Coronavirus Protocols

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

We are very much looking forward to having our students join us on campus starting Monday, August 30.  We will do our best to continue to support all our students. We are grateful for your continued partnership to help us ensure that Hillside can reopen safely. See the information below for a successful return, including the schedule, check-in times and policies, and recommended items to bring.

Check-in Times & Procedures
At this point, Hillside staff will no longer be conducting symptom and temperature checks. We ask parents to complete an in-home symptom check every morning before leaving for school by reviewing with 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 these questions are “no,” your child may attend. Your child should also not attend if they have recently been exposed to COVID.

– Grades 9-11
Students in grades 9-11 are welcome to arrive at school before 8:20 a.m. in preparation for the 8:20 a.m. Zero Period class time.

– Grades 5-8
Students in grades 5-8 are welcome to arrive at school before 8:20 a.m. for the 8:20 a.m. Zero Period Study Hall time (optional) OR before 9:15 a.m. in preparation for the 9:15 a.m. First Period class time. Students in grades 5-8 arriving between 8:20 and 9:10 should attend Study Hall. 

**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 Huckleberry Room.

Items to Bring
– Masks (required)
Indoors at school students and staff must wear masks that are recommended by the CDC. This page ( has information on the types of masks 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.

Monday-Friday Schedule

Zero Hour (Grades 9-11)
Study Hall (Grades 5-8, optional)
8:20 – 9:10

First Period (All Grades)
9:15 – 10:05

Second Period
10:07 – 10:57

Third Period
10:59 – 11:49

Lunch & P.E. will be outdoors and distanced, with no microwave use.
11:51– 12:41

Block Period
12:43 – 3:20 (includes break)

All zero hour and first period class locations are listed below. To minimize exposure, some students may remain in the same room for 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 Firs Room.

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

– Zero Hour/Biology/Laura
Please report to the Fern.

– Zero Hour/Study Hall (includes 8th grade Geometry)/Julie
Please report to the Cedar/Huckleberry Room. (Cedar if enrollment is low)

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

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


MTWThF Schedule

Zero Hour (Grades 9-11)

Study Hall (Grades 5-8, optional)

8:20 – 9:10

First Period (All Grades)

9:15 – 10:05

Second Period

10:07 – 10:57

Third Period

10:59 – 11:49

Lunch & P.E. will be outdoors and distanced, with no microwave use.

11:51– 12:41

Block Period

12:43 – 3:20


Social Distancing While on Campus :  Students and staff must keep 3 feet or more away from others.

  • Classes will be held outdoors when feasible.  Larger rooms (Gym, Huckleberry/Stage, Maple/Fern) will be used if needed. 
  • Students must wash hands frequently using the correct, thorough method or use hand sanitizer.
  • Frequently touched surfaces will be regularly cleaned. 

Hillside Protocols if a Case Arises

  • In general, students or staff with symptoms aresent 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  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, in-person sessions will be suspendedfor at least 14 days after Hillside learns of a positive test.  In that case, the in-person schedule will be replaced with online classes. Adjustments to the school day will be made as necessary.  In-person classes may resume after 2 weeks without additional cases. 

General Advice:

  • Get fully vaccinated.
  • 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:
  • 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. 
  • 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.