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152 Marble Road Washougal, WA 98671

Office: 360-835-3371

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Mount Pleasant School District No. 29-93

152 Marble Road Washougal, Washington 98671

(360)835-3371

www.mtpleasantschool.org

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March 17, 2021

Re: School Reopening

Dear Mt. Pleasant Community:

We are very happy to announce that Mt. Pleasant School will move to the next phase of our reopening plan. After Spring Break on April 12th, Mt Pleasant School, in all grades, will be open for “in-person” learning for all students, on a voluntary basis, four days a week, Monday through Thursday. Friday will remain a non-student attendance “planning day”, as well as a meeting day, for faculty and staff. Fridays will also include time for distance learning, office hours, conferences, and individual student help, as needed.

The school will remain in the somewhat modified schedule starting at 8:15 am and ending at 2:05 pm M-Th. The school bus will be running on the routes in place, and the current times M-Th. The bus route, stops, and times are on the school website.

Because we are not out of the pandemic by any measure, and despite declining virus reporting metrics in our area, there are still a few families/students that are fully enrolled at Mt. Pleasant School for whom we will need to continue to provide “distance-learning”. Our teachers will provide access to classrooms through Zoom and online assignments, with additional communication with students on Fridays. With the majority of the teachers’ time and effort now focused on “in-person” learning, it is obvious that they will have less time to put into a distance-learning program. While the distance-learning program will continue, it has become necessary to hire a new teaching assistant, Gia Barnhart, to facilitate communication, contact, and provide additional support for these families. Distance-learning families can expect to hear from their classroom teacher and Ms. Barnhart very soon to ensure good communication for this change in our program.

It is very nice to finally see progress in our return toward a more regular school day and week. We are about 85% there, but of course with all of our new safety procedures. While May and June plans for school time are still unknown, we will, of course, inform you of any increases or decreases of “in-person” learning time.

Next school year’s schedule (2021-22) remains a guessing game, but we are tentatively planning for a first day of school on Sept.1, with what we hope will be a “regular” 5 day a week schedule (Fridays half-day). We will see what happens in the world and in our state before a formal decision is announced about next year’s schedule. I wish to sincerely thank our families and our staff for their patience and cooperation during this most difficult and unusual school year.

Sincerely,

Ray Griffin


IDEA Federal Grant

The annual OSPI application for federal IDEA funds will be available for public review and comment for a period of 60 days, prior to the final May 21, 2021 submission to the USDOE Office of Special Education Programs. Comments may also be submitted in writing to OSPI Special Education no later May 12, 2021! (Please add "Comment for IDEA Federal Grant review" to the email's subject line.)

· March 12 Public Comment Zoom Meeting

· March 19 Public Comment Zoom Meeting

· Interactive Spreadsheet

· Annual State Application

· Certification of the Maintenance of Financial Support




Our Highly Capable Students competed in the Destination Imagination yearly challenges. We had two teams competing this year. Our Middle School Team and our Elementary Team. Each team was tasked to solve two different challenges. The first being an "Instant Challenge" and the second being a "Team Challenge".


Each team was required to participate and solve an instant challenge virtually. The challenge was unknown and required a solution within a time limit.

- Middle School Team Instant Challenge: https://youtu.be/1-YjGTtk8tc

The middle school team was asked to create a performance that showed the team visiting imaginary landmarks.

- Elementary Team Instant Challenge: https://youtu.be/4n_DKTnG7OM The elementary team was tasked with creating a set of instructions and have one team member follow the instructions to build a tower.


The team challenges are STEM-based open-ended challenges that enable students to learn and experience the creative process while fostering their creativity, curiosity, and courage.


- Middle School Team Challenge Video Solution: https://youtu.be/i7n9Bjd6S3g

In this team challenge, the team was tasked with creating a music video of a piece of literature.


- Elementary Team Challenge Video Solution: https://youtu.be/2W6GH7NRVlI

In this team challenge, members were to create a video game that told a story.


Reopening Guidance

Talking Points from ESD112:

Skamania County Community Health Department has issued guidance for school districts in Skamania County: Reopening Skamania County Schools


New Daily Schedule:

Time Grade Activity

8:15 School Starts
10:00-10:15 K-3 Recess

10:15-10:30 4-8 Recess

11:30-11:50 4-8 Recess

11:50-12:10 Lunch

12:10-12:30 K-3 Recess

2:05 School Ends

2:10 Bus Leaves

2:15-3:15 Office hours for staff

Up & Coming Events:

Look for:

  • March 23-24..... Hearing Screening

  • March 29-April 2.......Conference Week Early Release

  • April 5-9....Spring Break

  • April ....All Students, in-person, Monday-Thursday


Information on Distance Learning Days

Distance Learning Days: Snow days are now distance learning days! There will be no “Late Starts” or “Snow Days” this year. All classes will meet in their normal Zoom room at these times:

6th-8th ZOOM at 8:15 AM
4th-5th ZOOM at 8:20 AM
2nd-3rd ZOOM at 8:30 AM
K-1st ZOOM at 8:45 AM

If it is a Monday or Wednesday, your student would normally see Ms. Dodge. They should go to her Choice Board and pick an activity to do.


NEW-Flowchart-Oct16_student.pdf

Please keep in mind that we are a small school and have very small class sizes. Due to FERPA Laws, we cannot give out any information that would identify individual students or families. This information includes test scores, and health information.

If your student is impacted by a positive case in their classroom you will be notified based on the guidelines the health department has given to us.

Please call the office if you have ANY questions. We are always happy to talk to you!

School Update Letter.pdf

Phase I In-Person Learning Schedule

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

Ventilation/filtration:

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.

Parent attestation:

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.

Numbers:

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.

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

To be recognized as a school district that empowers all children to succeed in an ever-changing world.