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By Jana Hill
Mill Creek Beacon Editor 

Archbishop Murphy prepares for hybrid launch

Private high school prepares on-campus education, Jan. 4


Last updated 1/15/2021 at 12:38pm

Archbishop Murphy High School is preparing to bring back students to a hybrid model on Jan. 4, after spending time easing into the practices around onsite schooling, during COVID-19.

AMHS principal Alicia Mitchell said the process has been successful. Students and staff are cooperative to the process to change "body memory" on where they walk, staff has been on-point with required mask-wearing, and a sanitation uptick has helped.

The school started easing into onsite with a very small "cohort" or group of students in September. Plans for Jan. 4 are to split the student body into two groups according to last name. Travel patterns on-campus are set for one-way walking and staff are watchful to remind students to stick to the goal.

Masks are on all day, except when eating or drinking. Indoors, kids are kept distant and an outdoor option is available.

"Kids are eating indoors right now. But the way it works is we purchased a number of large kind of outdoor canopy tents that we're prepared to use if we need to do more outdoor seating. And kids may they can eat outside if they'd like to. Some there are some tables and spaces kids like to sit outside that they can choose to but we also use a combination of our cafeteria and we've also used our gym," Mitchell said.

She said in the hybrid-preparation process that started in September, the school only had one case of COVID-19 and it was an outside contractor, during off-hours. The school reacted with an abundance of caution, and the illness did not spread.

"They were both able to, to isolate for for the quarantine period, and neither one of them –  thank goodness – contracted COVID. And that's been this fall, our only positive case on campus. But during during the school day, there have been no positive cases of students on campus with COVID, or staff or transmission of COVID on campus since reopening this fall. And so that's been really, really promising to us, you know, and so we're very, we're very happy. That's been the case, but we're prepared to respond and work with the health department if if we were to have a positive case on campus."

Everett and Snohomish School districts have set January dates to review their plans for hybrid schooling.

The print version of the Mill Creek Beacon is out on Jan. 8. See a full story on the hybrid program at AMHS, as well as more information on public school plans, for students in Mill Creek.


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