Fall Opening 2020 Updates

Fall Opening 2020 Updates
Posted on 12/18/2020
Fall Opening




12/18/20

This will be a quick UPDATE.







Holiday Break

·  December 21st through January 3rd.

The Last 2 Weeks

·  Having all our grade levels back in hybrid schooling over the last two weeks has been great for students, staff, and community.

·  The governor's latest announcement regarding getting kids back to school fits with what Ephrata School District is already doing.

·  We are demonstrating that if we follow the protocols, we can do school safely - the virus comes to school, but doesn't spread here.

·  We will continue to be vigilant.

School Resumes

·  We fully expect to resume PK-12 hybrid schooling (as we left it before Christmas Break) on Monday, January 4th.  

·  If something changes, we'll let you know.  Right now, we don't know what that would be.  As we've learned, you have to leave room for change.

February 2021 Levy

·  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the upcoming levy.

·  I'm happy to do video briefings on the levy if you know a group that would be interested.

·  In January, the district will be mailing an explanation levy flyer to every home.

·  More will be coming in the following weeks.

Take care, and have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

Tim

Positively blessed to be a Tiger!


12/11/20

Hybrid Learning Model

·  7-12 grades returned to the classroom this week.  I would characterize this week as extremely successful on both the "doing school" side and "the amount of COVID in our district" side.

o 7-12 was able to learn from their colleagues who opened earlier in the year; thus helping with their early success.

o Kids and staff alike looked happy to be back at school.

o I received many positive reports from families and staff.

·  We now have all grades back in school!

o We continue to learn, adjust, remain positive, and stay agile.

o Please encourage people to communicate with us before they get too frustrated.

·  One of the major challenges districts face regarding returning to school is a lack of staff; Ephrata School District is no exception.

o A lack of staff can be COVID related and/or life just happening.  To date, we have been able to adjust without closing a building.

o Our administrative team is doing an exceptional job of being creative. Our staff have been outstanding at being flexible and agile.  Our entire team has worked tirelessly for our community.

o WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLY TALENTED AND COMMITTED TEAM HERE IN THE EPHRATA SCHOOL DISTRICT who are committed to "kids and learning!"

February 2021 Levy

·  A citizen's committee has begun.  Rebecca Lybbert has stepped up to lead this team.  Please contact her if you are interested in knowing more.

·  A couple quick facts:

o A levy takes 50%+1 vote to pass.

o It is estimated that for every local dollar raised, the state will match with a dollar.  This means that a $2,000,000 levy would generate $4,000,000 in total revenue.

o Why the state matching dollars?  Ephrata is considered a property poor district, and this is a mechanism the state uses to "equalize the state."

o For the county treasurer, a school levy runs on a calendar year.  For the school district, one calendar year spans 2 school years.

o Collected levy dollars are dispersed twice in a calendar year - spring and fall.

o What's the difference between a levy and a bond?  Levies are for learning; bonds are for building.

Construction Projects

·  At Columbia Ridge, the added classrooms and new gym foundations are poured.

·  At Columbia Ridge, one wing is currently being demo'd for the remodel process.

·  At the Middle School, the construction company is having to dig deeper (on average 8 feet) than anticipated to find solid ground for the new gym and library footings.  The south parking lot is requiring deeper digging as well.

·  At the Middle School, below grade plumbing is in - or going in.

·  Parkway's office remodel and secure main entrance vestibule will be started and completed this summer.

Athletic Workouts

·  Athletic workouts will pause for this month.  They will resume in January.

·  WIAA is the place to learn about athletics in the state of WA.

District-Level Administrative Team

·  Tim Payne: Superintendent

o Cathy Wulf: Admin Assistant to the Superintendent

·  Debbie Cook: Business Manager

·  Frank Cardwell: Health, Safety, HR

·  Sharon Scellick: State & Federal Program, Teaching & Learning

·  Sarah Vasquez: Technology, Career & Technical Education (CTE)

o Brenda Murray: Admin Assistant to the Technology & CTE

·  Travis Eloff: Special Education

·  Charlotte Throgmorton: Preschool

·  Rock Witte: Building/Grounds Maintenance

o Rebecca Lybbert: Special Projects Assistant

·  Adam Roduner: Transportation, Custodial

·  Amy Grizzel: Food Services

Principals

·  Aaron Cummings: High School Principal

o Dave Laird: Assistant Principal

o Bryan Johnson: Assistant Principal, HS Athletic Director

o Charlotte Throgmorton, Assistant Principal

·  Ken Murray: Middle School Principal

·  Dawn Turley: Parkway Principal

·  Shannon Dahl: Grant Elementary Principal

·  Karla Williams: Columba Ridge Principal

Calendar

·  Dec 21 - Jan 1: Christmas Break

·  Jan 4: School Resumes

·  Jan 18: No School - Martin Luther King Day

·  Jan 19: 1st Semester Ends

Please feel free to forward this to anyone you feel would like to read it.  Also, if you know someone who would like to be added to my list, please let me know.  Thanks so much.

 

Take care,

 

Tim Payne, Superintendent

"Blessed to be an Ephrata Tiger"

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Modelo de enseñanza híbrida

·  Los estudiantes de los grados 7 al 12 volvieron a clase esta semana. Caracterizaría esta semana como extremadamente exitosa en lo que respecta a las clases y a la cantidad de casos de COVID-19 en nuestro distrito.

o Los estudiantes de los grados 7 al 12 pudieron aprender de sus compañeros que comenzaron más temprano en el año, lo que contribuyó con su éxito temprano.

o Los niños y el personal parecían felices por igual de volver a la escuela.

o Recibí muchos informes positivos de las familias y el personal.

·  ¡Ahora tenemos a todos los grados de vuelta en la escuela!

o Seguimos aprendiendo, haciendo ajustes, manteniéndonos positivos y siendo ágiles.

o Animen a las personas a comunicarse con nosotros antes de frustrarse demasiado.

·  Uno de los mayores desafíos que enfrentan los distritos con respecto al retorno a la escuela es la falta de personal; el Distrito Escolar de Ephrata no es la excepción.

o La falta de personal puede deberse al COVID-19 o ser algo que solo está ocurriendo. Hasta ahora, pudimos ajustarnos sin cerrar ningún edificio.

o Nuestro equipo administrativo está realizando una tarea excepcional para ser creativo. Nuestro personal se ha destacado por su flexibilidad y agilidad. Todo nuestro equipo ha trabajado incansablemente por nuestra comunidad.

o TENEMOS UN EQUIPO INCREÍBLEMENTE TALENTOSO Y COMPROMETIDO EN EL DISTRITO ESCOLAR DE EPHRATA que está comprometido con los niños y la educación.

Gravamen de febrero de 2021

·  Se formó un comité ciudadano. Rebecca Lybbert se ofreció para liderar este equipo. Comuníquense con ella si les interesa obtener más información.

·  Un par de datos breves:

o Un gravamen requiere el 50 % + 1 voto para aprobarse.

o Se estima que por cada dólar local recaudado, el estado aportará un dólar. Esto significa que un gravamen de $2,000,000 generaría $4,000,000 de ingresos totales.

o ¿Por qué los dólares de contrapartida del estado? Ephrata se considera un distrito de propiedad pobre y este es un mecanismo que el estado usa para “igualar el estado”.

o Para el tesorero del estado, un gravamen escolar funciona para un año calendario. Para el distrito escolar, un año calendario abarca dos años escolares.

o Los dólares del gravamen recolectados se dispersan dos veces en un año calendario; en primavera y en otoño.

o ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre un gravamen y un bono? Los gravámenes son para la educación; los bonos son para la construcción.

Proyectos de construcción

·  En Columbia Ridge, los cimientos de los salones de clase agregados y del nuevo gimnasio están vertidos.

·  En Columbia Ridge, actualmente se está demoliendo un ala para el proceso de remodelación.

·  En la Escuela Intermedia, la empresa de construcción tendrá que cavar más profundo de lo previsto (un promedio de 8 pies) para encontrar tierra firme para la cimentación del gimnasio y la biblioteca nuevos. El estacionamiento del sur requiere que se cave más profundo también.

·  En la Escuela Intermedia, las tuberías bajo el nivel del suelo están terminadas, o casi terminadas.

·  La remodelación de la oficina de Parkway y la protección del vestíbulo de la entrada principal se comenzarán y completarán este verano.

Entrenamientos atléticos

·  Los entrenamientos atléticos estarán en pausa este mes. Se retomarán en enero.

·  La Asociación de Actividades Interescolares de Washington (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, WIAA) es el lugar donde aprender sobre atletismo en el estado de Washington.

Equipo administrativo a nivel del distrito

·  Tim Payne: Superintendente

o Cathy Wulf: Asistente Administrativa del Superintendente

·  Debbie Cook: Gerente Comercial

·  Frank Cardwell: Salud, Seguridad, Recursos Humanos

·  Sharon Scellick: Programa Estatal y Federal, Enseñanza y Aprendizaje

·  Sarah Vasquez: Tecnología, Educación Profesional y Técnica (CTE)

o Brenda Murray: Asistente Administrativa de Tecnología y CTE

·  Travis Eloff: Educación Especial

·  Charlotte Throgmorton: Preescolar

·  Rock Witte: Mantenimiento del Edifico/las Instalaciones

o Rebecca Lybbert: Asistente de Proyectos Especiales

·  Adam Roduner: Transporte, Mantenimiento

·  Amy Grizzel: Servicios de Comidas

Directores

·  Aaron Cummings: Director de la Escuela Secundaria

o Dave Laird: Director Ajunto

o Bryan Johnson: Director Adjunto, Director de Deportes de la Escuela Secundaria

o Charlotte Throgmorton, Directora Adjunta

·  Ken Murray: Director de la Escuela Intermedia

·  Dawn Turley: Director de Parkway

·  Shannon Dahl: Directora de Grant Elementary

·  Karla Williams: Directora de Columba Ridge

Calendario

·  21 de diciembre a 1 de enero: Vacaciones de Navidad

·  4 de enero: Se retoman las clases

·  18 de enero: No hay clases - Día de Martin Luther King

·  19 de enero: Finaliza el 1.er semestre

No duden en enviar esto a quien sientan que le gustaría leerlo. Además, si saben de alguien a quien le gustaría ser agregado a mi lista, comuníquenmelo. Gracias.

 

Cuídense,

 

Tim Payne, Superintendente

“Feliz de ser un Tiger de Ephrata”

Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo

 



11/24/20

Good morning.

 

I am making the decision to postpone the reopening of 7th-12th grades until Monday, December 7th.  Based on the data, I believe this is the safest, wisest, and most prudent decision to make for our students, staff, and community.

 

All our current programs and offerings will remain in effect (unchanged).

 

Thank you for your patience, understanding and support.

 

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

 

PS: 

During this holiday season, would you ponder and share the things you are blessed and thankful for? 

· I am blessed and thankful for my family, health, a positive attitude, and to be the superintendent of Ephrata School District.

· #AnAttitudeOfGratitude

Tim

Buenos días.

 

Estoy tomando la decisión de posponer la reapertura de los grados 7 al 12 hasta el lunes 7 de diciembre. Basándome en los datos, creo que esta es la decisión más segura, sabia y prudente que tomar para nuestros estudiantes, nuestro personal y la comunidad.

 

Todos nuestros programas y ofertas actuales permanecerán en vigor (sin cambios).

 

Gracias por su paciencia, comprensión y apoyo.

 

Que disfruten un día de Acción de Gracias feliz y seguro.

 

PS: 

Durante esta temporada festiva, ¿podrías meditar y compartir las cosas por las que eres bendecido y agradecido

· Estoy bendecido y agradecido por mi familia, salud, una actitud positiva, y por ser el superintendente del Distrito Escolar de Ephrata.

· #AnAttitudeOfGratitude (una actitud de gratitud)

Tim


Revised Hybrid Timetable

11/24/20 Community Update

Good Tuesday morning!

 

Let me begin this update with a word of blessing and thanks.

· I'm blessed and thankful for my amazing family, health, a positive attitude, and to be the superintendent of Ephrata School District.

· I encourage you to share your blessings and thankfulness as well - especially during these challenging times.

February 9, 2021 Levy Information

· During last night's Board meeting, the School Board approved placing a 4-year replacement levy on the February 2021 ballot.

· On, or around, January 17, 2021 you'll receive a ballot to replace the current Ephrata School District's Educational Programs and Operations Levy.

· The district's current levy expires in 2021 and this one would replace it.

· Estimated Replacement Levy Rates:

o 2022   $1.85/$1000

o 2023   $1.94/$1000

o 2024   $1.99/$1000

o 2025   $2.03/$1000

· During the Bond/Levy campaign 2 years ago, Dan Martell estimated and communicated that the approximate combined tax rate for both the bond and levy would be $4.30 per $1000 of assessed property value.  THIS 4-YEAR LEVY ESTIMATE HONORS THAT WORK!

· If the community passes the levy, the district also receives over $2,000,000 per year from the state in matching funds!

· In the coming weeks, the district will be mailing an informational flyer to your home.

· If you have any questions, please let me know.

Construction

· Click on the above construction title to see current pics of the projects and renderings.

· Check back regularly as we will update this site.

· We are starting the design phase on Grant Elementary and the Performing Arts Center (PAC) building next month.

· Parkway's remodel of their office space, which will include a secure vestibule at the entrance, will be completed this summer. 

Ephrata Schools App

· Click on the above app title to see a website regarding our new mobile app for the district.  This app will keep you up-to-date on district happenings without you having to go to our actual website.

· Please share this app with family and friends.  We are trying to increase users in an effort to keep people more informed.

COVID-19 Dashboard

· Click on the above dashboard title to see the latest COVID numbers within the Ephrata School District.

· This dashboard provides transparency for students, families, community, and staff.

Postponing Reopening Grades 7-12

· In light of our community and county COVID numbers, I have made the decision to postpone the reopening of grades 7-12 for one week to Monday, December 7th.  I believe this is the safest, wisest, and most prudent course of action given the information/data available.  Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support.

Athletics

· WIAA has changed the "seasons" again.  Click here to see their latest announcement.

· The high school and middle school continue their "workout" outside following all the COVID health and safety precautions.

· At the high school, we had 200 students participate in spring sports "workouts."

· Adding these workouts has had a significant impact on everyone involved social and emotional wellbeing.

Other

· If you know someone else who would like to receive a regular update from me, please share their email address with me or have them contact me.

· Thanksgiving Break is this week: 11/26 & 27/2020.  There won't be any school on these 2 days - in person or distance learning.

· Christmas Break is 12/21/2020 to 1/1/2021.  The first day back will be 1/4/2021.

Be blessed, Be thankful, Be well.

 

Tim

-- 

Go TIGERS!!!

#TigerPride!

#TigerStrong!

#WeStillGotThis!

#Kids and Learning!

¡Feliz martes!

 

Permítanme empezar esta actualización con unas palabras de bendición y agradecimiento.

·  Me siento bendecido y agradecido por la maravillosa familia que tengo, por la salud, por tener una actitud positiva y por ser el superintendente del Distrito Escolar de Ephrata.

·  Los animo a que compartan sus bendiciones y agradecimientos también, especialmente durante estos tiempos difíciles.

Información sobre gravamen del 9 de febrero de 2021

·  Durante la reunión de la Junta realizada ayer por la noche, la Junta Escolar aprobó colocar un gravamen de reemplazo de 4 años en la votación de febrero de 2021.

·  Alrededor del 17 de enero de 2021, recibirán una papeleta para reemplazar el actual Gravamen de Programas Educativos y Operaciones del Distrito Escolar de Ephrata.

·  El gravamen actual del distrito vence en 2021 y este nuevo lo reemplazaría.

·  Tarifa del Gravamen de Remplazo Estimada

o 2022   $1.85/$1000

o 2023   $1.94/$1000

o 2024   $1.99/$1000

o 2025   $2.03/$1000

·  Durante la campaña de Bono/Gravamen dos años atrás, Dan Martell estimó y comunicó que la tasa de impuestos combinada aproximada para el bono y el gravamen sería de alrededor de $4.30 por cada $1000 del valor evaluado de la propiedad.  ¡ESTA ESTIMACIÓN DEL GRAVAMEN DE 4 AÑOS HACE HONOR A ESE TRABAJO!

·  ¡Si la comunidad aprueba el gravamen, el distrito también recibe más de $2,000,000 por año del estado en fondos de contrapartida!

·  En las próximas semanas, el distrito enviará por correo postal un folleto informativo a su hogar.

·  Si tienen alguna pregunta, háganmelo saber.

Construcción

·  Hagan clic en el título de construcción anterior para ver imágenes actuales de los proyectos y representaciones.

·  Vuelvan con frecuencia ya que actualizaremos este sitio.

·  Estamos empezando la fase de diseño de Grant Elementary y del edificio del Centro de Artes Escénicas (Performing Arts Center, PAC).

·  La remodelación del espacio de oficinas de Parkway, que incluirá un vestíbulo seguro en la entrada, se completará este verano. 

Aplicación de Ephrata Schools

·  Hagan clic en el título de la aplicación anterior para ver un sitio web sobre nuestra nueva aplicación móvil para el distrito.  Esta aplicación los mantendrá actualizados sobre lo que sucede en el distrito sin que tengan que visitar nuestro sitio web propiamente dicho.

·  Compartan esta aplicación con la familia y amigos.  Estamos tratando de aumentar los usuarios en un esfuerzo por mantener más informadas a las personas.

Tablero de anuncios sobre COVID-19

·  Hagan clic en el título del tablero de anuncios para ver las últimas cifras de COVID en el Distrito Escolar de Ephrata.

·  Este tablero de anuncios ofrece transparencia a los estudiantes, las familias, la comunidad y el personal.

Se pospone la reapertura de los grados 7 a 12

·  A la luz de las cifras de COVID en nuestra comunidad y nuestro condado, he tomado la decisión de posponer la reapertura de los grados 7 a 12 por una semana hasta el lunes 7 de diciembre.  Creo que este es el plan de acción más seguro, inteligente y prudente de acuerdo con la información o los datos disponibles.  Les agradezco por su paciencia, comprensión y apoyo.

Deportes

·  La WIAA ha vuelto a cambiar las "temporadas" otra vez.  Hagan clic aquí para ver su anuncio más reciente.

·  La escuela secundaria y la escuela intermedia continúan sus "entrenamientos" al aire libre siguiendo todas las precauciones de salud y seguridad para COVID.

·  En la escuela secundaria, tenemos 200 estudiantes que participan en "entrenamientos" de deportes de primavera.

·  Agregar estos entrenamientos ha tenido un gran impacto en la salud social y emocional de todos los involucrados.

Otros

·  Si conocen a alguien que le gustaría recibir una actualización regular de mi parte, compártanme su dirección de correo electrónico o díganle que se contacte conmigo.

·  Las Vacaciones de Acción de Gracias son esta semana: 26 y 27 de noviembre de 2020.  No habrá ninguna clase en esos 2 días, ni en persona o a distancia.

·  Las Vacaciones de Navidad son del 21 de diciembre de 2020 al 1 de enero de 2021.  El primer día de clase será el 4 de enero de 2021.

Sean bendecidos, agradecidos y manténganse bien.

 

Tim

-- 

Go TIGERS!!!

#TigerPride!

#TigerStrong!

#WeStillGotThis!

#Kids and Learning!



11/17/2020

Good Tuesday morning!

 

It is such a blessing to be in the Ephrata community and get to work with the kids and adults of this district...THANK YOU!

 

Let me continue to encourage you to look for the positive and be a positive influence on those around you - only YOU get to choose this.

 

The purpose of this update is to give you insights on our phased-in reopening plan.

·  Let me say up front:  As of the writing of this email, we are continuing with our plan.  We still have 2 weeks until we bring back 7-12; a lot can change in 2 weeks.  Let me remind us, the Grant County Health District (GCHD) can close our schools at any time if we have too many COVID cases transmitted WITHIN a school setting.  Also, a shortage of staff to operate our schools (see Moses Lake middle schools) can close a school as well.

o The majority of the community is in favor of our reopening plan.

o Staff have worked hard to be prepared - both from a health & safety perspective and teaching & learning.

o Our K-6 reopening has gone well; not without COVID or quarantine, but our non-pharmaceutical interventions (see below) and contract tracing protocols are working.

o With that said, we (kids, staff, and community) must remain vigilant with the observation and implementation of ALL non-pharmaceutical interventions.  Here is a detailed description of what the district follows (might I suggest that the community follow these as well?):

§ Daily do your wellness (symptom) screening:

§ Fever (100.4) or chills

§ Cough

§ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

§ Unusual fatigue

§ Muscles or body aches

§ Headache

§ Recent loss of taste or smell

§ Sore throat

§ Congestion or runny nose

§ Nausea or vomiting

§ Diarrhea

§ Stay at home when you are sick (seriously, stay home)

§ Parents, please keep your kids home when they are sick or when they have one or more symptoms of COVID-19.

§ The Department of Health (DOH) says staff and students can return to school:

1.    After 10 days from the start of the COVID-like illness symptom(s) and feeling better; or a negative COVID-19 test can decrease the 10 day requirement for someone with symptom(s).

2.    A negative test will not decrease the 14 day requirement during quarantine, which is used when some is a close contact to a person with COVID-19.

§ Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

§ Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with more than 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 

§ Avoid close contact with those who are sick. 

§ Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve. 

§ Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. 

§ Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. 

§ Practice physical distancing, leaving at least six feet between you and other people. 

§ Wear a face covering such as a cloth mask over your nose and mouth.

Have a fantastic day and week.

Be safe, healthy, and positive.

 

Professionally,

 

Tim Payne

Superintendent

Ephrata School District

Go Tigers!


¡Feliz martes!

 

Es una gran bendición estar en la comunidad de Ephrata y tener la oportunidad de trabajar con los niños y adultos de este distrito... ¡MUCHAS GRACIAS!

 

Permítanme continuar animándolos a ver el lado positivo de las cosas y a ser una influencia positiva para quienes los rodean - solo USTEDES pueden decidir esto.

 

El motivo de esta actualización es darles perspectivas de nuestro plan de reapertura en etapas.

·  Permítanme decirles en primer lugar: Al momento de redactar este correo electrónico, seguimos adelante con nuestro plan.  Todavía tenemos 2 semanas hasta traer de regreso a los grados 7 a 12; mucho puede cambiar en 2 semanas.  Permítanme recordarles, el Distrito de Salud del Condado de Grant (Grant County Health District, GCHD) puede cerrar nuestras escuelas en cualquier momento si tenemos demasiados casos de contagio de COVID DENTRO de un entorno escolar.  Además, una escasez de personal para operar nuestras escuelas (ver las escuelas intermedias de Moses Lake) también puede cerrar una escuela.

o La mayor parte de la comunidad está a favor de nuestro plan de reapertura.

o El personal ha trabajado duro para estar preparados, tanto desde una perspectiva de salud y seguridad como de enseñanza y aprendizaje.

o Nuestra reapertura de los grados K a 6 ha resultado bien; no sin COVID o cuarentena, pero nuestras intervenciones no farmacéuticas (ver a continuación) y los protocolos de rastreo contactos están funcionando.

o Habiendo dicho esto, nosotros (los niños, el personal y la comunidad) debemos permanecer alertas y cumplir y poner en práctica TODAS las intervenciones no farmacéuticas.  Aquí presentamos una descripción detallada de lo que hace el distrito (¿podría sugerir que la comunidad lo haga también?):

§ Hacer la evaluación diaria de bienestar (síntomas):

§ Fiebre (100.4 °F) o escalofríos

§ Tos

§ Falta de aliento o dificultad para respirar

§ Cansancio inusual

§ Dolores musculares o en el cuerpo

§ Dolor de cabeza

§ Pérdida reciente del gusto o el olfato

§ Dolor de garganta

§ Nariz congestionada o con secreciones

§ Náuseas o vómitos

§ Diarrea

§ Quédense en su casa cuando estén enfermos (en serio, quédense en casa)

§ Padres, por favor, mantengan a sus hijos en casa cuando estén enfermos o si tienen uno o más síntomas de COVID-19.

§ El Departamento de Salud (Department of Health, DOH) dice que el personal y los estudiantes pueden regresar a la escuela:

1.    Después de 10 días del inicio de los síntomas de enfermedad similares de los de COVID y si se sienten mejor; o un resultado negativo de la prueba de COVID-19 puede reducir el requisito de 10 días para una persona con síntomas.

2.    Un resultado negativo de la prueba no reducirá el requisito de 14 días durante la cuarentena, que se usa cuando una persona estuvo en contacto cercano con otra con COVID-19.

§ Lávense las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos. 

§ Usen desinfectante de manos a base de alcohol con más del 60 % de alcohol si no tienen a su disposición agua y jabón. 

§ Eviten el contacto cercano con personas que están enfermas. 

§ Cúbranse con un pañuelo descartable o con la manga al toser o estornudar. 

§ Eviten tocarse los ojos, la boca y la nariz. 

§ Desinfecten con frecuencia las superficies y objetos que se tocaron. 

§ Pongan en práctica el distanciamiento físico, dejen al menos seis pies entre ustedes y otras personas. 

§ Usen una cubierta para la cara como por ejemplo una mascarilla de tela que cubra la nariz y la boca.

Tengan un estupendo día y una mejor semana.

Manténganse seguros, saludables y positivos.

 

Profesionalmente,

 

Tim Payne

Superintendente

Ephrata School District

Go Tigers!



10/23/2020

Health and Safety

·  We have an excellent health and safety team here at the Ephrata School District that meets at least weekly.

o Frank Cardwell, Director of HR & Safety, leads the team.  He is assisted by very experienced full-time registered nurses working for our district in Shellie Hansen and Pam Cleveringa. The district is very fortunate to have these two people working with our kids and staff everyday - not every district does.

o This team routinely works directly with the Grant County Health District on all matters related to COVID-19: from our teaching and learning implementation plans to how to handle positive COVID cases.

o This team is responsible for setting and evaluating the implementation of our health and safety protocols.

§ The team is working on creating a webpage on our website specifically for communicating our health and safety protocols.

·  District health and safety protocols that extend to every aspect, and department, of "doing school" in our district include, but are not limited to:

o Personal hygiene

o Cleaning and disinfecting (these are not the same thing)

o Social distancing (the major factor in contact tracing once a positive case is known)

o Wellness screening (required of every life that comes on our campus daily)

o Face coverings

o Cohorting both kids and adults to minimize potential spread and assists in contact tracing

·  COVID-19 in the Ephrata School District

o Our Health and Safety Team are working on creating a "dashboard" that will update the community - via our district's website - of our positive COVID-19 cases.  We expect this dashboard to be up and functioning next week.

o See the attached document for handling COVID cases in our schools.

Teaching and Learning

·  On Monday, 10/19/20, we began our K-5 hybrid model.  Kids and staff are happy to be back together again on a regular basis. As one teacher said to me Monday morning, "Having the kids back at school covers a lot of little problems."

·  We are still on track for 6th grade to begin on November 9th and November 30th for 7-12.  We will keep you up-to-date as this unfolds.

·  Our teaching and learning model will stay intact as we transition to our hybrid model.  If you would like more specifics regarding this model, please see my earlier messages/video.  A couple of highlights:

o Core 4: 

§ Google Meets

§ Google Sheets, Drive, Docs, Calendar, etc.

§ Google Classroom

§ ScreenCastify

o Teaching and Learning Model

o Using Video

Construction

·  Fowler Construction out of the TriCities has won the bid for remodeling/building new at Columbia Ridge and the Middle School.

o Work has begun at both Columbia Ridge and the Middle School sites

·  Please visit our website to see current renderings (pictures) of the finished product.

·  This winter we will begin design phase for Grant Elementary.

Food Services

·  The federal government has allowed every student to eat for free this school year.  Those that quality for Free and Reduced meals should still fill out the required form as this has an impact on state and federal funding.

Athletics

·  Workout are beginning at the high school on Monday, October 26th.  Please contact the high school for specifics.

·  Continue to review WIAA's website for updates.  They have a COVID-19 webpage.


Take care,

 

Tim Payne, Superintendent


Click Here for information on Handling Suspected, Presumptive or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19



10/19/2020

2020-21 School Calendar Updates

10/19/20

 

  1. November 2-5 will be regular (grades K-5 hybrid, grades 6-12 normal schedule) student days rather than half days as indicated on the calendar. Formal fall conferences have been removed. While conferences are considered to be a very important piece of our partnership with parents, we are aiming to provide consistency for students and families as we transition to a K-12 hybrid school program. The regular school schedule will continue without interruption. Teachers and staff have been communicating regularly with families during this distance learning start.  Schools will continue to meet with parents as needed or requested throughout the school year.

 

  1. November 25 is an early-release day for the Thanksgiving holiday.  This will be a DISTANCE LEARNING Day.  Students will not be on school campuses and will engage in remote learning on November 25.

 

Actualizaciones del Calendario Escolar 2020-21

10/19/20

 

  1. El 2 al 5 de noviembre serán días regulares de los estudiantes (grados K-5 híbrido, grados 6-12 horario normal) en lugar de medio día como se indica en el calendario. Se han eliminado las conferencias formales de otoño. Si bien las conferencias se consideran una pieza muy importante de nuestra asociación con los padres, nuestro objetivo es proporcionar consistencia para los estudiantes y las familias a medida que pasamos a un programa de escuela híbrida K-12. El horario escolar regular continuará sin interrupción. Los maestros y el personal se han estado comunicando regularmente con las familias durante este inicio de aprendizaje a distancia. Las escuelas continuarán reuniéndose con los padres según sea necesario o solicitado durante todo el año escolar.

 

  1. El 25 de noviembre es un día de salida temprana para las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias. Este será un día de APRENDIZAJE A DISTANCIA. Los estudiantes no estarán en los campus escolares y participarán en el aprendizaje remoto el 25 de noviembre.




10/12/2020 Hybrid Model Announcement Letter

Attached is a letter from Superintendent Payne regarding the opening of our Hybrid Models.  K-5 will begin on Monday, October 19, 2020.  Information regarding other grade levels is in the letter.

Click here for English and Spanish


10/8/2020 HYBRID MODEL INFORMATION
Attached are visuals of what the hybrid learning model may look like once we are able to return students to on-site learning

9/21/20 Free Mask Distribution

The Ephrata Police Dept is partnering with Ephrata School District and Food Services.   
They will be at our lunch distribution sites to pass out cloth face masks to our families that come pick up meals.  
There will be a representative from the Ephrata Police Dept at the following lunch locations and times:
Lunch food distribution times: 11:00 am -12:15pm
Tuesday 9/22 - Columbia Ridge 
Wednesday 9/23 - Grant
Thursday 9/24 - Middle School
Evening food distribution times: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9/23 - Middle School
Thursday 9/24 - Middle School
  
Please help get the word out!  
The Ephrata Police Dept will also be passing out cloth face coverings at Walmart on Saturday 9/26 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


9/11/20 Community Update
Greetings Ephrata School District community from the Superintendent's office.  Below is a quick UPDATE.


Bond UPDATE: Successful Bid Opening
  • We are happy to report that at Thursday afternoon's bid opening for Columbia Ridge, Ephrata Middle School, and Parkway Office Remodels, we received a bid that is within the budget!
    • What's next?
      • Friday, 9/11 - Review the numbers and make sure everything is in order
      • Monday, 9/14 - Bid result discussion and tuning
      • Thursday, 9/17 - Special School Board to approve the bid
      • By the end of this month you should see the general contractor, Fowler Construction, mobilizing!
School has started!  A couple of highlights
  • The school year is off and running.  The Ephrata School District staff are doing an excellent job!  In general, students and families are reporting positive experiences.  We aren't perfect, but we are doing well and getting better everyday.
  • All staff are reporting to work daily
  • Our 3 days of orientation to start the year were very successful; so successful that it's a practice we hope to continue.
  • Outdoor learning is occuring Monday thru Thursday.
    • We have received approval from the Grant County Health Department to move our morning outdoor learning for those kids without internet service into the building on days with poor air quality and/or weather.
    • Special education services are up and running in two ways:
      • In-person - indoors and/or outdoors depending on need.
      • Virtually
    • Our outdoor learning opportunities continue to improve with each passing day/week. We are very thankful that the Grant County Health Department worked with us to give us approval for this in-person model - we have kids and staff that NEED it.
    • It is still the School Board's and my goal to get kids back on campus for in-person teaching and learning as soon as safely possible.
  • We have ordered 130 T-Mobile hotspots for kids without internet services.  We expect to get these hotspots in the next 2-3 weeks.
    • As you know, access to the internet is critical for our students to be successful.
  • Food services
    • USDA has approved us to offer free meals to all kids.
    • Beginning Monday, Sept 14 Ephrata School District will add an additional meal pick-up opportunity to its existing program to better facilitate working families.
    • Families may pick-up lunch and breakfast meals at Ephrata Middle School from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
      • Each meal bag will consist of one breakfast and one lunch.
      • These meals are intended for families whose children cannot get to one of our meal distribution locations during the day because they do not have transportation to town or their parent/guardian is working during the day.
      • Each child is allowed to receive one breakfast and one lunch per day. If a child has already received a school meal that day, they may not pick-up another one in the evening.
      • On Thursdays, the meal bags will contain 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. One for Thursday and one for Friday.
    • If you have questions, please call the Food Service office at 754-4401.
  • Enrollment is down in comparison to last year at this time.
    • 9/2019 official count: 2575.80
    • 9/2020 official count: 2443.07
    • That's a decrease in revenue of approximately $1,400,000
Take care,
Tim Payne
Superintendent




9/9/20 Recording Google Meets
Please be advised that your student may be recorded during the google meets with their teachers.  Teachers will announce to the class prior to the recording beginning.


8/17/20 Chromebook Check-Out Plans

Ephrata families, we are happy to announce that we have developed a safe and healthy Chromebook distribution process that meets Grant County Health District requirements for all currently enrolled students.   This distribution will occur prior to your student's scheduled orientation conference. All buildings will have a "drive-by" Chromebook and document pickup as follows:

·  Friday, August 21st from 12:00-7:00pm

·  Monday, August 24th from 7:00-9:00am, 11:00-1:00pm and 5:00-7:00pm  

·  Tuesday August 25th from 7:00-9:00am, 11:00-1:00pm and 5:00-7:00pm. 

If you do not have internet access, we still want you to come and get a Chromebook. The district is working on problem-solving access solutions. 

 

If you have ANY COVID-like symptoms, or have been recently exposed to COVID, please contact your student's building to make other arrangements to pick up their Chromebook. 

 

When you drive to the school, please remain in your car and wear a face covering. A staff member will bring the Chromebook and documents to you. Thank you for your patience while we navigate these difficult times.

Familias de Ephrata, nos complace anunciar que hemos desarrollado un proceso de distribución de Chromebooks seguro y sano que cumple con los requisitos del Distrito de Salud del Condado de Grant para todos los estudiantes actualmente inscritos. Esta distribución se realizará antes de la conferencia de orientación programada para su estudiante. Todos los edificios tendrán una distribución de Chromebooks “drive-by” y recogida de documentos por el carro, de la siguiente manera:

·         Viernes, 21 de agosto de 12:00 a 7:00 p.m.

·         Lunes, 24 de agosto de 7:00 a 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. y 5:00 a 7:00 p.m. 

·         Martes, 25 de agosto de 7:00 a 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. y 5:00 a 7:00 p.m.

Si usted no tiene acceso a internet, todavía queremos que venga y obtenga un Chromebook. El distrito está trabajando en soluciones de acceso para resolver problemas. 

Si usted tiene CUALQUIER síntoma similar al COVID, o ha estado expuesto recientemente a COVID, por favor, comuníquese con el edificio de su estudiante para hacer otros arreglos para recoger su Chromebook. 

Cuando conduzca a la escuela, por favor, permanezca en su automóvil y use una cubierta facial. Un miembro del personal le traerá el Chromebook y los documentos. Gracias por su paciencia mientras navegamos por estos tiempos difíciles

8/11/2020 Board Approved 2020/21 Opening Plan
  
Ephrata 2020 Reopening Plan   Spanish

Fall Opening 2020 Addendum A   Spanish

Adopted 2020/21 School Calendar   Spanish

Draft of K-4 Class Schedules for the 2020/21 school year

Draft of Parkway Class Schedules for the 2020/21 school year

Draft of EMS Class Schedules for the 2020/21 school year

Draft of EHS Class Schedules for the 2020/21 school year

8/7/2020 Fall Opening Framework
English  Spanish


8/3/2020 
Superintendent Tim Payne & EEA President Charlie Kocan Video
Click Here


7/31/2020 Update
English   Spanish

7/29/2020
Using Videos in Teaching and Learning 
Click here
Updated WIAA News  Click Here


7/24/2020 Ephrata Teaching and Learning Model

Click here to view a video regarding the Teaching and Learning Model for the 2020/21 school year.

7/24/20 Sports Update

WIAA Tentative Calendar - July 21, 2020

Superintendent's Update - July 17, 2020
English    Spanish

 
Video Message from Superintendent Payne  7/13/2020

Superintendent's UPDATE - July 3, 2020
English   Spanish


Board/Superintendent Letter to Families - June 30, 2020
English    Spanish




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