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What You Need to Know

Dear families,

We are so excited to welcome our students back into our school buildings! In-person learning will look very different this year, however, we know students, staff, and families will adjust and continue to follow all the health and safety guidelines.

Below are some key topics to discuss and go over with your student prior to coming back into one of our school buildings. We also encourage you to click on the various video links below and watch them with your student. 

Independent learning days (asynchronous): April 15-16

Please note Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16 will be independent learning days (asynchronous) to provide time for teachers to set up their classrooms. Stage 4 begins the week of April 19.


Attendance will be taken each school day for our 7th-12th grade students. Students will be marked present by:

  • Attending in-person as part of their hybrid schedule -or-
  • Attending class remotely via Zoom.

If students do not attend via Zoom or in-person, they will be marked absent. On Wednesdays, which will continue to be independent learning days (asynchronous), students are expected to log into Canvas and complete activities and assignments provided by their teachers. 

Social distancing
Students will need to practice social distancing as much as possible, which means staying far apart from other students while in line for the bus, on the bus, in class and at lunch. 

Hand-washing - WATCH: Click here
Hand-washing and hand sanitizer will be a big part of your student’s day. We encourage you and your student to click the link above to watch and learn the proper hand-washing protocols for in-person learning.

Mask wearing - WATCH: Click here
It is important to get your student used to wearing a mask, as masks are required for attending school. Mask breaks will be given throughout the in-person learning day.

Wearing a mask takes practice. To get your child used to mask-wearing and mask care habits, it is important to start practicing at home and complement your child when they get it right. Click on the link above to watch a helpful video about mask wearing.

More information on mask wearing recommendations:

  • Masks should include multiple layers of fabric and allow the child to breathe freely.
  • We recommend your child wears a freshly-washed mask to school each day, and carries at least one or two clean back-up masks. 
  • Students may need several masks each day, as once it gets wet or dirty it’s no longer considered effective. 
  • It is also important for your student to carry their extra masks in a clean bag or container. They should also have a bag or container for their used masks. Be sure to label the bags or containers appropriately so that staff may assist the student if needed. 
  • Masks should fit snug on the face, completely cover the student’s nose and mouth, and extend down to the chin.
  • Kids may be more open to wearing masks they choose themselves. 
  • For children who find masks with ear loops uncomfortable, provide them with masks that can be secured with ties.
  • Reusable masks should be permanently labeled with your student’s name to avoid mask mix-ups.
  • If your child wears glasses, a mask may cause the glasses to fog. Using small pieces of gentle surgical tape across the top of the mask can help to prevent this.
  • Remind students to never touch the mask of another student or adult.
  • Encourage your child not to touch the front of their own masks, but if they do, to wash or sanitize their hands right away

Digital Daily Health Check Attestation
Families will also have to fill out a digital daily health check attestation form. Before filling it out each school day (remote and in-person days), carefully check your student’s health for symptoms of COVID-19. Students experiencing symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not be able to attend school. 

Getting to school - WATCH: Click here
Getting to school will look different than it did before the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools will share their specific plans for bus and car drop off and pick up protocols with their families. We encourage you to click on the link above to watch a video that walks you and your child through the process for getting to school.

Have a family/caretaker plan
If your student begins to feel ill at school, you must have a plan to pick up your child from school as quickly as possible. Families should also have a stay-at-home plan in the instance your student is not well and cannot attend in-person learning, or if your school is temporarily closed. 

Go over the family plan and school expectations with your child so they know what is expected of them. 

See you soon!
We look forward to welcoming more of our students and staff back into our schools!

-Edmonds School District

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