Reopening Schools

Reopening Schools Fall 2020

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Hybrid Learning Update: 10-27-2020

The Sunnyside School District is excited to announce that elementary students will return to  classrooms on Thursday, November 5, for hybrid learning. Middle school students in grades 6-8 will begin hybrid learning on November 23, and our high school students will return for hybrid learning on Dec. 14. 

To our elementary families:

Your schools will be reaching out to you about scheduling orientations, which will take place Oct. 29 through November 3. If you have questions about hybrid learning or orientation, please contact your child’s school directly. 

Elementary students will receive a Daily Health Screening toolkit which includes the Daily Health Screening packet, lanyard, and the clear pocket for the Daily Health Screening note. Parents and guardians must ask their children each question and check for each symptom listed on the Daily Health Screening packet. Each child must have their temperature taken prior to leaving the house. If the temperature is higher than 100.0, or the answer to any of the listed questions is “YES,” the child must stay home. 

If the answer to all the questions is “NO,” the parent or guardian will then sign the Daily Health Screening note and send it with their child to school. This is their child’s “ticket” into the building. The note fits into the plastic holder on the lanyard for easy transport to school. If a child arrives at school without their Daily Health Screening note, the parent or guardian may be required to come to school and complete the screening before the student can enter their class.   

Please make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date and on file with our school nurses. Students who have selected Hybrid Learning will not be allowed in class until those are turned in. 

Information regarding the return to school for middle and high school students will be released at a later date.

Hybrid Learning Update: 10-20-2020

Since before the start of school in August, returning students to hybrid learning has been a goal every employee in the Sunnyside School District has been working towards. We have worked hard to be as transparent and open to feedback and questions as possible. We are so grateful for the patience and support from the Sunnyside community that our staff and school teams have received this fall. 

With a situation as intense as COVID-19, there are understandably many complex issues involved. A few examples of these issues include managing students in-person and in an online setting, the drop-off and pick-up of students to follow physical distancing requirements, managing recess and meal times, and how to conduct health screenings to ensure those entering a school building are healthy. We have looked far and wide for best practices, and have worked to implement those practices in ways that make sense for Sunnyside students and also follow the ever-changing guidance of our health agencies. 

This is all to say, we are still planning to return elementary students to school in the SSD Hybrid Learning Model as soon as possible, but unfortunately it will not be on October 26, 2020. Online learning will remain in place for elementary students until further notice. Schools will be providing information this week about your child’s schedule and the opportunity for an in-person orientation next week. 

We will be providing updates about the work going on in the school district in the coming days to our SSD website, Facebook page, and through email. These updates will be communicated to our families as quickly as possible. 

We know this is a sensitive and stressful issue. We want students back in our classrooms, but our paramount duty has always been and will remain the safety of all those in our care, and we want to do this right. Thank you again for working with us in the journey that started back in March.

Below is all the information currently available regarding our plans to bring students back to school for in-person learning. Information will be continually updated, so please check back often. If you have a question about something that is not listed here, please reach out to or by telephone to 509-836-8703.
Required Practices for Reopening Schools

Positive Case Protocol

Contact Tracing

Questions and Answers
Entering Schools

Non Class Time page

School Safety

Cleaning and Sanitation

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