Community Briefing: May 21

A briefing will be sent to the entire community every school day at this time.

Every industry is working on the “how do we get back out there?” question. Colleges and universities are trending toward hybrid instruction. It’s highly likely that EPS will be introducing our own brand of hybrid education this fall as well.

The task of reopening the campus is—like everything associated with COVID-19—complicated in new and challenging ways. At the very least, we know that we’ll have to rehearse some scenarios during the summer. Sometime between July 6 and July 31, we hope to have had opportunities to train all faculty, staff, and students on the appropriate ways to function on campus. The intention is that as soon as it is possible for us to move beyond sheltering in place, we want to be able to pivot as quickly and seamlessly as we did when we left campus on March 2, to begin our remote sessions.

We do not have specific details yet, but we know we’ll have to be ready to manage a certain number of individuals on campus at any given time—based on conditions required for schools. We’re using the spring and summer to learn everything we can about how best to make the campus a safe and welcoming place for all students and employees. We’re equipping classrooms to enable hybrid instruction. We’re mapping the campus to direct foot traffic. We’ll be staggering arrival and departure times to minimize contact among all the members of our community. We’re installing some touchless devices to reduce transmission of the disease through touch. We’ve measured all teaching spaces and have identified the areas in which we can conduct classes while maintaining social distancing requirements. Masks will be required. Deep cleaning is taking place on a daily basis now—and will occur at various times during the school day when we open the campus—whenever that is!

In addition to some July training sessions, we’ll be doing a second round of training in August—just before school starts, to be sure everyone is aware and confident as they return to school. We also know that some people will not yet be able to return to school, and we will encourage anyone who is ill—with any symptoms at all—to remain at home, taking advantage of our hybrid system. Obviously, the objective is to get everyone back on site and functioning as the community we’ve come to be; that will take time, patience, and a little bit of courage.

We’ll be in close communication with families as we are able to confirm details leading to a return to campus. In the meantime, please remain cautious, distance socially, and wash your hands—wash them again!

Finally—everything I’ve stated here is contingent on myriad variables over which we will not have control; however, if we stay focused and united in our effort, we will manage whatever is necessary to move beyond this temporary—and still stressful—set of circumstances.

Parent Survey Highlights

Total number of responses: 296

EPS Parent Block Parties: Save the Date!

EPS Virtual Block Parties are happening on May 27 & 28! These virtual neighborhood meetings are open to all community members (parents/guardians, students, faculty/staff) and will be hosted via Google Meet so that everyone at the party can see one another, being securely admitted to the block party as they arrive. Our parent ambassador party hosts will be announced next week!

Please save the date for your block party. Choose whichever location is your local area or is as close by as possible, or a block party that will be happening at a time that’s convenient for you. Our parent ambassador party hosts and links to the events will be announced in tomorrow’s community briefing.

Location Date (May 27 and 28) Time
Bridle Trails, Overlake & Crossroads Wednesday, May 27 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Clyde Hill, Medina, Hunts Point and Yarrow Point Thursday, May 28 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Issaquah, Lakemont, Issaquah Highlands & 90 East Wednesday, May 27 5:00 to 6:00 PM
Kirkland, Juanita Beach & Kenmore Wednesday, May 27 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Mercer Island Wednesday, May 27 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Redmond Thursday, May 28 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Sammamish, Ames Lake & Carnation Thursday, May 28 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Seattle, North Seattle & Edmonds Thursday, May 28 5:00 to 6:00 PM
South Seattle, South King County & Newcastle Thursday, May 28 7:00 to 8:00 PM
West Bellevue & Factoria Wednesday, May 27 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Woodinville, Bothell & Snohomish Wednesday, May 27 7:00 to 8:00 PM

Senior Spotlight

To honor the Class of 2020, we’re introducing Senior Spotlight!  We’ll include information on two to three seniors in each entry

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Seen and Heard

A streetcar conductor in Seattle not allowing passengers aboard without a mask during the Spanish Flu pandemic (1918)