Fall 2021

resilient reopening

We are excited to have our students return to school in-person, on a regular, full-time schedule in the new school year! In May, the Washington Department of Health and OSPI released updated guidance for the 2021-2022 school year. As we have seen throughout this school year, guidance may continue to shift this summer. Anytime we receive updated guidance, we will adjust our procedures accordingly, and we will keep you updated on those changes. Below are important COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the current guidance for summer and the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Students, staff, volunteers and visitors must wear a face covering at school while indoors regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions for staff when children are not present is outlined in the DOH Guidance. Masks are not required outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are strongly recommended for unvaccinated individuals outdoors in crowded spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Continue to follow ventilation, cleaning and infection control protocols, updated to follow new guidance.
  • Continue utilizing a response plan for COVID-19 infection. This includes reporting, contact tracing, and communication with staff, families and Kitsap Public Health. Daily wellness attestations will no longer be required.
  • Physical distancing of three feet between students in classroom settings and at least six feet in most situations outside of the classroom to the degree possible is recommended, as long as it allows for full-time, in-person learning for all students.

North Kitsap Online Academy (NKOA)

We know that there are families that prefer an all-online option for school or may not be ready for their student to attend school in person in the coming school year. NKOA has filled a great need in our instructional offerings for these families.

We are pleased to share that NKOA will continue to be an option for families K-12 in the 2021-2022 school year and beyond. If you are interested in NKOA please contact Choice Academy at (360) 396-3575 or email Principal Penny Therrien for more information.

Department of Health and KPHD Guidance

Below are links to Department of Health (DOH) guidance for K-12 schools and Kitsap Public Health resources.


DOH K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and  the 2021-2022 School Year


DOH COVID-19 Vaccine Locator


KPHD Covid-19 Updates and Resources


KPHD Vaccine Information