Family Plan

SK Flex at EPO
Posted on 11/05/2020
EPO Family Plan

2020-21 Flex Reopening Plan

EPO Elementary


Dear Families,

We are so excited to invite our learners back to EPO for in-person instruction in our SK FLEX Model. We have missed our Orcas, and are looking forward to their return, and the energy and excitement for learning that they will bring.

As we invite our EPO Orcas back for in-person instruction, it will be important for everyone in our school community to carefully follow our EPO Reopening Plan for the safety and health of all, so that we can maintain in-person teaching and learning.

 Thank you in advance for understanding that there are many things that will be different this year at EPO, because of the precautions we must take for the safety of students and staff. Many of these changes will require patience and grace, as we transition our learners back to the building, and work to ensure required procedures and protocols are followed.

Our EPO Re-Opening plan is based upon South Kitsap School District expectations, policies, and procedures for the health and wellness of students and staff as outlined in the Return to Campus Road Map. Please refer to the SKSD Road Map on the district website for questions regarding how we will follow specific Health Department and SKSD Protocols in the event that a staff member, student, or a close family member is exposed to COVID.

If you have questions about the information in this guide, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your partnership!

Paul Hulbert
EPO Elementary

General Information – School Schedule

As grade levels return, EPO Flex students will still be participating in a full day of school, in a hybrid AM/PM model, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Wednesdays will be fully remote.

 Students will attend in-person the AM session or the PM Session associated with the first initial of their last name unless they have been invited to attend a different in-person session.


  • Students may be invited to attend a different in-person session if there are classes with unequal last-initial splits, families have different last names, or the student needs in-person Special Education services at a certain time of day.
  • EPO Flex students receiving Special Education services will be receiving their SDI during their asynchronous time.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Hybrid Schedule of Half-Day In-Person Learning, Half-Day Remote Learning



AM Session Students


PM Session Students


Fully Remote for All Students


Synchronous and asynchronous learning.


Schedule will be determined by grade level and shared by classroom teachers.


In-person learning with grade-level teacher


Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday Schedule

Morning Session-

8:25 – Students arrive

8:35 – School begins

Students will have a 15 minute recess during their session

11:05 – School ends and students are dismissed


Remote Learning

(Synchronous and asynchronous)


  • Asynchronous work assigned by student’s grade level teacher
  • Specialist time (PE, Music, Library)
  • LAP Reading Groups
  • EL Support
  • Additional SDI for SpEd
  • Lunch & Recess

11:05-12:30 – Teacher plan time, lunch, cleaning and sanitization


Remote Learning

(Synchronous and asynchronous)


  • Asynchronous work assigned by student’s grade level teacher
  • Specialist time (PE, Music, Library)
  • LAP Reading Groups
  • EL Support
  • Additional SDI for SpEd
  • Lunch & Recess

In-person learning with grade-level teacher


Afternoon Session-

12:30pm – Students arrive

12:40pm – School begins

Students will have a 15 minute recess during their session

3:10 – School ends and students are dismissed

SK Flex Typical School Day – AM/PM EPO Elementary

At School:

Arrive at school

  • Temperature Check before student exits family car or school bus
  • Daily Health Attestation
    • Completed via Skyward for each student before they arrive at school or bus stop
    • Paper copies are available as an option
  • Students enter building at their designated entrance
  • Students clean hands upon entry


Class Meeting

English/Language Arts & Literacy – Wit and Wisdom K-5; Fundations K-2


  • Outside activities by class with social distancing; masks required at all times
  • Playgrounds will be open and play encouraged; Students will stay with their class and rotate through different “Zones” in our outdoor spaces
  • Students clean hands before and after play



  • Pack-up belongings and tidy desk
  • Grab and Go Meals distributed

At Home

  • Independent (asynchronous) learning activities assigned by teacher
  • ZOOM meeting for Library, PE, and/or Music
  • Support Services (LAP, ELL, Special Education)
  • Recess
  • Reading
  • Continued work on independent learning activities

Student Symptom Attestation and Temperature Checks

As we transition back to campus, we need your help to ensure the health and safety of our school community. Each day, families are required to complete a health screening attestation for each student.


This should be completed before your student leaves home to go to EPO, or their bus stop. The process is simple! You will complete this process each day.


  1. Open the Skyward mobile app on your cell phone. Or, open Skyward with an internet browser on a computer via the SKSD website.
  2. Click on the student’s name
  3. Click on Wellness Screening
  4. Review and answer the health questions.
  5. Click Save or Submit
  6. A green checkmark indicates the student is well enough to go to school that day.

A red X indicates the student must stay home.


Note: A paper alternative will be provided if needed. Several copies will be sent home with students in preparation, but we highly recommend that you use Skyward. It simplifies the process for everyone!

If your student does not have a completed attestation before arriving at school, EPO staff will need to contact you to answer the screening questions before your student can start school for the day. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in completing this process before sending your student on the bus or leaving home to bring them to school.

Daily Temperature Checks

Students will have their temperature taken upon arrival at school, before they may enter their classroom. Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not come to school.

Traveling Safely to and From EPO by Bus

  1. When waiting at their bus stop, students will need to practice social distancing and wear face coverings.
  2. Before your student arrives at the bus stop, please make sure that they have a completed attestation for the day. Each student will need to have a completed parent attestation that they are coming to school symptom-free.You will have two options:
    1. Have an attestation form, completed by a parent/guardian before leaving the vehicle. Student will take this form with them to their check-in location when they arrive at school.
    2. Parents may attest in the Skyward app. If you plan to use Skyward to attest, we will give your student a laminated pass that they can keep in their backpack and show staff when they arrive at school.

    If your child has a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher, a cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or if a student has been in direct contact with someone who has COVID-19, he/she will need to stay home and his/her medical provider should be consulted.

  3. On the bus, students will wear a face covering, and riders will be kept as far apart as possible. Siblings/household members may need to sit together. Seats may be assigned on the bus. Windows will be kept open as weather permits to allow for fresh air circulation.
  4. When students arrive at school, they will exit the bus and go immediately to their check-in location.

Traveling Safely to and from EPO by Car

If you transport your child to and from school by car, the following expectations apply.

Please be prepared to be patient and follow guidelines, some of which will be different from previous years.

 These guidelines are in place to ensure we are following SKSD Health and Safety Procedures and Protocols.

Thank you for helping us to maintain social distance and safety for students and staff!


  1. Students being driven to school will need to be dropped-off in the designated drop-off area starting no earlier than their session’s arrival time.

    Students may not be dropped-off earlier than the arrival time for their session.

    AM Session Arrival: 8:25 AM             PM Session Arrival: 12:30 PM

    This is a safety measure for both students and staff. If you arrive prior to this time, you will be asked to park and wait with your student in your vehicle.

  2. Parents will be directed by staff to pull into the load/unload zone (see map on next page). Students will need to wait in their vehicle until they are greeted by a staff member.
  3. When a staff member greets your vehicle, they will take your student’s temperature. If your student’s temperature is below 100.4 degrees, they will be allowed to exit the car and proceed to school, where they will have their symptom attestation verified.
  4. Student Attestation: Each student will need to have a completed parent attestation that they are coming to school symptom-free.You will have two options:
    1. Have a completed attestation form, completed by a parent/guardian before leaving the vehicle. Student will take this form with them into the building.
    2. Parents may attest in the Skyward app. If you do this, you will notify the staff member at drop-off, who will give your student a pass to class.

    If your child has a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher, a cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or if a student has been in direct contact with someone who has COVID-19, he/she will need to stay home and his/her medical provider should be consulted.

    If upon arrival at school you have not completed the attestation, you will be directed to a parking spot where a staff member will give you a form to complete.

  5. Students will wear their face covering and go directly from their vehicle to their designated entry point. Parents and guardians will not be allowed to enter the school building during student arrival time.
  6. Staff members will be available to escort your child safely from the drop off area to the building, if needed.

EPO Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Route for 2020-21


Please note: Dismissal will be different from past EPO pick-up procedures. Please review the map below.

  1. Pick-up will occur in the main parking lot in the same area as drop-off. Staff will be present to direct you.
  2. Parents/guardians need to wait in your vehicle for your child. Parents/guardians will not be permitted to enter the building during dismissal time.

    Note: If you need to speak with office staff, you may park and wait for dismissal to finish, and then go up to the building

  3. Pick-Up vehicles should have the placard with your child’s first name and teacher clearly displayed in the front window of the vehicle.

    If you need more than the two placards provided, please notify the EPO Office.

  4. Students will have been walked to a designated waiting area with their class. When staff see your placard, they will notify the teacher to release the student. You will be directed to a waiting spot.
  5. Please pull forward and wait where designated by staff. Students will be released as parents arrive.


Early Dismissal

  1. We respectfully ask that you attempt to keep your end-of-day routine the same, and in case of a change please try to inform the office of changes by 30 minutes prior to your student’s dismissal time.
  2. Parents/Guardians who are picking up a child for early dismissal should ring-in at the front doors to check-in with office staff. Your child will be escorted to the front doors and released to the parent.
  3. Because of safety protocols, parents will be required to wait outside.


How to prepare your student for their transition to in-person learning at EPO


  1. Students will be required to wear their mask the entire time they are present at EPO.

    Consider having your student practice wearing a mask for increasingly extended periods of time. By having your student practice, and talking about the mask in a positive way, you are helping your student mentally prepare for a successful experience of wearing their mask at school.

  2. Talk about the importance of hand washing and using hand sanitizer. If you have hand sanitizer at home, practice using one pump when needed. Practice washing hands for 20 seconds by singing Happy Birthday or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  3. Once your student’s teacher has been confirmed, look for communication from the teacher about what supplies/materials they need to bring back with them to school.
  4. Please prepare to send your student to school each day with:
    1. A water bottle, pre-filled (this will come home each day, to be sent back the next)
    2. A face covering that follows SKSD District Guidelines (see next page)
  5. Consider sending an extra face mask to school with your student, in a small plastic bag labeled with your student’s name. Teachers can keep these for your student to replace their mask during the day if it becomes soiled.
  6. Students may bring their own hand-sanitizer if they wish, but please know there will be plenty of hand sanitizer throughout the building.

If you choose to send hand sanitizer with your student, it needs to be clear and non-scented (no glitter, colors, perfume-type smells, etc)

Health and Safety at EPO

When your child is present at school, the following guidelines will apply:

  1. Masks are required at all times: Students will wear face coverings in accordance with SKSD guidelines. Students will be expected to wear their face covering throughout their session, even when sitting at their desk and at recess.

    Acceptable Face Coverings:

    • Face masks with loops around the ears, ties around the back of the head, etc
    • “Balaclava” style face coverings that are worn around the neck and can then be pulled-up to cover the nose and mouth.

    Face shields alone are not an acceptable face covering.

    Questions/concerns about the face covering requirement may be directed to Principal Munson, or to our School Nurse, Rebecca Chandler.

  2. Personal Hygiene: Students will use hand sanitizer and/or frequently wash their hands throughout the school day.
  3. Health Screening: All staff and students are required to complete the digital health screening via Skyward with attestation protocol before entering any school district facility. Alternatives to the digital process will be available.
  4. Temperature Checks: Students will have a temperature check before they enter the building.
  5. Visitors/Volunteers: Visitors and volunteers will have limited access to campus. Please contact the EPO office with questions.
  6. Physical/Social Distancing: Physical distancing will be required while on campus, at all times. In the classroom teachers will arrange seating so that students are physically distanced. Students will not share supplies.
  7. Cleaning and Sanitization: EPO will be cleaned throughout the day. Bathrooms and frequent touch points will be cleaned regularly, and classrooms will be cleaned between each class session (AM/PM)
  8. Use of water fountains will be restricted:Students should bring to school a non-spill water bottle with a wide-mouth, so that they can fill their water bottle from a sink or water cooler.
  9. Recess: In attempt to limit transitions and potential for exposure, students will stay in their classrooms for all in-person classes. Outdoor space will be used for recess.
  10. Meals: Meals will be provided to students in “Grab-and-Go” form at the end of their session. Students will bring home a breakfast, and a lunch.


If your student becomes symptomatic while at school

  1. Your student will go to our “Waiting Room” to be isolated. This waiting room is equipped with cots and is staffed by a EPO staff member.
  2. Your student’s temperature will be checked, and their symptoms assessed.
  3. You will be called to pick-up your child based upon the following:

If a student has symptoms of COVID-19, you will be called to pick up your student if they have:

Any one of the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • New onset of loss of taste or smell
  • Vomiting or diarrhea


TWO or more of the following lesser symptoms:

  • Chills
  • Rigors
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Congestion, Runny nose

AND there is no alternative, more likely diagnosis (e.g. pre-exiting asthma with potential exacerbation)


  1. If it is determined that your student needs to be picked up, they will wait in the Waiting Room with our EPO staff member for you to arrive.If it is determined they do not need to be picked-up, your student will return to class.



If you are called due to your student’s symptoms, you will be expected to pick-up your student within 30 minutes. Please review, sign, and return the document on the next page to demonstrate your understanding of these expectations.


Please ensure that all contact phone numbers are current and functional in your Skyward account. It is vital that we have current contact information for you, as well as a local emergency contact in the even that you are unavailable to pick-up your student.



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