All Bellevue schools will be open Friday, December 2. All programs will be in operation as regularly scheduled, including nutrition and transportation services.

August 31. 2022 – Wilburton Community Newsletter

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 so excited for the first day of school to begin for G1-G5 students this coming Thursday and are also very excited to welcome our kindergarteners for their first day on September 7th. 

 

The first few weeks of school, especially the first few days of school, it is really busy during arrival and dismissal with families learning new routines or relearning old routines. Please give grace toward and have patience with each other and staff as it will take longer for things to happen as we all get use to the process of school again. Below is important information regarding arrival and dismissal procedures as well as update health and safety guidelines for this year. 

 

 

#wolfpackstrong

 

In Partnership,

 

Chhoun Mey

Stephanie Mathias

Arrival and Dismissal Logistics  Students will all be entering and exiting the building through the main school entrance this year. This is different than last year, where students used the vestibule entrance to enter school and the main entrance to exit school. There will be adult supervision at our bus loop, car pick up and drop off, Main St. walkers and 124th St. walkers. 

 

Please let your student know how they will be getting home at the end of the day. This is very helpful information for teachers to ensure student safety and a smooth dismissal routine.

 

During dismissal, please do not walk up to the building to wait for students, unless they are a Main St. or 124th St. walker. Please refer to the map below to see where you can meet your student if they are walking home. For car pick up, we are longer using the green card system – this was implemented as part of our COVID safety protocols and staggering student release. If you are planning for car pick-up, please stay in your vehicle and wait through the car line. This will help ensure student safety and an efficient dismissal process. 

 

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures:

  1. Pull all the way forward in the car loop lane even if you see your student beforehand. Your student will be escorted by an adult or directed to meet you at your vehicle.
  2. If your student needs assistance with exiting and entering the vehicle, please park your car in a parking space and use the cross walk to escort your student the main entrance. Do not attempt to do this in the car loop lane as it will lead to traffic congestion and it ultimately unsafe for our school community.
  3. Preschool families, please park your car in a designated parking spot so that you can escort your student to the preschool entrance. Please do not park in the car loop. 
  4. Please use the cross walks when crossing the parking lot at all times. 
Updated Health and Safety Protocols 2022-2023 COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Required Recommended
COVID Vaccine for Employees

All Vaccinations for Employees

  • Boosters are recommended, not required
Isolation 

  • Students, children, and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home and should get tested and/or see a health care provider and follow the return to work/care/school guidance accordingly.

 

Masking

  • Mask-wearing as one of the COVID-19 mitigation measures will be optional at BSD schools. 
  • There may be situations when masking is required
  • Recommended during outbreaks
  • Masking recommendations for schools are based on the CDC Community Level
  • Individual
  • Community 
  • Masking is strongly recommended when community spread is high
Notification 

  • Schools will continue to report positive COVID cases through our district’s online COVID dashboard. Families are able to review the dashboard at any time to monitor positive cases at Wilburton. 
  • The school district will continue to report cases and outbreaks to Public Health Seattle and King County 
Additional Mitigating Measures 

  • Ensuring good ventilation
Returning to School

  • Required to isolate 5 days following positive test
  • Day zero is first day of symptoms OR the day of the positive test
  • A positive test initiates the isolation protocol.  (You test positive toward the end of the 5 days, or on days 6-10, complete 10 days of isolation.)
  • Testing after day 10 is not recommended. 

 

Access to Testing 

  • Although the school district will no longer be offering diagnostic in the district, we can recommend testing locations in Bellevue School District
  • Schools will no longer be testing students on site, instead schools will be providing at home tests for families to test at home when needed. 

 

Breakfast & Lunch Since the beginning of the pandemic, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has allowed meals to be provided to students at no cost to families. The waivers for this practice expired on June 30, 2022. As a result, the district will start charging for meals starting this school year.

 

2022-23 School Meal Prices        
Breakfast Reduced Price Breakfast Lunch Reduced Price Lunch
Elementary $2.25 FREE $3.75 FREE
Milk only $.50 $.50 $ .50 $.50

 

 

Your student(s) may qualify for free or reduced priced meals based on household income. Applications for free and reduced meals are open now and can be found here. 

 

If you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, you can add money to your student’s meal account by following this link.

 

Breakfast & Lunch Menu is updated weekly.

Bus Transportation  Bus Transportation

 

The Bellevue School District provides free transportation for students who reside within their school’s attendance area, but outside their school’s walking boundary.  All elementary schools have a one-mile walk path boundary. The transportation department will mail home specific information about your student’s exact pick-up/drop-off location and times a few days before school starts. 

 

Please contact the Transportation department for additional information or questions regarding buses and bus schedules:  https://bsd405.org/departments/transportation/

Join the PTA

 

The PTA is working on increasing membership and partnerships with the school. I encourage all staff to highly consider joining the PTA – it is a great way to show support and partnership with them. The PTA is a small, but mighty team that does so much to support staff, students and families. If you have any questions about the PTA, please feel free to reach out to Lindsay Dugan, PTA President or Lauren Gray, Vice President:

 

Lindsay Dugan

Lauren Gray 

 

Wilburton PTA Website 

 

To join, please click on this link.

 

 

Dates to Remember

Check out our Calendar

September 1:                           First Day of School for G1-G5

September 5:                           No School – Labor Day

September 6:                           Preschool Open House from 3pm-4:30pm

September 7:                           First Day of School for Preschool   

                                         and Kindergarten

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.