Fall 2020 Reopening plan


Welcome to Epiphany School's Fall 2020 Reopening Plan. Our priority, as always, is the health and safety of our community. Below are some of the key health and safety measures we are implementing, based on CDC and Washington Department of Health (DOH) guidelines. We realize we are in a changing environment with new information being released regularly by CDC and DOH. Therefore, we will be continually reviewing our protocols and updating this web page as needed.

The policies and procedures listed below are in addition to or in some cases supersede some or all of certain sections of the 2020-2021 Family Handbook. Please let us know if you have any questions or clarifications.

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Decision-Making

Operational decisions about Epiphany School's program, calendar, and campus plan are typically made by the Head of School with input from our Leadership Team, faculty, and staff. Given the scale, quality, and quantity of decisions in the leadup to Fall 2020, we are grateful to have had considerable additional input from key groups, including the board of trustees, the Epiphany School Pandemic Advisory Team (made up of experts in the fields of law, technology, medicine, public health, and epidemiological research), and research, guidelines, and guidance from Public Health - Seattle & King County; the Washington State Department of Health; the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI); the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS); and Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS).
 

REOPENING SCHOOL PRINCIPLES

The Leadership Team, faculty and staff, and the Board of Trustees continue to be guided by the school's vision, mission, and values. As we prepare for the reopening of school, we carry forward the following working principles:
 
  • Ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment for all students and staff by reopening for on-campus instruction for all students, every day, if allowed under WA state law and by meeting or exceeding all WA state health, safety, and facility guidelines
  • Belief that our full educational program is best offered in person, with our hallmark focus on developing strong relationships with students to challenge and support them toward high academic achievement, strong social-emotional growth, and community connection
  • Providing both on-campus and virtual instructional models throughout the school year to provide flexibility for families and ease of transition to a fully virtual model if necessary.
     

ACADEMIC PROGRAM 2020-21

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Health & Safety Protocols: Community Responsibility & Practices

Every member of our community has a shared responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Epiphany School is instituting health and safety protocols including health screenings, mandatory face coverings, hand hygiene and physical distancing, as well as enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols, increased cleaning staff, and increased cleaning supplies. We ask that families and staff continue to be accountable for ongoing and close oversight of their own and their family's health situation, sign Epiphany School's Community Expectations document, and commit to abide by the following health and safety procedures:


 

Health & Safety Protocols: On-Campus Responsibilities and Practices

Our priority, as always, is the health and safety of our community when developing plans to return to campus. Below are some of the key health and safety measures we are implementing, based on CDC and Washington Department of Health (DOH) guidelines. We realize we are in a changing environment with new information being released regularly by CDC and DOH. Therefore, we will be continually reviewing our protocols and updating as needed.

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