Learning While Staying Healthy & Safe in 2021–2022
 
A Message From the Head of School
 
The following information is provided to explain and clarify FASPS’s response to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic with respect to a limited number of topics (see bottom). We continue to follow and learn from what’s happening locally, nationally, and internationally with respect to new variants of the virus, updated health and safety guidelines, vaccine developments, and more. The foundation of all of our planning will continue to be the health and safety of our students, of our faculty and staff, and of our community in 2021–2022. Close behind our commitment to health and safety has been and will continue to be our commitment to providing our harmonized, bilingual program. These two commitments have underpinned and informed every planning decision we have considered and made since the start of this pandemic, and they will continue to do so in the 2021–2022 school year. We are committed to working together as a community, and we will continue to depend on your commitment to this community, for it is as a community that we will weather this storm, coming out stronger than we have ever been by the time it has passed.
 
Our Primary Goals & Guiding Principles Are the Following:
 
  1. Mitigate risk and prevent the spread of virus to the best of our ability in order to ensure a learning environment that is as safe and healthy as possible for our students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Offer our harmonized, bilingual program through in-person learning whenever possible, understanding that some aspects may look different, but that our students will continue to benefit from the excellence of our program.
  3. Support our students’ social and emotional learning by adapting and strengthening our program with the partnership of our families.
Our Community’s Commitment, Each to One Another
 
To keep our community as healthy and safe as possible, we will continue with certain changes to our physical spaces, protocols, policies, and procedures, while modifying others, and eliminating some. Maintaining a healthy campus environment is a collective effort that will take the vigilance, cooperation, and commitment of our entire community both on and off campus. We must all commit to:
 
  • staying home when sick
  • wearing face coverings whether vaccinated or not
  • maintaining physical distancing when able
  • frequently washing our hands
  • cleaning and sanitizing surfaces regularly
  • avoiding touching our eyes, nose, and mouths
  • covering our coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues that we immediately throw away
  • avoiding as much physical contact as possible
  • avoiding gathering in groups when physical distancing is not possible
It is imperative that we partner together to ensure students limit their exposure both during the school day and while off campus in order to mitigate the spread of disease.
 
The information here, which we will update as necessary, is not meant to be an exhaustive or definitive look at the coming school year. Instead, our hope and desire is that it will give our community the clarity and direction we all need to drive us forward with a renewed sense of confidence and self-assuredness. Please read this information closely (together with your students if you are a parent) and continue to send us your questions and concerns.
 
Thank you, and warm regards,
 
Eric Thuau
Head of School
 

Topics:

List of 58 frequently asked questions.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodations for students and employees who cannot return physically to campus for medical reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If an accommodation is granted, a plan will need to be structured with FASPS. Accommodations will not be made for reasons of personal convenience.
     
    Parents are urged to schedule medical and dental appointments outside of school hours, and not to schedule vacation trips when school is in session.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Athletics Program

    FASPS will not be ready to resume our Athletics program in the fall of 2021 (i.e., no soccer and no cross country), but we will revisit this decision as the school year progresses.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Before Leaving Home to Come to Campus

    All employees, parents, and students are required to check their temperatures at home before coming to campus. If an individual has a fever of 100°F / 38°C or higher, that person must not come to campus. Everyone’s temperature will be checked again either before entering the school building or, for students, in the classrooms. Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school if the child has covid-19 symptoms (see “Covid-19 Symptoms), or is lab-confirmed with covid-19, or has been in close contact with someone who is lab-confirmed covid-19 positive. Anyone in a household who has been notified by the Department of Health that they were in contact with an individual infected with covid-19 must notify FASPS as soon as possible. Based on the circumstance, the family may be asked to keep their student home from school for seven days with a PCR test, or for 14 days without a PCR test. During this time, the student will be able to attend classes remotely (see “Remote Learning”).
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Birthdays

    During the covid-19 pandemic, refreshments and treats will be allowed at school as long as all health and safety measures are respected (e.g., covid-19 physical distancing, peanut policy, etc.).
     
    (Last Updated October 7, 2021)
  • Bus Service

    We will have bus service to Seattle and to the Eastside, following school physical distancing and class mixing protocols. Students who ride the bus will have their temperatures taken before boarding the bus and again when they enter their classrooms. If you have any questions, please email FASPSBus@FASPS.org.
     
    (Last Updated: October 21, 2021)
  • Campus Closures

    FASPS will abide by all government school closure mandates. FASPS may need to close its campus or parts of its campus should we have confirmed cases of covid-19 or should we have a shortage of faculty and staff due to covid-19 or other illness. There may be scenarios where, though we are not mandated to close, we may choose to close based on internal and/or external health indicators.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Campus Visitors

    Nonessential visitors will not be allowed on campus until further notice. All essential visitors will need to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021 (or be able to provide a medical or religious exemption), and will need to arrange all approved visits with administrative staff responsible for campus safety or their designee. If permission is granted, visitors must follow all health screening and safety requirements and be accompanied by a staff member for the duration of their time on campus. All visitors who are allowed on campus will be screened to determine if they have covid-19 symptoms, are lab-confirmed with covid-19, or have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with covid-19.
     
    (Last Updated: October 7, 2021)
  • Carpooling

    If students from different classes / households carpool, we ask that they follow the same health and safety guidelines that we use for our bus service (windows open for ventilation and face coverings worn at all times).
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Classrooms

    FASPS will follow, at a minimum, DCYF, OSPI, and CDC guidance with respect to physical distancing within classrooms, i.e., setting up each classroom with desks and workstations three feet apart whenever possible.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Class Sizes (i.e., Students per Classroom)

    Class sizes will return to pre-pandemic levels in 2021–2022, i.e., up to 14 students in Tiny YPK, up to 20 students in YPK – Grade 2, and up to 23 students in Grade 3 and above.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Cleaning for Health

    According to the Washington State Department of Health, “cleaning” removes dirt and most germs (“In the classroom, cleaning is the focus”), “sanitizing” reduces germs to safe levels, and “disinfecting” kills most germs, depending on the type of chemical, and only when used as directed on the label. FASPS’s cleaning protocols are followed by our faculty and staff, by our nightly cleaning crew, and by our daily porter cleaning crew.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Close Contact

    According to the CDC, a close contact is “someone who was within six feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from two days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.
     
    FASPS will consider all members of a classroom (as well as bus and after-school programming) as close contacts.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Common Areas

    Common areas are any spaces used by more than one group of students or more than three employees at any time (hallways, restrooms, shared rooms that are not your assigned classroom, kitchens, etc.). Common areas will be limited with respect to use to the maximum extent possible.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Community Events

    Though we will endeavor to resume parent meetings, socials, etc., on campus in 2021–2022, we will give priority to student needs. That said, we may be able to rent space at the JCC or at another location where parents might be able to meet. If parents are able to meet in person, we will ask that parents not mix with students.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Covid-19 Case on Campus

    If a student shows any symptoms of covid-19 while on campus (see “Covid-19 Symptoms”), classroom faculty or staff will contact health staff, who will come to the classroom and take the student to the health room. Health staff will contact the student’s parents and ask them to come pick up their child. Parents of the student will be informed of what they need to do, and parents of the student’s class will be informed by email and phone / text of any action they need to take. FASPS’s covid-19 site coordinator will initiate the appropriate contact tracing procedures.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Covid-19 Site Coordinator

    If a student or a member of your household tests positive for covid-19, a parent or guardian must notify FASPS as soon as possible by contacting Victoria Paolacci-Mellor, FASPS’s covid-19 site coordinator, at VictoriaP@FASPS.org. This information will remain confidential and will allow FASPS to engage in effective contact tracing procedures to limit possible infection of others.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Covid-19 Symptoms

    Individuals with covid-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with the following symptoms may have covid-19 (click here):
     
    • fever of 100°F / 38°C or higher
    • chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • fatigue
    • muscle or body aches
    • headache
    • new loss of taste or smell
    • sore throat
    • congestion or runny nose
    • nausea or vomiting
    • diarrhea
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Covid-19 Testing

    With respect to the fall and 2021–2022 school year, we intend to continue testing to some extent until vaccine becomes available to all students and/or infection rates in the community are no longer high. FASPS’s Testing Surveillance Program will continue to be mandatory for all on-campus students and employees at the frequency set based on the situation and the school’s discretion.
     
    PLEASE NOTE: Any individuals unable to participate in FASPS's Covid-19 Testing Surveillance Program will need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken not sooner than 72 hours before returning to campus. Click here for “How to Get Tested for Covid-19” information from UW Medicine.
     
    (Last Updated: October 21, 2021)
  • Daily Health Checks

    • FASPS will check all employees’ temperatures upon arrival, except on weekends.
    • K–8 parents will not be allowed inside the school building at drop-off or pick-up unless the visit is pre-approved.
    • Students who ride the bus will have their temperatures taken before boarding the bus and again when they enter their classrooms.
    • Faculty will check K–8 students’ temperatures in the classrooms at the beginning of the school day.
    • Students who are late will have their temperatures checked at the front door (not in the classrooms).
    • A FASPS employee will check preschool parents’ and students’ temperatures before they enter the building.
    • FASPS will continue to monitor students, faculty, staff, and visitors for symptoms of covid-19 and will follow the DOH’s protocols for responding to someone who shows symptoms of covid-19.
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Distance-learning Option (DLO)

    Our 2021–2022 distance-learning option (DLO) will be designed for students in Grades 1–8 who cannot physically be on campus, primarily for medical reasons. Because we needed to plan for this option well in advance by allocating the needed resources, we asked parents to commit to this option by July 9, 2021 (click here), and through December 17, 2021, or until their student is eligible to be vaccinated and is fully vaccinated. DLO students may be combined with DLO students from another grade or grades, and this may require a faculty change. We may need to shuffle distance-learning arrangements as the school year progresses.
     
    At the Middle School, for absences of five (5) days or more, an absence plan will be provided with the support of the student advisor and dean of students as necessary. For short-term absences, students may consult the Teams Assignment Center or reach out to their teachers directly via email.
     
    (Last Updated: August 20, 2021)
  • Drop-off & Pick-up

    Parents should only be on campus to drop off and pick up their student(s) and may not deviate from the designated path while on campus. Parents must limit the time spent on campus when picking up and dropping off students. Parents should limit the number of people dropping off and picking up students; we recommend the same person drop off and pick up as much as possible. Drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered to avoid large groups arriving at the same time (see below). Preschool parents will continue to escort their children to their classrooms (per DCYF) while adhering to our health screening protocols. Specific drop-off and pick-up protocols will be communicated before the start of school.
     
    Parents are asked not to plan any after-school activities that begin before the end of the school day.
     
    Drop-off & Pick-up Schedules
     
    Tiny YPK – PK Students:
    • Paid Garderie: 7:45–8:15am
    • Morning Drop-off: 8:15–8:45am
    • School Day Starts: 8:45am
    • School Day Ends: 3:00pm
    • Afternoon Pick-up: 3:00–3:30pm
    • Paid Garderie: 3:30–5:00pm
    Kindergarten – Grade 5 Students:
    • Morning Drop-off: 8:00–8:30am
    • School Day Starts: 8:30am
    • School Day Ends: 3:15pm
    • Afternoon Pick-up: 3:15–3:45pm
    • Paid Extended Day: 3:30–5:00pm
    Grade 6–8 Students:
    • Morning Drop-off: 7:45–8:10am
    • First Class Starts: 8:15am
    • Last Class Ends: 3:45pm
    • Afternoon Pick-up: 3:45–4:00pm
    • Paid After-school Programming: 4:00–5:15pm
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Educational Trips

    If the situation improves / is deemed satisfactory, FASPS will consider resuming our student educational trips (field trips and overnight trips). We have travel guidelines and restrictions that we will need to continue to monitor, and we will need to keep in mind the time required to plan many of these trips. If we can make it happen, we would love to see our trips resume.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Enrichment Classes

    We will welcome some of our Enrichment class vendors back onto campus in 2021–2022. That said, our Enrichment program will look very different from how it looked before the pandemic. We will do what we can to minimize students from different classes crossing. Additionally, we may need to reduce Enrichment class sizes.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Face Coverings

    FASPS will until further notice continue to require that all students and employees (all campus visitors) wear face coverings while on campus, whether vaccinated or not. The CDC’s guidance related to face coverings for vaccinated individuals released on May 13, 2021, does not apply to school settings given that children under 12 are not yet eligible for the covid-19 vaccine. We may revisit this policy as vaccinations continue to be made available to younger students.
     
    On-campus students, employees, and visitors will be required to wear either a KN95 mask or a mask with two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric, or a cloth mask on top of a surgical mask. Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth, should fit snugly against the sides of the face, should not have gaps, and should have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.
     
    Cloth face coverings must be laundered daily. Students should bring two face coverings each day and have them labeled with their name. If a student loses, damages, or soils his or her face coverings, we will replace them with a disposable mask provided by FASPS. Individuals are allowed to remove their face coverings during mealtimes, or in an office or a classroom alone with the door closed. Face coverings are required while engaged in recess and outdoor activities unless the individual is taking a designated “mask break” and at least six feet from any other individual. Follow the proper steps to put on and remove your face covering. Employees must wash their hands before handling their or a student’s face covering.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Face Shields

    According to the CDC, “It is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.” Face shield might be used as an alternative:
     
    • For those with a disability that prevents them from comfortably wearing or removing a face covering.
    • For those with certain respiratory conditions or trouble breathing.
    • For those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use facial and mouth movements as part of communication.
    • For those advised by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional that wearing a face covering may pose a risk to that person.
    Individuals are welcome and encouraged to wear face shields in addition to their face coverings.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Garderie (Before- and After-school Care)

    We will offer paid morning and afternoon Garderie for Tiny YPK – PK students in 2021–2022, and paid afternoon Garderie for students in K–Grade 5.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Handwashing

    Everyone must practice good hand hygiene, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds — especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol is available at each entrance and is required for everyone wishing to enter any FASPS building. In addition, hand sanitizer is available in every classroom, and students and teachers will be encouraged to use it frequently (cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry). Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Students, faculty, and staff should also wash hands or use hand sanitizer after they have touched something another person recently touched, before and after eating, and before and after using the restroom. Young students will be instructed in good handwashing techniques, and all students will be given frequent opportunities to wash their hands during the day.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Health and Safety Measures

    The following mandatory measures will still be in place in the 2021–2022 school year: face coverings for all students, staff, and campus visitors; good ventilation and indoor air quality; regular cleaning and disinfecting; reinforced proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette, and processes for responding to and reporting cases of covid-19. Physical distancing is still recommended by DOH at this time.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Health and Safety Orientation

    A compulsory health and safety orientation is scheduled for August 25 for new families, though any family is welcome to attend.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Health Room

    FASPS has converted the faculty and staff lunchroom at the Mercer Island campus into the health room. Access to the health room will depend on the situation and will be decided by health and safety staff with the assistance of the administration. When a student has regular symptoms of illness or injury, classroom faculty will contact the health staff who will come to the classroom to assess the student and check his/her temperature. Any further treatment may be done in the classroom. If any student has a fever > 100°F / 38°C or needs to go home for any other health reason, he or she will be taken to the health room, and his or her parents will be contacted.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Isolation vs. Quarantine

    “Isolation” is the separation of a sick individual with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. “Quarantine” is the separation and restriction of the movement of an individual who was exposed to a contagious disease to see if he or she becomes sick. This individual may have been exposed to a disease and not know it, or he or she may have the disease and not show symptoms.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • JCC Facilities (Stroum Jewish Community Center)

    We intend to resume PE classes at the JCC as soon as we are able to verify health and safety protocols, and we may be able to rent space at the JCC or at another location where parents might be able to meet.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Learn to Return Program

    We will continue with weekly testing of all on-campus students and employees.
     
    • For Tiny YPK — Kindergarten students, there will be no changes to what we’ve been doing, in other words, these students will receive their Mirimus covid-19 testing kits on Wednesdays, and they will need to return their saliva samples on Thursday mornings before 10:00am.
    • Students in Grades 1–8 will no longer participate in the Mirimus saliva sample testing. Instead, these students will be given a BinaxNOW shallow nasal swab test once a week, with minimal interruption to instruction time. BinaxNOW test results are available after 15 minutes. If your student’s test result is negative, they will return to class. If your student’s test result is positive, they will be put in isolation in the health room, the parents will be called, and we will conduct contact tracing interviews and follow the appropriate procedures.
    • FASPS employees will receive a weekly PCR test through Everlywell.
    (Last Updated: October 21, 2021)
  • Library

    Students will be able to check books out from the library in 2021–2022, and we will resume library activities while ensuring groups of students cross as little as possible. Other options may be made available for checking books out as well.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Lunch

    We are exploring bringing back hot lunch, but it won’t be in September. We will reevaluate as the school year progresses.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Meetings

    We will resume some in-person meetings for employees.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Multi-purpose Room (MPR)

    FASPS’s Multi-purpose Room (MPR) will not be used for meetings during school hours; instead, meetings will be held virtually. The MPR will be used by preschoolers to practice their gross motor skills, with the appropriate cleaning and ventilation between usage.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • On-campus / In-person Learning

    FASPS expects that all students will have the opportunity to attend school in-person and full-time in the 2021–2022 school year. Schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and wellbeing. Most students are more successful in a comprehensive, in-person learning environment surrounded by their peers and caring adults. In March of 2021, Governor Inslee issued an emergency order to support the mental and behavioral health of young people in Washington after seeing data showing that Washington’s young people were calling crisis hotlines and receiving urgent mental healthcare in hospitals at rates much higher than usual. Extended time in remote learning has had academic impacts on students as well. In the 2020–2021 school year, the percentage of students disengaging from school has increased significantly. We know most students learn and perform their best when they are in the classroom with their educators and peers.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Parking

    Parking on the school parking lot will be made available to our preschool families only.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Personal Belongings

    Students will be able to share materials in their classrooms, with handwashing after use, and Middle School students will be able to use lockers.
     
    Personal belongings should be kept to the bare minimum necessary. Families are encouraged to use small backpacks to limit space issues.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Physical Distancing (“Social Distancing”)

    Based on guidance from OSPI, DOH, and the CDC, we will switch from six feet to three feet of physical distancing in the fall. Space constraints with respect to physical distancing will not prevent us from welcoming students back to campus in the fall. DOH recommends three feet of physical distancing in classrooms and six feet elsewhere to the greatest extent possible. If FASPS needs to distance at less than six feet in common areas and at less than three feet in classrooms to accommodate all students and staff (allowable within DOH guidance), we will do so.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Physical Education (PE)

    We intend to resume PE classes at the JCC as soon as we are able to verify health and safety protocols.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Public Health Resources & Guidance

    FASPS follows guidelines and recommendations from the following agencies (among others): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS); Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS); Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); Public Health — Seattle & King County; Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS); Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI); Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF); Washington State Department of Health (DOH).
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Recess

    Recess will be structured to encourage physical distancing and to limit groups of students from mixing as much as possible. Students will be reminded of the need to abide by physical distancing guidelines during recess. Hand hygiene stations stocked with either soap, water, and paper towels (or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a concentration of at least 60% alcohol) are installed outside. Students will be able to use recess play structures and equipment, with handwashing after use.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Remote Learning

    FASPS may temporarily reinitiate a remote-learning option only if a student needs to self-quarantine due to covid-19-like symptoms. Every remote-learning request must be evaluated by the student’s division head in order to establish a plan at least two working days beforehand. Teachers cannot approve remote-learning requests.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Rest Days

    Our 2021–2022 school year calendar (click here for a PDF) has been finalized and includes regularly schedule rest days for students and employees.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Restrooms

    Restroom signs will be installed at the entrance to limit the number of students in the restroom at any one time, depending on the size of the restroom. In the communal preschool restrooms, certain toilets will be out of service to limit seating next to others. Preschool students will be encouraged to use in-classroom toilets.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • School-supplied Technology Devices

    We have learned a great deal about how to take advantage of technology in the classrooms for all grades in 2020–2021, and, moving forward, as the situation evolves, teachers will continue to find the right balance in the use of technology in the classroom.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Social Responsibility and Community Expectations

    As a member of the French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) community, it is our individual responsibility to adhere to the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the CDC in order to reduce the spread of the covid-19 virus within our school community. We can each reduce virus transmission by:
     
    • staying home when sick
    • wearing face coverings whether vaccinated or not
    • maintaining physical distancing whenever possible
    • washing our hands often
    • cleaning and sanitizing surfaces regularly
    • not touching our eyes, nose, or mouths with unwashed hands
    • covering our coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues that we immediately throw away
    • not congregating in large groups
    • limiting mixing with people outside our households
    • limiting nonessential travel and following CDC guidelines related to travel
     
    We know that the spread of covid-19 in our state would be significantly less if some social behavior decisions were carried out differently. As a school community, we expect everyone to do their part in adhering to these guidelines. Your decisions and comportment related to reducing the spread of the virus not only impacts you and your family, but our entire school community and beyond.
     
    Thank you for doing your part to help keep our community safe and healthy so that all children will be able to go back safely to their school campuses and receive the education they deserve.
  • Student Cohorts

    FASPS will no longer separate students into cohorts in either the Lower School or Middle School in 2021–2022, since we will switch from six feet of physical distancing in classrooms to three feet.
     
    Lower School Only: We will try to place students, as best as possible, into classes based on their need for after-school care (Garderie) to reduce students from different classes mixing.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Students of Essential Workers

    In case we need to close our campus, we will offer on-campus supervision of the children of essential workers while they participate in our Distance-learning Option, understanding that we may need to limit the number of students we are able to welcome onto campus depending on space and staffing limitations.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Students With Special Needs

    In case we need to close our campus, we will offer on-campus supervision of students with special needs while they participate in our Distance-learning Option, understanding that we may need to limit the number of students we are able to welcome onto campus depending on space and staffing limitations.
     
    FASPS defines students as having special needs if they have a 504 plan or an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) (click here). Students with special needs will be supervised as they follow our Distance-learning Option.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Student Wellbeing

    We are all, every one of us, 100% implicated in keeping our students’ wellbeing at the forefront of everything we do at FASPS at any time. Our Student Success Team (led by Cécile Chapel, our dean of students) and faculty monitor students’ wellbeing and propose strategies to support our students (and our faculty). Additionally, we use Student Success Plans (SSPs), our school counselor delivers SEL lessons to Lower School students and conducts wellbeing sessions with Middle School students, and our faculty will continue to use online engagement activities and tools when deemed necessary.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Test to Stay Program

    The purpose of this change is to keep students learning on campus as much as possible while providing as healthy and safe an environment as possible.
     
    How the Program Works: Effective immediately, students who are identified as close contacts of an individual on campus who has tested positive for covid-19 will be allowed to attend classes on campus in a “modified, seven-day quarantine status” after exposure if and only if the following protocols are respected:
     
    1. The student must remain asymptomatic, i.e., exhibit no symptoms of covid-19.
    2. The student must be tested at the beginning of each of their seven days of modified quarantine (excluding weekends and holidays). FASPS will administer an antigen test on campus to each student in modified quarantine at the beginning of the day in the MPR. If the student’s test result is negative, they will be allowed to proceed to class. If the student’s test result is positive, they will need to be picked up and taken home.
    3. The student must not participate in any extracurricular activities at school or outside of school (in other words, no Garderie, no Extended Day, no after-school programming, no bus, no athletics, no music lessons, no group childcare, etc.) for the entirety of their seven-day modified quarantine.
    Students in modified quarantine who abide by the above three stipulations and who do not test positive during their seven days of modified quarantine will be allowed to resume all extracurricular activities on their eighth day after exposure. That said, these students should continue to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after their exposure.
     
    PLEASE NOTE: Students who opt out of testing are not eligible to participate in FASPS’s modified quarantine and must follow the standard quarantine protocol for close contacts, i.e., they will need to self-quarantine for a full 14 days.
     
    (Last Updated: October 21, 2021)
  • Travel

    1. If You Are Fully Vaccinated and You Travel Domestically:
     
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine upon your return.
    • You do NOT need to get tested upon your return.
    • You DO need to self-monitor for potential symptoms of covid-19 infection.
     
    2. If You Are Fully Vaccinated and You Travel Internationally:
     
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine upon your return.
    • You DO need to get tested within 3–5 days after your return (a PCR test is preferred, but we will accept an antigen test).

    3. If You Are Partially Vaccinated or Unvaccinated and You Travel Domestically or Internationally (Same Requirements):
     
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine upon your return.
    • You DO need to get tested upon your return no sooner than 72 hours before returning to campus.
    • You DO need to get tested a SECOND TIME within the 3–5 days after your return.
     
    (Last Updated October 15, 2021)
  • Vaccinations

    FASPS encourages all eligible individuals to get vaccinated against covid-19.
     
    Per Gov. Inslee’s August 18, 2021, directive requiring all public and private K–12 school employees be vaccinated against covid-19 (or obtain a religious or medical exemption) by October 18, FASPS will require that all of its employees and campus visitors be vaccinated against covid-19 (or obtain a religious or medical exemption) by October 18, 2021.
     
    FASPS will not require that students be vaccinated against covid-19 until a vaccine is fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and is required by the Washington State Board of Health. The Washington State Board of Health has the sole authority to set immunization requirements for students and has not discussed requiring the covid-19 vaccine for children in school settings; however, we encourage everyone who is eligible and able to be vaccinated be vaccinated.
     
    Taking effect immediately, FASPS will require all employees and vendors to inform us whether or not they are fully vaccinated against covid-19 (this information will remain private and confidential). Additionally, FASPS encourages families to inform us as soon as their students are fully vaccinated (when they are eligible).
     
    FASPS currently requires that students and employees be vaccinated against chickenpox, polio, hepatitis B, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella). MMR exemptions are allowed for medical or religious reasons.
     
    (Last Updated: October 7, 2021)
  • Ventilation and Outdoor Learning

    FASPS has air purifiers in every room used by students. All air filters are selected, cleaned, and changed following CDC guidelines. Outdoor spaces will be utilized for learning as often as possible. When feasible and appropriate, FASPS will allow students to gather outside rather than inside due to the likely reduced risk of viral spread outdoors. Windows will be kept open as much as possible.
     
    (Last Updated: August 9, 2021)
  • Weekly Covid-19 Student & Employee Testing Schedule (Beginning After Fall Break)

    • Mondays: Grade 1 students will be tested on campus with BinaxNOW tests.
    • Tuesdays: Grades 2–3 students will be tested on campus with BinaxNOW tests.
    • Wednesdays: Grade 4–5 students will be tested on campus with BinaxNOW tests, and TYPK–Kindergarten students will bring home with them their Mirimus testing kits.
    • Thursdays: TYPK–Kindergarten students will bring to campus their Mirimus saliva samples before 10:00am, and employees will submit their Everlywell tests.
    • Fridays: Grade 6–8 students will be tested on campus with BinaxNOW tests.
 
Eric Thuau
Head of School
(206) 275-3533, Ext. 217