Pathway to Opening

Our Commitment

As a small, holistic relationship-based school, we are deeply committed to guiding your children in their continuing educational journey with your partnership and collaboration. Salmonberry is committed to maintaining its presence as a community of care, especially during these challenging times.  Salmonberry strives to be the center to which we know we can each return, where we will be held with love, compassion and understanding.  While we have your children in our care, we hold the responsibility for each child’s physical and emotional safety with great reverence and as our highest priority. During the current Covid-19 pandemic, our goal is to find the right balance between emphasizing in-person learning with the necessary safety afforded by social distancing.


 We are planning to open Salmonberry’s campus for the 2020-2021 school year 100% in-person on September 2nd. We acknowledge that this year will be like no other year in our history. To reopen successfully, we are making changes for the safety and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff. These changes will require sacrifice from every member of our community. When we open in the fall, spaces will look different, schedules will shift, and new rules will be in place. We  know that our relationships, connections, and common goals will carry us through this challenging time.

This webpage is your guide to staying informed about our return to school in September. We will continue to update this information as we make decisions and refine our plan. Please understand that the information contained on this website is subject to change at any time, depending on the course of the virus and guidance from state and local officials.


Below is a summary of the new procedures that we plan to implement for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Health Screenings

Salmonberry is in the process of designing its arrival screening plan, which will include daily drive through screens and drop-off. We also will be recommending daily at home evaluations to minimize unneceassry trips to school if a student is exhibiting any symptoms. More drop off information can be under ‘Drop Off’


Visitors and volunteers will not be allowed in any campus buildings in order to reduce the number people our students and faculty members are exposed to while on campus. All mail deliveries will be left at a marked location outside of the school gates. Parent conferences, parent-teacher meetings, and other interactions between the families and faculty members will be held remotely until the school decides to open campus more broadly.

Drop Off

PROCEDURES FOR DROP OFF & PICK UP Salmonberry has three classes of students: Salmon (14 students), Cedars (15 students), and  Eagles (8 students). The campus has been divided into three, with a separate entrance/exit gate for each class.

Drop-off and pick-up will occur in two locations. CEDARS will have their own drive in drop-off area in the south parking lot. SALMON and EAGLES  will share a double lane drop-off/pick up queue in the north parkling lot.

Drop-off: For each class, a teacher or assistant will be in the drop-off zone to do both health screening and temperature check while the child remains in the vehicle. Health screenings and additional information will be appropriately logged immediately. Any student failing the health screening will not be permitted on campus. We suggest families also complete their own screening including temp. scans each morning prior to arriving at school to minimize unneceassry trips. 

The parents of CEDARS and EAGLES students will not be permitted on campus. There will be an exception for SALMON parents at drop-off. Drop-off time can be difficult for the younger children, with parent support helpful during the transition. SALMON parents who accompany their child onto campus will need a health screening and temperature check before entry. SALMON parents must remain masked, socially distant and outside while on campus. 

Pick-up: The same areas will be used as in the morning. CEDARS and EAGLES students will exit their campus gates to be picked up. The SALMON students will also exit their campus gate for pick up. SALMON parents will not enter campus at the end of the school day. 

Sanitary Measures

All cleaning and sanitary practices on campus will be enhanced. This includes cleaning surfaces and any shared items through out the day as well as daily after hours professinal cleaning and disinfecting. Supplies, toys and material sharing will be greatly reduced. Hand sanitizing stations will be added for each classroom as well as an outdoor handwashing sink. Students will be asked to wash hands upon arrival and frequently throughout the day. In additiona to each classroom’s existing HVAC (heat pump) systerm which provides frequent full air exchange, each room also will have installed a window ventilation fan and/or HEPA rated air purifier.

Face Coverings

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that students and staff wear cloth face coverings while at school, and San Juan County requires their use by all faculty and students during the school day. Following this guidance will provide another layer of protection for our community. The CDC explains that COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets shared when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Wearing a cloth face covering is shown to greatly reduce the transmission of respiratory droplets. The school is working to develop more specific policies for all faculty and students in all grade levels to wear face coverings while on campus. Teachers are planning for students to have hourly outdoor mask breaks.


If a student or faculty/staff member has symptoms, tests positive for, or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed case (with or without symptoms), please stay home and notify the school  of the symptoms or exposure.

Salmonberry will follow the guidance of the San Juan County Health Department using this document when assessing symptoms and handling any possible cases of COVID-19. Exact steps that the school will take will be determined in partnership with San Juan County Health on a case-by-case basis, but below is a summary of what families may expect in the event of  COVID-19 symptoms on campus. Please note that this information may change at any time, due to the course of the virus and guidance from state and local officials.

Symptoms on campus: In the event that a student or faculty/staff member starts showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus, then the school will take the following actions:

  • Immediately separate students with COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath) in a designated isolation space.
  • A school employee will contact the student’s family. Parents should plan to pick up students from school or an off campus site within 30 minutes and follow-up with their healthcare provider.
  • Faculty members with symptoms will notify school administration, leave campus, and follow-up with their healthcare provider.
  • Areas used by the symotomatic person will be closed for cleaning and sanitizing.

Confirmed Student or Faculty Case of COVID-19: If the school becomes aware that a student or faculty member has tested positive for COVID-19, then the school will notify SJC to identify the course of action. The actions the school will take will vary based on the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and specific cases in the community. 

At a minimum, the school will:

  • Notify the school community of a positive case on campus. The only identifying information that will be shared is the classroom in which the case occurred.
  • Notify all close contacts within the community of the confirmed case and direct them to isolate at home for the period of time with direction from by San Juan County Health and Human Services, which is currently 14 days from last known exposure. Close contacts are identified as people that are six feet (or closer) to an infected person for 15 minutes or more. 
  • Close the affected classroom to conduct additional cleaning and sanitation of spaces used by the sick person.

Confirmed Family Member Case of COVID-19: If a family member of a student or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19, the student or faculty member will be required to quarantine at home for the period of time identified by SJC, which is currently 14 days from last known exposure. 


Summer 2020

School Year 2019-2020