Happy three-day weekend!
It was a lot of fun to see our students return for picture day. Over 200 students came for pictures! Make-up day will be announced later with an option to upload your own photo for the yearbook.
This weekend, please take some time to talk about Dr. Martin Luther King with your children and for our older students this can be contextualized by recent current events. Next week we will have our MLK assembly during which Mr. Lindfors will help us celebrate through songs.
This newsletter is primarily for our K-2 families whose children are returning to school for in-person instruction. It’s a lot of work but we are happy to do it because we miss our students very much! As educators we thrive on interacting with our students and not seeing them for so long has made us realize how their presence fulfill our own happiness. Thank you for your collaboration and vigilance in following our guidelines so that we can open Jing Mei safely!
Mrs. B and Ms. Tan
SEL Standards and Progress Reports:
Progress reports are coming home soon.
They will be sent on Friday, 2/12, after school.
K-2 Hybrid students will receive paper copies to bring home.
Virtual Teachers and 3rd-5th teachers will email parents.
In this atypical year we have added an indication “NE (Not Enough Evidence)” as one of the indicators. Areas such as “Science practices” that cover hands-on science experiments and engineering design challenges in the classroom are difficult to assess. If you see an “NE” that just means we do not feel that we have enough evidence to give an accurate grade.
In many cases our teachers feel uncomfortable assigning a grade because learning from home poses as a challenge for most of our students which means their learning is disrupted by default. We will do our best but we ask for your understanding when reading the reports and remember that it only serves to inform you of their overall progress at this moment in time.
K-2 Back to School Family Guide
Here are the Guides published by BSD
See “Q&A” section for the Jing Mei specific guidelines (PDF slides).
Health Check: Attestation
Each day that your child comes to school you will need to complete Healthcheck attestation before we can let your student enter the classroom. Sorry for this inconvenience but it’s crucial that we follow this step for contact tracing purposes, too.
Health Check information is *confidential* – rest reassure that the data collected by Health Check is exempt from public disclosure.
We are asking everyone who travel out of the state to quarantine for 14 days. If you have questions about your individual situation please email Nurse Meng Ping (email@example.com). For more information please see below. Thank you for your cooperation. We want to keep school safe! If you have to quarantine please email Office staff so that we can provide you with the times and links for accessing virtual instruction during your quarantine.
Governor Inslee’s travel advisory: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/Travel%20Advisory-%20Washington%20state.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
BSD website information about the advisory: https://bsd405.org/2020/11/back-to-buildings-update-nov-25/ (as part of the back to buildings update that week)
Background information on the ‘why’ behind the advisory:
The reason that 14 days is the gold standard for quarantine is that a person may have been exposed to COVID-19 and not develop symptoms until day 13.
The risk of still transmitting the virus after a 7 day quarantine is 4%, even if you have a negative PCR test for the virus. If you don’t test at all, the risk is 10%
The risk of still transmitting the virus after a 10 day quarantine is 0.3% if you have a negative PCR test, and if you don’t test the risk is 1.4%
The risk of transmitting the virus after a 14 day quarantine is 0% if you have a negative PCR test, and 0.1% if you don’t test at all.
K-2 Bus Route
This is the current timetable, subject to change.
More information on bus transportation: