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.
COVID-19 Monitoring & Campus Re-Opening Status
Updated April 12: We are thrilled to announce that beginning on Monday, April 26, we will welcome all grades back to campus for in-person learning every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Fridays will remain asynchronous workdays. This means that we will no longer follow a rotating schedule for on-campus learning. Rather, every Forest Ridge student will have the option to come to campus for in-person learning four days per week. Before Monday, April 26, please read the updated Return to the Ridge Resource Guide.
Updated January 6: Based on Governor Inslee's and the Washington State Department of Health's updated the guidance for reopening schools, Forest Ridge will begin to phase students back to campus at the beginning of the second semester, starting with the 5th and 6th grades. All return to campus decisions are tied to COVID-19 data and are therefore subject to change.
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:
- Create a culture of safety, camaraderie and accountability for all members of the Forest Ridge community.
- Implement personal health and safety practices and protocols.
- Make health safety changes to physical spaces.
- Advance our Sacred Heart Mission in a safe and responsible way.
- Make health safety revisions to auxiliary programs.
Forest Ridge’s on-campus learning plans will continue to follow the guidance of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) framework for in-person learning. This framework includes guidance for instructional modality as well as health and safety practices for on-campus learning. We will continue to review and adapt our plans in light of updated guidance for the DOH.
Return to the Ridge Family Reopening Checklist
All members of the Forest Ridge community have a shared responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Forest Ridge will work with parents and guardians to ensure that our community remains healthy and safe as we begin to phase in on-campus instruction. Please review the expectations for students and families on this page and ensure they are completed before your student(s)’s return to campus date.
- Read the April 21 in-person learning update emailed to all parents and guardians.
- Please read the updated Return to the Ridge Resource Guide, outlining the updated safety protocols and expectations for the return to campus. This version has been condensed and updated from the full versions below:
- Ensure your student is in compliance with the school's travel, gathering and quarantine policies.
- Limit your social interactions and follow the gathering restrictions in Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington: Road Map to Recovery.
- Update your student(s)’s medical information in the Magnus Student Health Portal.
- Download the Magnus Health app on your or your student(s)’s mobile device and participate in our daily screening protocols by logging your student(s)’s temperature and health symptoms.
- Read, sign and return the Protect Forest Ridge Pledge to the Middle School Director of Operations, Bobbi LaBoy. If you cannot agree to the expectations outlined in the Protect Forest Ridge Pledge, please make arrangements for your student(s) to continue to learn from home and contact Kathi Hand, School Principal, to notify her of your decision.
- Ensure your student(s) has proper attire for outdoor learning. Wearing layers will allow students to be comfortable both indoors and outdoors throughout the day.
- Ensure your student has a working laptop, charger and headphones.
- If your student is not purchasing food for lunch from the FRidge, please pack your student a lunch that does not need refrigeration or microwave use. Ensure she has a reusable water bottle.
- Contact Melissa Jones, Forest Ridge’s COVID-19 Site Coordinator, with any questions or for information regarding travel.
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 successful reopening of our campus. As we begin to phase students back to campus, we will operate with the following practices to care for the health and well-being of our community. If you have questions regarding any of our health and safety practices, contact our COVID-19 Site Coordinator, Melissa Jones at email@example.com.
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, 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.
We, of course, expect that everyone will be honest about their adherence to the school’s safety protocols. To do otherwise would compromise the safety of the school community and violate our Protect Forest Ridge Pledge. The school will handle dishonesty seriously and may result in removal from on-campus learning if deemed necessary.
- Family’s Role: Our families play a vital role in ensuring we keep our community safe. Not only do we rely on your partnership to assure that our health and safety practices are being followed by our students, but the effectiveness of our efforts also relies heavily upon your willingness to follow the guidelines and directives of the state and local government and health officials. These include wearing face coverings when in public or at small social gatherings; maintaining at least six feet of distance when in contact with people outside of your household; limiting social interactions as much as possible when outside of school; avoiding large gatherings and unnecessary travel; and monitoring your own health symptoms, staying home when you are sick and following all quarantine rules outlined by the school. The successful reopening of campus requires a continued partnership between home and school and shared responsibility for the safety and well-being of our community.
- Travel Policy: Updated March 22, 2021. As of Friday, March 19, Governor Inslee rescinded the state travel advisory to align with CDC travel guidance. Because we have been following Governor Inslee’s and the King County Department of Health’s guidance to make school reopening decisions, we have decided to amend our travel policies to align with the new recommendations. The CDC guidance states:
Travelers must be tested 3-5 days after your trip/travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative.
If you choose not to get tested after traveling, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
If you are in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 during your travel, you will still need to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Given these new guidelines it is imperative you let me know the dates when your daughters are traveling, and that you provide documentation of a negative test if you choose that option. You can do this either by completing this online form or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Gathering Policy: Families should limit their social interaction outside of school and refrain from participation in large gatherings where they will be at a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission. It is imperative that families follow the gathering restrictions outlined in Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington: Road Map to Recovery. Any student who violates the gathering restrictions detailed in Governor Inslee’s plan will be required to quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. Please click here for information on safe gatherings from the Washington State Department of Health.
- Medical Records: Before students return to campus, all of the following medical information must be completed and updated on the Magnus Student Health Portal or submitted to Bobbi LaBoy, Director of Middle School Operations: Vital Health Record, School Physical Exam Form, Activity Athletics Release, Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Awareness, and Immunization Form.
- Flu Vaccination: To keep our community healthy, faculty, staff and students will be required to stay home if they are exhibiting any symptoms of illness. As such, Forest Ridge highly recommends that all members of the school community receive a flu vaccination before returning to campus.
- Closed Campus: For the time being, the Forest Ridge campus will remain closed to anyone who is not a student or employee of the school. Non-essential visitors, including parents/guardians and families, are only allowed on campus at this time by invitation only. Parents/guardians should conduct all school-related business via phone, email or video conferencing.
Reporting and Screening: On on-campus learning days, all families/guardians will be expected to conduct the Magnus Mobile Screening App COVID-19 daily health screening for their students. The screening will require taking your student’s temperature and answering questions from a brief health survey. Temperatures and answers to the survey must be entered into the app and shown to Forest Ridge screening attendant upon arrival to campus. Forest Ridge reserves the right to ask any student who has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher or who is exhibiting concerning symptoms to stay or return home.
Stay Home if Sick: 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 the illness to Bobbi LaBoy, the Director of Middle School Operations and provide updates if the symptoms persist or change. The student(s) should attend classes digitally if able to do so. 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. If a teacher becomes ill s/he will teach remotely from home if s/he is able to do so. Please note that in-person instruction may be adjusted to digital instruction for that teacher’s classes when deemed necessary due to faculty illness or exposure.
Communicate if Exposed: It is critical that if your student, or someone in your household, is diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 that you contact your medical professional and the appropriate health agencies. In addition, parents/guardians should contact Melissa Jones, our COVID-19 Site Coordinator, to report the incident and/or determine next steps. This information will remain confidential. See chart below for more guidelines.
Face Coverings: All members of the Forest Ridge community will be required to wear face masks while on campus, whether indoors or outdoors. Students are welcome to wear face shields in addition face masks, but not in replace of face masks. Students should bring an extra face mask to school with them to change after lunch. Reusable face coverings need to be laundered regularly. Face shields should be disinfected daily. Extra masks will be available for students if needed.
Physical Distancing Practices: Forest Ridge will adhere to the CDC’s physical distancing guidelines, creating at least 3 feet of space between students in a classroom, 6 feet of space between students in other campus spaces and 6 feet of space between students and teachersas much as possible throughout the day. Campus spaces have been reconfigured to allow for distancing requirements in classrooms and other shared spaces and new protocols have been developed to ensure at least 6 feet of distance remains between students/faculty during transitions and other times when there is movement throughout campus. Students will be expected to follow the distancing guidelines while on campus, whether indoors or outdoors.
Student Cohorts: While cohorting students indoors is an important strategy of our mitigation plan, we have decided to lessen the restrictions of cohorting while students are outside. Therefore, after spring break, we will begin to allow different cohorts from the same grade to interact when outdoors at break and lunch. This will give students an opportunity to socialize with classmates outside of their cohorts while on campus. Masking and 6-foot distancing requirements will remain in place.
Personal Items: Students will not be allowed to store books, backpacks, laptops, or personal items at school. All student possessions must remain with the students while they are on campus during the school day and must return home with them each afternoon. Students will not share school supplies with one another. Lockers will not be available for student use. Student lounges will be closed for student use.
- Hand Hygiene Practices: Forest Ridge will implement practices and procedures that promote frequent hand washing and sanitizing. Forest Ridge has added hand sanitizing stations throughout campus, including at the entrance of each building and each classroom. Students and faculty will be required to use hand sanitizer before entering or leaving each classroom or occupied space.
- Enhanced Cleaning: Forest Ridge will enhance its daily cleaning and disinfecting practices in all used spaces. The School will use electrostatic disinfectant sprayers to ensure all shared spaces are disinfected routinely by janitorial staff. Each classroom will also be equipped with disinfectant spray to ensure spaces and items are wiped down regularly. Students may be asked to wipe down their own desks during the school day.
The Public Health Seattle and King County has issued guidelines for families to determine when it is appropriate to permit their student(s) to return to campus. 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.
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:
- Adhere to the gathering restrictions outlined in Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington: Road Map to Recovery. If for any reason I violate the gathering restrictions detailed in Governor Inslee’s plan I will quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.
- Avoid unnecessary travel. If I travel outside of Washington State, I will follow the school's travel and quarantine procedures as outlined above.
- 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 (email@example.com), Forest Ridge's COVID-19 Site Coordinator, to discuss next steps before returning to campus.
- 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.
- 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.
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.