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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced on April 6, 2020 that schools across the state will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus. During this closure, all schools in our district will remain closed. 

We acknowledge continued school closures present many challenges for students, staff, families, and the entire community. This is difficult news for all of us: students miss their friends and teachers, and we miss our students. While staff across our district are demonstrating their professional and personal commitment to our students in meaningful and inspiring ways, we understand that this extended closure also raises numerous questions for students and families. We have been working for the past several weeks to provide education in a different, sustainable model; and we will continue to work to provide answers to questions brought by this new directive.

See tabs below for information on services for students/families during the closure:

  • Meal Service
  • Student Learning During Closure
  • State Testing
  • Childcare
  • Building, Field, Pool Use During Closure

Services Offered During School Closure

Coronavirus Communications to Families, Staff, Community

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Governor Inslee announces schools closed for remainder of 2019-2020 school year

Today, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that schools across the state will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus. During this closure, all schools in our district will remain closed. 

We acknowledge continued school closures present many challenges for students, staff, families, and the entire community. This is difficult news for all of us: students miss their friends and teachers, and we miss our students. While staff across our district are demonstrating their professional and personal commitment to our students in meaningful and inspiring ways, we understand that this extended closure also raises numerous questions for students and families. We have been working for the past several weeks to provide education in a different, sustainable model; and we will continue to work to provide answers to questions brought by this new directive. In the meantime, here is what we know now:

  • In-home learning will continue in the same format as long as schools are closed. School principals will continue to provide updated in-home learning content each Friday on school websites. More information can also be found on the district website. We are committed to continuing to partner with families and community to support our students’ learning while they are at home.
  • Elementary school families were recently sent information regarding the option to pick up a Chromebook at their student’s school between April 7-9. Our middle and high school students have school-issued Chromebooks to help with in-home learning. Families in need of this support, please contact your child’s principal.
  • High school seniors will receive support from guidance counselors regarding opportunities to earn and document credits they need for post-secondary transitions. We are working with the state’s college system to ensure smooth transitions.
  • We will continue to provide meals at these locations, Monday through Friday.
  • Childcare will continue to be available in a limited capacity for children of first responders and healthcare workers.
  • All field trips and events, including sports, socials, and dances, will be cancelled during the extended closure. Schools will engage with students to come up with creative alternatives to celebrate milestones such as prom. We will keep students and families updated on these decisions.
  • Based on the Governor’s comments during his press conference, we will continue to explore options related to graduation ceremonies. More information to follow.
  • We are awaiting information from the Governor on whether school facilities will be open to provide summer school.

Continue to keep one another safe & healthy 

Please, stay home and stay healthy. Staying home and limiting person-to-person contact appears to be making a difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19, but those measures need to continue in order to be effective long-term. As much as possible, stay home, limit trips outside for groceries, gas and essentials, and stay 6 feet apart from people outside of your home. Additionally:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home away from others if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

The need to close schools for the remainder of a school year is an unprecedented move, in unprecedented times. Our commitment is to continue to work to support our students and embrace the opportunity to stay connected with them to strengthen relationships and reinforce a sense of normalcy. While these are tough times, we will get through it together. 

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