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Our community's physical well-being and safety come first.

 96% of our staff are fully vaccinated.

Only essential personnel and students are permitted in the building

Temperatures of staff and students are checked daily

Everyone completes health screening at drop-off

 Students and staff wear masks at all times and transitions are carefully mapped to avoid congestion

Our large classrooms and small class sizes permit us to have desk spaced three feet apart

Students are kept in grade-level cohorts, and snack and lunch is served in classrooms rather than the Café

Our community's physical well-being and safety come first. Our protocols for the fall are still emerging. We will update this page as the situation evolves. Some health and safety protocols will remain, others will go away, some may adjust, and new COVID-19 prevention strategies will be implemented in response to public health guidance. We will begin the 2021-2022 school year, following these required mitigation measures:  

  • The kitchen is currently closed. Students should bring a lunch from home. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Uniform Swap - The Uniform Swap is temporarily closed as we are unable to have volunteers on site.
  • Informed Consent - All families re required to complete the COVID Informed Consent form.
  • Hours - We will be open from 7:45-5:00 with classes starting at 8:30 (students are considered tardy at 8:35), with before and after school childcare. Before school childcare (Extended Day) will be free while we required to screen. Classes finish at 3:00 for Kindergarten and 3:30 for 1st through 5th grades. 
  • Health training -  All staff members will complete training in health and safety protocols prior to the first student day and ongoing. 
  • My Shot to Fight COVID Campaign - We continue to strongly encourage all staff members who are safely able to receive the vaccine to do so and continue to offer a $100 incentive to fully vaccinated teachers and staff. Per Governor Inslee’s degree all K-12 Educators must be vaccinated by October 18, 2021, unless a medical or religious exception has been approved. We are taking a targeted approach to supporting our team by providing a variety of educational materials and resources about the vaccine’s safety, and how and where to get a vaccine.
  • New Weekly Testing Protocol - As an added safety measure, we are implementing mandatory weekly COVID testing for all unvaccinated teachers and staff beginning in September. This additional layer of protection, combined with our existing health & safety protocols, is another step we are taking to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep our school community safe.
  • Screening - While daily health attestation screenings are no longer required by DOH, CHA will require temperature checks for the vehicle occupants and a daily attestation to be completed.  Students will not be allowed access to the building without a completed attestation. The app we use for attestations is My Bright Day Screening App. We require all parents to complete the screening questions using the app every morning before arriving at school to expedite the drop-off process. You can find the directions here
  • Masks - All staff and students must continue to wear face coverings/masks indoors and out doors at all times (unless eating/drinking), regardless of vaccination status.  Students should come in their own mask, which should be washed daily if it is a cloth mask, and we recommend that students have some practice at home prior to wearing one for a full day and bring several masks with them that they can change into if needed.  Masks with vents/valves and gaiters are not permitted. A student must have a medical exclusion signed from their doctor on file to wear a face shield only. Student’s who do not have a medical exclusion are required to always wear a mask. Learn More    

  • Vaccinations - Currently, 96% of the CHA staff is vaccinated. Once the vaccine is available to children 12 and under, we will update communications regarding our vaccination rate.

  • Daily cleaning - The daily cleaning of classrooms and common spaces will continue.  

  • Physical distancing - All individuals within the CHA building should maintain a physical distance of at least three or more feet between people to the degree possible. DOH and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) have been clear that social distancing requirements cannot and will not prevent any or all student(s) from attending all day in person. 

  • Classes - All classes will be in-person. There will be no online classes. Staff or students who are excluded for symptoms will follow the same procedure as if they would when sick.
  • Student Rotations - Students will rotate within their grade level pod for academic and for specialist classes in the specialists' class rooms.  They will remain with their homeroom group for Specialists classes. Students who participate in Extended Day will do so within their grade level pod. 

  • Visitors - Schools are not permitting nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations.  Parents will not be able to enter the building at this time to drop off or pick up.   
  • Morning Drop Off - Remain in your vehicle at all times.  Have your child’s grade, first and last name visible on a paper in the right passenger window, Health Checkers will approach, take every person's temperature in the car, check your Health Attestation and escort your child into CHA. 
    • Kindergarten:   8:00 – Line up by the front doors 
    • First Grade:   8:00 – Line up by the lower doors 
    • Second Grade:   8:00 – Line up by the lower doors 
    • Third Grade: 8:00 – Line up by the front doors 
    • Fourth Grade: 7:45 – Line up by the lower doors 
    • Fifth Grade:  7:45 – Line up by the front doors 
  • Afternoon Pick Up - Remain in your vehicle at all times. Have your child’s grade, first and last name visible on a paper in the right passenger window, students will be escorted to your vehicle. Do not park across the street and walk across to pick up. Do not approach staff who are putting students in vehicles asking to get your child.  It impedes the flow of traffic, is a safety concern and impacts all families. Follow the traffic map to drive to your designated space: 

    • Kindergarten: 3:00-3:15 – Park in the upper parking lot 

    • First Grade: 3:30-3:45 – Line up in the lower parking lot 

    • Second Grade: 3:30-3:45 – Line up in the lower parking lot 

    • Third Grade: 3:30-3:45 – Park in the upper parking lot 

    • Fourth Grade: 3:45-4:00 – Line up in the lower parking lot 

    • Fifth Grade: 3:45-4:00 – Park in the upper parking lot

  • Extended Day - Students may participate in Extended Day within their grade level pod from 8:00 (7:45 for 4th, 5th and their siblings) - 8:30 and 3:00-5:00 for K and 8:00-8:30 (7:45 for 4th,5th and their siblings) and 3:30-5:00 for 1-5 grade.  Please notify your child’s teacher if they will be Early Out and need to go to carline instead of participating in PM Extended Day. If your child is participating in AM Extended Day prior to 8:00 am, please proceed to the carline where you will be screened for your child will be escorted to class.    
  • Extended Day Pick Up – If you signed up for an extended day plan, you will pick your child up between 4:00-5:00pm at the front entrance. Please park in the upper lot and walk up to the front door. Kaylee (or someone at the front desk) will greet you at the doors, and your child will be called to the front. Please remain at the door until your child comes outside to you; children should not be walking through the parking lot alone to the car. A late fee of $10 per minute will be incurred should you pick up after 5:00.  
  • Food - AM, PM and Extended Day Snack will be served in classrooms. School lunches will be delivered already plated and all grades will eat in their classrooms, not in the cafeteria, to reduce the size of the group they are exposed to when they take their masks off to eat.  
  • Extracurricular Program - classes are on pause for now as we look to reduce outside vendors entering our school and mixing up student pods. This will be revisited later in the Fall and updated for Winter should requirements change. 
  • Ice Cream Social & Other Events:  The Ice Cream Social is cancelled. Our goal is to provide in-person learning every day.  Hosting a large group gathering the day before school begins that brings families together provides an opportunity for mass exposure. Students will receive ice cream to enjoy on Friday, September 10 provided by CHAPTER.  Class lists will be shared via email and Teams on Tuesday, September 7.  All other large gatherings are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Curriculum Night and Goal Setting Conferences will be held online. 
  • Parent Teacher Meetings - Curriculum Night and Goal Setting Conferences will be held online.
  • After Hours Tours for New Families - Starting August 23rd, we will be offering new families the opportunity to tour the campus one family at a time, between 5:00 and 6:00 pm when all staff and students have left the building. A new family is one that has not yet had the opportunity to enter CHA.  Masks must be worn at all times. 

  • Quarantine guidelines for the 2021-22 year - The Washington Department of Health has made changes to the definition of a close contact for K-12 education. Students may not be considered a close contact if they are wearing their masks and maintaining the new physical distancing guideline of three feet from one another to the degree possible. We will, of course, continue to consult with public health officials, but this means we will likely have fewer students required to quarantine because they are determined to be close contacts in our school.  Below is specific information if a student must stay home: 

    • As a parent, you can excuse their absence like you would for any other illness, and your student’s teacher will treat that absence like any other illness. 
    • Make-Up Work- It is a student’s responsibility, with the support of the parent, to collect the missed work from their teachers upon their return. Excluding COVID-related absences, parents can also pick up daily work between 4-5 PM by contacting their child's teacher. Work will not be given prior to the absence.  It may not be feasible for a student to make up a lab or group project.  If this should occur, a student will be given the opportunity to complete an alternate assignment covering the same content or skills in its place. For every missed day of school, a student is expected to complete the make-up work within two days. 

    • If the absence is COVID related, work can be picked upon clearance to return.

    • The teacher will work closely with each student upon return to the classroom to ensure they are caught up. 
    • In the event of a whole classroom closure, our teachers will provide remote instruction to the class while students are at home. Teachers will instruct from their classrooms. 

Health and safety protocols

These have been developed based on guidance from the CDC, state and local public authorities, and in partnership with Dr. Kristin Moffitt, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Bright Horizons COVID-19 resources can be found here