As we start school, some things will be familiar, some will be different.
To learn more about COVID protocols, please review the safety video and the document.
Will there be Vaccine clinics this year?
Yes-there will be additional partnerships. Dates are to be determined.
Will there be on-site testing?
Yes-through there will be a Protected Health Care Room Supervisor at each school. Families need to opt into the program.
Is there any data about how many students are vaccinated?
In Seattle, Youth vaccine (12-19) rate is 67-71% and adult is 82-86%. This is not specific to Eckstein.
What measures are being taken during lunch period? Will there be outdoor seating?
EMS is seating students spread out in the auditorium and the lunchroom. Students will also be allowed to eat outside on the field and in the garden.
Regarding lunchtime: Being indoors unmasked is the riskiest time of the day. Even if kids are distanced and all facing the same direction, virus can be carried in air currents throughout the room. There don't seem to be many covered areas outside. As the weather gets colder and wetter, are there any plans for increasing outdoor covered areas? Perhaps outdoor lunches can be prioritized for 6th graders?
We only have one covered area provided by the District with 8 tables underneath it. It's only large enough for 24 students.
Will there be health attestations this year?
Starting September 1st (the first day of school for SPS middle schools), students will NOT need to fill out an attestation in order to enter the building. However, students should remain home if sick to protect fellow students and staff.
Are there any restrictions to types of food kids can bring to school (such as peanuts)?
No. Eckstein does not currently have any students with allergies that restrict other students from bringing items to school.
What is the bell schedule this year?
There will be a warning bell at 8:50. Students are expected to be in their Home Room classroom by the 8:55 bell.
Will there be a crossing guard or security on site?
EMS will not have a crossing guard. There will security but as of yet one has not been assigned to Eckstein.
Can students carry their backpacks during the day?
Students will be able to carry their backpacks or keep in their locker during the school day.
Do the students need to bring the laptops to school every day?
Yes. They won’t be spending the entire school day in front of screens, but will be using technology in classes when it supports the lesson.
Do students change for gym?
Students can wear their regular clothes or change. There are not showers available.
What are the COVID-19 protocols for assemblies and concerts? Will numbers be limited? Held outside? Windows open?
Concert planning: Our music department is still determining how to hold concerts.
Assemblies: Families will be able to opt out their students of the next assemblies. Students are seated with 2 seats in between the next student — more than 6 feet and all facing forward, staggered in seats. We will have 3 assemblies to reduce numbers. Multiple filters are operating in the auditorium.
Are there afterschool sport opportunities?
Coed Frisbee and girls soccer will start in the fall. Visit the EMS athletic page for more details. Ms. Detering, EMS Assistant Secretary, will post more information about start dates as soon they are scheduled. If interested in sports, parents should fill out the paperwork and email it to Ms. Williams. Eckstein Athletics page
We missed WEB Day or Back to School Fair…how do we get laptops, etc?
Computers will be delivered to their homeroom on Wednesday, along with a planner. Schedules are available on The Source.
I have not received a text regarding the Talking Points app? How do I get it?
Eckstein is using TalkingPoints to communicate through the app with families. You will be able to respond to announcements and messages in the app. If you haven't received a link to download the app, or having trouble connecting it to your student(s), please contact Ms. Detering, EMS Assistant Secretary for help.
What's the Computer Fee?
Your student may have emerged from the Back to School Fair with a school laptop and a note about a $25 fee. This is a fee to help with wear and tear, and was not collected last year as the District rolled out its 1:1 device program for remote learning.
When will the Garden Club start up again? Could it be done after school on early dismissal days since the garden is being used as a lunch space?
We can get this going when we have parental volunteers to make it happen. Volunteers just need to complete the proper SPS paperwork. We are also looking forward to starting a club time during the school day at Eckstein — we're dreaming this up right now with a team of teachers, and hoping for a 2nd quarter start. This would be a great time to engage kids, too!