Friday 1/7 Message to Families – COVID FAQs

Beloved Community, 

Welcome back from our break, and Happy New Year! It is good to be leaving 2021 behind as we look forward to a brighter 2022. I want to thank you for adjusting this past Monday to give us the opportunity to complete a testing clinic for staff and to give families an opportunity to test before retuning. In this Friday Message, we will focus on COVID related issues.

We know families have questions about what is ahead for their students. Will instruction shift back to remote learning? Will we continue in person learning? Will individual schools go to remote learning based on levels of positive tests? How will be informed of changes to the learning environment? Please know we have the same questions. Due to the everchanging nature of the pandemic, shifts are often made quickly and with little notice which causes hardship for all. There have been times during the past 22 months when we have learned of changes at the same time you have. Please know that our commitment to you is we will share information with families as soon as we receive it. We will notify you by email, by posting on our website and, I will make a call to families when a significant change occurs. This is in addition to the communication you will receive from Seattle Public Schools.  

Frequently Asked COVID Related Questions

Will my student be going to remote learning? At this point, instruction is in person. If we are notified we are moving to remote instruction, we will notify you. We do request that students keep their laptops accessible and updated by restarting them frequently in the event that instruction becomes remote.

What is the testing capacity/situation at NHHS? We have tests available. Students test in the Protective Health Room, room 1115, with Deborah Harris, our COVID Testing Coordinator. If students have cold or flu like symptoms, they are tested and sent home. Athletes and coaches are being tested three time a week. If your student is sick, please keep them home. 

What happens when a student tests positive? Seattle Public Schools are following the Washington State Department of Health protocols which include a quarantine period. Teachers provide seating charts to the SPS contact tracers to determine which students in the class would be considered close contacts. Families will be notified by the contact tracers if their student is considered a close contact. The families of all other students will be notified by email. 

How do I find COVID data for Nathan Hale High School and other schools my students attend?
https://www.seattleschools.org/resources/covid-19-dashboard/

How do I help my student become and stay connected to a social network in school during these uncertain times? This is a concern we share with parents and guardians. We encourage families to look at the Daily Bulletin, found on our website, to help their students find clubs and activities to become involved with at school. If students make connections now, it will be easier for them to stay connected if we move to remote instruction as many of the clubs will continue to meet. Teachers are paying special attention to the Social Emotional Learning aspect of the well-being of our students and continue to work to help students connect. 

We will update families as we are updated and will continue to share information.

Have a good weekend and stay dry!

With love,   

William Jackson, Ed.D. (he,him) 
Principal
Nathan Hale High School