Distance Learning & COVID-19 at HRS
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Hamlin Robinson School will be extending our Distance Learning format through April 24. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction will constantly review whether we will be allowed to resume classes on Monday, April 27th.
We will partner together to stay connected, to nurture and comfort our students, and to explore developing Distance Learning opportunitiesbest practices.
Below, please find answers to your FrequentlyAsked Questions and please return to this page to find Learning Resources, COVID-19 Resources, and more.
We look forward to having you back in school on Monday, April 27. Until then, please reach out to us if there is anything we can do to support you as we all adjust and comply with this mandate.
- What is Distance Learning?
- How does Distance Learning differ from the regular HRS program?
- What technology is HRS using for Distance Learning?
- How many hours should an HRS student be working each day?
- What should my student do if they have questions for their teacher?
- Where do I go for help with the website / office 365 / computer issues?
- What do we do if Distance Learning isn’t working for our family?
Traditionally, distance learning is a method of studying in which lectures are broadcast or classes are conducted by correspondence or over the Internet, without the student's needing to attend a school.
HRS Distance Learning is a direct response to the mandated closure of all Washington schools due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. This is a temporary solution to ensure that our students continue to receive high-quality learning tools and resources they need.
Hamlin Robinson School students benefit most directly from the in-class delivery of the Slingerland Method, a multi-sensory approach to teaching literacy. Distance Learning will, of course, never be a replacement for this model, but it does offer consistent, predictable coursework that practices and builds upon the skills students have already learned in the classroom.
For questions surrounding teacher webpage access: Jami Sheets | Communications Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
For Office 365 or other technology questions: Charlotte Gjedsted | Technology Director | email@example.com
It is a good idea to CC the teacher on the above tech communications, so they can jump in and help as needed.
We want to be respectful in our support of each family. We know that each family is working under their own unique constraints regarding available time, ability to provide adult support, childcare, space sharing and resource sharing.
If you feel that Distance Learning is presenting too many challenges for your family, please reach out to the HRS Administration to let us know how we can support you.
- March 11, 2020 Update
- March 10, 2020 Update
- March 9, 2020 Update
- March 7, 2020 Update
- March 5, 2020 Update (2)
- March 5, 2020 Update (1)
- March 4, 2020 Update
- March 1, 2020 Update
March 11, 2020
Hamlin Robinson School will be implementing our Distance Learning format beginning Monday, March 16th. In light of the changing recommendations from state and county officials, we have determined that this is the best course of action for our community. Closing the building for students for an anticipated two week period was not an easy decision to make. With that said, it is the correct decision to be making at this time.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will continue as planned on Thursday and Friday. If you have not already done so, please reach out to your child’s teacher or advisor if you would like to request an alternative option to an in-person conference.
The Day-On Program will run on Thursday and Friday for those students who have previously registered.
I had mentioned earlier how honored I feel to be a member of the Hamlin Robinson School community. You can define a community by the strength of the connections among the members. Your responses and support as we share news and navigate the COVID-19 outbreak has been invaluable. The primary response I hear from the community is gratitude. The instruction that happens in the classroom cannot be replicated at home. We look forward to helping our students explore and learn through this process.
You will be receiving specific details for accessing the distance learning materials and resources from your teachers on Monday.
Thank you again for your partnership and support.
Head of School
Hamlin Robinson School
While Hamlin Robinson School is prepared for an extended closure should it be recommended, we know that the value for our students – and their families – is what happens in the classroom. We remain committed to keeping HRS open for our students.
With this in mind, it is with an abundance of caution that we are canceling all evening and outside of school activities, as well as any events that take place off-campus through April 10. This includes:
- Middle School Dance (3/27)
- STEM Night (4/2)
- All scheduled field trips
- All weekend and after-school professional development courses through the HRS Learning Center
- Two Teacher Adventures will be rescheduled for after April 10:
- Tea at The Panama Hotel with Ms. Kammer and Ms. O’Connor
- Taco Making Party with Mr. Ekstrom, Ms. Lopez, and Ms. Weber
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our student population or their immediate families. The absentee rate this week is right around 15 percent with 4 percent of our student body reporting absence due to illness.
We know that these precautions may spark some anxiety or fear among your children. We encourage you to talk with them about what is happening. Here are a couple of resources you might consider in talking to your child about the COVID-19 outbreak.
News about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve rapidly. Thank you for your support and encouragement as we monitor the situation and continue to monitor and evaluate our response to these ever-changing circumstances.
Currently there are no identified cases of COVID-19 among HRS students, their parents, or our staff. We continue to practice good hygiene and sanitation measures and impart these practices among our students.
Student Absences - Change in Sick Policy
Our existing sick policy states that a student must be fever and vomit-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school. In light of current events, and at the recommendation of King County Public Health, we ask that your child be fever and vomit-free without medication for 72 hours before returning to school.
Though our school does not have any confirmed cases, we will honor the choices that our families make to proactively protect their own health and safety. Any absences during this time will be excused by the school.
As you may already be aware, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the schools with whom we share our bus service, has closed until after their spring break on April 20th. This will not have a significant impact on HRS’ ability to offer consistent bus service, though there will be some changes for which we want to be prepared.
Beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, March 10) afternoon, PM stop times will change for all routes with the exception of the eastside service. Without SAAS students or the need to stop at SAAS’ campus, stop times will be earlier in the afternoon. Please review the updated stop times below:
|North Routes PM||Original||Adjusted|
|Wallingford, Ballard Route|
|Wallingford QFC||3:45 pm||3:30 pm|
|Ballard Goodwill||4:00 pm||3:45 pm|
|U Village, Ravenna, Northgate, Crown Hill Route|
|U Village Safeway||3:40 pm||3:25 pm|
|Ravenna Eckstein Community Center||3:50 pm||3:35 pm|
|Northgate Mall||4:05 pm||3:50 pm|
|Holman Road QFC||4:20 pm||4:05 pm|
|Aurora Square||4: 30 pm||4:15 pm|
|Queen Anne Route|
|Whole Foods on 15th||3:35 pm||3:20 pm|
|Queen Anne and Garfield||3:45 pm||3:30 pm|
|W Galer and 5th Ave W||3:50 pm||3:35 pm|
|W McGraw and 6th W||3:55 pm||3:40 pm|
|W McGraw & Queen Anne Ave N||4:00 pm||3:45 pm|
|Boston St. & Queen Anne Ave. N||4:05 pm||3:50 pm|
|Rainier Beach Safeway||3:50 pm||N/A|
|Renton Safeway||4:10 pm||3:40pm|
|Matt Griffin YMCA||4:30 pm||4:00 pm|
|Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club||3:50 pm||N/A|
|West Seattle Bowl||4:10 pm||3:40 pm|
|Lincoln Park||4:20 pm||3:50 pm|
In addition to afternoon stop times changing, our bus service will be taking two precautionary steps to prevent the spread of germs:
- Students will be asked to sit one-to-a-seat to reduce close contact while on the bus.
- Each bus will be cleaned and sanitized after each route, morning and afternoon.
Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this Thursday and Friday, March 12 & 13. Please reach out to your classroom or advisory teacher if you would rather explore alternative options to your in-person meeting.
Thank you for your continued partnership with our school as we navigate these rapidly changing events together. Your support of our school community as we navigate this situation has been incredibly meaningful.
We will send regular communications with relevant updates.
We are continuing to monitor the evolving developments in regard to the COVID-19 outbreak. Updates are constantly coming across my desk, and as a school faculty, we are vividly aware of the impact this situation is having on everyone. Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding as we navigate these rapidly changing circumstances.
On Friday we were able to do a deep clean of the building. The teachers used this time to plan and prepare for what the upcoming weeks may bring.
We currently plan to resume school on Monday. Conferences and our Day-On program remain scheduled for Thursday and Friday. Our bus routes will continue as scheduled. As our partner schools adjust schedules to best support their communities, the commitment to providing vital transportation remains strong. As of now, we believe that our commitment to staying open is in the best interest of our students and families.
We will continue to monitor the situation and assess our school activities and events. Should we need to cancel or postpone an activity, we will inform you as early as possible.
In conclusion, I would like to share some personal thoughts. This past week has been inspiring. I have witnessed incredible dedication, commitment, and passion as people have responded to situations without hesitation. There is a unity and camaraderie that motivates us each to do our best and to help and support each other. I have seen this with our students, our parents, our faculty, the greater regional school community, and the business community. There is a dedication to the common good that I find very encouraging and inspirational. I am honored to be part of our community.
Head of School
Hamlin Robinson School
HRS has made the precautionary and voluntary decision to close school to students tomorrow, Friday, March 6th.
Currently, we are planning to be back in session as normal next week.
To allow for today’s instruction to continue as normal, we will not be sharing the information of tomorrow’s closure with the students while they are at school today.
The decision to close was prompted when we heard from one of our middle school parents. Although they are showing no symptoms and deem themself low-risk, the parent is currently being tested for COVID-19. The child was kept home today. In discussion with Public Health – Seattle and King County, there is no recommendation to close school even if their test comes back positive.
The decision to close tomorrow for students was made in an abundance of caution. This will provide us the opportunity to do a very thorough and deep clean over the long weekend and be ready for school to resume on Monday.
We acknowledge that this may put an unexpected hardship on parents to either stay home or find childcare. We would like to thank you for your partnership in what is a rapidly evolving and complex situation.
We will continue to send regular updates.
Head of School
Hamlin Robinson School
We are writing to share updates and resources with you as we continue to monitor and plan for the implications of the COVID-19 outbreak. HRS administration will continue to meet regularly to assess the risks to our students and community, as well as identify actions that will minimize the spread of the illness.
School Absences and Monitoring Illness
Students, faculty, and staff have been reminded about health-safety protocols for preventing the spread of germs, as well as a reminder that if they are sick, especially with a fever, signs of cough, flu or pneumonia, shortness of breath, or other respiratory conditions that could be contagious, to stay home and seek immediate medical attention.
This week, our average absentee rate has been 7%. We are monitoring the reasons behind absences and will inform the community if our absentee rate hits 15%. We will be in communication with the Washington State Department of Health and the Public Health Department of King County if our absentee rate exceeds 10%.
Recommended Steps Regarding Illness and Possible Exposures
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with or been exposed to the COVID-19 virus
- Contact your physician, the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) at 800-525-0127, and Public Health – Seattle and King County (PHSKC) at 206-477-3977
- PHSKC Online Resources about COVID-19: King County Public Health COVID- 19 Resources
- WSDOH Resources about COVID-19: Washington State Dept. of Health COVID-19 Resources
- Stay home from school and inform the Front Office of your student’s absence;
- Report your symptoms and exposure risk to the agencies listed above;
- Inform the school of any recommendation from the agency or your physician at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Consult your physician for guidance about the appropriateness of returning to school.
Please do not send your student to school with any shared treats or food, both store-bought and home baked.
As we have communicated previously, we are reviewing our hygiene procedures and have been extra diligent in our efforts to minimize the spread of disease. We ask that you please continue to review hygiene measures at home. This includes effective handwashing and keeping fingers out of noses, mouths, and eyes. Another practice you can implement at home is to ensure your electronic equipment, such as laptops, computers, tablets, and phones, are cleaned regularly.
There are several factors that Hamlin Robinson School will use to determine whether a school closure is necessary, and this plan may change over time per the recommendation from WSDOH and PHDKC and other agencies.
Extended Closure Plan
In the event of an extended closure, students should anticipate the following daily instructional/work time ranges:
Levels 1 to 3: 1 to 2 hours
Levels 4 to 5: 1.5 to 3 hours
Levels 6 to 8: 2.5 to 4 hours
In preparing for remote schooling, the teachers will use the following as guidelines for assignments:
- Review and practice of skills that have been previously taught.
- Activities will include varied, creative, and kinesthetic activities.
- Be appropriate and flexible for the individual abilities of students.
- Supportive of families as they navigate the challenges that arise with work schedules and childcare.
For middle school students, assignments will be posted to the teacher’s web page and can be accessed by both the student website login and your HRS Parent Web login. School work may require access to the student’s Office 365 account. Please verify that your student is able to access their accounts from home. Login information should be written in your student’s planner. If you encounter difficulty, notify your advisor.
Hamlin Robinson School Gala and Auction
As of today, we are considering our options in the event that we need to postpone or hold our auction in an alternative format while continuing to honor the integrity and intent of the event, which is to bring our community together and raise critical funds for the HRS program. Once the final determination is made, you will be notified.
Upcoming Field Trips
Hamlin Robinson School will make decisions about any scheduled upcoming field trips at least one week in advance of the activity. Teachers are currently evaluating plans for any trips scheduled through March 28, 2020.
Monitoring Your Student’s Communication and Social Media
In times of uncertainty, the ability to filter appropriate online communications can be challenging. Additionally, exposure to social media has shown to significantly increase levels of stress and anxiety. This is especially true for children and adolescents. We strongly recommend that you heavily monitor or eliminate your student’s access to social media and/or communication through cell phones and tablets.
Hamlin Robinson School respectfully requests that families carefully consider travel plans, the possibility of travel interruptions, and/or quarantine, and the potential impacts of these on you, your family, and others in the HRS community.
The news about the novel coronavirus (COVID19) continues to develop at a rapid pace. We are consistently monitoring developments through The King County Public Health Department Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) web page, The Center for Disease Control Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) web page, and the World Health Organization COVID19 Update Page for information, guidelines, and recommendations.
Our goal is to keep Hamlin Robinson School open. We know our students’ learning best benefits from the structured delivery of content within the classroom setting. With that said, this is a very complex situation. There is no one correct response to the current scenario. The school will support and honor the individual choices of each member of the community. In the event of a closure, HRS is developing a plan of action that will best support students and families.
We continue to be diligent in our efforts to contain the spread of illness. Unlike some other communicable diseases, COVID19 mercifully does not appear to pose a major risk to young people. We recognize that families may need to make the decision to protect family members who may be more vulnerable by keeping kids home.
We’ve included some helpful links at the bottom of this e-mail that may be useful to your family.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Head of School
Hamlin Robinson School
Resources from Student and Family Support
- "Get the facts on coronavirus," interview with Dr. Peter Lin, CBC
- "Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus," NPR
- "Coronavirus, Wildfires, Oh My: What to Say to a Child Who's Scared By the News," by Steve Calechman
- "COVID-19: Stay informed!" Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (multilingual)
- Multilingual resource hub
As you are aware, the news and information concerning the outbreak of coronavirus is rapidly growing and evolving. Hamlin Robinson School continues to closely monitor the information and recommendations from The King County Public Health Department Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) web page, The Center for Disease Control Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) web page, as well as local and national news in order to better understand the outbreak of the coronavirus.
As the situation unfolds, Hamlin Robinson School will follow the health department’s lead on any quarantines, closures, or other health measures as needed. As always, the health and safety of students, staff, and families is our top priority.
Hamlin Robinson School is currently examining how our operations can best minimize any spread of the virus and risk to the community while continuing to maintain the effective delivery of our instructional program.
In addition to deep cleaning the building, Hamlin Robinson School will regularly wipe down and sanitize surfaces and areas of high contact. We are also reviewing with the students the importance of frequent and thorough hand washing, the proper etiquette surrounding coughing and sneezing, and the other precautions mentioned below.
It is imperative that all of our families follow our Hamlin Robinson School illness policy which states that if your student is ill, they must be 24-hours fever-free without medication and they must be vomit free for 24-hours before they are able to return to school. We are asking you to be especially diligent in keeping your children home until any illness is completely cleared up.
We ask Hamlin Robinson School families to take the following personal precautions:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. As I mentioned above, we will let you know more as we know more.