RETURN-TO-CAMPUS PLAN & COVID-19 INFORMATION
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Introduction

Current Planning
 
These webpages outline our policies and procedures as we invite students back to campus for second semester. These policies and procedures are also outlined in PDF form in our Return-to-Campus Plan
 
Letter to Families
 
Dear La Salle Community,

On behalf of La Salle’s administration, I want to thank this community for persevering and innovating through this year with us. Whether it was driving students for limited on-campus opportunities or giving us feedback on our instructional model or setting up space for school in your home, or, most importantly, supporting your children through these challenging months, we understand the many ways our community has had to shift and sacrifice to allow for learning and connection to continue in 2020. We are indebted to our teachers who had to pivot last spring to online learning with little notice and continue to reinvent their instructional delivery through this fall semester.

We celebrate our counselors for being such strong advocates for students and our staff for taking on responsibilities that aren’t typically part of their job description. Our gratitude extends to our coaches who showed up for optional workouts this fall and stayed connected to their players. Finally, our students continue to impress us with their unwavering commitment to learning. Our attendance records and grade reports are simply impressive. In addition, our students continue to write newspaper articles, produce drama productions, compete in speech and debate tournaments and serve the local community despite this pandemic.

I believe we will emerge from this pandemic with stories of community, resilience, and a deeper appreciation for one another. We have certainly missed everyone, especially our students.

Under the direction of Brian Devine, Vice Principal of Student Life, we have developed this publication to guide us through reopening La Salle for hybrid and eventual full in-person instruction. This thorough guide outlines our core commitments to our students along with clear protocols and policies for our community. We encourage you to take time to thoroughly read through its contents and keep it on hand as a reference as we move through the weeks and months ahead. Do not hesitate to reach out for clarification or to ask additional questions.

Some of the greatest takeaways we have from this past year center on the need to be flexible and patient. While we can not plan for a specific reopening date at this time, we want to be ready for when this time comes.
 
We continue to pray for this community and all impacted by this pandemic. We still hold the words of St. John Baptist de la Salle dear: “Do not have any anxiety about the future. Leave everything in God’s hands for He will take care of you.”

Alanna O'BrienLive Jesus in our Hearts,
 
Alanna O’Brien
Interim Principal
 
 
 
February Schedule
Below you will find our calendar for February. This calendar allows for a safe rollout of our hybrid model. We will begin hybrid instruction on Thursday, Feb. 11, with freshmen. Note that all students in the hybrid model will be on campus once a week until March 1, when we will be in full hybrid instruction. We will host student orientations the first week of February. These orientations will be mandatory for all students planning to participate in the hybrid model. All classes will meet over Zoom on Monday, Feb. 1, and teachers will assign asynchronous work for this week. 

During the orientations, held by grade level, we will outline our safety protocols and procedures. We recognize this week will look different as classes will not meet regularly. We believe these orientations are necessary to reinforce our safety protocols.

Students who continue distance learning do not need to attend orientation. If a student opts for hybrid learning later in the semester, the student will get orientation materials at that time.

February Calendar
 
View our updated February calendar, revised Feb.16 due to weather and power outages.
 
Revised Hybrid Bell Schedule
We have revised our hybrid bell schedule (which all students will follow, even if they are in distance learning) so we can offer two lunch periods to create safer conditions for eating.  

Each student's lunch period will be determined by the student's 3rd or 7th period class and clarified during orientation week.

  
 
 
Dear La Salle Families,
 
We are pleased to announce our new partnership with SchoolPass, a software platform that makes it easy for parents to notify La Salle of student absences, arrivals, and dismissals. Parents can log attendance by using the SchoolPass app on a smart phone; follow-up notifications will be sent automatically to school staff and teachers. 
 
Tomorrow, Feb. 9, La Salle families will receive a welcome email from SchoolPass. Using the instructions included in the email, please set up a SchoolPass account and download the SchoolPass Parent and Student app by Tuesday, Feb. 16. 
 
Students received, via email and Schoology, instructions on how to set up their own accounts so they can complete Wellness checks on the days they come to campus. These Wellness checks can be done easily using the SchoolPass mobile app. Note: Though students received instructions on how to complete their Wellness checks, they will not be able to make changes to their attendance. Only parents and guardian have that access. 
 
SchoolPass will streamline our arrival and dismissal systems and provide a more accurate accounting of our students and their daily routines. We recognize that adjusting to a new system takes time; please let us know if we can help with this transition.

Thanks for working with us to integrate this new platform. 
 

Dear Parents,
 
Last week, we held eight orientation sessions for students enrolled in our Hybrid Learning program. We were excited to welcome them to campus and look forward to having them in our classrooms soon.
 
As we return students to campus, we are taking extra steps to keep our community safe. We are requiring students to wear masks and stay six feet away from one another while at school. In addition, we are setting up a program to place students in Before- and After- School Cohorts.

If a student needs to be on campus outside of our regular hours of 8:30 am-3:30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays, and 8:30 am-2 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, we will group the student with others who have a similar schedule. This is to minimize students congregating in hallways and common areas unsupervised before and after school.

Students will be assigned to Before-School and After-School cohorts as follows:

  • A student who needs to arrive on campus BEFORE 8:30 am will be placed in a Before-School Cohort
  • A student who needs to stay on campus past 3:30 pm on a Monday or Thursday or past 2 pm on Tuesday or Friday, will placed in an After-School Cohort.

 

Note: A student who has a specific place to go immediately after classes end -- such as an athletic practice, a rehearsal, or a club meeting -- does not need to be in an After-School Cohort. However, a student waiting for a ride or a late practice, rehearsal, or meeting needs to be in an After-School Cohort.
 
If your student needs to be placed in a Before-School or After-School Cohort (or both), please complete this Before- and After-School Cohort Request Form. If you have multiple children who need to be in an after-hours cohort, please fill out a form for each child.

Thank you for helping us keep our community as safe and healthy as possible.
 
Brian Devine
Vice Principal for Student Life

Dear La Salle Community,
 
This letter contains a lot of information for the weeks ahead as we invite students to return to campus for hybrid instruction. Please read through this communication in its entirety. Students are given an option to come to campus for hybrid learning or continue in full distance learning. Families must commit by Wednesday, Jan. 27.
 
In addition, all families are invited to our Family Webinar during which they can ask questions about the transition. The webinar will be held at 6 pm on Monday, Jan. 25. During the webinar, we'll address the safety measures and protocols we have established for hybrid instruction.
 
Cohorts
This afternoon, Vice Principal of Academics Kathleen Coughran sent out cohort assignments. There are two cohorts: RED and BLUE. All siblings will be in the same cohort. 
  • Red Cohort - Comes to campus Monday and Tuesday / Distance Learning Thursday and Friday
  • Blue Cohort - Comes to campus Thursday and Friday / Distance Learning Monday and Tuesday
*Wednesday remains a flex / asynchronous day* 
 
Revised Hybrid Bell Schedule
We have revised our hybrid bell schedule (which all students will follow, even if they are in distance learning) so we can offer two lunch periods to create safer conditions for eating.  

Each student's lunch period will be determined by the student's 3rd or 7th period class and clarified during orientation week.

  
 
February Schedule
Below you will find our calendar for February. This calendar allows for a safe rollout of our hybrid model. We will begin hybrid instruction on Thursday, Feb. 11, with freshmen. Note that all students in the hybrid model will be on campus once a week until March 1, when we will be in full hybrid instruction. We will host student orientations the first week of February. These orientations will be mandatory for all students planning to participate in the hybrid model. All classes will meet over Zoom on Monday, Feb. 1, and teachers will assign asynchronous work for this week. 

During the orientations, held by grade level, we will outline our safety protocols and procedures. We recognize this week will look different as classes will not meet regularly. We believe these orientations are necessary to reinforce our safety protocols.

Students who continue distance learning do not need to attend orientation. If a student opts for hybrid learning later in the semester, the student will get orientation materials at that time.

February Calendar (this is outdated as of 2/16 - refer to updated version)
 
 
Other Important Information
 
Masks

While on campus, every student and staff member will be required to wear a mask that meets the following minimum criteria: 
  • Made of two-ply cloth
  • Secured with straps that allow for a snug fit 
  • Completely covers the chin and nose 
  • Neck gaiters, bandanas, and scarves are not permitted to be worn as masks 
  • Any images, text, or messages on masks must align with our student dress code

Travel Policy
Students or staff members who travel out of the state are required to quarantine upon returning from their trip prior to coming back on campus for class, activities, or athletics. Students will need to participate in the Distance Learning Model while they are quarantining at home. Consistent with CDC guidelines, students or staff must quarantine for 10 days if they do not show any symptoms. Students or staff may return after 7 days if they have a negative COVID test and no symptoms. Students and staff who live in Washington and commute daily to La Salle are an exception to this policy.
 
Post Spring Break Quarantine Week
In case any members of our community travel over Spring Break, we are scheduling a week of distance learning for everyone the following week, March 29-April 2. Students and staff will not come on campus that week. This will provide a built-in quarantine that will allow everyone to return to campus safely on Tuesday, April 6, after Easter.

The post Spring Break quarantine week does not apply to coaches or athletes. Sports will continue through Spring Break and athletes and coaches who stay in Oregon during Spring Break will be able to continue participating in sports on campus after Spring Break.

Dates to Change to Hybrid or Distance Learning
Students who wish to switch from one learning model to the other can do so at designated times of the semester. Students need to commit to being in full hybrid learning or full distance learning. Students won’t be allowed to attend some classes in person and others through distance learning.
 
Dates to Change Learning Models
  • March 1
  • April 6
  • May 3
 
The process and documentation needed for a learning model change will be sent out at a later date.
 
Building Hours
When hybrid learning begins, the building hours will be 8:30 am-3:30 pm. We expect students will arrive on campus after 8:30 am (unless they are taking a Zero Period class) and will depart by 3:30 pm. We will have a process for families to notify us if a student needs to arrive before 8:30 am. These students will be placed in a cohort and assigned to a specific before-school location on campus. Students who routinely need to stay on campus beyond 3:30 pm for transportation or activities will be placed in an after-school cohort that will be assigned a specific location on campus.  
 
Important Links:
  1. Learning Model Commitment Form (to be completed by all families by Wednesday, Jan. 27)
  2. Cohort Change Request Form (to be completed by Wednesday, Jan. 27; intended to be filled out by parents)
While we understand families may need to request a cohort change, we can not guarantee all requests will be possible. Our classrooms must provide 35 square feet of space per student to align with the state guidelines. The three criteria for requesting a cohort change will be: transportation issues, schedule conflicts, or mental health concerns. 
  1. For all athletes: Student Athlete Transportation Form (due by Wednesday, Jan. 27)
The published OSAA athletics calendar remains in effect for La Salle. 

If your student(s) plans to participate in OSAA sports and activities this year, please complete the linked form above to help us plan for their transportation needs. This form is intended for planning purposes and does not commit your child to a specific transportation arrangement. We will continue communicating with parents regarding transportation after we analyze the data and get closer to each season. 
  1. La Salle Morning Shuttle: La Salle Morning Shuttle Contract 
We intend to make a morning shuttle available for students as we transition into our hybrid learning model. For all those interested in riding the shuttle, please complete the contract linked above for the spring semester by Friday, Jan. 29. Shuttle services will start the week of Feb. 22 and run through the end of the school year. Current pickup locations are: Peninsula Park Community Center, Cascade Max Station and CTC Max Station. Once ridership is confirmed, we will establish a schedule. Please direct questions or concerns to Marty Avery
 
Final Thoughts

We value every one in this community and the weeks and months ahead will require effort from us all. The individual choices we make both inside and outside of school matter greatly. Everyone in our community must make good decisions about exposure, keeping social circles small, and following safety guidelines when sending students to campus, including quarantining at home when exposed or infected. We can only provide in-person instruction when cases are not spiking and community spread is not impacting our ability to be in person. We call on our entire Falcon family to adhere to the guidelines for a safe return to campus and to make decisions outside of school that limit potential exposure to COVID-19.La Salle faculty and staff have worked diligently for months to provide the best distance learning experience possible. We are proud of them and our students for collectively moving the educational process forward with rigor, fidelity, and compassion. The shift to a hybrid environment will be challenging yet an important step toward our ultimate goal of a full return to campus. We ask for your patience, support, and prayers for the continued health and well-being of our teachers and students in the days ahead.

In the spirit of De La Salle,
Alanna O’Brien, Interim Principal
This email is to outline our policies and procedures as we plan to invite students back to campus for the second semester. While we are confident in our plans and are moving forward to implement them, we also recognize the local public health situation could change in the next few weeks. We are paying attention to the number of cases in our community and expect updates from the state about guidelines and protocols on Jan. 19. We will let you know if these updates affect our plans as part of our pledge to make communicating with you a priority.
 
La Salle Prep intends to move to hybrid instruction for the second semester. We will dedicate the first three weeks of the semester to phase in this model, gradually moving to full hybrid instruction by Monday, Feb. 22.
Hybrid instruction means half of our students will attend classes on campus while the other half learns from home. This will allow us to adhere to safety protocols and rules dictating maximum capacities for classrooms and minimum spacing for social distancing.
  • Here is a link to our hybrid bell schedule.
  • Cohorts will be developed by region (ZIP code) to ensure students in the same household remain together and to make transportation as easy as possible. We appreciate your patience as we finalize these cohorts.
  • By January 20, students and families will receive their assignment to either the red or blue cohort and schedules for the first few weeks of the semester. At this time, we also will provide a formal request process for those who need a cohort change.
  • Students will have the option to continue distance learning while we move into hybrid mode. A formal process for notifying La Salle of your family’s decision is under development and will be outlined in next week’s Falcon Forum.
 
Bringing students back to campus for instruction will be a significant transition for our entire community.  
  • We are aware of the toll distance learning has had on the social and emotional health of our students, teachers, and staff. We recognize students will need time to adjust to their return to campus and look forward to supporting them through that process.
  • Our teachers have put in countless extra hours to adapt their curriculum for distance learning and will need to do the same as they adapt to hybrid instruction. We ask for your grace as they take on this significant task.
  • Hybrid instruction is different than traditional high school instruction. The need to distance and adhere to safety protocols is critical. Even with these stricter policies, we believe students will benefit from this model. 
 
Our Return-to-Campus Plan outlines the protocols and policies we’ve established for our community’s next phase. 

*Please know: Adherence to safety protocols will remain one of our top priorities. This will be a collaborative effort requiring a partnership between school personnel and families. For the safety of our entire community, students unable to adhere to the safety protocols and policies will be asked to return to distance learning. As we move forward, we ask for your commitment to our protocols and policies.
Our Commitments
 
TO TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING & GROWTH
 
La Salle Prep is dedicated to providing a transformative, Catholic, Lasallian college preparatory education for the young people entrusted to our care. Through a faith-focused, academically rigorous curriculum we prepare our students for a complicated global community full of rich opportunities after high school. During this time, we remain resolute in our commitment to all students’ academic growth. We support the development of our teachers through professional learning and flexible, innovative educational models in response to these remarkable challenges. As we strengthen our skills as educators during this time, we commit to partnering with you in supporting your child’s learning and growth.
 
TO HEALTH, SAFETY & WELL BEING
 
In the face of a health threat unlike any that we have seen in our lifetime, La Salle Prep has spent months developing a detailed, comprehensive plan for returning students to campus in a way that will best protect the health of our students, staff members, and families. We have partnered with local health authorities, adopted health guidelines from national and state recommendations and researched best practices from educational institutions. This is centered in a planned effort to open school safely and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
 
TO COMMUNITY & CONNECTION
 
Our plan pays careful attention to students’ physical health as well as their emotional well-being. We know that community building, athletics, the arts, counseling support, faith experiences and service opportunities are all important components of a rich, rewarding and healthy Catholic, Lasallian high school experience. We commit to ensuring those opportunities are available to your children in the safest way possible.
 
TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION & BELONGING
 
As a Catholic Lasallian school, we recognize that building a diverse and inclusive community is essential. Especially during this global pandemic, La Salle strives to ensure that individuals from all backgrounds are served equitably at our school. Guided by the core Lasallian principles of Inclusive Community and Respect for All Persons, La Salle Prep seeks equitable outcomes for all students by assuring access to opportunity, examining our own blind spots and biases, celebrating everyone’s humanity, honoring diversity and confronting racism and other forms of discrimination and oppression where they are encountered.