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COVID-19 Information

Learn more about The Bush School's response to the COVID-19 health outbreak. This webpage includes updates, announcements, and general information about how The Bush School is responding to the COVID-19 health outbreak during the 2020-2021 school year. Now more than ever we are a community connected. 



Communications: A Community Connected

A Community Connected is the bi-weekly e-newsletter from Head of School Percy L. Abram sent out to the Bush community with latest information and updates on how the school is responding to the COVID-19 health outbreak. You can find the newsletters from this school year listed here:

List of 4 items.

  • A Community Connected | Tuesday, October 20

    Dear Bush Community,

    This time of year is typically met with the anticipation of enjoying time with extended family members, honoring old traditions and making new ones, and taking stock of the year about to end. While we certainly have much for which to be grateful, the sun will begin its early descent, holiday gatherings will look different, and we must confront the prospect that we will not see family and friends until well into the new year. Those realities are out of our control; however, we can commit to taking care of ourselves and others.

    Lisa Damour’s podcast “Ask Lisa” shares tips for How to Parent When You Feel Like Drowning. One tip Lisa discusses with her co-host journalist Reena Nina is to set aside breaks in order to help with mental health. This gives people something to look forward to, and is important for parents, students, and our faculty. Throughout COVID-19, our teachers have done a remarkable job adjusting to this mode of instruction while keeping your children engaged. However, the work with our students, both on-campus and remote, the prospect of returning to campus for work during COVID-19, and the blurred lines between family time and work hours have left many of our faculty feeling depleted. Bush’s founder, Helen Bush, famously stated, “The most important factor in any school is the teacher.” That is as true now as ever. 

    Since faculty are not on campus together with regular breaks built into the day, they have been unable to collaborate with colleagues and work on their own professional growth. As such, we will be building in professional development days for faculty in the months ahead to do just that. This will provide space to recharge in order to sustain their high level of attention to your children. Our faculty is our most precious resource, and I am committed to providing an environment in which they will not only be able to survive, but more importantly to thrive. Their physical and mental health depends on it.

    Committing to our Community’s Health
    This year, the opportunity to attend school each day on campus comes with tremendous responsibility. Our faculty and staff take this responsibility seriously, and it is essential that each member of our community makes decisions, in and outside of Bush, that prioritize the health and safety of our community. In the NYTimes article I previously shared in this newsletter on September 22, pediatrician and writer Dr. Aaron Carroll notes, “If kids are going to take on more risk at school, they should find ways to be even safer outside of it.” For all of us coming onto campus, it is our responsibility to minimize high-risk activities outside of school.

    This school year, our success depends heavily on families following the guidelines and directives of state and local health officials when not at school. Each of us needs to do our part to keep our community safe. As part of their own commitment to keeping their students as safe as possible, faculty and staff have sacrificed travel, cancelled plans to see families and friends, and greatly altered their day-to-day routines. It is through our collective commitment that we will be best able to mitigate risk for our students, faculty, staff, and the entire Bush community. 

    Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade Orientation 
    We will continue to monitor the case counts in Seattle and King County to determine the appropriate time to bring more students back to campus for orientation and/or on-campus schooling. At this point, King County Seattle Public Health is recommending not introducing new cohorts students to campus. We believe that this is the correct approach for now, and will communicate any change to this plan with families directly.

    Currently, the soonest that we would bring students to campus is as follows:

    Fifth Grade - week of October 26
    Sixth Grade - week of November 2
    Upper School - week of November 9

    Travel Immersion Programs
    We have decided to postpone all overseas group travel through our Upper School Cascades Programs and through our Middle School E-week programs this academic year.   

    COVID-19 Case Communication Plan
    As part of our planning and health and safety protocols for COVID-19, the school has developed a plan for communicating with the school community in the instance there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 on campus. 

    Notification and Contact Tracing
    School Wellness Coordinator Happy Salinas-Santos will work with public health officials and the individual with the confirmed positive case of COVID-19 to initiate and complete contact tracing. Students and employees who are considered to be in close contact with the confirmed case of COVID-19 will be notified directly by the School Wellness Coordinator by phone, followed by an email. The school will provide them with information on when the exposure may have occurred, and will include instructions and guidance for next steps, as per health department recommendations.

    In all cases of suspected or confirmed COVID-19, the affected classroom or work area will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected following OPSI and CDC guidelines. The decision to shift a cohort, grade, or division to fully remote learning will be made in consultation with public health officials.

    Health Alert: Community Email Communication
    The school will send out a Health Alert email communication to the full K-12 school community, including faculty, staff, K-12 parents/guardians, and Upper School students, identifying the affected division. We will share general information about the confirmed positive COVID-19 case, and in keeping with our privacy policies, we will not release detailed or personal information about positive cases.

    Flu Shots
    The Bush School will be hosting Bartell Drugs on campus on Friday, October 30 from 8 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for an influenza vaccine clinic for any individual over 3 years of age. To sign up, please click here. Please schedule only one individual per five minutes slot, and have your insurance information ready as Bartell Drugs will bill your insurance for the vaccine and administration of the vaccine. Feel free to contact School Wellness Coordinator Happy Salinas-Santos with any questions. 

    Be safe. Be water. 
     
    Percy L. Abram
    Head of School
  • A Community Connected | Tuesday, October 6

    Dear Bush Community,

    My children—a constant source of comfort and laughter during these stressful times—shared a meme they found on a social media feed that read, “I wonder what month this would be if we weren’t in the pandemic.” The months certainly seem to be moving more slowly than ever. The bright side, however, is that we’re able to hold those precious moments of laughter and joy with our children and families that much longer. 

    We remain in the pandemic, and it is actually October. This month we have welcomed back to campus our Fourth Grade students and hosted the first meeting with Bush’s newly-constituted Health Panel. The Health Panel is comprised of local physicians, researchers, and private sector leaders who will consult with and advise the school on health-related issues around COVID-19. In our initial meeting, we discussed Bush’s plan to bring Middle and Upper School students back for in-person instruction, local and regional resources to inform those decisions, upcoming on-campus opportunities, options for testing students and faculty, and resources for supporting students and faculty emotionally through these periods of isolation. The panel endeavors to meet twice monthly, and will add a mental health professional to the team to support our work.
     
    The Bush School Health Panel Members
    Percy L. Abram, Ph.D., Head of School at The Bush School
    Derel Finch, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Swedish Health Services
    Mamie Marcuss, Director of Programs for Challenge Seattle
    Paul Pottinger, M.D., D.T.M.H., F.A.C.P., F.I.D.S.A., Director of Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center
    Happy Salinas-Santos, A.R.N.P., School Wellness Coordinator at The Bush School
    Cassie Sauer, President and Chief Executive Officer for Washington State Hospital Association
    David Townes, M.D., M.P.H., D.T.M.& H., Professor in Department of Emergency Medicine, Adjunct Professor in Department of Global Health, and Associate Director of Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program at University of Washington
     
    All Upper School athletics teams have been working in small pods either on campus or on fields nearby, conducting light workouts in preparation for the opportunity to begin more comprehensive training pending Governor Inslee’s directive and approval by WIAA. At present, the students and coaches are enjoying their time together, building rapport, working on skills, and making connections. These are vital components to healthy and successful teams. Stay tuned for more information from Athletics Director Jo Ito.
     
    Middle and Upper School Upcoming On-Campus Dates
    This month, we will invite more students and faculty to campus. Below are the upcoming on-campus dates for Middle and Upper School.
     
    Wednesday, October 14 - Seniors who are scheduled to take the SAT.
    Wednesday, October 21 - Sixth Grade Orientation (half-day; then return to remote schooling).
    Dates for Seventh through Twelfth Grade on-campus activities are forthcoming.
     
    Student Flu Shots
    We encourage all members of the Bush community to get their flu shots this fall. This is especially important as there is a likelihood that peak flu and COVID-19 cases may arrive at the same time, which may overwhelm the healthcare and hospital systems. For more information on why flu shots are especially important this year, please refer to this article.
     
    We are working with a local provider to offer Bush students flu shots on campus. In order for The Bush School to be able to offer this service, we must meet the provider’s minimum number of flu shots. Please fill out this brief survey indicating whether you are interested in this service. More information will be provided soon.
     
    Student Profile – On-Campus and Remote Schooling
    The student profile on the Bush Community Portal has been modified this year to include the student’s preference for on-campus schooling or 100% remote schooling. This selection indicates your preferred academic model when your child’s grade level is eligible for on-campus schooling. As a next step, we ask that you check your child’s student profile to confirm the information we have on file is accurate. In order to do this, please log in to the Community Portal, click on your child’s name in the top header, click on “Contact Card”, and locate the section titled “General Information”. The listing can be found next to “School Program”. In order to update this information or review the process for updating the school program status, please click on Bush K-12 Registration Form: On-Campus & 100% Remote Schooling.
     
    If you have any additional questions about the school’s health and safety measures, please be sure to reach out to Bush’s School Wellness Coordinator Happy Salinas-Santos.
     
    I hope that you and your family are able to enjoy the beautiful October sun.
     
    Be safe. Be water. 

    Percy L. Abram
    Head of School
  • A Community Connected | Tuesday, September 22

    Dear Bush Community,

    It has been so nice to walk around campus and see clear skies and smiling children. The fortnight of smoky clouds cast a pall on campus and dampened not only the air quality, but our spirits as well. 

    On Monday, September 21, we welcomed members of the Second Grade class back to Bush for on-campus schooling. Their days began with health screenings, reviews of school protocols, introductions to new faculty and staff, and tours of new classroom spaces. It won’t be long until these new routines become familiar, and they acclimate to life on campus.

    We continue to plan for on-campus schooling for the rest of the Lower School students, learning valuable lessons about the pace of introducing the students and faculty to the campus. Please stay tuned for more information about the timing of bringing back Third through Fifth Grades.

    In the summer Reopening Plan, we indicated that we were hopeful to be able to bring back Middle and Upper School students in our hybrid approach beginning October 5. It is clear now that we will not have Middle School and Upper School students returning for in-person learning by then. However, we are exploring opportunities to bring students to campus in small groups as a place to start. Some Upper School athletes will have the opportunity to participate in pod-based in-person practices during the Out-of-Season Coaching Period, and in the weeks ahead, we will invite Middle and Upper School students, either by grade level or classes, to campus so that they can familiarize themselves with new protocols before beginning our hybrid schedule. 

    While the infection rates, effective reproductive numbers, and cases per 100,000 have shown positive trends recently, health officials warn that moving into the fall and winter, which will drive people indoors, will lead to an increase in cases locally and throughout the county. With this prospect on the horizon, we recognize that there remains work to be done before we embark on bringing an additional 200 students (Middle School) or 290 students (Upper School) and their teachers back to campus to join the 200 Lower School students. We are prioritizing safety over expedience so that together we can build a sustainable model for on-campus schooling. 

    While this news may be disappointing, please know that our teachers, staff, and facilities team have been working tirelessly to bring back our youngest learners, and we will be redoubling those efforts to ensure that the campus is ready for the Middle and Upper School students. We will communicate with you once this timeline is in place.

    As larger groups of students will be on campus in the future, now is a good time to review with your child(ren) the Community Agreement that we sent out before the start of school on Saturday, August 29. Preventing the spread of the coronavirus is a school-wide effort that means all of us must be willing to make compromises and tradeoffs. We have asked this of our faculty on campus, and in order to bring back Middle and Upper School students--with more independence, flexibility, and mobility--we must rely on our families to do so as well.

    This effort will require that we make a commitment to sacrifice convenience for the greater good. As Aaron Caroll pointedly articulates in his recent New York Times article, “Maybe, right now, we can’t have both (in-person) schools and Disney World”. Carroll adds, “instead of asking why we can’t do certain activities, we might consider what we’re willing to give up to do them more safely. Even better, we might even consider what we’re willing to give up so others can do them, too.”

    Even if we cannot decide on these as a society, I am hopeful that we can agree upon them as a school community.

    Stay safe. Be water.
     
    Percy L. Abram
    Head of School
  • A Community Connected | Tuesday, September 8

    Dear Bush Community, 
     
    We have been living with and among the COVID-19 pandemic for over six months, and what we once thought was unimaginable has become routine and familiar—going to “work” in sweatpants, reaching out to family and friends via FaceTime or Zoom, and watching the days go by from indoors. Despite the many aspects of our lives that feel more restrictive and confining, there have also been special moments that have connected us as a community. 

    One of those moments occurred on Wednesday, September 2, when we welcomed our Kindergarten and First Grade students back to campus for classes. The students’ parade into their classrooms was a bit different. This time they wore face coverings, Kindergarten students lined up hula hoops around their waists to ensure they remained physically distanced from their classmates, and said goodbye to their parents/guardians on the turf field as families still are not permitted to enter the classrooms. The face coverings hid some of the parents’ emotions as they walked away. This fall’s drop-off is certainly a new routine, but one that by week’s end moved smoothly. Seeing the students engage with their peers and teachers assured us that the months of planning were paying off and left us optimistic about the future of on-campus learning at Bush this year.

    In this week’s Community Connected Update, I write to share personnel news about our new School Wellness Coordinator, the COVID-19 screening chart to help parents ascertain when they should bring students to campus and when they should keep them at home, updates to the CDC travel guidelines and the school’s family travel policy, and the revised Middle and Upper School rotating weekly hybrid-schooling schedule. The Bush School will send a Community Connected Update on Tuesday, every other week—the schedule may vary depending on days off from school—with information about how the school has been impacted by and responded to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

    Welcome New School Wellness Coordinator - Happy Salinas-Santos
    This year The Bush School created a new position, School Wellness Coordinator, to manage Bush’s response to the pandemic, to coordinate health services for students, faculty, and staff, and to serve as a liaison with Bush families regarding health matters. I am pleased to welcome Happy Salinas-Santos as Bush’s School Wellness Coordinator starting Wednesday, September 9. Happy is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) with years of experience serving children of all ages, and was named Top ARNP by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine three times. Most recently, she worked as a Nurse Practitioner at the Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic. She has also owned her own clinic named Happy Family Health & Wellness, served as the Lead Nurse Practitioner at the Garfield Teen Health Center, and was a clinician for Planned Parenthood of Western Washington. Happy holds a Master of Science in Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion from Seattle University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration and Information Systems from The George Washington University. She has a keen interest in removing health-related barriers from children’s lives to promote equity and inclusion, and is looking forward to establishing a school-wide wellness program that will address health and health-related issues for Bush students, faculty, and staff. 

    The Bush School COVID-19 Screening Chart
    The Bush School monitors information from Public Health Seattle & King County (PHSKC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OPSI), and Governor Inslee’s guidance in order to assess risk levels and set protocols for on-campus activity. On September 3, the offices of Public Health Seattle & King County issued revised guidelines for families to determine when to permit their child to return to campus. The Bush School has adopted this framework and screening protocol for determining when you may bring your child to campus, and what steps to take in case they cannot come to campus. This framework aligns with the school’s daily health screening.

    I encourage you to print out this chart and keep it accessible as you go through your week. 
     
    Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    The CDC has updated the guidelines for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, no longer requiring that travelers quarantine for 14 days for travel out of state. In reviewing these new guidelines, The Bush School has updated our family travel policy and will no longer require a 14-day quarantine for travel outside of Washington state. The CDC notes that “travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.” 

    In following the school’s family travel policy, individuals are asked to follow the most up to date CDC travel guidelines, which includes (but is not limited to) the following:

    • Individuals should not travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • Individuals should take steps to protect yourself and others while traveling including wearing a mask, social distancing, and frequent hand washing.
    • Travelers should follow all travel restrictions listed by state, local, and territorial governments in addition to the US Department of State for international travel requirements and restrictions.
    • In the instance that you have engaged in higher-risk activities while traveling, the CDC recommends that you take extra precautions to protect others for 14 days after traveling, including staying at home, avoiding being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and getting tested.
    • In the instance that you came in close contact with someone with COVID-19 during your travels, you must self-quarantine for 14 days following the CDC recommendations and The Bush School COVID-19 Screening Chart (see above).

    Schedule Update - Middle & Upper School Hybrid-Schooling Weekly Rotating Schedule

    The Middle & Upper School Hybrid-Schooling Weekly Rotating Schedule has been updated since it was published in the 2020-2021 Reopening Plan on Friday, July 31. The adjustment was made to the rotation of on-campus and remote schooling weeks for each division. This change will allow the Middle School to be the first division on-campus the week of October 5. In addition, the adjusted rotation will allow the Upper School to offer on-site SAT testing for seniors on Wednesday, October 14. Please note this update to the schedule for your home calendars.
     
    I hope that you were able to enjoy the weather throughout the Labor Day weekend before smoke from regional wildfires appeared and moved many of us indoors. Like the towns and cities that have rebuilt from devastating fires--and other natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes--the Bush community is rebuilding every day. Storms bring with them tumultuous winds and pounding rains that seem interminable. The rains end. And when they do, the skies appear vaster and more luminous than ever.

    Be safe. Be water

    Percy L. Abram
    Head of School


Recent Announcements

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  • Information about the The Bush School Health Panel

    Posted Wednesday, October 7

    This month we hosted the first meeting with Bush’s newly-constituted Health Panel. The Health Panel is comprised of local physicians, researchers, and private sector leaders who will consult with and advise the school on health-related issues around COVID-19. In our initial meeting, we discussed Bush’s plan to bring Middle and Upper School students back for in-person instruction, local and regional resources to inform those decisions, upcoming on-campus opportunities, options for testing students and faculty, and resources for supporting students and faculty emotionally through these periods of isolation. The panel endeavors to meet twice monthly, and will add a mental health professional to the team to support our work.

    The Bush School Health Panel Members
    Percy L. Abram, Ph.D., Head of School at The Bush School
    Derel Finch, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Swedish Health Services
    Mamie Marcuss, Director of Programs for Challenge Seattle
    Paul Pottinger, M.D., D.T.M.H., F.A.C.P., F.I.D.S.A., Director of Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center
    Happy Salinas-Santos, A.R.N.P., School Wellness Coordinator at The Bush School
    Cassie Sauer, President and Chief Executive Officer for Washington State Hospital Association
    David Townes, M.D., M.P.H., D.T.M.& H., Professor in Department of Emergency Medicine, Adjunct Professor in Department of Global Health, and Associate Director of Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program at University of Washington
  • Student Profile Modified to Include On-Campus and Remote Schooling Status

    Posted Wednesday, October 7

    The student profile on the Bush Community Portal has been modified this year to include the student’s preference for on-campus schooling or 100% remote schooling. This selection indicates your preferred academic model when your child’s grade level is eligible for on-campus schooling. As a next step, we ask that you check your child’s student profile to confirm the information we have on file is accurate. In order to do this, please log in to the Community Portal, click on your child’s name in the top header, click on “Contact Card”, and locate the section titled “General Information”. The listing can be found next to “School Program”. In order to update this information or review the process for updating the school program status, please click on Bush K-12 Registration Form: On-Campus & 100% Remote Schooling.
  • Survey for Student Flu Shots On-Campus

    Posted Wednesday, October 7

    We encourage all members of the Bush community to get their flu shots this fall. This is especially important as there is a likelihood that peak flu and COVID-19 cases may arrive at the same time, which may overwhelm the healthcare and hospital systems. For more information on why flu shots are especially important this year, please refer to this article.
     
    We are working with a local provider to offer Bush students flu shots on campus. In order for The Bush School to be able to offer this service, we must meet the provider’s minimum number of flu shots. Please fill out this brief survey indicating whether you are interested in this service. More information will be provided soon.
  • Fourth Grade Transition to On-Campus Schooling on Monday, October 5

    Posted Thursday, October 1

    Dear Bush Lower School Families, 

    I am writing with an update about on-campus schooling, and to share with you the next step in our phased approach to welcoming K-12 students back to campus. We will transition Bush Fourth Grade students to on-campus schooling on Monday, October 5. 

    We have enjoyed welcoming Third Grade back to campus this week. These students have already become familiar with the new routines including at-home daily health screenings, updated schedules, recess and lunch protocols, and reconfigured classroom spaces. Today, students did a lesson using RULER, designed shields with their name and hopes and dreams for the year, picked out books from the classroom library, and spent time outside during recess.

    We plan to continue with a phased approach to on-campus schooling, adding additional grade levels responsibly over time. We will evaluate our protocols weekly to determine the timing for re-entry for the remainder of our students. I will share more information as we make decisions about next steps regarding Fifth Grade.  

    Please be sure to reach out to me or Lower School Director Aliya Virani with any questions or follow-up, and we look forward to seeing the Fourth Grade on campus next week.

    Stay safe. Be water.
     

    Percy L. Abram
    Head of School
  • Third Grade Transition to On-Campus Schooling on Tuesday, September 29

    Posted: September 23, 2020

    Dear Bush Lower School Families, 

    I am writing with an update about on-campus schooling, and to share with you the next step in our phased approach to welcoming K-12 students back to campus. We will transition Bush Third Grade students to on-campus schooling this Tuesday, September 29. 

    We have enjoyed welcoming Second Grade back to campus this week. These students have already become familiar with the new routines including at-home daily health screenings, updated schedules, recess and lunch protocols, and reconfigured classroom spaces. Today, students were designing world clouds in technology, listening to stories before lunchtime, and spending time outside during recess. 

    We plan to continue with a phased approach to on-campus schooling, adding additional grade levels responsibly over time. We will evaluate our protocols weekly to determine the timing for re-entry for the remainder of our students. I will share more information as we make decisions about the next steps regarding Fourth and Fifth Grades.  

    Please be sure to reach out to me or Lower School Director Aliya Virani with any questions or follow-up, and we look forward to seeing the Third Grade on campus next week.

    Stay safe. Be water.
     
    Percy L. Abram, Ph.D.
    Head of School
  • How to Update On-Campus or 100% Remote Schooling Status

    Posted: September 15, 2020

    Consistency and Setting a Routine

    We understand that families’ preference for on-campus or 100% remote schooling may change during the school year based on various factors. The opportunity to switch between these two options is designed to provide flexibility, but is meant to be used sparingly and with sufficient advance notice to the school. We believe that students benefit from routine, allowing them to develop independence and experience growth and success. As such, we encourage families to help us maintain consistency in their schedules. 

    Process for moving from 100% Remote to On-Campus Schooling* 
    If parents/guardians would like for their child(ren) enrolled in 100% remote schooling to switch to on-campus schooling,

    • The parents/guardians will complete the Bush K-12 Registration Form: On-Campus & 100% Remote Schooling by Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. the week before they want to switch from 100% remote to on-campus schooling.
    • The child can start on-campus schooling the following Monday (or first day of school the following week). 
    Process for moving from On-Campus to 100% Remote Schooling 
    If parents/guardians would like for their child(ren) enrolled in on-campus schooling to switch to 100% remote schooling,
  • Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Posted: September 8, 2020

    The CDC has updated the guidelines for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, no longer requiring that travelers quarantine for 14 days for travel out of state. In reviewing these new guidelines, The Bush School has updated our family travel policy and will no longer require a 14-day quarantine for travel outside of Washington state. The CDC notes that “travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.” 

    In following the school’s family travel policy, individuals are asked to follow the most up to date CDC travel guidelines, which includes (but is not limited to) the following:

    • Individuals should not travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • Individuals should take steps to protect yourself and others while traveling including wearing a mask, social distancing, and frequent hand washing.
    • Travelers should follow all travel restrictions listed by state, local, and territorial governments in addition to the US Department of State for international travel requirements and restrictions.
    • In the instance that you have engaged in higher-risk activities while traveling, the CDC recommends that you take extra precautions to protect others for 14 days after traveling, including staying at home, avoiding being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and getting tested.
    • In the instance that you came in close contact with someone with COVID-19 during your travels, you must self-quarantine for 14 days following the CDC recommendations and The Bush School COVID-19 Screening Chart (see above).


The Bush School COVID-19 Screening Chart

The Bush School monitors information from Public Health Seattle & King County (PHSKC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OPSI), and Governor Inslee’s guidance in order to assess risk levels and set protocols for on-campus activity. On September 3, the offices of Public Health Seattle & King County issued revised guidelines for families to determine when to permit their child to return to campus. The Bush School has adopted this framework and screening protocol for determining when you may bring your child to campus, and what steps to take in case they cannot come to campus. This framework aligns with the school’s daily health screening.

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School Wellness Coordinator - Happy Salinas Santos

This year The Bush School created a new position, School Wellness Coordinator, to manage Bush’s response to the pandemic, to coordinate health services for students, faculty, and staff, and to serve as a liaison with Bush families regarding health matters. I am pleased to welcome Happy Salinas-Santos as Bush’s School Wellness Coordinator starting Wednesday, September 9. Happy is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) with years of experience serving children of all ages, and was named Top ARNP by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine three times. Most recently, she worked as a Nurse Practitioner at the Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic. She has also owned her own clinic named Happy Family Health & Wellness, served as the Lead Nurse Practitioner at the Garfield Teen Health Center, and was a clinician for Planned Parenthood of Western Washington. Happy holds a Master of Science in Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion from Seattle University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration and Information Systems from The George Washington University. She has a keen interest in removing health-related barriers from children’s lives to promote equity and inclusion, and is looking forward to establishing a school-wide wellness program that will address health and health-related issues for Bush students, faculty, and staff.


Nurse Happy’s Weekly Health Update
 
Each week in The Blazer Bulletin, School Wellness Coordinator Happy Salinas-Santos will be sharing Nurse Happy's Weekly Health Update, a newsletter with wellness tips, community updates, and important health and safety reminders.

Thursday, October 8:
https://bush.myschoolapp.com/ftpimages/409/download/download_5437496.pdf

Thursday, October 1:
https://bush.myschoolapp.com/ftpimages/409/download/download_5401740.pdf

Thursday, September 24:
https://bush.myschoolapp.com/ftpimages/409/download/download_5372694.pdf

Thursday, September 17: https://bush.myschoolapp.com/ftpimages/409/download/download_5327309.pdf


Community Agreement

And as we take this next step together, we know that the school-home partnership is critical to our success. Everyone has a vital role to play as we transition to on-campus schooling. Together we are all called upon to prioritize our collective public health responsibility for reducing the spread of the virus and to limit social interactions outside of school. Please review The Bush School Community Agreement as part of our commitment to the safety and health of our community.

To read the Bush Community Agreement and click and download a PDF here
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      Community Agreement

      Community Agreement



2020-2021 Reopening Plan

Head of School Percy L. Abram outlines the school's 2020-2021 Reopening Plan including the three models for returning to campus and  the policies and protocols that will be in place when we do return to on-campus instruction. To read more visit bush.edu/reopeningplan or click on below: