The Bellevue School District is committed to maintaining learning environments that protect the health and safety of our students, educators, and staff. We are asking for the entire community’s support in this effort. Being diligent about face coverings, hand washing, and physical distancing offer us all the greatest opportunity to start and continue in-person instruction. The district needs to be ready to adjust our plans based on the changing health conditions and risk factors within our community. Like many states around the country, we have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in Washington. We are monitoring the changing environment daily.

Personal health and safety practices that will be implemented during in-person learning include:

  • Mandatory face coverings (as required by OSPI and Governor Inslee)
  • Regular hand washing (hand wipes and hand sanitizer will also be widely available)
  • Physical distancing
  • Health screening at entry
  • Creating cohorts of student groups as much as possible
  • Outdoor physical education classes
  • Temporary suspension of assemblies and field trips

At the same time, we are taking extraordinary measures to ensure our facilities are conducive to a safe and healthy learning environment. Our efforts follow CDC guidance and are informed by the Harvard Healthy Building Program for Schools (PDF). Our actions include, but are not limited to:

  • Increasing outdoor air ventilation
  • Daily deep cleaning and sanitizing
  • One-way hallway flow where possible
  • Classroom re-configurations to support physical distancing
  • Temporarily suspending the use of lockers and locker rooms
  • Using multiple doors for arrivals/departures to de-densify groups