We’re excited to welcome back some of our youngest learners (preschool, kindergarten, grade 1) and special education students for in-person learning on Monday, March 15. There will be big smiles behind our masks when we greet our scholars walking back onto our campus and into our buildings.
We're ready and prepared for their safe return. Health and safety are a top priority as evidenced by:
-A comprehensive staff guide
-Staff trainings covering health, safety and response protocols
-Signage to reinforce mask wearing requirements, hand washing, and social distancing
-Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies at all sites
-Principal Zoom sessions for parents to orient them and their child with returning to hybrid
-Teachers provided lesson plans and PowerPoints with embedded videos to support the teaching of safety protocols to scholars returning to in person learning
-Multiple family resources available in multiple languages:
-Hybrid orientation videos
-"Day in the Life of a Scholar" videos
-Online health screening information and videos
FWPS staff have been provided an opportunity to be vaccinated. After weeks of persistence to find a local partner to provide vaccines to FWPS staff, OmLife Health Clinic came through in a big way. Over 500 staff have been vaccinated at our first two sessions, and another 300+ staff are signed up to be vaccinated at Monday's session. I’d like to thank the assistants in our superintendent’s office who joined me in making hundreds of calls to staff to sign them up for the vaccine sessions. The district Leadership Team and Lakota administrative staff also stepped up, as well as our nurses and security, to provide the staffing necessary to help our partner make the vaccine sessions a success. This is what makes Federal Way unique – we’re truly one big team that cares for one another, and more importantly, our scholars.
A year later from when the pandemic began, we are in a new stage with decreasing COVID-19 rates, vaccination availability to all school staff, and research that tells us what we can do to prevent the spread of virus transmission and reopen schools safely. We’ll remain vigilant in following the Department of Health and state guidelines requiring masks to be worn at all times, maintaining social distancing, regular hand washing, and requiring daily health screenings.
Our focus is on all of our students' learning, whether it's 100% remote or hybrid, that incorporates academics and dedicated social emotional time to support the whole child. I'm thankful to our scholars who've adjusted to new ways of learning, our families for their partnership and patience, and our staff for working and teaching in new ways that we could have never imagined.
Thank you to our families for trusting us with the learning of your children.
Dr. Tammy Campbell, Superintendent