Dear Northshore Families and Staff,
As we prepare for our students to begin transitioning into a new learning model status - both 100% remote and in-person - we want to share important information about processes and logistics for a successful transition.
Student Health Check Form
Before leaving for school each morning of in-person learning, families must complete a Health Check form for their student(s). Middle and high school students can complete their own health check form using StudentVUE, if they prefer. Completion is required prior to entering the building. Parents and guardians must complete this form each day their student will be on campus in order to access anything else in ParentVUE. The form must be completed on the day of in-person learning, between 12:01 a.m. and when the student leaves for school. Completing the form earlier will prevent unnecessary delays at school. Families whose students are remaining in remote learning do not have to complete the Health Check form and the form will not be visible in ParentVUE or StudentVUE for them.
If the answer to any of the questions on the Health Check form is yes, the student must stay home and contact their school.
Families can visit nsd.org/healthcheck to get more information about the process and how to access the form. The webpage has step-by-step instructions, along with helpful tutorial videos in accessing ParentVUE and StudentVUE, as well as how to complete the daily form. The Northshore School District mobile app also provides access to the webpage. You can select the icon titled “Health Check” and it will bring you directly to the webpage where the forms are located.
If you forget to complete the form before arriving on campus, you can visit nsd.org/healthcheck to complete the process. Paper copies will also be available on site or provided to families ahead of time, if needed.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership in keeping our Northshore community safe!
COVID-19 Safety Protocols on School Campuses
Maintaining a safe teaching and learning environment during this pandemic is critical to sustaining our in-person learning model. While on District campuses, all adults and children must wear an appropriate mask over the nose and mouth at all times unless pre-arranged with the school administration due to health restrictions. As infection rates are on the rise, it is up to all of us in the Northshore community to follow all current safety protocols, which can be found here.
Regular surveillance batch testing will be conducted for students in grades 2 and above. In this batch testing, participants will be asked to self-administer a shallow nasal swab in each nostril. Up to thirty swabs will be placed together in a collection tube for analysis by a lab. In the event that anyone in that batch is positive, the District will be notified and all members of that batch will be required to either isolate at home for 14 days or to submit to an individual confirmatory COVID test provided at a central location in the District.
Frequency of the testing program will depend on community transmission rates but is expected to be weekly or every other week.
Parents who wish to opt-out of the surveillance testing will be able to do so.
In addition to surveillance batch testing, the District nurses will have access to rapid antigen tests which will be administered to symptomatic students. These tests will allow quick determination of COVID positivity.
Parents who wish to opt-out of the rapid antigen testing will be able to do so, and they will be required to pick up their student immediately.
Free Meals Program
- As of Monday, April 5, there will be no daily meal pick up locations. Students attending in-person will be able to access breakfast and lunch at their school.
Weekly Meal Packs:
Free weekly meals will continue to be available for all hybrid and remote students through the end of the year.
- Weekly meal packs will follow the usual Wednesday pick up schedule on April 7.
- Weekly meal packs will be available for pick up at select locations on April 14.
- Beginning April 21, weekly meal packs will be available for pick up at most school locations.
Kindergarten and Special Needs Student Permission to Release Form for Bus Riders
Families with kindergarten and special needs students who are bus riders must complete the Permission to Release form to designate who will meet their student at the bus stop. Bus drivers are only authorized to release kindergarten and special needs students at their designated stop to a parent, pre-authorized adult or older sibling. If a designated individual is not present at the stop, students will be returned to their school at the end of the route.
The Northshore School District and our childcare providers, Champions and YMCA, have made final arrangements for childcare options beginning April 5 and April 19 respectively, and continuing through the end of the year. Our partners will offer a 3-day full day childcare option and a 5-day full day childcare option at hub sites across the District. Before and after school care will not be available. Visit the Northshore School District Childcare webpage to learn more.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, our community continues to come together to provide assistance to families and community members in need. This assistance includes childcare, employment, food, mental health support and other resources. To learn more about organizations that are offering support visit the Community Assistance webpage.
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