COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

With the ever-changing information and protocols regarding COVID-19, we will be placing updated communication and information here for our community to stay informed.

March 2020

From Sandi Wollum, Seabury Head of School

Our physical buildings are closed but we will continue school through our new distance learning platforms.

April 13, 2020

From Sandi Wollum, Seabury Head of School

Last Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that public and private schools in Washington will remain closed for the rest of the school year due to the COVID 19 pandemic. While it wasn’t necessarily unexpected news, it was a real blow to all of us who love our Seabury family and miss being together so much. We know that our kids wish they could be at school. And teachers and staff miss our students more than we can express.
 
We want to assure you that we are committed to using all of the creativity and resources at our disposal (and you know we are creative people at Seabury!) to make sure that our kids have the highest quality distance-learning possible for the rest of this year and as long as it takes.

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May 15, 2020

From Sandi Wollum, Seabury Head of School

Seabury is a school – a place for learning and growing. But it is also a community of families who come together to support our unique and amazing kids. Summer@Seabury has been an important part of providing enriching, engaging summer camp experiences for Seabury students and for the public as well. 
 
This year, in light of the COVID pandemic and as we enter our third month of sheltering at home, it is especially important for Seabury to provide opportunities for our students to stay connected, engaged, and inspired during the summer months. So we have developed a summer program that will look different than our typical program, but will support our students and families.
 

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June 10, 2020

From Sandi Wollum, Seabury Head of School

The State of Washington in collaboration with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and health department are publishing the first set of guidelines for schools to use in planning for the reopening of school in the fall.  We are reviewing the guidelines and participating in discussions with the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and the Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS) how the guidelines will be applied to independent schools like Seabury.  We will be updating the Seabury community via emails as well as our monthly Town Hall meetings planned for this summer.  All school families can find the link to our virtual Town Hall meetings on our Family Corner (family portal on the seabury.org website).  If you are not a current family, but wish to attend, please contact our school office for information at office@seabury.org.  

Our Town Hall Summer Schedule:

Thursday, June 18th at 4 p.m.

Thursday, July 16th at 4 p.m.

Thursday, August 20th at 4 p.m.


 

June 17, 2020

From Sandi Wollum, Seabury Head of School

Last week, the State of Washington with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) published the first set of guidelines for schools to use in planning for reopening. School districts and private schools will be using these guidelines along with recommendations that may evolve over the summer to create plans for the fall.

 

The guidelines have given us a framework, but there are still lots of decisions to make about specific details of our implementation plans. We are working with OSPI, the health departments, the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and the Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS) as well as consulting with doctors in our community to make sure our plans are in line with guidelines, support best practices for health and safety, and also work with the culture and program of Seabury School.

 

We are committed to sharing our plans with you as they develop. While there is much to be decided, there are a number of things we know about what to expect for the fall. Please be aware that state guidelines could change if transmission rates increase or as new information is learned about the virus. The plans listed below are based on what we know now and are subject to change if state requirements change...

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August 12, 2020

From Sandi Wollum, Seabury Head of School

As you know, Seabury has been preparing all summer to ensure that we continue to provide a robust, intellectually stimulating, active, child-centered program designed to meet the unique needs of each of our students in the face of the challenges posed by COVID-19. 
 
Yesterday, we received THIS NOTICE from Dr. Anthony Chen, director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, changing his recommendation to a requirement that all schools “begin the school year using distance learning until COVID-19 disease activity in Pierce County decreases to a level safe to re-open schools for in-person learning.” While there are some encouraging signs the transmission rates may have peaked and are possibly heading down, they are still extremely high – double what they were when we closed school and shifted to distance learning in March.
 
As a result, Seabury is moving forward with the expectation that we will open the school year for grades K-8 in distance learning mode. Our pre-k class is regulated under childcare guidelines, so it will open in person as long as childcare facilities are still able to be open. For our K-8 classes, we will monitor community transmission rates and as soon as we get to the ”moderate” level as determined by the state’s school decision tree, we will move to in-person learning, starting with our youngest students. ...
 

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September 16, 2020

From Sandi Wollum, Seabury Head of School

Now that COVID-19 transmission rates in Pierce County have continued to decline, we have moved into what the state has termed the “moderate” zone in its school opening decision tree. This allows schools to make plans to bring their youngest students back to campus for   in-person learning.

As of today, if transmission rates continue to remain low, our plan is to roll out in-person learning at our lower school campus to students in kindergarten through third grade beginning Monday, Sept. 28.  If transmission rates continue to stay low, that will be followed by fourth and fifth grades on Oct. 12. Families of students in these grade levels will have the choice to have their child return to school in person or to continue with distance learning from home. Middle school will remain in distance learning mode for the immediate future. Families may change their minds at any time by letting the office and their child’s teacher know one day in advance. If there are enough families interested, we will offer bus service from DeLong Park, 4702 S. 12th St., Tacoma, and the Downtown Tacoma middle school campus. Please complete and submit this form by Wednesday, Sept. 23, to let us know if your student will return in person or stay in distance learning mode and if they are a bus rider wishing to use the bus.  ...

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Our Writer

Brad Broberg is editor-in-chief of Seabury's official Distance Learning Blog.  When school is in session, he is a teaching assistant and aftercare coordinator. Brad was a newspaper reporter and editor  for more than 20 years. He continues to write as a free-lancer for the Puget Sound Business Journal, Microsoft Alumni Network, Seattle Children's Hospital and others.

 

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