First Week Reflection and Mask Updates
Hello Edison parents!
This is just a quick message to let you know that our first week of students in grades 1-5 was FANTASTIC! It was so good to see kids on campus, engaged in learning, building relationships and learning about our Fantastic Four values of what it means to be a Shocker student! This next week we will do all-school rotations of what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to carry out our Fantastic Four of "Show Respect, Make Good Decisions, Solve Problems, and Work Hard" in the different areas of our school (such as: cafeteria, restrooms, playground, hallways, etc.) now that our kindergarten students will be joining us tomorrow!
This is also a good time to reiterate the positive messaging and help from you as parents as to how we expect our students to wear their masks. I saw the great majority of students wearing their masks properly and only had to remind/reteach a couple of students this past week. There has been further messaging from our Superintendent, Dr. Smith about the use of "gaiters". It is important to point out that the WaDOH revised their mask criteria in their new order that was released recently. No doubt this has led to some confusion. Their order now states that masks must fit tightly on the sides of the face and over the mouth and nose. Additionally, they must be made of two or more layers of tightly woven fabric. Therefore, single layer bandanas are not acceptable. Nor are bandanas that are folded in the middle as they are not, "two or more layers of tightly woven fabric."
Many gaiters also do not comply as many are single layer and many do not fit tightly around the nose/face and/or are open at the bottom. However, some gaiters (like the one pictured below), are acceptable, as they consist of two layers (like traditional masks), fit securely around the face, and do not leave an opening at the bottom. Thank you for helping us and your child keep everyone safe!
Jenny Foster, Principal