Return to the Ridge


A guide to in-person learning on the Forest Ridge campus

 

Forest Ridge is committed to delivering a dynamic and engaging program that is safe for all members of our community.

 

Our guiding principles in planning for our Return to the Ridge are:
  • A commitment to providing a holistic and enriching school program that reflects the 5 goals of Sacred Heart education.
  • A responsibility to provide a safe and healthy experience for our students, faculty, staff and families.
  • Attention to community as we strive to foster a sense of belonging for all students.
  • Flexibility to move seamlessly between scenarios as needed.


Health and Safety Practices

Our Leadership Team has adopted a multi-layered approach to mitigation, implementing several strategies together at once, as we plan for the 2021-2022 School Year. We will operate with the following practices to care for the health and well-being of our community. Our health and safety practices have been influenced by the recommendations of the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health.  If you have questions, please contact our COVID-19 Site Coordinator, Melissa Jones, at mjones@forestridge.org.

Family Responsibility

All members of the Forest Ridge community have a shared responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In conjunction with public health experts, the state has issued general distance and health and safety protocols, which are intended to reduce transmission. It is critical that everyone follows these guidelines and does their part to keep others healthy.

Health and Safety Policies & Guidelines

Please note, this is not a full list of COVID-19 policies and guidelines, but is meant to be a helpful tool for families to quickly access key information.

  • Daily Health Screening: Parents and guardians should screen their student daily for symptoms of COVID-19. However, you are no longer required to complete the Magnus Health screening app and students will not be screened upon arrival to campus.
  • Travel Policy: Forest Ridge will continue to enforce the CDC’s travel guidance for our faculty, staff and students. Currently, this guidance includes different quarantine requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
    • Unvaccinated individuals who travel outside of Washington State must: 
      • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
        Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
        • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
      • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
        • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
        • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Fully vaccinated individuals who travel outside of Washington State are not required to quarantine post-travel provided they are not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Visitors to Campus: To minimize our students’ exposure to COVID-19, the Forest Ridge campus will only be accessible to visitors via invitation. As such, campus will not be entirely closed, but non-essential visitors, including parents/guardians and families, will only be allowed on campus if invited by a member of our faculty or staff for an event or individual meeting. If a parent, guardian or family member must come to campus for a non-scheduled visit (to drop off materials, pick up a student, etc.), s/he should call reception for instructions before entering campus. All visitors must check in at the Sacred Heart Center for a health screening and to receive a visitor badge. Forest Ridge reserves the right to deny entrance to campus to anyone who is exhibiting signs of COVID-19. At this time, regardless of vaccination status, visitors to campus will be required to wear masks indoors.
  • Stay Home if Sick: While Forest Ridge will no longer require students to complete a daily health screening before their arrival to school, it is critical that students and faculty/staff exhibiting any signs of illness stay home, even if symptoms are not believed to be related to COVID-19. Parents/guardians should report illness to Bobbi LaBoy (MS) or Teri Anderson (HS) and provide updates if the symptoms persist or change. Any student who has a fever will be required to remain at home until she is fever-free for 72 hours without the use of medication. Forest Ridge has adopted this framework for determining when you may bring your student(s) to campus, when you should keep your student(s) away from campus and the appropriate next steps. 

 

  • Illness at School: If a student develops symptoms at school, the student will be isolated in a designated room and parents/guardians will be called for immediate pickup. When you arrive to campus to pick-up a sick student, please call 425-641-0700 to receive further instructions about where to meet your student.  
  • Communicate if Exposed: It is critical that if your student or someone in your household is diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19, you contact your medical professional and the appropriate health agencies. In addition, parents/guardians must contact Melissa Jones, our COVID-19 Site Coordinator, to report the incident and/or determine next steps. Our ability to appropriately contact trace, eliminating the risk of an outbreak, relies on our families’ compliance with this procedure. Your student’s and family’s identity will remain confidential.
    • If you’ve been fully vaccinated and have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.
    • If you are NOT fully vaccinated and have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact and must still quarantine even if you test negative.
  • Indoor Mask Requirements: Following the updated mandate from the DOH, all school personnel, volunteers, visitors, and students must wear cloth face coverings, or an acceptable alternative (e.g., surgical mask or clear face shield with a drape), at school when indoors regardless of their vaccination status. Staff who are verified to be fully vaccinated may be indoors without masks when students are not present or expected to be present. While universal masking is currently required of all students and staff, there is the possibility in the future that fully vaccinated people may no longer be required to wear masks indoors. Parents of unvaccinated children should be prepared for this possibility, in which some students will be required to be masked while others will not be.
  • Outdoor Mask Requirements: Per the State of Washington’s Mask Order, face coverings are not required outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. However, we support an individual’s choice to wear a mask outdoors even when not required. In addition, masks are strongly recommended for unvaccinated individuals when outdoors in crowded spaces (cannot maintain 6 feet of distance) or when in close contact outdoors with people from outside their household for a sustained period of time, as the risk of COVID-19 infection increases with the duration and closeness of contact between individuals. Forest Ridge reserves the right to ask unvaccinated individuals to wear masks outdoors when in such circumstances or if we deem it best for the safety of our community. 
  • Physical Distancing Practices: In accordance with the recent Washington State Department of Health update, Forest Ridge will continue to require a 3-foot distance between students when in a classroom and during times when masks cannot be worn, such as eating lunch. We will maximize opportunities to increase physical space to the degree possible during lunch, eating and common areas outside of classrooms. During exercise, singing, cheering or shouting, we will move outside or to large, well-ventilated spaces when possible.
  • Hand Hygiene: Increased attention to hand hygiene is an important mitigation strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19. Students should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water frequently throughout the day. In addition, they should use hand sanitizer to clean their hands upon entering new spaces. Faculty, staff and students will be required to “gel in and gel out” of all classroom spaces upon arrival and dismissal from class.
  • Ventilation: Good ventilation and indoor air quality are important in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19. As a result, Forest Ridge made significant updates to our HVAC systems including the addition of hospital grade MERV 13 filters and ionizers. In addition, we will continue to use our outdoor spaces throughout the school day whenever possible and we will continue to open windows regardless of the weather. Students will be required to wear the Forest Ridge uniform this year, so it is important to have the appropriate uniform layers for comfortable outdoor learning.
  • Bus Procedures: Every student riding the bus is required to wear a mask for the entire ride, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Vaccination Policy: Vaccination is the most effective mitigation strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, in accordance with the Washington State Department of Health vaccine guidance, Forest Ridge strongly encourages all our eligible students (currently those age 12 and older), and their eligible family members, to get fully vaccinated as we enter the 2021-2022 school year. You are considered fully vaccinated:
    • Two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series (PfizerBioNTech or Moderna) or
    • Two weeks after you have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen)
  • Vaccination Verification Policy: Forest Ridge must verify the vaccination status of every member of our faculty/staff and student body. Doing so will allow us to implement the proper quarantine requirements for students post travel and/or exposure. Parents/guardians must indicate their student(s)’s vaccination status by completing this form.  Proof of vaccination must be submitted to Melissa Jones, COVID-19 Site Coordinator, via email before the start of the school year. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes:
    • CDC vaccination card which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date(s) administered, or
    • A photo of the vaccination card.
    • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider with the information listed above.
    • State immunization information system record with the information listed above.
    • Other school immunization record system that provides the information above

Please note that any student whose vaccination status is not recorded with the School will be treated as an unvaccinated student when enforcing health and safety protocols.