First Week Recap, Attendance, Covid Testing & Levies
First Week Recap, Attendance, Covid Testing & Levies

Ordway Elementary Newsletter 
February 1, 2021

 Covid at Testing BISD | Levies | Lunches


Dear Ordway Families,

What a strong start we have had to our hybrid model last week! Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we ensure safety and health protocols so that we can continue to have in-person learning opportunities this year. Here is our week in review of what went well, and what we can change to make week number two even better.

Better than we ever expected!

-We are all recharged by seeing happy, safely distanced, socializing kids (and teachers) this week!

-Students are becoming experts at the new check-in/ monitoring stations.

-Supplies are being managed safely: Items are only being used by the individual student. Devices for upper grades are going safely back and forth to school.

-Attendance: We do not have families on vacation or out of town during the school week showing that Ordway families have made in-person learning a priority!

- Attestation questions prior to arrival are working: We appreciate parents who have made the right choice in keeping students home if they aren’t feeling well. Following the Health Department recommendations helps to keep our campus safe and classes in session.

- Parent drop off and pickup: students who are arriving and departing during our arrival and drop off windows are making it to class on time! (we have had very few late students! Thank you for making this amazing feat happen. We have approximately 50 cars arriving/departing each AM and 60 arriving/departing in the PM.

Working together to prioritize safety, efficiency, and reliability

- Please continue to do your part to help community transmission rates decline by following the Governor's guidelines regarding masks and social distancing and travel.

-Parents can help set their child up for success making sure their child’s scan card is securely attached to the outside of their backpack and accessible for easy scanning.

-Drop off/pick up: Please pack your patience if you plan to pick up your child. Our number one priority is safety so remember the speed limit is 5 miles or less on campus and if a staff member in a safety vest is flagging you to slow down or stop, to do so quickly. The mix of vehicles and pedestrians always requires extremely high safety standards at all times.

- Suggested Satellite Drop off Stations are listed on the BISD website if you would like to park your car and walk your child the remainder of the way to school.

 Again, the staff and I appreciate everyone’s effort to prioritize health and safety as we experience these first few weeks of a new schedule for all students and a chance to be back on campus for some students. We look forward to many more fun and exciting days of learning and growth in our pivot to hybrid second semester!

Kind regards,

Melinda Reynvaan 

Help your child find their color match for pick-up ease!

If you are picking up your student from school, please remember that there are 3 color zones for cars. Students all have matching color dots on their scan cards to find their car. Reminders: the beginning of the alphabet is red, the middle is yellow, and the end is blue; Please have a clear sign with your child’s first and last name in your car window so that we can call them to their color zone to keep traffic flowing; lastly, we call students via radio, so remember to slow down upon pick up zone entry so that Ordway staff can read your child's name and have your child 'on deck' ready for pick up in your zone.

Thank you for your cooperation!


School Lunches Continue through Hybrid Learning.

Families can continue to pick up at Sakai each Friday (10 am - 12 noon) - we will also continue Friday deliveries to the families who need this option .  Meal Kits will have a breakfast+lunch for each school day of the following week.

Any child 18 or under can receive these free meals - including youth who do not go to BISD.
Student meals can be ordered on the Food Services website.

Daily Screening Questions

If your student can accurately answer "no" to the following questions, then proceed to school.
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms (in the last 24 hours) that are not caused by another condition? : fever (100.4F) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea?
  • Have you been in close contact with anyone who has confirmed COVID-19?
  • Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days, or are you awaiting results of a COVID-19 test?
  • Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

If your student is unable to answer "no" to the questions above, your child needs to stay home until all answers are "no". Please contact your student's school for additional guidance. Thanks for doing your part to help keep our schools healthy!

Click here to download and print the Daily Screening Questions and the Spanish translated questions. 

Call in your child's absence or enter it on Skyward:

As a reminder please call in your absence to the Ordway Attendance Line (206) 780-1075 and leave a detailed message. Alternatively you can enter your child's absence on Skyward. It is not enough to notify the teacher. They may not get your email in time or have an opportunity to forward it on to the Main office. Thank you!

BISD is one of a handful of school districts in Washington to be selected to participate in a COVID-19 testing pilot program

BISD is one of a handful of school districts in Washington to be selected to participate in a COVID-19 testing pilot program

— a partnership between the Department of Health and the Gates Foundation. This is a state-funded pilot for voluntary COVID-19 screening and testing that will help contain the virus, protect our communities, open up opportunities for in-person learning, and keep students and teachers healthy and safe. 

The testing helps BISD add a layer of COVID-19 prevention as we transition from remote learning to in-person learning.  A few important things to know:

Testing takes place during school days at the District Office, 8489 Madison Ave. N, between Ordway Elementary and the Aquatic Center
Testing is available for any BISD staff member and any student who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, we will provide regular interval testing for teachers and staff (who do not have symptoms) as a way to screen for COVID-19 in our community.

Reservations for the test are required. We will be unable to accommodate unscheduled individuals. 

There is no cost for the test but if you have health insurance, you are asked to provide the insurance information. (You will not be subject to a co-pay.)

The test is a self-administered cheek-swab test that is similar to brushing your teeth.

Volunteers will staff the testing site (at the District Office) and will provide you with the test, instructions and will monitor the process. 

Test results will be available 36-48 hours after the test (or 24 hours after the test arrives at the lab). 
Student Covid Test Instructions
Staff Covid Test Instructions


The February 2021 Special Election will include two BISD renewal ballot measures which would replace two expiring levies.
Click on the links below to read the FAQs:


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