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Dear Peninsula School District Families,

We love our visitors and volunteers! Parents/guardians and community members volunteering in our schools are vital to student success. Each year hundreds of volunteers share their time and energy to enhance educational opportunities, contributing thousands of hours of service and support for our school.

There are numerous opportunities at each school, ranging from supporting students in the classroom to preparing materials for teachers, to serving on a site team. Additional opportunities for service include working with parent/teacher organizations, advisory committees or booster clubs.
 
For the 2021-22 school year, visitors and volunteers are allowed on an as-needed basis and upon the approval of the school administrator. We've developed some definitions and FAQs regarding visitors and volunteers for this unique school year:
 
VISITORS

Definition: Individuals who are in the building on a short-term basis with minimal interaction with staff and students. This includes parents, guardians, vendors.
 
Are visitors allowed in the building? This year we are allowing visitors in the buildings under certain parameters.
 
Parameters:  

  • We will allow visitors on a limited basis upon the approval of school administrators.
  • Visitors are not to go into classrooms when students are present. This is important to maintaining the physical distancing protocols during the pandemic.  
  • Visitors would be briefed on applicable aspects of the school safety plan and would be expected to follow them when in the building.

 
Are face coverings required for visitors? Like teachers and students, all visitors and volunteers are required to wear face coverings consistent with the Governor’s Proclamation 20-09.2 Phased Reopening of K-12 SchoolsK-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 School Year, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide. Fully vaccinated people are required to wear masks in schools; these guidelines apply to all district buildings in Peninsula School District.

Are visitors required to be vaccinated? No. However, visitors need to follow all other applicable health and safety requirements like face coverings and physical distancing.

Visitors are not to go into classrooms when students are present. This is important to maintaining the physical distancing protocols during the pandemic.  
 
VOLUNTEERS: ASSOCIATED WITH CONTRACTED ORGANIZATIONS AND INDEPENDENT 

Definition: Any individuals who regularly interact with students and staff.

Are volunteers allowed in the buildings? When we can do so safely, we are welcoming volunteers into the buildings.

Here are some parameters for volunteers:

  • We are allowing volunteers on a limited basis upon the approval of school administrators.
  • Volunteers will need to go through an orientation to ensure they understand the safety plan for the building; volunteers would be expected to follow the safety plan at all times
  • In classrooms we try, whenever possible, to keep students 3 ft apart for safety and to reduce exclusions due to contact tracing. Classrooms, which have too many students to maintain 3 ft distancing, would not be allowed to admit volunteers when students are present
  • When in spaces with other adults (e.g. classroom, teacher workroom), volunteers would not be admitted if the 6 ft between adults requirement could not be met.


Are face coverings required for volunteers? Like teachers and students, all visitors and volunteers are required to wear face coverings consistent with the Governor’s Proclamation 20-09.2 Phased Reopening of K-12 SchoolsK-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 School Year, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide. Fully vaccinated people are required to wear masks in schools; these guidelines apply to all district buildings in Peninsula School District.

Do volunteers need to be vaccinated? Yes. Per OSPI guidelines, volunteers will need to be vaccinated.

Who is responsible for the vaccination status of volunteers?

  •  If the volunteer is placed in our schools by an outside organization, then the organization is responsible for verifying vaccination status. Verification is documented using this form which can be completed and returned to PSD Risk and Compliance Manager Sara Hoover at hoovers@psd401.net
  • Those not associated with an outside organization must verify their vaccination status with the building’s COVID Site Coordinator.
     

We will revisit these guidelines as COVID-19 conditions change.

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