Reopening Washington Schools

WIAA Information on Athletics

August 14th, 2020

Dear Sprague - Lamont Families:

The Sprague and Lamont School Boards met on August 12th to review, discuss and adopt a Reopening plan. While our goal was to open our school buildings for in-person learning, we now know that given current conditions with COVID-19, a hybrid learning schedule will be necessary to provide for all families and to protect the health of our students, staff and families. We have worked closely with the Lincoln and Whitman County Departments of Health as well as our Reopening Committee Task Force and have also utilized information received from local surveys. We have taken into consideration Governor Inslee’s and the OSPI’s recommendations. A reopening plan with details will soon be available on the S-L website at www.spraguelamont.org. Please check this document often as we will be updating it frequently with additional details. Our goal is to offer Two Different Learning Options for students and families:


Morning Time Schedule: 8:15 AM - 11:25 AM (Lamont) and 8:13 AM - 11:40 AM (Sprague) with Remote Learning during the afternoon (schedule will soon be available)

We encourage you to contact the school ASAP to inform us of your family’s choice:
Sprague 257-2591 / Lamont 257-2463

We encourage families to make the choice that is best for them. Sprague and Lamont will continue to provide high quality educational experiences for all of our students, no matter which path you choose. We will work together with the ultimate goal of providing opportunities for every student to learn and grow, from pre-kindergarten through high school, and we will remain flexible to support the decisions that are best for your family as the school year continues.

Teacher / Family Connections

We plan on scheduling conferences prior to the start of the school year with each family individually or virtually on August 27th and 28th. These conferences will allow us to do the following:

A FAQ has been posted on our website, https://www.spraguelamont.org. We encourage families to access this document to ask questions and hopefully receive feedback on frequently asked questions.

We truly thank you for your partnership in navigating these challenging times. We are excited to welcome students back to school in-person or virtually this coming fall!

Sincerely,

Bill Ressel and Todd SpearSprague and Lamont Schools

SPRAGUE-LAMONT REOPENING PLAN KEY POINTS

  • Grades K-6 will attend school face-to-face every day of the week for just less than half days and then will continue their learning from home in the afternoon. (Face-to-face instruction will be from 8:13 AM to 11:40 AM in Sprague and 8:13 AM to 11:25 AM in Lamont.)

  • Grades 7-12 will attend school face-to-face for just less half-days on Monday through Thursday and then will continue their learning from home in the afternoon. (Face-to-face instruction will be from 8:13 AM to 11:40 AM in Sprague and 8:13 AM to 11:25 AM in Lamont.) Students will continue to learn remotely on Fridays each week.

  • Students 7-12 in need of additional support (IEP, Connectivity, Engagement, HS Incomplete Makeup from last year) will attend on Fridays on an as-needed basis. (They can be bussed with K-6 students on a pre-arranged basis.)

  • Students/Families are also given a remote learning option if they choose not to attend face-to face.

  • Pre-school will attend with only a face-to-face option on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week from 8:13 AM to 11:13 PM.

  • Grades at each level (P-12) will be kept in cohorts.

      • Different grade levels will not intermingle.

      • Each grade level in elementary school will have a different recess time.

      • Breakfast and lunch will be eaten in the classroom or together by grade level outside.

      • Initially there will be cold breakfasts and lunches only. They will be delivered to the classrooms in tubs.

      • When students come to school, they will report immediately to their cohort classroom.

      • Middle school teachers will rotate to each classroom to teach their content area.

      • High school teachers will have a block schedule where only two classes will be taught in a day, reducing contact with people outside of their cohort.

  • Students / Families

      • Meet with students and families prior to the start of the year (August 27 and 28):

          • Connections and Relationships

          • Distribute Technology

          • Review weekly schedule, learning platforms and expectations

  • Transportation

    • Restructure bus routes to better meet needs of students and families

      • Encourage walking, biking, or being driven by caregivers as much as possible.

    • Disinfecting procedures for cleaning and disinfecting buses with a focus on high touch areas.

    • Seating assignments will be given and family members will be kept together whenever practical.


Student/Staff Safety:

  • If parents prefer, they can choose to have their children learn remotely from home while their classmates are in school.

  • There will be an app that parents can use to attest to their child’s health condition (i.e. temperature below 100.4 Degrees, no COVID symptoms).

      • The app will connect with our Skyward system

      • For students who do not have an attestation completed via the app before they arrive at school, school personnel will check the child’s health condition.

  • DOH requirements will be strictly followed:

      • Physical distancing at all times.

      • Desks 6 feet apart.

      • Hygiene practices

      • Face coverings

      • Cleaning and disinfection

      • Increased ventilation