Health and Safety

Patrick Carruth, President and Headmaster

Guidance

The health and safety decisions surrounding our plan to return to campus are guided by the standards of care, guidelines, and protocols set forth by public health agencies and governmental authorities, namely, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH), King County Public Health (KCPH), the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS), and The Bear Creek School health team. The policies, procedures, and guidelines (detailed on the school website and in the Family Handbook) support the health and wellness of our faculty, staff, students, and community while allowing us to resume in-person operations. They are intended to reduce transmission and spread of the virus through strategies of screening, cleaning, distancing, and hygiene. As the pandemic continues to evolve, these policies may be modified.

Screening

Daily Symptom Reporting: Students and employees will be required to self-report COVID-19 related symptoms each day before entering school through the Magnus Health mobile app. In-person temperature checks for anyone entering the building after the school day begins will also be a part of our daily screening protocols. If you have a question about what to do if your child has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or shows symptoms of the virus, please refer to the COVID-19 Symptom Decision Tree:

decision tree graphic

International Travel: Students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including parents) may not enter a school building for 14 days after returning from international travel.

Limited Visitation: Visitation to campus will be limited to appointments and emergencies only, and screening is required prior to visitors entering any school building.

Health Facilities: The health room in the Main building has been expanded to allow for any potential increase in students needing to see the school nurse while also providing a separate space to individually care for students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms on campus.

Cleaning

Hand Washing and Sanitization Stations: The number of sanitizing stations will be increased throughout campus, and drinking fountains converted to water bottle filling capable. Cleaning protocols will be adjusted to abide by state guidelines.

Daily Cleaning and Nightly Disinfecting: Cleaning and disinfecting will occur daily in buildings in concert with OSPI and KCPH guidelines.

Bathroom and HVAC Enhancements: All bathrooms at the Main building, Upper School, and Preschool now have touch-free faucets and toilet mechanisms. We have also upgraded the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) filtration and increased air circulation. 

Distancing

Physical Distancing: Student classrooms, common areas, and other physical spaces will be arranged to maintain six feet of physical distance between individuals. We are developing systems and processes to ensure that students and employees can maintain six feet physical distance whenever possible (e.g., changing classes, passing in hallways, etc.).

Face Coverings: All students, age 5 through grade 12, will wear face coverings inside school buildings. All employees will wear face coverings inside school buildings. Students do not need to wear masks when outside and at least six feet physically distanced. See Face Coverings on School Supply Lists page.

Indoor/Outdoor Classrooms: We have been blessed with campus open space and have created designated indoor and outdoor classroom space to allow classes to go outside for instruction when desired/possible.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): We are procuring PPE to safely protect all health team members and other school personnel who may come in contact with students who may demonstrate symptoms of COVID-19 and must be isolated until they can go home.

Eating

Since students will eat lunch with their cohorts in their classrooms, we have temporarily transitioned to a "no nut" school, and our food-from-home guidelines have been revised accordingly. The cafeteria will provide grab-and-go (hot and cold) sack lunches and snacks. See Food Services page for more information.