Freeman FAQ's COVID-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Planning in Freeman School District as of 3-12-2020
Our plan is to operate our schools as completely as possible while being responsive to our community needs. Having schools open provides basic needs for families with regular meals, health care and child care. Each department (Teaching and Learning, Nutrition Services, Transportation, Business Office, etc.) has created plans to respond to a disruption in the level of service we provide. We will update our plans as needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will you close schools?
We will make the decision to close schools when directed to or recommended to by the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) and the Washington State Department of Health, or mandated by the Governor. We may be directed to close one school or all schools.
What proactive steps are you taking to reduce the spread of the illness?
- In addition to routine, thorough cleaning of our facilities, high touch areas are sanitized more frequently
- Posters have been placed around the schools to encourage frequent hand washing
- Staff members have been briefed on how to recognize symptoms of the illness
- Information about the virus was shared with staff and families
- Students and staff with symptoms have been encouraged to stay home
- District facilities are no longer open to outside groups, including sports teams and clubs
- Scheduled community events have been postponed as well as school events (plays, concerts, field trips)
Are you postponing student travel and field trips?
A determination about school events and student travel will be made in the near future.
How do I know when to keep my child home?
Students who have cold and flu like symptoms are encouraged to stay home. A child with respiratory symptoms and a fever of 100.4 or above needs to stay home for 72 hours after the fever breaks. The absences will be excused.
Should I keep my child home until this COVID-19 outbreak is over?
Deciding to keep your child home is an individual decision. We suggest that you consult your healthcare provider to assist you in making the decision. If you choose to keep your child home, please notify your child’s school of this excused absence and work with your child’s teacher(s) on makeup assignments.
Will my child be excused if he/she misses school due to the virus?
Students who are absent due to illness will be excused. Students will also be excused if parents/guardians choose to keep them home during this coronavirus outbreak.
Will we be required to make up days if schools are closed?
Per the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) guidelines, FSD will make reasonable efforts to make up missed days which may include Spring Break and the May 22 snow day. According to OSPI, if schools are closed for an extended period of time, they will not be required to make up missed days and instructional hours beyond June 19. Scheduled last day of school is June 10, 2020.
Will graduation timelines be affected by school closures?
Currently, our graduation timelines will remain in effect.