Health & SaFety INFORMATION
Epiphany School's priority, as always, is the health and safety of our community. Below are the current health and safety measures we have implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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, communicating with families, 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 2021-2022 Family Handbook. Please let us know if you have any questions or clarifications.
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 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 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).
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 reopen campus in Fall 2021, 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, as long as 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
- Integrating best-practice digital learning tools at every grade, with the goal of furthering family/teacher communication, student digital citizenship, and the ability to transition seamlessly to a grade- or school-wide virtual learning model if necessary
- Symptoms Policy: Managing Illness and Exposure
- Face Masks
- Hand Hygiene
- Physical Distancing
- Cleaning and Disinfecting
- Daily Student Health Screening
- Dismissal and After School Playground Use
- Visitors on Campus
- Lunch and Snack
- Student Personal Items
- Field Trips
- Employee Common Areas & Shared Space
- COVID-19 Exposure Communications Plan
- School Absence and Associated Remote Schooling Policies for Illness or Non-Illness