Return to In Person Learning
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for community access. Please access the FAQ prior to returning to in-person learning on April 19th.
- Daily Logistics
- Lunch and Breakfast
- Ninth Grade Orientation
- Who are my go-to people?
What is the bell schedule?
Safe Start/SEL is extra time we have built in to the beginning of the day to allow for health screenings and for students to get to know their teacher and classmates.
Friday - all remote
How do I know what group I’m in?
Group Assignments were emailed out on Thursday, 4/2 and also publicized by RSD:
Group A: All in-person students with last names A-L
Group B: All in-person students with last names M-Z
Group C: All remote students
Group A is in-person for full days on Monday/Tuesday and remote Wednesday-Friday
Group B is in-person for full days on Wednesday/Thursday and remote on Mon/Tues. and Fri.
Can I switch groups?
Class rosters are now firm, and we are only allowed minimal movement of students to stay within classroom capacity requirements. Exceptions will be made in circumstances such as having two students within a household who are assigned to different groups and for childcare and transportation concerns. We cannot guarantee movement of any student. If you would like to be considered for a group change, please email Tyrell Hardtke. Students of families who did not complete the Skyward survey will continue in the remote learning model.
Should I come to school early for screening?
We have built a few extra minutes into first period to ensure that all students can be screened and arrive to class on time. There is no need to arrive extremely early for school, but 10-15 minutes before class starts would be helpful.
Do I need a locker?
Students will not using lockers this year; please bring all needed supplies each morning.
What materials should I bring to school?
Chromebook and charger
Paper and writing utensils
Specific materials requested by teachers (i.e. composition books)
Lunch, snacks, water bottle (bag lunches also available in the Cafeteria- see below)
Note: students will not be permitted to go to their vehicles during the day to get materials.
What do passing periods look like?
Students will have five minute passing periods between classes. Students will be expected to maintain a six foot distance whenever possible and wear masks. Students should stay on the right side of the hallway to make the journey to class as efficient as possible.
How will attendance work?
Teachers will take attendance within the first ten minutes of the class period. If teachers are choosing to teach their remote and in-person students simultaneously, they will take attendance for all students at that time. If teachers have remote students log-in halfway through class, they will take attendance for only remote students at that time.
Remote students who log in to Canvas on a calendar day to complete work will continue to be marked as present as well.
Where do I park? Do I need a parking pass?
We will not be issuing or charging for parking passes for the remainder of this school year. Students can park in the front (East) lot, North lot by the water tower, or South Lot by the tennis courts. Please do not park in the back of the building or by the pool, as these are designated for staff parking.
Where do I enter the building?
Buses will drop students off at the courtyard by the Main Gym and Cafeteria. Students will enter multiple lines for temperature checks (see safety section below).
Student drivers enter through the main doors, courtyard by the water tower, and attendance office, where we also have temperature check stations.
What are the expectations for student conduct?
We have an online student handbook to review at: https://hazen.rentonschools.us/students/student-handbook
What time do sports start after school?
Coaches will be communicating any adjusted start times with players.
What should Running Start students do between classes?
We have a small number of Running Start students who will be on campus for part-time, in-person learning. To discuss a plan, contact Mrs. Hardtke, as every student situation is different.
Why can’t we go four days a week in-person?
Current classroom capacities dictate that we can only have small cohorts of students in classrooms at a given time. Therefore, we have split up our student body into two in-person groups and one remote group to maintain safe distancing. In-person learning four days per week would make social distancing in classrooms and eating areas impossible.
What will next year look like?
We don’t yet have information on the format of school for the Fall of 2021. We are waiting on guidance from the King County Health Department, OSPI, and the Governor’s Office.
Can I leave campus for lunch?
We are not allowing students to leave campus for lunch for the remainder of this school year. This is a district-wide policy. The reason for this policy is that it is hard to do contact tracing in the event of a positive COVID case if we can’t track where students have traveled.
Can I go to my car for lunch? Can I go home?
Students will not be permitted to have lunch in their cars or leave campus. We do not have the staffing to monitor students in their cars at this time, and multiple students in cars creates close contact that is not deemed safe by our RSD and King County Health Department safety guidance.
Can I eat in class during class time?
Students are discouraged from eating in class as it would require mask removal; teachers will use their own discretion.
Will I have access to drinking fountains?
Drinking fountains are turned off, but we do have new water bottle filling stations throughout the building. Remember to bring a water bottle!
How are lunch groups organized?
3rd period classes are grouped into zones based on in-person class size. The lunch ‘zones’ will be communicated to students on the first day of school by their 3rd period teacher, who will guide them to their zone. Students can be mask less in these socially-distanced eating zones.
This spring we will have two lunches to keep cohorts small.
1st Lunch: 3rd period Language Arts, Social Studies, PE, World Language and ELL classes
2nd Lunch: 3rd period Math, Science, Fine Arts, CTE, and RLC classes
Do students have to stay in their lunch zone the whole time?
Once students are done eating, they will be permitted to roam in the lower commons, senior lounge, and outdoor courtyards with masks on and using social distancing. In order to facilitate contact tracing, students will be asked to scan a QR code in the area they move to after leaving their lunch zone.
Will the student store be open?
Unfortunately, the Student Store will not be open for the remainder of this school year.
What are we serving for lunch?
Lunch will be distributed at grab and go stations near lunch zones. We are providing bag lunches, with vegetarian options. Students are welcome to bring their own lunches as well. For questions about other dietary options, email Heather Berthold email@example.com
Will we be serving breakfast?
We will not be serving a hot breakfast, but students will be able to take a bagged breakfast home with them to consume the next day, to be distributed at lunchtime.
What about food for remote learning days?
Students who are served by our free and reduced lunch program will be able to get breakfast and lunch packs at a grab-and-go station on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Student pick up occurs from 2:03-2:15, and then we transition to community/family pick up from 2:15-2:45. This station is located at the bus drop off area on the South side of the building by the pool and main gym.
What are the safety procedures for entering the building each day?
Students will be temperature checked using a SeekScan thermometer. If a student’s temperature is above 100.4 degrees, a staff member will do a secondary scan with a hand-held thermometer. If the student’s temperature is above 100.4 degrees at that point, they will move to an isolation space and parents will be contacted. Watch the video below for more information!
Screening Video in English
Screening Video in Spanish
Students will also need to complete a Daily Health Attestation form to come to school each day. The video below describes how to do the screening via the Skyward Mobile App each morning:
During our “safe start” extended first period time, teachers will check to see that all students have completed the attestation. Students who have not will complete it at that time via their telephones or verbally. QR codes will also be available on exterior doors for quick access to the attestation. In order to avoid impacting class time, please complete your screening before entering the building.
What if I’m not feeling well? Can I still do remote learning?
Yes, if you’re showing symptoms, stay home! You can still access class remotely. Email or message your teacher through Canvas to let them know you plan to access class remotely that day. Also email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your absence excused.
What are the expectations for masks?
Bring your own! If you forget, we will have some on campus for student use, but we don’t have enough supplies to give a mask to every student every day. Masks need to cover the nose and mouth and fit properly. A cloth or surgical mask works great- no masks with valves, please.
What are the expectations for social distancing?
Classrooms and eating areas will be set up so that students are six feet apart. During passing periods and when students finish eating, they will have the freedom to move about. We expect all students to wear masks and maintain social distancing during these times.
Why are we keeping students six feet apart when the CDC guidelines now suggest three feet apart as a safe distance?
Renton School District follows the guidance of the King County Health Department, which currently requires students to be six feet apart. Also, our classroom capacity calculations are based on a six foot distance.
What is the sanitation plan for in-between classes and cohorts?
Common areas and classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized twice per day- once during lunch or the teachers; preparation period, and once in the evening. Desks will not be sanitized between class periods due to time constraints.
What happens if someone in my class tests positive for COVID?
The HHS contact tracing team will notify all students who may have come in contact with a student or staff member who tests positive for COVID by emailing their families. Since we know bus routes, class schedules, and lunch locations, we will be able to do the necessary contact tracing. Students who test positive for COVID will be required to quarantine for 14 days and will switch to remote learning. Students in close contact with that student or staff member will also switch to remote learning for 14 days, or until they have a negative COVID test result.
What safety measures are being taken in bathrooms?
All bathrooms have signage outside showing capacity, and some stalls are closed to ensure distancing. Our campus security and administration team will also monitor capacity to ensure that groups of students are not meeting in bathrooms. Bathroom break frequency for students is up to teacher discretion.
What if I need to go to the nurse?
We will have two entrances for the nurse’s office. Students who are showing symptoms potentially related to COVID will use the attendance office entrance to reach the isolation room. Students who are not showing COVID-like symptoms can access the nurse through the exterior door next to the Attendance Office. Signage and staff guidance will be provided. Students who often visit the nurse for extended periods will not have extended access this year. Please contact the nurse at email@example.com to discuss a plan for students requiring frequent visits.
What about safety in P.E. classes?
From our district PE facilitator: “Students will not be accessing the locker rooms and should plan to participate in physical activity with the clothes that they wear to school. Encourage your student to wear sneakers, and clothes that allow for ease of movement. Students will be distanced a minimum 6 feet apart or more and classes will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Class will be using minimal or no equipment. Equipment will be sanitized between class periods following CDC and District guidelines.”
What about safety in Band and Choir classes?
Slides 18/19 of the RSD Secondary Family Presentation describe safety measures in detail:
Secondary Family Information 3.31
How will my teacher teach remote and in-person classes?
Teachers have flexibility to design a class period that best engages their mix of remote and in-person students. Teachers will communicate attendance expectations and class format with students on April 19th. Teachers can choose to teach both groups of students at the same time, split their class period into two sessions, or some other combination. Every class has a different cohort size of in-person and remote students, so there is no “one size fits all” strategy to maximize learning.
Will my student have new teachers because of medical leaves or schedule changes?
Student schedules for Trimester three are unchanged, which is one of the key advantages to the selected schedule. The vast majority of Hazen staff members will be returning to in-person learning this Spring. It is possible that your student may have a new teacher if we need to hire a long-term substitute for teacher leaves.
What if my Chromebook doesn’t work or I need a new charger?
Contact Ms. Eide for all student technology needs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit https://hazen.rentonschools.us/students/chromebook-help-tips for lots of guidance!
Will learning materials be sanitary?
Teachers will make every effort to provide individual learning materials to students and to sanitize shared materials. Students are also encouraged to bring hand sanitizer or use the sanitizer stations located throughout the building.
What about Zero Hour classes?
Zero hour classes will start at 6:30 am, just as they did before we changed our schedule. Students will attend two days per week in-person according to their group.
Is the grading policy changing?
As students and families continue to be impacted by the pandemic, we will keep our revised grading scale intact for the remainder of the school year.
Will paraeducators and other support staff be on site?
Yes, our full Hazen staff will be joining us for our April 19th return to in-person learning.
Do I need to change for PE?
No, we will not be requiring students to change for PE and our locker rooms will be closed. If you are taking a PE class, dress for movement!
We are hosting a special evening for 9th graders to learn the layout of our building, meet staff members, and most importantly, build that Highlander Spirit! Transportation can be provided, and this is a student-only event:
Date: Thursday, April 15th
Times: 5:30-7pm (5pm-5:30 ELL & SPED Dinner)
We will also be building Orientation activities into the first two days of school so that all Highlanders can be reoriented to school. Stay tuned for more info!
How can I find my bus route?
Our district transportation office will email you the week of April 12th with information on your bus route. If you don’t receive this information before April 19th, call the Main Office at (425) 204-4200.
What safety measures are in place on buses?
- Students will wear a face covering in compliance with Public Health recommendations.
- Windows will be open or adjusted as much as possible to maximize outside air flow.
- Students will load buses systematically to maintain physical distancing and each student will be assigned a seat to maintain a seating assignment for each bus run.
- After each route, staff will clean high touch areas. The whole bus will be sanitized after the last run every day
- Bus drivers and bus monitors will wear personal protection equipment (PPE) in accordance with Labor & Industries safety and health guidance while on the bus.
Where do I catch my bus after school?
Buses pick up and drop off students in the same location, which is on the South side of the building by the Pool and Main Gym. We will have staff ready to assist the first day of school as students learn the building.
|Principal||Kate O’Brien||(425) 204-4201|
|Assistant Principal and Assessment Coordinator (12th grade)||Tyrell Hardtke||(425) 204-4211|
|Assistant Principal and Athletic Director (10th and 11th grade)||Harland Warrior||(425) 204-4261|
|Assistant Principal and ASB Director (9th grade)||Ashley Gambrill||(425) 204-3833|
|Dean of Students (Support for all grades)||Travis Savala||(425) 204-4237|
|Office Manager||Melinda Scheuffele||(425) 204-4201|
|Student Tech Support||Paula Eggen-Eide||email is best|
|ASB Office||Rachel Ramirez-Cook||(425) 204-4221|
|Athletic Secretary||Vicki Olson||(425) 204-4250|
|Nurse||Kristin Freer||(425) 204-4202|
|Registrar||Shannon Presley||(425) 204-4207|
|Counselor Last Names A-E, Z||Christi Leick||(425) 204-4217|
|Counselor Last Names F-L||Yeani Anthony-Brown||(425) 204-4218|
|Counselor Last Names M-Ri||Brian Creeley||(425) 204-4276|
|Counselor Last Names Ro-Z||Heidi Lally||(425) 204-4219|
For more detailed information on our district policies regarding reopening, visit the Renton School District Reopening page.