Important Message Regarding Limited Onsite Instruction

Important Message from Superintendent Laure Quaresma regarding Limited Onsite Instruction:

September 11, 2020

Dear Staff and Families of Athena-Weston SD,

Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility in getting the 20-21 school year off to a positive start.  The participation rate for families and students connecting with school staff in planning for a successful start with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) has been outstanding. 

While we have not been given permission to fully open our schools due to Umatilla County infection metrics, we are allowed to bring back students for optional limited onsite instruction.  We began limited onsite instruction with our K-1 students this past week and it was a joy to have students back in our buildings.  We will continue adding additional grade level cohorts for limited onsite instruction in the next few weeks. 

Please note that we are following guidance required for limited onsite instruction as follows:

*Deep cleaning of classrooms and common areas, manual wiping of surfaces, and use of      electrostatic disinfectant sprayers that deploy charged disinfectant particles into an area that   covers every surface in the space.

*Student and staff screening upon entry in buildings

*Required face coverings and handwashing or use of hand sanitizer

*Social Distancing with classroom seating and movement

*Cohorts limited to 10 for classroom and transportation

*Two- hour onsite instructional blocks

We are hopeful that we can return all students safely in the near future and we know the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to practice good health hygiene habits.  We continue to work closely with the Umatilla County Health department in doing our part to protect the health of our community.  Here are some ways to protect our community:

✓ Keep children who are sick at home. Don’t send them to school.

✓ Teach your children to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a

good example by doing this yourself.

✓ Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the

inside of the elbow. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.

✓ Teach your children to stay at least three feet away from people who are sick.

✓ People who are sick should stay home from work or school and avoid other people until

they are better. If you have questions, please contact your school nurse, healthcare

provider, or your local board of health or check the CDC website.

Laure Quaresma, Superintendent

Athena-Weston School District