O'Dea High School


The purpose of this webpage is to share information on our plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Our goal is to provide clarity on decisions, procedures and protocols, as to how O’Dea will successfully continue to provide a high-quality education to our students, keeping their health and safety at the forefront of our plans.

O’Dea Community Responsibility Agreement

Hybrid Learning

Hybrid Learning Overview

Hybrid Learning at O’Dea will be nearly identical to traditional school for our students on campus. Students will be learning in front of their teachers, with peers in the room, changing classes at the bell and following their maroon/gold schedule. The major difference being that classrooms will have far fewer students attending in person to maintain social distancing. Students at home will login at the start of each period to begin class with a prayer and attendance. Teachers will continue to provide instruction through Teams for the students at home while the students at school are learning in person. There will be a small number of teachers who need to teach from home during hybrid. In such cases, we will make arrangements to have an adult in the room to facilitate while the teacher delivers content from home.

The Hybrid Bell Schedule can be found on our Bell Schedule page.

The goal for students learning from home will be 55-60 minutes per class. The teacher will have the discretion on end times for students online. Students in the building will transition 5 minutes prior to the start of the next class.
Mentor Group and Irish Block become one class, where students stay in their mentor group through the Irish Block period. Continuous Learning is available for students at home and at school, from 10-11 on Gold Days.

Cohort Schedule and Assignments can be found on our Calendar page

These plans are subject to change, and all students will continue to have an option to learn from home in eSchool as necessary or preferred.

On-Campus Health & Safety

Health and safety are of the utmost importance to us when we return to campus. Following CDC and Washington Department of Public Health guidelines, we are taking measures to ensure a safe environment for students and staff.

Physical Distancing 

There will be expectations around physical distancing within the school. School facilities will ensure building readiness for physical distancing, and expectations will be set for space utilization by students and staff.  

O’Dea will follow CDC guidance of 6ft as our school standard for physical distancing. School facilities will update space availability to comply with 6ft.  

Space Adjustments  

Staff office/desk space  

  • For shared offices there is a limit of one person using the office at any given time.  
  • No in-person meetings will be permitted in individual office spaces (including 1:1) 
  • Staff that are non-essential to be onsite should work from home  

Staff lounges  

  • Meet/maintain 6ft distance in all directions 
  • Staff and faculty will not be allowed to stay in the staff lounge and no more than 3 people are allowed at one time.
  • Only one person is allowed at a time in the SRC staff kitchen  

Staff conference rooms 

  • In-person staff meetings should be avoided as much as possible. Staff should use Teams, e-mail or phone, even if in the same building. 
  • Generally, it should be assumed that conference rooms can be used for half the normal number of people that the room is currently designated to hold.   In some locations, chairs might be removed to ensure attendees are properly distanced.    

School common area adjustments   

  • Signage to maintain 6ft in any school operations that require individuals to wait in line  
  • Signage advising of physical distancing in common areas.  
  • Signage related to physical distancing guidelines throughout school  

Restroom adjustments   

  • Signage on entrance and throughout restrooms to maintain distancing guidelines while in the restroom. 
  • School Facilities to maintain all restrooms and locker rooms with regular Routine Environmental Cleaning, at least once a day and more volume dependent.  
  • Ensure that toilets/ urinals are functional and not blocked for use- reducing capacity of the restroom in any manner affects adherence to city ordinances on restroom capacity.   

Classroom Adjustments 

  • Classroom capacity will be reduced to meet a 6 ft distance in all directions. Teacher will be responsible to monitor classroom capacity.  
  • Student desks will be separated to minimum of a 6 ft distance, from the center of one student desk to the next. If students share a desk a minimum of a 6 ft between each student will be maintained.  
  • Teacher workstation will be 6ft away from student desks.  
  • Brief close contact interactions under 15 minutes and less than 6ft are allowed in the classroom.  
  • Additional classroom space throughout O’Dea’s buildings will be used to ensure social distancing is maintained within classrooms.  

Transportation changes 

  • Reduced bus capacity to be 25-50%. 
  • Mark (tape off/sticker) unusable seats to ensure 6ft between riders of the bus.  
  • Clean seats before and after every one-way transport.  

Student Eating  

  • The school cafeteria will be closed until further notice.
  • All students will eat in their mentor group classrooms for lunch. Students will remain in their seats while not wearing a mask and eating/drinking. 
  • Lunch deliveries will NOT be allowed and all students should plan to pack a lunch daily until further notice.
  • If families need to deliver a forgotten lunch, they can buzz the main office and we will deliver to the student.

Hallway Traffic 

  • A hallway monitor will be stationed at the elevator entrance on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors, the west stairwells on the 2nd and 3rd floors, by the House Hub and in the courtyard to monitor traffic before/after school and during transitions between classes. 
  • Students should not be congregating in the hallway and should continue moving through the hallway.
  • Teachers will stay in classrooms or transition to their next classroom during these times.
  • Social distancing guidelines of 6 ft will be followed in hallways.
  • Classes will be staggered in their transitions with 9-10th grade cohorts going first. Once hallways are cleared, the 11-12th graders will transition to their next class. 
  • Only one student at a time should be out of a classroom to use the restroom. 
  • As much as possible, students will travel up the main stairwell and down the East stairwell
  • As much as possible, students will travel on the right of the hallway.

Early Dismissals 

When parents or guardians arrive to pick-up their son during the day for an early dismissal (i.e appointments, sickness, etc.), they should stay in the car and call the main office to let us know they are in the parking lot. The student will be escorted to the car by a staff member. 


During the school day when students are present, allowable visitors include:  

  • People delivering mail, packages (i.e. USPS, UPS, FedEx)  
  • People needed on site for repairs and maintenance
  • 8th grade visitors and their parents/guardians  

When students are not present, allowable visitors include:  

  • People delivering mail, packages (i.e. USPS, UPS, FedEx)  
  • People needed on site for repairs and maintenance  
  • 8th grade visitors and their parents/guardians  
  • School board members  

Those delivering mail and package do not need to undergo a health screening to enter the building but are required to wear a cloth face covering.  Anyone else must complete a written health screening and wear a cloth face covering.  

Iparents absolutely need to enter the building (restroom, dropping off materials, etc.), they will buzz in and be met by a staff member at the east parking lot entrance by the elevator. Any entering the building must wear a face covering. 

Other Situations 

  • All non-standard situations will be documented that have unique physical distancing requirements  

HVAC Improvements and Upgrades 

  • The following was completed to clean the HVAC system and improve airflow on campus: 
  • Outside fresh air grilles were cleaned by removing dust and build up to open up greater airflow. Exhaust fan grills were cleaned all through the building. This cleaning and removal of clogging improves airflow by allowing more fresh air to enter and leave through grilles and improve indoor air quality.
  • Merv-13 air filters were installed inside our Air Handler’s Unit’s to replace the current Merv-8 filters. The new Merv-13 filters are recommended by the CDC as they hold a significantly higher volume of dust and other airborne particles in comparison to their counterpart. They are used throughout regional hospitals and healthcare facilities.
  • Condenser and evaporator coils were cleaned and sprayed down with Evap fresh Nu-calgon disinfectant, which is used to kill bacteria and viruses and provide extended protection. 
  • Installed virus and bacteria killing ionization purifier units for HVAC ducting systems that are now being installed in hospitals and schools.
  • Screens installed on all windows to allow windows to remain open and continue fresh circulation.

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

In alignment with public health recommendations, O’Dea High School is taking measures to prevent community spread of COVID-19, which includes undertaking enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures. Below is the enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures to follow during the COVID-19 public health situation.   

General guidance:   

  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, focusing on high-touch surfaces, such as classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, common spaces, handrails, tables, faucets, doorknobs, and shared keyboards. Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting with attention to these areas helps remove bacteria and viruses, including the novel coronavirus.    
  • Practice good hand hygiene after cleaning (and always!):    
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and warm water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.   

Safety guidelines during cleaning and disinfection:   

  • Facilities staff will wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting. Gloves should be discarded after each use. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed as outlined above.   
  • Wear eye protection when there is a potential for splash or splatter to the face.      
  • Store chemicals in labeled, closed containers. Keep them in the designated secure area. Store them in a manner that prevents tipping or spilling.   

Cleaning and disinfection of surfaces:   

  • If surfaces are dirty to sight or touch, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.   
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces as soon as possible in areas where a person with respiratory symptoms (e.g., coughing, sneezing) was present.    
  • Use only EPA-registered disinfectant (Virex II) for use against the novel coronavirus.    
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe and effective use of all cleaning and disinfection products (i.e., dilution concentration, application method and contact time, required ventilation, and use of personal protective equipment). The disinfectant concentrations and contact time are critical for effective surfaces disinfection.    
  • Consult manufacturer recommendations on cleaning products appropriate for electronics. If no guidance is available, use of alcohol-based wipes or spray containing at least 70% alcohol. Use of alcohol-based products may reduce risk of damage to sensitive machine components. Whenever possible, consider using wipeable covers for electronics. Dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid pooling of liquids.  
  • The following products are effective for disinfection of hard, non-porous surfaces:   
    • An alcohol solution or wipe with at least 70% alcohol, and/or an EPA-registered disinfectant for use against COVID19 (Virex II).   
    • For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rags, and towels:  
    • Remove visible contamination (if present) and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces.    
    • After cleaning, launder items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely.   
    • If laundering is not possible, use an EPA-registered disinfectant for use against COVID-19.     


  • In alignment with Washington Department of Health recommendations, O’Dea High School is taking measures to prevent community spread of COVID-19, which includes undertaking enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures. Below is the enhanced cleaning and disinfection daily measures taken during the COVID-19 public health situation.  


  • The cleaning of bathrooms will follow the Enhanced Cleaning for Prevention guidance outlined in this document.   
  • All bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected on an hourly basis, on a rotating schedule while school is in session by the Facilities Department.  
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected again at the end of the day in preparation for the follow school day by the Facilities Department.   
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.    
  • If soap and warm water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.   


  • The cleaning of classrooms will follow the Enhanced Cleaning for Prevention guidance outlined in this document.   
  • Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of the day in preparation for the following school day by the Facilities Department.  
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 70% alcohol will be available in each classroom.  
  • Students, faculty and staff will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting the classroom.  
  • Disinfecting wipes with at least 70% alcohol, and/or an EPA-registered disinfectant for use against COVID19 (Virex II) will be available in each classroom for enhanced cleaning purposes at the discretion of students, faculty and staff.   

High Touch Surfaces  

  • The cleaning of high touch surfaces will follow the Enhanced Cleaning for Prevention guidance outlined in this document.   
  • High touch surfaces will be disinfected on an hourly basis while school is in session by the Facilities Department to include:  
  • Hand railings  
  • Door handles  
  • Door push bars  
  • Elevator controls  
  • Water filling machines  
  • Water fountain spouts have been disabled until further notice  
  • Touch free bottle filling option is still available in all locations  
  • High touch surfaces in all areas will cleaned and disinfected at the end of the day in preparation for the following school day by the Facilities Department.  


  • The cleaning of classrooms will follow the Enhanced Cleaning for Prevention guidance outlined in this document.   
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 70% alcohol will be available in each office.  
  • Students, faculty and staff will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting offices.  
  • Disinfecting wipes with at least 70% alcohol, and/or an EPA-registered disinfectant for use against COVID19 (Virex II) will be available in each office for enhanced cleaning purposes at the discretion of faculty and staff.   
  • Offices will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of the day in preparation for the following school day by the Facilities Department.  

Common Areas  

  • The cleaning of common areas (hallways, SRC, Room 401, main office, Advancement office, conference rooms, faculty room, break room, gym lobby, courtyard, and the House Hub) will follow the Enhanced Cleaning for Prevention guidance outlined in this document.   
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 70% alcohol will be available in all common areas.  
  • Disinfecting wipes with at least 70% alcohol, and/or an EPA-registered disinfectant for use against COVID19 (Virex II) will be available in each common area for enhanced cleaning purposes at the discretion of students, faculty and staff.   

Common areas will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of the day in preparation for the following school day by the Facilities Department.  

The following table provides the cleaning and sanitizing requirements and schedule: 

Type of Surface or Equipment   Clean/Sanitizing Frequency  
Desktop work area  1x/day or after each use by a different Teammate  
Keyboards, mice, pens and any other computer-related equipment  1x/day or after each use by a different Teammate 
Chairs tops and arms  1x/day or after each use by a different Teammate 
Horizontal surfaces are leaned or where devices are placed  1x/day or after each use by a different Teammate 
Personal Health & Safety

Individual onsite health and safety will be critical. The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to clean your hands frequently, cover your cough with the bend of an elbow or tissue, maintain a distance of at least 6ft from people, and stay home if you are sick. 

Student Attendance Policies 

O’Dea student attendance policies will be adjusted to encourage sick students and staff to stay home. 

If a teacher is sick but able to teach from home, they will not be required to use sick leave. In the event the teacher is suck and unable to teach from home, personal sick leave will need to be used during recovery.

O’Dea will provide a learning from home option for all students. If students are sick or showing any symptoms of illness, they will access instruction via Teams. All faculty will work with students to determine the need for alternative assignments as needed.  

Symptom and Temperature Checking

All O’Dea Community members entering the building are required to attest to this statement daily. This excludes delivery drop-offs or short term visitors. People working on-site will complete a written health screening.

Do you agree with the following statements? 

  1. In the last 72 hours, I have not had any of the following symptoms. Symptoms related to pre-existing diagnosed health conditions do not apply. 
  • Fever (100.4°F / 38°C or higher) or feeling feverish (chills, sweating) 
  • Excessive coughing
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Sore throat 
  • Muscle aches, body aches, or headache 
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 

Please monitor your symptoms daily, including regularly taking your temperature at home. 

  1. In the last 14 days, I have not knowingly been within 6 feet (2 meters) of anyone diagnosed with COVID-19. 
  1. I will follow all social distancing guidelines and health and safety protocols while inside O’Dea.  

Student Illness during School Day  

If a student becomes ill during the school day his teacher will call the main office and a member of the health team will escort him to the Advancement Conference Room. The student will be isolate in the conference room until the parent/guardian can pick him up, at which time the student will be escorted to the parking lot. After the student leaves, the Conference Room will be disinfected and sanitized.  When parents arrive, they will call the main office and the student will be escorted to the car. The Covid-19 response team will follow-up with the family. 

Return to school after illness or close contact with a positive COVID case.  

Since many health care systems are overwhelmed, O’Dea will not require a doctor’s note for return to school. However, students who do not follow these criteria will be required to stay home and participate remotely until timelines are satisfied. Staff and students should follow these criteria on returning to school after illness:  

  • A minimum of 10 days since symptoms first appeared and you have been symptom free for 72 hours OR 
  • You have completed your 14-day quarantine period if you were in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 

Face-Covering Protocol  

The following is the face-covering protocol for O’Dea High School students, faculty and staff who must be on campus.  Until further guidance is received, a face covering should be used as described below.   

  • Face coverings are required when you are on campus; including in the parking lot, in the courtyard, a building, hallway, classroom, gymnasium, bathroom, locker room, or common area.  Common areas include the SRC, Room 401, main office, Advancement office, conference rooms, faculty room, break room, gym, lobby, courtyard, and the House Hub.  
  • If you are faculty or staff member, and alone in your own office, you do not have to wear a face covering. When you leave your office and are in the hallway, classroom, gymnasium, bathroom, locker room, common area or other staff member’s offices, your face covering must be on.   
  • If you are at an outdoor event, with multiple participants, and social distancing is difficult to maintain, you must wear your face covering.  

Face-Covering Best Practices  

The Washington Department of Public Health requires wearing cloth face coverings in public settings.  

Choosing Your Face Covering  

  • Your face covering should allow for breathing without restriction  
  • Your face covering should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face and around the mouth and nose. If the mask has a metal wire, it should be fitted snugly to the bridge of the nose.  
  • Your face covering should be secured with elastic, ties or ear loops.  
  • Face coverings must not have exhalation valves.  

Using Your Face Covering  

  • Before putting on a face covering, clean hands with alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and water.  
  • Avoid touching the face covering while using it. If you do touch the face covering, wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  
  • Your face covering should always cover your mouth and nose.  
  • Your face covering should be discarded or washed after one day use at school.  Reusable face coverings can be laundered, and machine dried without damage or change to shape.  
  • It should not be worn damp or when wet from spit or mucus.  
  • To remove the face covering: remove it from behind, do not touch the front of the face covering.  
  • The wearer should immediately wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after removing the face covering.  

Personal Hygiene 

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds frequently using soap and water or use a hand sanitizing solution of at least 60% alcohol, rubbing all areas of hands until dry. NOTE: Washing hands with soap and water is preferred and should be used wherever possible. 
  • Students will be encouraged to sanitize hands when entering and leaving all classrooms and spaces 
  • Students will be required to wash or sanitize hands at the following times: 
    • Prior to entering the building 
    • Entry and exit into classrooms or other building spaces 
    • Prior to and after eating 

Cleaning and Hygiene Supplies 

Personal Hygiene supplies will be available to all staff and students to use throughout the day. These may include hand sanitizer, wipes, etc. O’Dea will maintain a 60-day inventory of personal health and safetysupplies 

Protocol Related to COVID-19 Situations

O’Dea is following the Department of Public Health King County Response Toolkit for COVID-19 guidance and has set up a dedicated reporting channel for issues related to COVID-19.   

The following chart outlines when students and staff can and cannot attend school as it relates to COVID-19. 

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If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 or has been in close proximity to someone with COVID-19, contact Laura Weinand.

Upon receipt of an inquiry to O’Dea, the COVID response team will triage the case according to the below procedures. Laura Weinand is the lead in handling COVID-19 case reports. Others at the school should not take any actions without her direction.    

Response Team Procedures 

  • Gather the facts about the individual reporting the diagnosis such as onset of symptoms, assessment of onsite exposure and identification of close contacts (within 6ft/2m and greater than 15 minutes) 48 hours before symptoms started.   
  • Call King County Public Health at 206-477-3977 to report confirmed diagnosis and provide known facts. 
  • Assist health authority in completing the investigation.  
  • Receive close contact list from King County investigator. 
    Laura Weinand will send notifications to all close contacts based on King County investigation.   
  • Determine if an O’Dea wide communication is needed to staff, students and families.  
  • Ensure that O’Dea’s cleaning is performed following CDC guidelines.  

Follow-Up with Affected Individuals  

For people who have reported their COVID-19 status to us, we need to check-in with them to get updates periodically.  The objectives of this are: 

  • Help ensure they are getting the support they need from O’Dea 
  • Determine whether they have recovered from their symptoms 
  • Find out if they have been admitted to the hospital and track them while they are in the hospital 
  • Get updates on pending tests 


Each of our learning models provide teacher guided instruction and student engagement whether the student is learning from home or in the classroom. For more detailed information on the eSchool and Hybrid models, see our updated 2020-2021 Bell Schedule page.