Broadview-Thomson Students in Elementary Will Shift to Remote Learning January 14-21

Dear Broadview-Thomson community,   

I want to update you on a schedule change that will impact our elementary classes. 

Due to a very high and rising absentee rate and a large number of staff and students needing to quarantine, we will be switching to online instruction for all elementary classes at our school. 

Our 6-8 grade classes will continue in-person at the school on the normal schedule.    

This switch to remote learning for our elementary classes will begin Friday, January 14.   

There will be some elementary Special Education classes at the school; we will be contacting those families and staff directly. 

For the rest of our general education elementary classes, we will continue in remote instruction for five school days, so the first day we expect to be back with normal in-person instruction is Monday, January 24. (As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, January 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.)   

  • Friday, January 14, will begin on a two-hour delay, at 9:55 a.m.  
  • It will be a synchronous learning day, meaning your teacher will be providing live online instruction.   
  • The teacher will email families with information about accessing learning resources. That email will include a schedule for synchronous online instruction, small group meeting times, and links to access the classroom and small groups.   
  • For meals, grab-and-go lunches will be available for pick up at the school from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.   

If your student does not have a device or access to internet service, please contact your classroom teacher. They can reach out to our support team and ensure that everyone has what they need to access online learning.    

Our plans to resume in-person instruction are made in conjunction with direction from the district’s leadership team and with Public Health – Seattle & King County.   

We know that switching to remote learning can cause challenges for many families. Please know that the health and well-being of our families, students, and staff is our top priority. Keeping your student home plays an essential role in protecting our school communities. Contact tracing and quarantining are a part of proactive layered mitigation strategies that help keep our school safe and healthy.   

Here are important health tips:   

What should families do?    

  • Keep your child home.    
  • Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other COVID-19 symptoms (see list below).    
  • Whether or not they show symptoms, get your child tested for COVID-19 5-7 days after exposure by calling your medical provider or requesting a test at school. If you’d like to request a test at school, please call the main office at 206-252-3020.    
  • If the test results come back positive for COVID, your child should continue to quarantine until 24 hours after symptoms are gone.    
  • Contact the office if your child tests positive or shows COVID-19 symptoms- even in remote learning.  This information will inform our return to in-person instruction in five days.    

Symptoms of COVID-19 may range from mild symptoms to severe illness and may include:    

  • Fever of 100.4°F or 38°C or higher 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Chills 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle pain or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Other signs of new illness that are unrelated to a preexisting condition (such as seasonal allergies)    

If your student begins experiencing any of these signs/symptoms, notify your school’s front office and consult with your health care provider to get your student tested for COVID-19.    

You can learn more about SPS’ process for responding to COVID-19 on the district website.    

Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the main office.    

In partnership,     

Principal Tip Blish