Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Signature
4/3/2020 -
Message to Families this Week - The District sent a Robo call to students and families to be on the lookout.  “Your teacher plans to call you at home to see how you are doing.  The Caller Identification may say "Unknown Caller."  If you know someone who has changed their number or has not been contacted, please call 509-848-5739 for elementary updates or 
509-874-8695 for High/Middle updates.  We would really like to stay in touch.”
Donated Food Plans have been Updated:  Currently, we still have food that was donated from Northwest Harvest to MASD.  Beginning Tuesday, March 31, the District had 10# food bags and bottled water available for pick up from each kitchen.  This will go on, for DAILY pick up, as long as supplies last.   Breakfast/Lunch will continue to be provided during Spring Break, April 6-10.
Senior Instruction has begun:  Teachers are calling senior students with a few reminders:
• Courses are beginning on April 6.
• Community service hours are due to Ms. Owen by April 13.  They can email her a picture of hours earned at her school email.
• Special accommodations provided for seniors who do not have internet access. 
• Students that need a chrome book can pick one up on Friday, April 3 from 11-1 p.m. in the high school office.
• Students are only being required at this time to begin classes required for graduation.
• Mrs. Smith’s focus is on seniors who are on track to graduate.
Use of video conferencing via Zoom or other methods is to be carefully regulated by teachers and parents.  The District will not likely use video conferencing for the most part, but if it is necessary, then the following procedures apply.  If procedure is violated, please contact the school immediately.
Video Meeting Guidance – Important guidelines when using video conferencing for staff-to-student communication:  
1) There must be at least two students participating in a Zoom meeting with a staff member. 
2) When only one student is available to participate in a Zoom meeting with a staff member, an adult at home must be in the video with the student. 
3) At no time should a staff member and student be 1:1 during a Zoom meeting.  
Phase I and Phase II Planning by Buildings Related to Instruction:  Phase I and Phase II instructional plans for both campuses in the District have been developed.  Please keep in mind that these plans are fluid.  As regulations change, as schemers learn new ways to breach Zoom meetings, as the State Superintendent or Governor loosen or tighten regulations, the District will adjust as necessary.  That said, thank you all so much for your flexibility as the building leaders use all of their best and latest knowledge to provide guidance to teachers and instruction to students during this time, which will begin as early as April for some grade levels and implemented over the next two weeks for other grade levels. 

Know the Facts about the Corona Virus (COVID-19)

The Mt. Adams School District (MASD) is very concerned about your child’s health and the health of our staff.  Educational Services District 105 Superintendent Kevin Chase is coordinating an effort with the Yakima County Health Department and school leaders to help local School Districts be prepared.  He assures us that there is much action happening behind the scenes, and all schools in the area will be prepared very soon.  

In the meantime, I have sent a message to MASD staff to follow these precautions:

Sick employees are to stay home and encourage sick students to say home as well:

- Employees/students who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).   Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately.  Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).

Employees are to emphasize respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene and encourage students to do so as well:

- MASD has placed posters that encourage employees and students to stay home when sick, follow cough and sneeze etiquette, and use hand hygiene continually through the day.  
- MASD has purchased and filled 200 hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the District for students and staff to use.  
- MASD has provided disposable tissues for use by employees and students as a precaution during this virus season.
- Employees and students are to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
- Employees and students are advised to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

If COVID-19 is detected in MASD the following steps will be taken: 

If an employee or student is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, MASD will inform all employees and all students of their possible exposure to COVID-19, but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   
Employees and students exposed to a co-worker or classmate with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure by following this link:
Please remember that this is not a time to panic but it is a time to be prepared.  If you are sick please stay home as described above.  

In addition to the above information, below you will find information that was taken from the OSPI School Nurse Corps.   For a full listing of resources and school district recommendations please refer to the following ESD 105 Website:

- The current level of risk in our region remains low.
- Help reduce stigma and discrimination: race, ethnicity or nationality is not connected with COVID-19.
- 98% of confirmed cases to date are adults. 
- For specific medical advice or questions please consult with your health care provider.
- We will continue to monitor this situation as it unfolds and will take our lead from state and national health authorities.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

To minimize our personal and collective risk of exposure, the steps below are recommended by the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to help prevent contamination and spread of COVID-19.  They are the same steps you would take to prevent the spread of the flu and/or a common cold:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water especially after eating and after coming into contact with others.  Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoid contact with people who are sick;
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others;
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces.