September 20, 2021 – Wilburton Community Newsletter

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A Note from the Administration

 

Chhoun Mey, Principal

meyc@bsd405.org

 

Stephanie Mathias, Assistant Principal

mathiass@bsd405.org

Dear Wilburton Families and Parents,

 

We are approaching our rainy season and colder weather.  Please remember to send your student to school in warm clothing or appropriate wear for the rainy/cold season.  Due to social distancing measures, we will continue to keep students outdoors during recesses.  We have limited areas that are covered, so it is possible that students will play in the rain.

 

We want to thank our family community for your patience and flexibility with our arrival and dismissal process, we continue to observe and analyze how things are going to make ongoing changes and we appreciate the feedback we have been receiving.

 

In partnership,

 

Chhoun Mey

Stephanie Mathias

 

A Note from our Nurse Amy

The Department of Health has updated their “When to Return to Work/School” flow chart. The current recommendation is anyone with ONE or MORE possible COVID symptom get tested.

 

If a negative test, students may return:

 

  • 24 hours have passed since fever resolved (without medication) AND symptoms have improved. OR
  •  If alternative diagnosis by health care provider, follow provider directions and isolate per condition diagnosed

 

If a positive test OR HAVE NOT BEEN TESTED students may return:

 

  • 10 days after symptoms started AND at least 24 hours have passed since fever resolved (without medication) AND symptoms have improved

 

For more information go to: https://kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/C19/schools-toolkit/sept-9-21/K-covid-19-screening-flow-chart.ashx?la=en

 

CLOSE CONTACT Guidance – Unvaccinated students who are close contacts of people who test positive for COVID-19 must quarantine at home and away from other people. The safest quarantine length is 14 days.

 

We understand that students and families may experience many types of hardships as a result of a quarantine away from peers and in-person instruction. This includes personal hardships, academic hardships, or social emotional and mental health hardships, etc. Given this, and the allowance for exceptions for hardships from Public Health, the quarantine period can be shortened by families from 14 days to 10 days to minimize the impact on our students and families, or to 7 days with a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the end of quarantine. For a 7 day quarantine, the test would need to be taken no sooner than day 5 or 6.

 

Please note that students who are fully-vaccinated for COVID-19 do *not* need to quarantine if they are a close contact of someone who tested positive.  They should get tested day 3-5 after their exposure, continue to monitor themselves for symptoms even with a negative COVID test, and wear their face coverings in all indoor public spaces.

Student Masks

Please help your student bring two clean masks to school each day. If you are in need of masks, the school also has masks on hand.

 

Masks that loop around the ears are preferred over masks that have ties around the head and neck during active time to prevent potential injury.

WES Virtual Curriculum Night

Wilburton will facilitate a live Teams event on 10/7 from 6-7pm. The live Teams event will include an opening by the assistant principal and principal welcoming of families, igniting excitement for the return to school, framing the purpose and structure of the Back-to-School/Curriculum Nights, sharing school-wide focus areas for the year, sharing of opportunities for family engagement, and introduction of specialists and their roles in their children’s education.

 

This opening live session is approximately 20 minutes and will be recorded for viewing by families at a later date, in the event families have a conflict with that date/time. Following the live Teams virtual introduction, classroom teachers will facilitate a Teams meeting with their families for approximately 30 minutes. Each classroom teacher will provide a brief introduction, share curriculum, outline classroom routines, explain how to locate key classroom information, share avenues for communicating with the teacher, share ways with which the teacher will be sharing information and collaborating with parents, and ways with which families can support their child’s learning. These sessions will also be recorded by teachers for future viewing by families within their classrooms.

Wolf Pack Wednesdays

Our school spirit day will be every Wednesday this year. If your child has any Wilburton spirit wear, please have them wear it on Wednesdays to show their school spirit.

 

If you are new to our community, our PTA will be conducting a school spirit sale soon – please stay tuned for more details.

Join the PTA

A great way to support our school community is to join the PTA. The PTA partners closely with school staff to provide extracurricular activities, community events, and support school wide events.

 

To join, please click on this link.

Dates to Remember

Check out our Calendar

 

    • September 30th, Picture Day
    • October 1, Picture Day
    • October 7 (6-7pm), Curriculum Night
    • October 8, No School (Professional Development Day)

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.