A guide to reopening the Forest Ridge campus


Forest Ridge is committed to delivering a dynamic and engaging program that is safe for all members of our community. As we look to the reopening of our campus for the 2020-2021 school year, we will need to remain nimble, collaborative and creative as we adapt to circumstances that are beyond our control.

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.
This plan will continue to evolve, driven by the latest science surrounding COVID-19, and represents our current thinking as we look toward reopening for the 2020-2021 school year.
Through our reopening plan we will:
  1. Create a culture of safety, camaraderie and accountability for all members of the Forest Ridge community.
  2. Implement personal health and safety practices and protocols.
  3. Make health safety changes to physical spaces.
  4. Advance our Sacred Heart Mission in a safe and responsible way.
  5. Make health safety revisions to auxiliary programs. 

Click to read the full Return to the Ridge plan

Protect Forest Ridge Pledge

All members of the Forest Ridge community have a shared responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With this in mind, we ask each member of our community to be mindful of the health and safety of our entire community when making decisions on and off campus. In conjunction with public health experts, the state has issued general distance, health and safety protocols that are intended to reduce infection. It is critical that everyone follows these guidelines and does their part to keep others healthy. In addition, we expect all faculty, staff, students and families to commit to the safety and health of our community by following the guidelines previously articulated in our Return to the Ridge plan.

As a member of the Forest Ridge community, I will:
  • Limit the number and size of my social circles;
  • Exercise caution and care in off-campus activities, including wearing masks, physically distancing, handwashing and following all recommended safeguards;
  • Comply with the immunization requirements set by the state of Washington and ensure my medical records are up to date with Forest Ridge before returning to campus;
  • Stay home if I, or anyone in my family, is showing symptoms of illness, feels sick, has a fever or has potentially been exposed to any individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who has symptoms of COVID-19. In this case, I, or someone in my family, will contact Melissa Jones (mjones@forestridge.org), Forest Ridge’s COVID-site Coordinator to discuss next steps before returning to campus;
  • Adhere to Forest Ridge’s symptom screening protocols before entering campus;
  • Practice Forest Ridge’s critical personal safety practices including wearing face masks on campus, enhanced hand hygiene practices, adhering to safe physical distancing practices and following all safety instructions and signage on campus;
  • Avoid unnecessary travel. If my family must travel, we will contact Melissa Jones (mjones@forestridge.org), Forest Ridge’s COVID-site Coordinator to discuss next steps before returning to campus.

The home-school partnership is critical to maintaining the health and safety of our community. We will be partnering with families to ensure health protocols are followed throughout the year. The effectiveness of our efforts depends heavily on our students, faculty, staff and families minimizing the risk of spread by following the guidelines and directives of state and local government and public health officials while not on campus. Together, we will work to keep our community healthy and safe.