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- CDC FAQ: https://www.doh.wa.gov/
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- FFCRA: https://www.dol.gov/
- Employment Security COVID-19 FAQ: https://esd.wa.gov/
- Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave and COVID-19: https://paidleave.
- NWESD Health Info
- Skagit County Health Info
- CDC flyer on 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
- Lo que necesita saber sobre la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019(COVID-19)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Program and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Washington Department of Health (DOH), Coronavirus School Resources and Recommendations
- Public Health – Seattle and King County (PHSKC), Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Additional Information on School Recommendations (PDF)
B-E Updates (Spring/Summer 2020)
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- Summer Update June 2021
- REOPENING UPDATE February 23, 2021
- REOPENING UPDATE GRADES 6-8 February 11, 2021
- REOPENING UPDATE February 5, 2021
- REOPENING UPDATE January 13, 2021
- B-ESD In-Person Learning Update November 18, 2020
- REOPENING UPDATE October 20, 2020
- REOPENING UPDATE FAQ October 7, 2020
- REOPENING UPDATE September 25, 2020
- REOPENING UPDATE July 29, 2020
- Update - June 17, 2020
Read more about Expansion of In-Person Learning
Expansión del aprendizaje presencial
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Programar ACTUALIZACIÓN 3/18/2021
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Actualización de reapertura de febrero 23 de 2021
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Actualización de reapertura Grados 6-8 11 de febrero de 2021
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últimas noticias 5 de Febrero del 2021
Read more about K-5 Reopening Townhall - Video Recording
K-5 reapertura Ayuntamiento - Grabación de vídeo
Read more about B-ESD Update January 7, 2021
Letter from Superintendent Browning
Read more about B-ESD Update December 21, 2020
Letter from Superintendent Browning
Read more about B-ESD In-Person Learning Update
Letter from Superintendent November 18, 2020
Read more about K-2 Reopening Townhall - Video Recording
K-2 reapertura Ayuntamiento - Grabación de vídeo
Read more about COVID-19 Update June 9, 2020 B-ESD Reopening Advisory Committee
Letter from the Superintendent
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5 Tips to get Kids used to masks
Starting to wear a mask can be scary for kids. Here are a few ideas to help them feel more comfortable “masking up.”
Keep it simple to avoid scaring them. Tell them, “Your mask helps protect me, and my mask helps protect you.”
GIVE THEM CHOICE.
Allow kids to select the style, fabric and color they like. Decorating is fine as long as it doesn’t damage the mask.
HAVE THEM PRACTICE
Practice putting the mask on and taking it off. Wear it at home for short periods of time. Some children adapt quickly, while others might need more practice. Setting goals and offering rewards for good habits can help.
BE A ROLE MODEL
Wear a mask yourself and talk about how important it is whenever you put it on.
MAKE MASKS FUN
Help kids create masks for stuffed animals and other toys and incorporate them into play.
- When it comes to masks, sharing is not caring. Tell kids to keep masks to themselves.
- Cloth masks should be washed after each use.
- Masks are only for kids over age two.
- Have kids wash their hands with you before putting on or taking off a mask.
- Be sure it covers the nose and mouth and is secured under the chin.
- Make sure the wearer can breathe easily and if breathing becomes hard, the mask should be easy to remove.
How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask
Our school nurse team put together this helpful guidance on selecting, wearing, and cleaning masks.
Thanks for your continued efforts to help keep our workplaces and school sites safe in support of healthy students and staff!
Below are answers to some of our frequently asked questions:
Under what circumstances would your district close a school’s doors because of COVID-19?
Districts will remain open unless otherwise advised by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and/or the Skagit County Health Department. It is important to provide continued instruction and, for some students, meals, unless an infection prevents us from doing so. Most students are healthy and are not at risk for complications from COVID-19. Medically vulnerable and people older than 60 are most at risk from COVID-19.
We understand that each family situation is different and some may have vulnerable family members they want to protect from possible exposure. Your family is the ultimate decision maker about what steps to take to keep your family safe.
Are districts imposing any travel restrictions?
Districts are following the Skagit Health Department's suggestions in mitigating the possible spread of coronavirus. Districts are currently evaluating planned events, field trips and sporting events to determine how to proceed on a weekly basis. If an event is cancelled, your student’s teacher, club advisor or coach will communicate that decision via their regular method.
Are districts restricting facility use by outside groups?
Districts may restrict or cancel events that would bring in a large number of people from together. The district will notify the organizers of these events on a case-by-case basis. We also may need to temporarily increase our fees for cleaning/sanitization as we are needing to do a deeper cleaning after most events. These decisions are ongoing and will be made on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.
Will sports be cancelled?
Some districts have already announced game postponements or cancellations as a way of containing the spread of COVID-19. Districts are evaluating the Skagit Health Department's suggestions in mitigating the possible spread of coronavirus. Districts are currently evaluating sporting events to determine how to proceed on a weekly basis. If sports are cancelled, your student’s coach will communicate that decision via their regular communication method.
Districts would like to encourage families to remind their student athletes about good hygiene practices. They should be encouraged to regularly wash their hands for 20 seconds. They can also bring hand sanitizer to practices. Please send water bottles with your student athlete — do NOT share water bottles. We also are encouraging athletes to avoid high fives, handshakes, etc., to limit the spread of any illness. Please encourage student athletes to stay home if they have a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Families in attendance should practice social distancing (standing 6 ft from one another), good hand-washing etiquette, and stay home if they are sick. And, of course, following the CDC recommendations that those older than 60 take extra precautions by avoiding crowds.
What protocols are in place for students or staff who travel internationally?
Any student or staff member traveling to a high-risk country will be asked to self-impose a 14-day quarantine prior to returning to school. The CDC has additional information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html.
How will Skagit County school districts communicate updates?
Families will continue to receive emails with information from their specific districts. Some districts will also communicate via their social media pages. The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility and one that we take seriously. Plan for childcare at home if your child gets sick or school is closed. If you have children with asthma or other medical conditions that put them at higher risk for an infection, talk to your health care provider now about a plan to protect them.
How can families help?
If your student is sick (fever over 100° F, cough, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea), please keep them home until they have been symptom free for 72 hours. Call your doctor if you are concerned about your student’s symptoms.
Families who are keeping students home sick from school should call their student’s school attendance offices to excuse the absence.
Normal school procedures apply for students to make up school work from absences. See student handbooks for more information.
Alcohol-based (over 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer may be sent to school with students.
Do not attend extracurricular events when sick.
What should I do if my child is medically vulnerable?
Please consult your provider about your child’s specific medical concerns. As with any flu season, also keep a watch on community and school communications to monitor disease progression in the population. Districts will do our best to keep our schools clean, and encourage good infection prevention behaviors: frequent handwashing, refrain from touching the face, cover coughs and sneezes, disinfect frequently touched surfaces.