This week Enatai Elementary School welcomed back our 4th grade students, and we are looking forward to our 5th grade students returning on Monday, April 5th! In this week’s update, we have several brief updates on a variety of topics.
It is so wonderful to see so many students back at Enatai! As a friendly reminder to all families and caregivers who pick up your child in person, please remember that we are actively working to limit crowds and supporting everyone staying socially distanced (6 feet apart). To help us ensure safety, please transition away from Enatai’s doors once you have picked up your child. If you are having a conversation with another family, please move your conversation to a space with less people. Thank you for your support and understanding!
Fire Drill for All In Person Students on April 6th
We will be having a planned fire drill for all students and staff in building on Tuesday, April 6th. Students will be pre-taught expectations prior to the drill so they know what to expect. We want our students to know that practicing drills helps us be prepared in the unlikely event of an emergency. Due to COVID-19 protocols around safety, we will be sounding the alarm for just a brief period of time and dismissing students class by class to support social distancing. We will explain to students that in the event of an actual emergency we would assess and evacuate without waiting to be dismissed—this process of staggered dismissal is only for the drill. If you have any concerns about your child and the process of this drill, please reach out to your child’s teacher to problem solve and plan.
Enatai Eagle T-Shirts
Thank you PTSA for your generous gift of an Enatai Eagle shirt for every student and staff member and a jump rope for every student! Is your child new to Enatai or new to an Enatai virtual classroom? Or possibly you just haven’t yet picked up your child’s PTSA sponsored Eagle T-Shirt and jump rope! No problem! We have lots of extras for students. Please stop by the main office during school hours to pick up your child’s Enatai T-shirt and jump rope.
Enatai PTSA Read-A-Thon
Look out for more information coming soon on our upcoming Read-A-Thon which will be the Enatai PTSA’s one and only fundraiser for the year! Roll out information will be distributed next week to families and students. Students will log their reading over Spring Break and prizes for the most minutes read will be announced at an all-school assembly on Wednesday April 28th!
With most hybrid students returning to school buildings soon, most in-person tech support will shift back to schools. The Tech Specialists look forward to reconnecting with their school communities. Beginning April 8, the Tech Center at Highland Middle School will be CLOSED.
Tech Center at Highland Middle School:
- April 5, 6 and 7: Reduced hours of in-person support: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Starting April 8: CLOSED
In-Person Tech Support:
Starting April 8, in-person tech support at schools and at our central office:
- Tech support for all secondary students (both hybrid and virtual) will be available at their school.
- Virtual students can book an appointment with the Tech Specialist at their school – more details to follow.
- Tech support for all elementary students attending school in-person will be available at their school during their school day.
Elementary students needing in-person support can visit the new Elementary Student Tech Center at the Wilburton Instructional Service Center (WISC).
- Address: 12241 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
- Directions: The Tech Center is located in building 6 at WISC
- Hours: Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- General tech support for issues that are difficult to resolve via email or phone, no appointment necessary
- Students and families will follow guidelines for minimizing the risk of COVID-19
We will continue to have support staff dedicated to supporting our virtual students.
- Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Parents email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Students email email@example.com
- Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Parents and students call (425) 456-4321
Spring Break, Travel, & Quarantine
With Spring Break just around the corner (April 12th-16th), we know that families may have plans to travel. Below is the most recent guidance we received as schools and was also shared with the community in an email to all families. Additionally, due to travel during this week by both families and staff, the Bellevue School District will be completely virtual the week following Spring Break to help families and staff that need to quarantine. Below is the update that was shared with the community in a recent “Back to Buildings” message:
Are students and staff expected to quarantine after traveling?
Yes. Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. The CDC recommends you delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated or have previously had COVID-19.
According to the CDC, if you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:
- If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
- Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
- Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
- Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
Below is guidance that was shared in the March 26th Back to Buildings Update:
A reminder that our spring break is April 12 to 16. Despite the great news about increased vaccinations and generally lower cases, the safest choice is still avoiding non-essential travel out of state. With the Governor’s proclamation to reopen secondary schools by April 19 – right after our spring break – we urge you to keep the safety our school communities in mind when thinking about any travel plans. We would respectfully ask our BSD community to follow the recommendations from public health to self-quarantine after travel for 7-10 days. Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, staff and families.
Please let me know if you have any questions and when we should expect your child back at school.
Until next week,
Amy MacDonald & Ali Sameti
Principal & Assistant Principal
Enatai Elementary School