Olympic Hills Will Shift to Remote Learning for Students January 14

Dear Olympic Hills community,  

Due to a very high and rising absentee rate and a large number of staff and students needing to quarantine, we will be switching to online instruction for all students at Olympic Hills Elementary School. This switch to remote learning will begin Friday, January 14.  

We will continue in remote instruction for five school days, so the first day we expect to be back with normal in-person instruction is Monday, January 24. (As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.)  

  • Friday, January 14, will begin on a two-hour delay, at 10 a.m. 
  • It will be a synchronous learning day, meaning your teacher will provide live online instruction.  
  • Teachers will email families with information about accessing learning resources. That email will include a schedule for synchronous online instruction, small group meeting times, and links to access the classroom and small groups.  
  • For meals, grab-and-go lunches will be available for pick up at the school from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  

If your child’s device is at school or you need technical support, please come by the main office from 8am-3pm tomorrow or email Ms. Nuzhat at namustafa@seattleschools.org. You can also call the tech support team 7am-4pm at 206-252-0100 or email tech support at laptops@seattleschools.org.  

Our plans to resume in-person instruction are made in conjunction with direction from the district’s leadership team and with Public Health – Seattle & King County.  

We know that switching to remote learning can cause challenges for many families. Please know that the health and well-being of our families, students, and staff is our top priority. Keeping your student home plays an essential role in protecting our school communities. Contact tracing and quarantining are a part of proactive layered mitigation strategies that help keep our school safe and healthy.  

Here are important health tips:  

What should families do?   

  1. Keep your child home.   
  2. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other COVID-19 symptoms (see list below).   
  3. Whether or not they show symptoms, get your child tested for COVID-19 5-7 days after exposure by calling your medical provider or requesting a test at school. If you’d like to request a test at school, please call the main office at 206-252-3020.   
  4. If the test results come back positive for COVID, your child should continue to quarantine until 24 hours after symptoms are gone.   
  5. Contact the office if your child tests positive or shows COVID-19 symptoms- even in remote learning.  This information will inform our return to in-person instruction in five days.   

Symptoms of COVID-19 may range from mild symptoms to severe illness and may include:   

  • Fever of 100.4°F or 38°C or higher   
  • Cough   
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing   
  • Chills   
  • Fatigue   
  • Muscle pain or body aches   
  • Headache   
  • New loss of taste or smell   
  • Sore throat   
  • Congestion or runny nose   
  • Nausea or vomiting   
  • Diarrhea   
  • Other signs of new illness that are unrelated to a preexisting condition (such as seasonal allergies)   

If your student begins experiencing any of these signs/symptoms, notify the front office and consult with your health care provider to get your student tested for COVID-19.   

You can learn more about SPS’ process for responding to COVID-19 on the district website.   

Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the main office.   

In partnership,    

Principal Elizabeth DeBell