Seabury's Safer School Plan
Seabury School is committed to keeping our community as safe as possible.
We have worked diligently to create a Safer School Plan.
Seabury continues to monitor the ever-changing COVID-19 impact on schools in our region. It is our commitment to our community to offer in-person schooling as permitted and as safely as we can. We are uniquely situated with our small class sizes, large classrooms, and isolated building entrances and restrooms. Please review all the new campus safety protocols as they have recently changed.
In consultation with outside professionals, specialty COVID-19 school training courses, and advice from local entities, we have created special safety protocols to better protect the health and safety of students, families, and staff at Seabury.
New Safety Protocols
As a companion to our regular Family Handbook, we have created a Pandemic Response Plan. This important document outlines procedures and policies around COVID-19 to keep our community as safe as possible. Please note that in places where policies overlap, we will refer to the Pandemic Response Plan at this time as our official policy. We ask ALL families to please read this document thoroughly. As with all plans during a pandemic, these plans are subject to change.
Highlights from this response plan are listed below for quick access and reminders.
NEW SAFETY PROTOCOLS
In-person or distance learning
We intend on being 100% in-person this year and only utilize our distance learning mode if deemed necessary. Prior to returning for in-person learning, families must submit a Pandemic Safety Packet. All students will be required to have this signed packet on file prior to attending.
Campus openings and closures
While it is our desire to teach with all of our students on campus this year, please note that this is subject to change as deemed necessary by the school and/or health department mandates. Seabury will provide as much advance notice as possible, but circumstances may require immediate closure with little notice. Parents need to have plans in place for distance learning on short notice when necessary.
If at any point in-person classes need to be moved back to distance-learning mode, either for a class or the entire school, we will notify all families via email. Whole school closures will also be announced through a ONE CALL emergency phone call notification.
If distance learning mode is required at any point, our teachers will continue to use the virtual classroom and/or Google Classroom systems that we have previously used. If you are new to Seabury, your child's teacher will advise as necessary.
Everyone is expected to wear a face covering while on campus – including during dropoff and pickup. Families will provide their own face coverings for students to ensure fit and comfort. Students should have a minimum of two clean face coverings available each day at school, as well as a spare to be left in a plastic bag at school. Students will also need a plastic bag for transporting dirty masks home each day. Seabury will have disposable masks on hand for emergencies.
Masks with valves are not acceptable and face shields do not replace the use of a face covering. Shields can be used in addition to a face covering and can be used to hold a face mask in place. It is important to only touch the ear loops or ties when putting a mask on and taking it off and to avoid touching the mask while wearing it. Teachers will build in time for physically distanced mask breaks during the day and will ensure that students are distanced when removing masks for eating and drinking. Hand washing or the use of hand sanitizer will be required for anyone after touching or handling their mask.
CDC guidelines provide general considerations for wearing and maintaining a face covering, including the following:
the mouth and nose are fully covered
the covering fits snugly against the sides of the face so there are no gaps
Students and teachers will wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently including each time they enter the classroom, before and after eating, and at break times. If your child needs hand lotion to help combat dry skin, please send it with your child and make sure your child can use it independently and safely.
Please be sure to notify your child’s teacher and the Seabury School office by emailing email@example.com or calling 253-952-3111 if your child will be absent from class.
Students may not be at school in person without checking with the office if they show any signs of illness. Families may be asked to consult with their physician prior to bringing a child with symptoms back to school. Remember that children will be required to wear a mask at school – if your child has allergies and is experiencing a lot of sneezing or a runny nose that would make mask wearing difficult, parents/guardians are advised to keep their child at home until the child can comfortably wear a mask.
Morning health check-in procedures
You will note, as part of our SSP, staff and families are expected to do a health screening at home prior to leaving for school. Anyone showing symptoms of illness that could be connected to COVID is expected to stay at home and contact the school office for information about next steps. Families will receive a list of screening questions to help you check in with your child before school drop off. School staff may ask at arrival whether you have screened your child and perform a temperature check. If your child arrives at school and appears to be ill, you will be asked to wait until your child can be evaluated and it can be determined whether the child can attend school.
See the Daily Health Checklist
Drop-off and pick-up protocols
Drop-off and pick-up protocols have been modified at both campuses during the pandemic.
For all grade levels:
The curb in front of the lower school will be used as a drop-off/pick-up lane for parents. Middle school families will use the loading zone on Broadway in front of Seabury’s building to drop off their students.
Adults and students are to remain in their cars until students are invited to exit by a staff greeter. Students may be subject to a health screening which includes a temperature check. Adults will be asked to say goodbye to their student at the car and a staff member will escort the student to the classroom door.
Please pull forward with the flow of cars and not around other cars in the car line.
No parking in the lot at the lower school (except pre-k families) or in front of the middle school is allowed during pick up/drop off.
Lower school families arriving after the designated drop-off times should pull up in front of door #3 and call 253-952-3111 to request entrance as our doors are locked after drop off. Middle school families arriving later should stop in the Broadway loading zone; call 253-604-0042, and request entrance. .
Arrival time is 8:15-8:20 a.m.
Pre-k sign-in takes place in the parking spots near door #2 (the pre-k classroom). Families/drivers and students are to wait in their car for the greeter. Everyone in the car over the age of 2 is required to wear masks during the sign-in process. Adults/drivers are not to walk away from their cars at any time.
Dismissal time is 2:45 p.m.
At dismissal, park in a pre-k loading zone spot. Adults will stay in their cars with masks on until a staff member walks their child to the car. The staff member will hand the child’s clipboard to the adult to sign the child out for the day, and then the adult will be invited to assist their child getting into the car.
For everyone’s safety, adults are asked to load/unload their children as quickly as possible and to exit the parking lot with care.
Kindergarten through fifth grade:
Arrival time for K- 5 is 8 - 8:10 a.m. Class starts at 8:15 in which students are expected to be settled in their class and ready to learn by 8:15 a.m.
To avoid blocking traffic on Browns Point Blvd., cars must line up heading south and turn right into the Seabury parking lot.
Everyone in the car over the age of 2 is required to wear masks during the drop-off process. Adults/drivers are not to walk away from their cars at any time.
Dismissal time is 3 p.m. Students not picked up by 3:10 p.m. will be taken to aftercare.
At dismissal, cars will line up on Browns Point Blvd. headed south and turn right into the parking lot. All cars must use the drive-through lane along the curb for pickup. Teachers and staff will assist in getting the student to their car. Do not park or exit the car unless helping the child into their seat. For everyone’s safety, please load/unload your child as quickly as possible and exit the parking lot with care.
Kindergarten - 5th grade students will not be dismissed until 3 p.m. unless the office has been contacted for a special early pickup.
Arrival time for middle school is 8:15 - 8:25 a.m. Class starts at 8:30 at which time students are expected to be settled in their class and ready to learn.
Students will be met by staff greeters outside the door to the Broadway space. Adults are not to leave until their child has been checked in. Adults can stay in their car in the loading zone in front of the school or walk their child to the front of the building and wait for their child to be checked in.
Dismissal time is 3:15 p.m.
At dismissal, staff will wait with students outside the Broadway space and will dismiss students as their drivers arrive.
This year, home base for before-care (7:30-8 a.m.) and after-care (3-5 p.m.) at the lower school will be in the mixed-use classroom in the Media Center (the house behind the main school building). Please drop off and pick up students using the driveway in front of the house/classroom.
To drop off and pick up for students before-care (7:30-8:30 a.m.) and after-care (3:15-4 p.m.) at the middle school, please use the Broadway entrance.
Limit on campus visitors
Visitors and family members are generally not allowed on campus at this time.
Family members and visitors must enter through the main office at the lower school and the Broadway space at the middle school campus. Anyone entering the building will be required to wear a mask at all times on campus, and may be subject to a health screening. Anyone with symptoms of illness will not be admitted.
There may be occasions when families are invited onto campus for one-on-one meetings and events – these will be scheduled by the school and depend upon current safety protocols.
On-campus configurations and cleaning
All Seabury classrooms and spaces have been redesigned to fit the safety guidelines regarding health and wellness and Covid-19. Desks and furnishings have been adjusted to maintain the recommended distancing as much as possible.
Classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned daily. Children will be required to wash their hands every time they enter the classroom.
Each classroom has an assigned restroom.
Each restroom will be thoroughly cleaned and restocked daily.
The assigned restroom will be the first stop for every individual entering a classroom for proper hand-washing before touching surfaces or sitting down.
Common Areas/Large spaces
Outdoor classroom spaces at the lower school will be utilized by one class at a time, and all materials needed for outdoor learning lessons will be brought outside by the teachers and students and returned to their classrooms afterwards.
P.E. will take place outside or in the cohort classroom.
Sick children and possible exposures
If a student calls in sick with COVID-19:
The head of school or assistant head of school will work with the health department regarding the process of any necessary contact tracing.
If a student becomes sick at Seabury...
The school office will contact the parents/guardians and the student will need to be picked up immediately.
The head of school or assistant head of school will work with the health department regarding the process of contact tracing.
As usual, Seabury purchases the bulk of supplies that students will need for school. Students will be provided the majority of the school supplies they will need to reduce sharing of items. Those that are shared will be sanitized between uses. They will also be provided with tools for taking class outside including a small seat, clipboard, mini whiteboard, and other items.
Gear for weather
We encourage teachers to use our outdoor spaces for class time whenever possible. This will mean that students need to have gear appropriate for additional outdoor time. We recommend waterproof shoes and coats, warm socks on cold days, and layers of clothing to stay warm. For tips on dressing kids for all weather conditions, check the links on the Family Corner page.
Return your Pandemic Safety Packet
Each family is required to fill out and return our Pandemic Safety Packet. These must be returned in person or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be received prior to any student attending in-person classes.
Have a question that we haven't answered? Please let us know at email@example.com.
Can my student have a water bottle at their desk?
Yes! Each student should bring a personal water bottle to school each day and take it home to be washed and refilled at the end of the day. Students will keep their water bottles with them during the day and will be able to refill them when empty.
Can I meet with my child's teacher?
Parents/guardians wishing to meet with their child’s teacher must request a meeting by email and set up an appointment in advance. Virtual meetings are recommended at this time.
Will there be Pizza Fridays and daily milk?
Yes! Milk and pizza will resume as normal.
What else should we know about lunchtime?
Students will be eating with their class either in the classroom or outside. There will not be access to microwaves, silverware, and extra plates, etc. Be sure to pack all that your child will need in their lunch box.
Will the bus be operating?
We will be offering our regular bus service. Families must have preselected bus service in their FACTS Enrollment forms. Riders will be socially distanced and will only share seats with their family members. If you have additional bus questions, please contact the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information from the Washington State Coronavirus Response, visit: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/