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2021-2022 Campus Opening Plan


This Opening Plan is the result of careful and collective planning by our Leadership Team, with important input from our faculty and staff, administration, families, and trustees, in consultation with members of the medical and public health community. The plan prioritizes the health and safety of our students and employees and is informed by data and recommendations from Public Health - Seattle & King County, Washington State Department of Health, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ultimately, these agencies’ health requirements determine when and how it is safe for students to return to campus.

Guidance around COVID-19 protocols in schools is still changing and we are monitoring and responding to those decisions. This site is likely to be updated as our context changes.

Last updated December 10, 2021

Giddens Decision Making Process

In devising this Opening Plan, we have prioritized the physical health and safety of our students and staff, while also acknowledging the importance of the social and emotional health of our children to have some in-person connection. Throughout our process, we have kept the school’s mission, vision, and values at the forefront, as well as what we know about child development and what is best for our students. In answering the questions about what we can do, we have also asked ourselves the question of “should we?”

Our guiding principles in this process have been:

  • the health and safety of all our people - students, families, and employees
  • government recommendations and restrictions
  • social and emotional health and well-being
  • equity and inclusive accessibility
  • In-person learning with a focus on relationships and relational teaching and learning
  • developmentally appropriate approaches to teaching and learning

Fall 2021-2022 Opening Plan

Community Health & Safety Pledge

A successful return to campus will require all members of our community to work together to achieve a common goal. That’s why we will be asking everyone to sign a return to school agreement to commit to doing their part to keep our community healthy and safe. Your commitment reinforces our shared responsibility to each other that extends from our campus to our homes. Your participation will have a major impact on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the Giddens community. Therefore we ask that all students, faculty, and families agree to the following, whether on or off-campus:

  • Follow federal, state, and local guidelines around COVID-19. This may include quarantine, travel, physical distancing, vaccinations, and facial coverings.
  • Staying home when symptomatic.
  • Informing Giddens School administration at health@giddensschool.org if a member of the family has been in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19

While Giddens cannot eliminate the possibility of someone contracting COVID-19, adherence to the above steps can go a long way to help reduce risk and mitigate spread.