • Grades: A few families have asked about grading. As of now we will continue with our current grading systems, with a progress report
    coming out shortly. However, due to the change of our learning environment and everything going on with COVID-19, teachers are extending significant grace and flexibility when it comes to assignments, exams, and quizzes.  If you are concerned about your student’s grades, please reach out to the teacher.

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit
Principal

APR 7 - Update on schools

Hello St. Al Families,

As many of you may already know, Governor Inslee officially extended the closure of school buildings through the end of the school year. As of now, this means that online learning will continue through to June. As of now, I do not yet know how this will impact our expected end date or what this means for the remaining school events. I will provide more information regarding that and other items once we hear more from the state and the Office for Catholic Schools this week.

For now, the Office for Catholic Schools has asked that we distribute the attached items to our school communities–a letter from the Superintendent and a general Q&A facts sheet they have put together, based on today’s news.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and your support thus far and as we continue this work together. I pray for health and safety for each of you.

Thank you,
Kathleen Daspit
Principal

APR 3 - Update

Hello St. Al Families,

I hope everyone had a great first week of April.  It is hard to believe that Easter is right around the corner.  Below are some key take-aways from this week and a few items going forward:

COVID-19 updates

  • We now have a page on our website dedicated to information on COVID-19 and its impact on our school.  My previous emails as well as other information about COVID-19 can be found here.
  • As of last night, our school closure date has been moved to May 4th.  There is no word yet about any decisions beyond that date. The Office for Catholic Schools, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the State Board of Education will provide more information as it becomes available.

School Activities for April and May

  • We will be canceling or postponing all activities for April and the first week of May.   Specific information about the musical will be available soon.  I will send out an official update about that shortly.
  • We will keep our spring break dates for this year, April 13-17, with a noon dismissal on Good Friday. We are continuing to observe these dates to provide a time of peace and preparation for our community.  While we will not be able to celebrate Easter together, we can still celebrate with our families at home.

Teams

Thank you to everyone for working with us this week as we began using Teams.  There was a lot of learning for staff and students as we engaged with a new learning format.  Based on feedback we received this week, we have been making some adjustments to improve your experience at home.  The following are some minor changes we will be implementing beginning Monday:

School community team:

  • I was able to set up a School Community team to more easily push-out the morning announcements and prayer.  Students will see this pop up as a new team and possibly in their chats.  This is only for schoolwide messages and morning announcements/prayer so students will not be able to post items to this team directly.

Live Meetings:

  • Teachers tested live meetings with classes this week and will be offering more opportunities for that type of instruction going forward.  They will be sending out a schedule to students, letting them know when the live meetings will take place.  If you are wondering about live meeting times, please contact your student’s teacher.
  • Right now we are using Teams for live meetings but teachers may also offer Zoom meetings for students.  Your teacher will let you know how to join the meetings they offer.

Assignments:

  • All assignments from this week forward will be entered into Teams, and for middle school they will also be in RenWeb.
  • Assignments will run on a weekly basis in most cases—assigned Monday and due Friday.  There are exceptions so please check your assignments tab in Teams.
  • Prior work can be submitted by arrangement with your teacher.  Discuss with the teacher the best way to submit projects or non-electronic items from the end of March.
  • Every student is different and some may need more class work, some may need less.  Just like in the classroom, we are working with individual students for their success.  If your student needs more challenge or is having a difficult time, please reach out to their teacher(s).

Checking-in:

  • Teachers will be checking in with students at the start of every scheduled time period on their schedule.
  • Elementary teachers may make slight adjustments to their schedules based on student need so please check with your student’s teacher.
  • Middle school teachers will meet students with a chat or an invitation to live instruction at the start of each period.   Please refer to your schedules to know which classes you should report to.

Availability:

  • Teachers will be available from 8:30am to 3pm each day.  After 3pm families are welcome to try Teams chat with teachers, but they may not be available immediately.  Feel free to email and teachers will get back to you as soon as they can the following day.
  • The building is closed to all but school staff.  Please reach out to me or your student’s teacher if you need assistance.
  • Remember that help is available.  If you are having technology based issues email csweet@stalseattle.org or principal@stalseattle.org. If there is a question or concern related to class content please contact the teacher.

Again, thank you to everyone for working with us on our transition to Teams.  Our teachers have worked incredibly hard and I know our parents and students have too.  I wish you all good health and know we are praying for each of you during this time apart.

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit

Principal

MAR 31 - Tuition

Dear St Al Families,

 

I hope all of you are safe and healthy.  We miss each of you and look forward to when we can be back together again.

 

COVID-19 and related federal and state restrictions have put a significant strain on many households worldwide. I know that the extended closure of our school campus has also created a hardship for many of our families, both in terms of childcare and finances.   We are truly sympathetic to your situation and want to provide some support for families in need.  

 

Beginning April 1st every family who is financially unable to make their monthly tuition payments will be granted tuition assistance from the school in partial or full month payment increments.  If those families have already paid for the month in full, then we will issue a credit to their FACTS account for the remainder of the month.  For families who need the financial assistance, please email me and we will work on a plan together.  

 

 

As a Catholic school committed to our community and the needs of others, St. Alphonsus will also continue to pay all our employees their regular salary and health benefits during the school closure.  Our staff are still working hard to support the mission of our school. If your family is in a financial position that allows you to continue paying the monthly tuition, we ask you to prayerfully consider this option.  

 

 

We sincerely hope this provides some relief for families in need of help.  Thank you for being part of our community.

 

Peace & blessings,

Kathleen Daspit 

MAR 29 - Distance Learning Starts

Hello everyone,
Just a quick reminder that we begin using Microsoft Teams tomorrow morning. School begins at 9am and I will have a morning message pushed to all students either through the chat feature or through their home rooms at 8:55am.
Thanks again to all of you for working with us as we got this up and running. This week we will spend time learning how to use the system while working on coursework. Feel free to contact us if you need help with the system or course content.
We are excited to get started and look forward to working together as a St Al’s community in a fun new format.
Thank you,
Principal Daspit

MAR 27 - Microsoft Teams

Hello St Al Families,

Thank you for your patience as we switch over to our new distance learning platform, Microsoft Teams.  We are ready to go! I have put together some introductory information that will help everyone get started.  This only covers the basics so I am sure there will be questions after we begin.  Feel free to contact individuals using the help section of the directions document for assistance.  We will provide more help and resources once we officially launch.  We are all learning together, so this first week the school staff will be flexible, allowing the students and the teachers to get acclimated to their new classrooms.

How to get started:

  • Please practice logging in tonight and over the weekend.  Steps on how to do this are provided on the attached directions sheet. If you are not able to login, please send an email to Principal@stalseattle.org or Csweet@stalseattle.org.  This will probably be the most frustrating part of getting started so I want to make sure everyone is set before Monday.
  • We officially begin on Monday morning at 9am.  Refer to the directions sheets and the schedules for more details on checking in for the day.
  • I have included an introductory video in the directions page and I would encourage anyone who has never used Teams before to watch it with their student this weekend.
  • I have also included a help section in the directions document as I want to make sure everyone knows they are not alone in this process.  We are fortunate in that support resources for this system are abundant and staff can address login issues or problems in using the format quickly.

Here are some key items before we get going:

  • Attendance will be taken every morning.  More information about the process is provided in the attached documents and through your teacher.
  • We have new schedules to organize the school day.  This allows for scheduled time with teachers for chat or live meetings, as well as interaction with the class.   We know that each family is different, and some may have specific needs regarding scheduling.  Please reach out to your teacher if you have questions.
  • We are adding a Guidance period for elementary and middle school.  This is meant to provide extra support time with the teacher, time with the Learning Resource Specialist, or extra time to work on that week’s assignments.
  • Please note that middle school electives will need to be adjusted and more information about that will be coming out soon.  Right now, please refer to the middle school schedule.

This first week won’t be without its hiccups, so we will be adjusting or clarifying items as we go.  Thank you again to everyone for your patience and your support as we get this all up and running for our students.

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit
Principal

MAR 24 - Online Learning

Hello St. Al Families,

I wanted to share some information about the governor’s message from last night and our shift to online learning.

  1. In light of new guidelines to stay at home, we will no longer have students drop off/pick up items.  After tomorrow, Wednesday, no one will be able to stop by the school building in person.  Essential staff are allowed in the building only if social distancing protocols are met.  We will be able to provide laptops through tomorrow, so if you would like to check out a laptop from the school, please let me know when you can stop by tomorrow.  If you still have work at home please check with your teacher for the best way to submit.
  2. Our distance learning will be run through Microsoft Teams for education.  PreK through 8th grade will be included in this online platform, with the ability to connect with classmates, while continuing their work with their teachers.
  • Students grades 3-8 already have a log in with their OneDrive accounts for school.  Students PreK-2 have been added to the system and they will be receiving that information shortly.
  • This system is not live yet, as we are working on guidelines, procedures, and schedules.  We will have that information as well as directions for how to log on and navigate the system, available by Friday.
  • We plan on doing a mixture of videos, live video calls, and written material.
  • This means students will need a device with a camera (laptop, tablet, cell phone, desktop).
  • I will be working to add additional helpful items for students need additional support.  Please speak with the teacher or our Learning Support Specialist about specific concerns about learning support.
  • Using this system will provide a direct channel to the teacher, significantly cutting back on school emails and making things easier to see and track.
  • Students can access the platform through the app or through a website.  In our testing we have found that Safari does not always cooperate well.  I have accessed the platform using multiple devices and it seems to work great, just depends on which interface you like the best.
  • We are trying to schedule things so that multiple students can use the same device to do school work but there could be some overlap.
  • If you need a device at home for schoolwork, please let me know.

Thank you to everyone as we worked on getting this up and running.  This will be a learning process for everyone so we ask for patience in the first few weeks as we get all of the bugs worked out.  Remember you are not alone, so if you need assistance, please ask.  We are here to help if you need password resets or have technical problems (specific contact info will be available on the directions we will provide soon).

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit
Principal

MAR 22

Hello St. Al Families,

I hope everyone had a good weekend. I wanted to reach out and confirm that we will still have pick up and drop off hours tomorrow, Monday from 9am-12pm, for anyone who needs them. We will also have library hours later this week.

In addition, we will be starting a lunch pick up for anyone needing meals at home. If you would like to donate items for this cause, feel free to stop by during our pickup/drop-off time tomorrow or by appt this week.You can send an email to angelsofmercy@stalseattle.org if you have any questions. We will send more details about picking up meals in the next few days.

We are very close to beginning the online school program. Teachers are in the process of migrating over materials and I am finishing the setup for all of our students. I will send directions and guidelines in a few days.

For anyone that will need a laptop for their students to participate in online learning, please let me know. I am happy to check out what your family needs.

Remember to check in with your teacher about any assignments. If you are not able to stop by or do not feel comfortable, teachers will be more than happy to work with your student(s) and find other options.

Please stay safe and reach out if you need anything.

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit
Principal

MAR 19

Hello St. Al Families,

I hope all is going well with everyone.  Everyone was working on a new sense of normal as we settled into new routines.  As we tackled this first week of material, we received some feedback from parents and working to find the right balance for type and amount of work at home.  We will be making adjustments as an ongoing effort to fine tune the process.

We previously thought school would be out for two and then six weeks.  It is highly likely that we may be out longer, and we might potentially experience a shelter-in-place situation.  With these potential outcomes in mind, we are looking at going to an online learning format, eliminating the need for paper drop-offs and pick-ups.  Our goal is to provide a learning format where students can easily interact with teachers and find/complete coursework.  Teachers can assist with assignments and provide different opportunities for learning.

Steps:

  • I have been setting up learning management system access. I will train teachers, helping them set up courses and transfer materials.
  • Information will go out to families on how to set students up with the system at home and how it works with classes.
  • Teachers are training on posting instructional videos and assignments that better fit this new format.
  • Video and possibly live conferencing tools will be used to aid with instruction. We are looking into VIRTUS guidelines.

Items of note:

  • I am speaking with the Office for Catholic Schools tomorrow about specific guidelines around the use of video conferencing.  I will include these guidelines and any specific VIRTUS related items with the learning management system directions.
  • Several of our families will not be able to do an online format due to a shortage of devices.   We are happy to loan families school laptops to ease the burden of this shift to online work.  Please email me and I will begin adding you to our list.   After a brief inventory, we will begin to distribute machines.

If this format is not something that will work for your family, with or without the loaner laptops, please let me know.  We can work with the teachers to make sure all students have access to materials.

I know this is more change and I appreciate everyone working through this with us. I will share more information as we have it.

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit
Principal

MAR 17 - State of the School

Hello everyone,

Thank you for your encouragement and flexibility as we continue to navigate this new situation. I wanted to let everyone know that I will be doing our State of the School presentation via Zoom tomorrow night, March 18, at 6pm. I apologize for the late notice. This meeting will be recorded, so anyone who cannot join the live meeting will still be able to see the presentation and send questions my way. Below you will find the meeting information.

Again, I can’t say thank you enough to our school community. I keep hearing stories about individuals stepping in to babysit or help with groceries. Remember to stay connected to one another and reach out if you need anything.

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit

Principal

MAR 16 - Week 1

Hello everyone,

Welcome to a new week. School from home started today and some families stopped by to pick up and drop off items. We heard from several families already, with some of our students having their own morning announcement time with flag salute and prayer. It is difficult not having each student here with us. I pray that you are all safe and healthy, staying that way throughout the time away.

Here are some updates I have for today:

  • If dropping off/picking up items at the school is not working for your family, no worries. Reach out to your teacher (homeroom teacher for middle school) and they will be happy to work with your family’s specific situation. If you missed the drop off/pick-up window today, we can set up a time by appt during the week.
  • Spring break will remain scheduled at this time. During that week there will be no schoolwork assigned and no pick-up/drop off that Monday.
  • Father and I will be meeting to discuss details of the closure and how it will impact our community now and if the time is extended. Stay tuned for more information.
  • We are currently assembling a list of websites and resources that will be incredibly helpful for students as they work on their assignments. This list will be available later this week.
  • Each morning at school start time, check Facebook for a morning announcement and prayer.
  • We will revise plans as necessary to make sure students are getting the support they need at home. If we make adjustments, I will send an email update out with detailed instructions.

COVID-19 Update

As many of you already know, new guidelines were announced saying that in addition to schools and churches, restaurants would close as well. There are also stricter guidelines about social gatherings. This did not change our current closure dates but that could be coming soon. I will update the community when we learn more. For now, I would encourage everyone to stay home if you can and remember to wash your hands.

Thank you for working with us as we navigate this new territory. Expect some messages from me and our teachers to help make things a little brighter.

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit

Principal

MAR 13 - School at home

Hello St. Al Families,

I hope everyone was able to enjoy their Friday. In anticipation of our school closure beginning Monday, families will receive emails from teachers about routines and assignments. Below are some general pieces of information that you will need over the next six weeks.

March 16-27

  • As this was the time away we were originally planning for, the first chunk of student work will span this two week period. Most or all of your student’s work for this time period has already been sent home.
  • Emails will be heading home from teachers with directions and specific expectations for assignments: how to submit work, due dates, and other expectations.
  • Preschool through 8th grade have been given work for school at home, so every student in our community will continue their education with the guidance of our teachers.
  • Some items are still awaiting pick-up at school so if your student needs something please check-in with their teacher.

March 30-April 24

  • Instructions about assignments and teacher check-ins with classes will happen on a weekly basis via email. You will also receive a weekly school update from the principal each Monday and we will continue to send out the Angle as usual.
  • Specifics for weekly routines are available below.

The Routine for Distance Learning

  • Every Monday starting March 16, from 9am-noon, parents can drop off and pick up work as needed.
  • The expectations for assignments are set by the teachers and will be communicated via email.
  • Most assignments will be due on Mondays so parents can drop them off at school while picking up any new items (should this be the requirement). Please check with your student’s teachers for details.
  • Every school day (M-F) from 8:30am-3pm teachers will be actively checking email, answering questions, and providing support to families. Please reach out to teachers if you have any questions or concerns about classwork.
  • Every Monday, a principal update will be sent out. I may send additional updates during the week if necessary.
  • Every school day, I will be in the building along with other teachers. We can answer phones, accept drop-off items, and give out pick-up items. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to let anyone other than staff in the building so these exchanges will be brief.
  • Every week class newsletters and the Angle will still be sent, informing families of what is happening and bringing some joy into everyone’s home.
  • Library books will be available for check out during the six-week closure, stay tuned for more details.

Grades

  • Grades for trimester 2 will be available March 18. Due to our school closure, all report cards will be emailed home. Middle school parents, please note that RenWeb is still working on the grading issue from fall trimester. Spanish grades again, will not be listed on the report card but will be viewable on RenWeb.

What Families Can Do

This is a long break and the distance can be difficult for many of us. Let’s do what we can to keep our community feeling connected. Check in with your class families and others in the school. My hope is that we all still feel like family even though we can’t be together. Feel free to reach out to your room parent if you have ideas or would just like to say hello.

Thank you again for your patience and flexibility as we begin our six weeks of school at home. Remember, you are welcome to contact us via email if you need anything from the school and you can email angelsofmercy@stalseattle.org for other support. Have a great weekend.

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit

Principal

MAR 12

Dear St. Alphonsus Families,

The governor has just declared that all schools in our county will be closed until April 24. The Office for Catholic Schools and the Superintendent of Public Instruction Have been working on long-term plans for public, private, and religious institutions in the state. I will send out more information when I know exactly how this will affect our community.

As of now, we will continue distance learning as planned and include additional work/ways to access information for instruction as needed. I will send an email update on Monday about instructional items.

Again, thank you for working with us as we adjust to each new set of information. We will continue to take it each announcement and each week at a time, keeping you updated along the way.

 

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit

Principal

MAR 11

Hello St. Al Families,

I apologize for sending another email but I just received an important update from the Archdiocese. All Catholic schools in the boundary of Seattle Public Schools will close from March 16-March 30. During this time all activities are canceled, and school buildings will not be open to students, parents, or community members.

I know this creates a hardship for several of our families. My hope is that getting the word out now will help families plan for the closure beginning Monday. If you are having a difficult time finding care for your student, feel free to reach out to the parents in your student’s class. This is a time where we will need to come together as a school family and support one another. I will keep you posted if the situation changes or if any further updates are received from the Archdiocese.

Going forward, we will have a regular school day tomorrow, Thursday. We will make sure student’s head home with anything they need to take with them for the two weeks.

Friday was a planned day off for teacher professional development and Monday, we begin our two-week closure, ending March 30. During that time, we will follow our “school from home” plan discussed in my email from March 10. I will send the plan out again with more details, prior to Monday.

Thank you for your support and patience. I know the ever-changing nature of this situation hasn’t been easy for any of us. We will work through it together. As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit

Principal

MAR 10

Hello everyone,

I wanted to send some information about school closure and what “school from home” would mean for our community.  I have also included some reminders from previous emails about staying healthy and links for more information about COVID-19.

Our plan for right now is to remain open until 1.) we have a reported case of COVID-19 2.) the Archdiocese says to close or 3.) the CDC, Department of Health, state or federal government order a closure.  However, we understand that every family needs to make their own decision.  If you choose to keep your student(s) home, please let us know as soon as possible.   We will have work they will need to take with them (textbooks, student work books, etc…).  This will keep them from missing too much school time. Connecting with teachers via email or by phone will help with assignments and student progress.

If we need to close, we will be following the health department protocols staying connected with the health department and the Archdiocese of Seattle.  Families will be informed via email and if necessary, by phone through phone tree.   Parent Club board members will connect with room parents and ask room parents to assist with delivering the news to their classes.  I will call staff and assist Parent Club Board.  School closure in this case will be quick and could come in the middle of the school day so make sure we have current phone numbers and emergency contacts for your student in RenWeb.  After contact with the community has been made, we will do the following:

  • Deep cleaning of the school which will take a minimum of two days and may require a longer closure based on health department guidelines
  • “distance learning”—for us this means posting work on RenWeb or through email.  Work from teachers will probably consist of projects and book work, which should allow students to complete tasks without needing anything outside of home.  Teachers will be available during specific hours each day for questions and guidance.   These hours will be posted when the school closure email is sent.
  • We will take it one week at a time and hopefully, the distance learning can keep us on track to finish the year on time.  We currently have 10 “snow days” we can use if necessary. This would be in addition to the distance learning time as that counts toward actual school days.
  • Weekly updates will be given via email and will include current status and potential return dates should we have them.

Currently we are watching other districts closely and working with the Office for Catholic Schools.  We generally follow SPS for a lot of closure decisions.  Right now, it looks like they are planning to only close impacted buildings and not the whole district, but that could change.  Keep in mind that the Catholic school system works differently than public school districts so one closure for a Catholic school does not mean a closure for others.

Remember that there are things we can do to protect ourselves from COVID-19.   Students here have been fantastic at washing hands and cleaning.  This is a repeat but worth the second look—a list of items to keep in mind, preventing illness from spreading:

  • Wash hands of ten with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/130-012.pdf
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while sick and avoid close contact with others
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the
  • trash and wash hands

Also, here are links to some helpful places where you can get more information:

CDC website

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Washington State Department of Health

https://www.doh.wa.gov/

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/NovelCoronavirusFactSheet.pdf

Thank you for working with us.  I know this is an unsettling time for many so feel free to let us know if you have any questions.

 

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit

Principal

MAR 6

Hello St. Al Families,

The following is a list of events that will be canceled or postponed:

March 8: Spotlight mass for 7th/8th grade and coffee & donuts—we will reschedule for later in the year.

March 11: Live State of the School presentation—we will offer an online option, stay tuned for details.

March 28: Father Daughter Dance—we will reschedule at another time.

TBD: Honor Roll Breakfast—we will work out a way to provide a treat and recognize the honor roll students during the school day.

Currently, all play rehearsals, clubs, after school activities, and extended care (am/pm) will operate as usual.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and cooperation. As conditions change, I will reach out and continue to update the school community. Father and I will be working together should a closure be necessary but there is currently no need to cancel school. Remember to check your emails for any new information from the school and continue checking with the CDC and Department of Health for COVID-19 specific information.

 

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit

MAR 5

Hello everyone,

As many of you know, new health guidelines were issues yesterday in response to increases in COVID-19 case counts.  The guidelines are meant to limit exposure and hopefully the spread of the illness. The following are the new guidelines and our response to them.

New Guidelines

  • People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:
    • People 60 and older
    • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
    • People who have weakened immune systems
    • People who are pregnant
  • Workplaces should enact measures that allow people who can work from home to do so. Taking these measures can help reduce the number of workers who come into contact with COVID-19 and help minimize absenteeism due to illness
  • If you can feasibly avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings.
  • Public Health is not recommending closing schools at this time. If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, Public Health will work with the school and the district to determine the best measures including potential closure of the school.
  • All people should not go out when they are sick.
  • Avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities, or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you need to go, limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.

More detail on these measures will be available at www.kingcounty.gov/covid

 

St. Al Response

At this time, all school clubs and activities will continue including play rehearsals and extended care.  As these are simply an extension of our usual day together they are not an additional risk at this time.

The school will be open as usual, running our normal school schedule.  We will continue to run our hot lunch program as we already follow all state health and safety guidelines for operating our kitchen.

Please respect the health and well-being of all of our students and families by keeping sick students and family home.   All students who appear sick or have cold, flu, or other symptoms must stay home.  A runny nose, cough, or excessive sneezing are symptoms that mean students should stay at home.  If a student comes to school with these or any other symptoms, we will not be able to keep them on campus and you will be called to pick them up.   These guidelines are a part of our current policy and are especially important given these new circumstances with COVID-19.

At this time, we are being asked to limit large gatherings and cancel if possible.  Out of respect for a number of individuals in our community and for the health of all of our staff I will need to review our current calendar and determine if upcoming events should be postponed or canceled.  I will have those decisions available for all of you tomorrow, March 6.

Please keep in mind that this situation is changing often and further information will be sent out as needed.  Please continue to check your email and feel free to connect with the office or staff for more information.

What Can I Do?

Parents have been asking what they can do to help.   If you are available to volunteer at pick up or drop off, even while you are waiting for your student to finish play practice, we can always use an extra set of hands to sanitize doorknobs and other items.  If you happen to have any hand sanitizer or wipes you would like to drop off as well, that would be wonderful.  All of your generous time and effort does count for volunteer hours and would be greatly appreciated by our community.

Thank you to everyone for your support as we work through this together.

Thank you,

Kathleen Daspit