Mt. Pleasant School
Group A 8:15-11:30M, T
Group B 8:15-11:30W, TH
152 Marble Road Washougal, WA 98671
7 a.m - 2 p.m.M-F
Update Letter to Parents
October 22, 2020
Dear Mt. Pleasant Community;
I am very pleased to inform you that our return to small-group, in-person teaching that began on October 5th is going very well. The opportunity teachers have had to touch base with students for 2 days a week in the classroom has definitely improved the communication and understanding of how students are progressing with the distance-learning part of our “hybrid” reopening. Continued....
Up & Coming Events:
Oct 29th...... Truck or Treat
6-7:30 in the school parking lot.
Phase I In-Person Learning Schedule October 2020
Monday: Group A (Grades K, 2, 4, and half of 6-8) in the building from 8:15-11:30.
Tuesday: Group A (Grades K, 2, 4, and half of 6-8) in the building from 8:15-11:30.
Wed: Group B (Grades 1, 3, 5 and half of 6-8) in the building from 8:15-11:30.
Thursday: Group B (Grades 1, 3, 5 and half of 6-8) in the building from 8:15-11:30.
Friday: All students are remote learning. Fridays will be for Staff meetings, conferences,
office hours, teacher planning, distance learning, and small group tutoring by appointment.
Office Hours are still available M-Th 12:30-2:00. Please schedule with your teacher on Calendly.
On non in-person days students are expected to continue remote learning.
A typical day in this beginning reopening phase may look like this:
8:15-11:30 half days (not Fridays)
Includes one enrichment class each week for all students
Morning, outside recess for 15 minutes.
Bus transportation of all students who need a bus ride will be provided on regular routes.
Distance learning will continue as guided by teachers for the entire classroom.
Safety Precautions & Procedures - Frequently Asked Questions:
Updated Sept 23, 2020
a. Have upgrades been done to the HVAC system to filter viruses?
We have a brand-new HVAC system that was installed this summer and has the highest level of filters available for that system. The filters meet the standard to filter viruses. Our classrooms are stand-alone units and don’t move air from/to other classrooms.
In addition to the new HVAC units, we have purchased air filters for each classroom with HEPA filters. They filter the air 12 times per hour in addition to the HVAC to make sure we have the cleanest air possible in the classrooms.
b. UV light to sanitize air?
We are not using UV lighting at this time. We are looking into the CDC recommendations for the use of such a device. Initial advice is this that this is not effective for schools and it has not been recommended.
c. Flow calculation/testing to mix in fresh air?
Our new system meets the recommended guidelines.
Bathrooms - if someone gets sick are there only 2 bathrooms in the school?
There are 4 bathrooms in the building two are for students and two are for staff. We have always allowed students to use staff bathrooms if the student bathroom is not available or if there is another reason they feel they can’t use the student bathroom. The Mt. Pleasant staff is creating a system to take students in groups to the bathrooms and follow procedures - only 2 in the bathroom at at time -especially checking for hand washing, The bathrooms are “deep cleaned” tues night and weekends. Staff will clean and sanitize highly touched surfaces several times a day when used by students.
Mask guidelines? homemade versus a blue medical style. Many homemade are of unknown quality and condition and may not include a suitable nose fit mechanism.
State guidelines require students to wear masks and don’t differentiate between cloth or procedural masks. We have masks on site if someone forgets to bring one or they need a replacement. Mask recommendations are under review by Health authorities. Changes will be communicated. Students and staff are required to wear masks at all times when at school or on the bus. Early reports form schools in session with students comment that students of all ages are doing a great job complying with this mandate.
Parents are required to provide a statement that their child is not sick and does not have symptoms EVERY time they enter the building. We are hoping for a “sign in” app called “Qualtrics” before their student arrives at the building that states their student meets the requirements to attend school that day. If a parent does not have access to this app, they will be provided paper copies that will need to be brought to school with the student daily. If a parent forgets to fill out the attestation the student will not be allowed in class until it is filled out. We will keep you informed about the availability of the app. We are planning to start the attestation process on Oct 6th with a paper attestation. Look for the paper forms in your child's backpack when they return from school on the first day.
Our district includes students from Skamania and Clark County with the majority of students residing in Clark County. Because our district is located in, and is a Skamania County school district, we are required to meet the metric guidelines set forth by Skamania County. A letter from the Skamania Dept of Heath is on our website- showing the recommendation to allow some “in-person” teaching of students. The Mt. Pleasant school board approved the phase 1 reopening plan at their meeting on Sept. 15th.
Located at the entrance to the beautiful Columbia Gorge, the Mt. Pleasant School District began as a one-room school. Now a K-8 school district with modern facilities and an annual budget of $500,000, the district offers the many benefits of a small school district as well as outstanding supplemental programs that draw on the talents of our staff and the resources of surrounding communities. The school district’s 60+ students learn in a unique multi-age classroom configuration that maximizes student learning and builds a cohesive and productive school environment. Following the eighth grade, the majority of students matriculate to Washougal High School or Stevenson High School.
Mt. Pleasant offers the quality of life of a small community and the beauty and recreation activities in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. An abundance of cultural, dining and retail opportunities is less than 30 minutes away in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.
It is the mission of Mt. Pleasant School District to provide learning experiences which will not only assist students in developing basic skill, competencies, and attitudes, but challenge them to succeed. Mt. Pleasant will provide these experiences in a safe and secure environment through caring educators and staff in partnership with the community, school board and administration.
To be recognized as a school district that empowers all children to succeed in an ever-changing world.