March 5th, 2020 Update
Dear Launch Families,
Launch is committed to keeping our learning community informed. The health and well-being of our students, staff, and community are a top concern. Launch continues to monitor the CDC, City of Seattle, King County Public Health, and Seattle Public Schools to align our response plans to help mitigate the possible spread of the novel coronavirus causing the COVID-19 disease.
King County revised their recommendations, which can be found HERE. Some key points include:
If a Launch location and/or the neighboring community is highly impacted by the virus, we will be working closely with our teachers to ensure state required ratios are adhered to. However, to mitigate any potential exposure, Launch is limiting the movement of staff between locations. If we have a significant number of staff absences, or area schools begin to close, Launch will also close the affected location. These decisions are not made lightly, and may be made independent of Seattle Public Schools. A site closure DOES NOT indicate a confirmed or potential case of COVID-19. We will endeavor to communicate any impacts to the center with as much advance notice as we can.
In this time of uncertainty, we strive to keep families well-informed regarding our plans, as well as ask for your support in keeping our students healthy.
We are asking parents and/or guardians to assist us in the following ways:
Launch has a stringent cleaning and disinfecting protocol to prevent the spread of any contagious diseases. Teachers have been asked to review their cleaning checklists, and additional cleaning strategies are in practice around heavy hand contact places like door knobs, light switches and computer boards.
Additional information from the Department of Health can be found HERE, including some suggestions for helping children understand what is going on.
Thank you for your help in keeping our children safe and healthy.
Laura Nicholson, Director of Operations
Mari Offenbecher, Interim Executive Director