School Reopening Update

July 9, 2020

Hello Harrington Families and Community:

Subject:  Reopening Schools

I know many of you are anxious to hear more information about school and reopening for the new school year.  Realizing how difficult it was for students and parents last spring we are all looking forward to seeing students in the building again.  We know that being in school with other students and their teacher(s) is the best learning environment. 

Harrington’s reopening committee met recently to discuss the guidelines all schools will be required to adhere to and to begin to make plans about the best way we can align with the guidance from: Washington State Department of Health, Labor and Industries, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Office of the Governor.  Harrington School District did not develop these guidelines and all school districts in the state will abide by the same rules. The goal is to make sure our school is safe for students, staff members, volunteers, parents, and visitors.  This is about keeping our entire community safe and healthy.  We plan to offer the best experience possible for all our students and look forward to seeing them at the start of school. 

The Washington State Department of Health is requiring the following: (these are some of the rules)

  • Face coverings (cloth masks) are required for all students and staff. (teachers, paras, bus drivers, cooks, custodians etc.) Anyone entering the school building is also required to have a mask.  Masks are required on the school bus.
  • Screening for illness daily-all students and staff members need to be screened each day.  Temperature checks are a required element of this screening. A temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher is when a person should stay home. A checklist of other screening questions will be available for you at home to check.
  • A six- foot physical distance between students while in desks is required.  We are doing lots of planning to make this work according to our room sizes.
  • Reopening guidelines have nothing to do with the Phase a county is placed.
  • Hand washing, personal hygiene, and increased cleaning practices are all a big part of ensuring a safe school environment for all of us.

Our district reopening committee has a number of issues to work through concerning opening of school and we will communicate to all of our families and the community as much as possible as we develop a plan.  The school district is required to submit a reopening plan to the state during the second week of August.

All our staff is looking forward to seeing students as the new school year begins. It will look different, but for the health of everyone we will learn to adapt.

Wayne Massie