Coronavirus Protocols

Hillside 2021 Covid-19 Protocols for In-person Learning:

We are very much looking forward to having many of our students join us on campus starting Tuesday, April 20. Others will continue to join us online in hybrid classes. We will do our best to continue to support all our students, whether physically present or online. We are grateful for your continued partnership to help us ensure that Hillside can reopen safely. In this email, you will find all of the information you need for a successful first day back, including the schedule, check-in times and policies, and recommended items to bring.


Out of State Travel
We ask families who recently traveled out of state to quarantine themselves from school and school-related events (including this one) for 7 days followed by a negative COVID test.

Check-in Times & Procedures
Every morning before school, Hillside staff will be waiting on 159th Place SE (the neighborhood road that leads into the school) to conduct symptom and temperature checks. We ask parents to please wait as your child receives their symptom/temp check in the rare case a student must be sent home (i.e., if they have a fever or are exhibiting symptoms of Covid). Please do not attend if you are showing any symptoms or have recently been exposed to COVID.

To speed up the check-in process, we ask parents to complete an in-home symptom check every morning by asking your child the following questions:


1. Do you have a cough or sore throat?

2. Do you have a fever over 101/ chills?

3. Do you have aches all over? headache?

4. Do you have shortness of breath?

5. Do you have nasal congestion? (stuffy or runny nose)

6. Do you have diarrhea/nausea/vomiting?

7. Do you have a loss of taste and/or smell?

8. Have you or your child been recently exposed to someone with Covid-19?

 

If any of their answers are “yes,” we ask that your child please stay home. If the answers to all of our questions are “no,” we will also ask parents to wait in the car as your child receives their temp check by one of our staff members.


– Grades 9-11
Students in grades 9-11 are welcome to check in to school between 8:30 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. in preparation for a 9:00 a.m. school start time.

– Grades 5-8
Students in grades 5-8 are welcome to check in to school between 9:15 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. in preparation for a 9:45 a.m. school start time.

**Note: If you are a parent/guardian of both a 9th–11th Grade and a 5th-8th Grade student, your 5th-8th Grade student may check in during the earlier high school time and join Julie for Study Hall in the Alder Room.

Items to Bring
– Masks (required)
Students and staff must wear masks to school that are recommended by the CDC. This page (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/types-of-masks.html) has information on the types of mask that are proven to be effective. Please note that masks with exhalation valves as well as face shields are not currently recommended. Students who come to school with these types of masks will be given a disposable mask to wear.

– Hand Sanitizer (strongly encouraged)
We ask that students bring their own personal-sized hand sanitizers to school.

– Warm Clothing (optional)
To enable continuous air flow and ventilation, all classroom windows and doors will be opened during the school day. Some classes will even be held outside in our woods. Students who are particularly affected by the cold are strongly encouraged to bring warm layers such as sweaters, jackets, hats, scarves, and fingerless gloves.

Wednesday Schedule
Starting April 28th, we will return to our Community Day half days as before.

M.T.Th.F. Schedule (remains the same)

Zero Hour (Grades 9-11)
Study Hall (Grades 5-8, optional)
9:00 – 9:40

First Period (All Grades)
9:45 – 10:25

Second Period
10:30 – 11:10

Third Period
11:15 – 11:55

Lunch & P.E. will be outdoors and distanced, with no microwave use.
12:00 – 12:40

Block Period
12:40 – 2:55

All zero hour and first period class locations are listed below. To minimize exposure, some students will remain in the same room for all their classes with teachers rotating; although this is not the case for everybody. Throughout the day, teachers will help direct students to the location of their other classes.

– Zero Hour/Spanish I /Rebecca
Please report to the Stage Room.

– Zero Hour/French I/Karen
Please report to the Huckleberry Room.

– Zero Hour/Physics/Wis
Please report to the Gym.

– Zero Hour/Study Hall/Julie
Please report to the Alder Room.

– Grade 5/6 First Period/Science/Laura
Please report to the Alder Room.

– Grades 7/8 First Period/Lit/Kalan
Please report to the Fern Room (but as much as possible, class will be outside).

 

Social Distancing While on Campus :  Students and staff must keep 6 feet or more away from others.

  • Students may proceed separately to the campus after passing the check and head to the field behind the gym, unless other plans have been made.
  • Classes will be held outdoors when feasible.  Larger rooms (Gym, Huckleberry/Stage, Maple/Fern) will be used if needed. 
  • Students will eventually separate into three groups under staff supervision, either of their peers or mixed ages. 
  • Students must wash hands frequently using the correct, thorough method or use hand sanitizer.
  • Frequently touched surfaces will be regularly cleaned. 
  • Please note that to ease concerns about a plume when flushing toilets, Hillside is renting Green Latrine portable toilets with hand sanitizer for our on-campus sessions instead of the building toilets.  For now, staff and students will use them during in-person sessions. 

 

Hillside Protocols if a Case Arises

  • In general, students or staff with symptoms are sent home.  If symptoms persist, they should consult their healthcare provider and discuss whether and where to be tested for COVID-19.  For more details, see https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDcasepositive.pdf.  In consultation with the King County Health Department, Hillside will work with any such students or staff to determine next steps. 
  • If a Hillside student, staff person, or close family member tests positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with anyone testing positive for COVID-19, they must immediately contact the school
  • Upon learning of any COVID-19 exposure in the Hillside community, Hillside will immediately notify the King County Health Department.  We will work with the health department to notify staff, students, and families, and to determine next steps. 
  • If recommended by the health department, Wednesday in-person sessions will be suspended for at least 14 days after Hillside learns of a positive test.  In that case, the Wednesday schedule will be replaced with online morning check-in and an asynchronous school day (including on-going teacher office hours).  In-person Wednesdays may resume after 2 weeks without additional cases. 

 

General Advice:

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after you blow your nose.  See this video for the correct, thorough handwashing method:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seA1wbXUQTs
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands with soap and water.  Alternatively, cough or sneeze into your bent elbow. 
  • Get a flu shot.

Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system. 

 

King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center:

  • If you believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, contact the King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center: 206-477-3977 seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • For general concerns and questions about COVID-19, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.