• Below are dated messages sent by Shoreline Schools to families:

    April 8, 2020

    Dear Shoreline Schools Families,

    We want to thank you for your patience and support as we have been working to meet the needs of our students, staff and families during this difficult and uncertain time. The purpose of this email is to provide an update on our continuous learning plan now that Governor Inslee has announced school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year.

    The link below will take you to a webpage with information regarding our continuous learning plan moving forward. This information can be translated into your preferred language by clicking “Select Language” at the top of the screen.

    Please read more about our continuous learning plan HERE…


    April 6, 2020

    Dear Shoreline Schools Families,

    Today, Governor Jay Inslee announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. While we knew this would be a possibility, it is heartbreaking nonetheless. Students belong in school. We know that is where they learn best. But we also need to keep them safe, and we need our staff, families and community to stay healthy, so we support the difficult decision made by Governor Inslee today.

    We know the difficulties the school closures have had on students, staff, families and our entire community. This is sad news for all of us: students miss their friends and teachers, and we miss our students. The extended closure also raises numerous questions for students and families. We are working quickly to answer your questions as soon as possible. In the meantime, here is what we know now:

    • Home learning will continue and evolve. Having anticipated this as a potential outcome, a dedicated team of administrators and educators have been hard at work developing a home learning plan to take us through the end of the school year. We will provide an update on this plan to families tomorrow.
    • High school students will receive support from high school staff on opportunities to earn and document credits they need for postsecondary transitions.
    • We will continue to provide meals at these locations, Monday through Friday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.
    • Child care will continue to be available through our partners at the Dale Turner Family YMCA. Priority for childcare will be given to children of first responders and health care workers.
    • All field trips and events, including sports, socials and dances, will be canceled during the extended closure.
    • In-person graduation ceremonies may be modified to virtual ceremonies and/or be postponed. Governor Inslee did note that it may be possible to hold in-person graduation ceremonies in the summer and that a decision will be made at a later date. We will engage with students to come up with creative alternatives to celebrate this important milestone if we are not able to hold in-person ceremonies. We will keep students and families updated on these decisions so that you can plan in advance to participate.
    • We are awaiting information from the Governor on whether school facilities will be open to provide summer school.

    We look forward to a time when we can all be together again. Please, stay home and stay healthy. 

    More school closure information and resources can be found on our School Closure Resources webpage.


    April 3, 2020

    Dear Shoreline Schools Families,

    This is a reminder to visit our website at www.shorelineschools.org for links and information regarding Home Learning Resourcesschool closure resourcesfood support information and more.

    Additionally, if your child needs a laptop, please use the laptop request link to submit a request for a laptop by 5 pm tomorrow, Friday, April 3.

    We have added additional laptops to our inventory, so you can now request one for each child who needs one. If you are requesting multiple laptops, please submit a separate form for each child. Please submit your requests by 5 pm on Friday, April 3.


    March 30, 2020

    Dear Shoreline Schools Families,

    We are pleased to announce that the Dale Turner YMCA is offering childcare services within Shoreline Public Schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. All registration information, staffing and communication will be provided by the YMCA. Please see the message and links below for registration and information about the services being offered. Please direct all questions regarding childcare to the YMCA.

    You may wonder why the District is not offering childcare through our Children’s Center. Our staff are wonderful and do a marvelous job during normal times, but a large number fit the “high risk” categories that should not work in childcare at this time according to Public Health - Seattle & King County. The District and Children’s Center Association agreed we don’t have enough staff able to work directly with children right now, but they will continue to be paid for performing other duties while schools are closed.

    Again, we are very thankful for the YMCA’s willingness to step in and provide these essential services to families in need of childcare. Please note that this service is FREE to first responders and health care providers of direct services. Thank you for your attention to the information below.

     

    Dear Shoreline School District Family,

    The Y has been working in partnership with King County Public Health, Department of Children Youth and Families, and local school districts to find ways to support working families who need child care.

    The Y is offering full-day break camps at the Dale Turner Family YMCA and Ridgecrest Elementary School. We ask that you help us prioritize care for families of first responders, health care providers of direct services, and parents/guardians who need to work. If you need additional assistance, please let us know. We are here for you. There are limited number of slots available at each location.

    TO REGISTER
    Use the links below to register for programs by location:

    Here's a link to Visual Instructions to assist you with registering. This is a NEW process to allow flexibility for families by providing daily options. If you have any questions, please email us at registration@seattleymca.org.

    FEE
    Daily fee is $45 and includes full-day programming, AM and PM snack and lunch, swimming (pending). Financial assistance is available. First payment is required at the time of registration.

    First responders and health care providers of direct services will have $0 fees for this program. Please send an email to registration@seattleymca.org before registering to receive your special coupon code.

    PREVENTATIVE HEALTH PRACTICES
    We wanted to take a moment to share with you our preventative health practices because the well-being of staff, youth and families are our number one priority.

    • Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to remain home.
    • Wellness check will be conducted for all staff and youth before attending program, including a temperature check. Anyone with 100.0F degree or higher will not be allowed to remain.
    • Ongoing cleaning will be scheduled during the day, especially in common areas.
    • Frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizers.
    • Nightly disinfectant cleaning will be done as an additional measure.
    • During the program hours, youth will be organized in small groups (9 youth and 1 staff) and rotate for activities as part of social distancing and meet the developmental needs of youth.
    • Parents/Guardians will be dropping off and picking up at the entrance and not allowed to access the program space.

    We're in this together,

    COURTNEY K WHITAKER| AVP Youth Development
    YMCA of Greater Seattle
    909 4th Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98104
    seattleymca.org


    March 26, 2020

    Dear Shoreline Schools Elementary and Middle School Families,

    We are writing to provide an update regarding our Home Learning Resources. 

    First, we want to apologize to those of you who attempted to pick up printed learning packets today and were not able to get one because we ran out. The demand for printed packets was higher than we had anticipated. More copies will be available at the meal sites tomorrow, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

    Due to the high number of requests for mailed printed learning packets, deliveries may experience delays. If you requested a mailed packet but would rather pick up from a meal site, please email hanna.mazur@shorelineschools.org to have your mailing canceled.

    Electronic copies of the packets can also be found on our Home Learning Resources website

    The next round of learning packets will be distributed at meal sites on April 6-8. They will also be posted electronically on the Home Learning Resources website on April 6.

    Please note that the Class Link website linked in the Home Learning Resources website can only be logged in using your child’s username and password. If you do not know their username and/or password, please email your child’s teacher or school librarian and they will provide it to you.

    If you submitted a Laptop and Hotspot Request Form, you will receive an email soon with a day and time to pick up your device. Devices will be distributed one per household and we will prioritize those who do not have access to a computer or device in their home.

    If you have questions, please contact our Instruction Department at instruction@shorelineschools.org


    March 24, 2020

    Dear Shoreline Schools Families,

    We want to thank you for your patience and support as we have been working to meet the needs of our students, staff and families during this difficult and uncertain time. The purpose of this email is to share learning supports for students and families during the school closure. The link below will take you to a webpage with a substantial amount of information regarding Home Learning Resources, access to technology, high school updates, assessments and our plan moving forward. This information can be translated into your preferred language by clicking “Select Language” at the top of the screen.

    Please read more here...


    March 23, 2020

    Dear Shoreline Schools Families and Staff,

    We hope that this email finds your family safe and healthy. As a reminder, you can find the most up-to-date information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and best practices for keeping yourself and those around you healthy during the pandemic at Public Health – Seattle & King County’s website.

    We also want to share a few important updates regarding school district operations.

    Shoreline Center Closed

    Beginning tomorrow, March 24, the Shoreline Center will be closed until further notice. This is in response to Governor Inslee’s request for people to stay home and telecommute as much as possible to help lower the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Shoreline Center staff will be working remotely and checking emails and voicemails regularly. You can find the Shoreline Center staff directory HERE if you need contact information for a staff member. You can also email general questions to our Public Information Office at public.info@shorelineschools.org.

    This does not impact meal service. Free meals for all children 18 and younger will continue to be available each weekday from 11:30-12:30. You can find a list of sites and additional food support information HERE.

    School Playgrounds and Fields Closed

    All school playgrounds and fields are closed until further notice in order to support statewide social distancing guidelines.

    March 30 School Board Virtual Meeting

    The regular School Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 30 at 7 pm will be available for viewing online. You will be able to view the meeting HERE. Up to five members of the public will also be able to view the meeting in the Shoreline Room of the Shoreline Center. If you wish to view the meeting in person at the Shoreline Center, please email public.info@shorelineschools.org. Written public comment will be accepted online HERE until 12 pm on Monday, March 30. Received written comments will be shared with the Board. No public comment will be taken at the meeting.

    Home Learning Resources

    We have received additional guidance from State Superintendent Chris Reykdal regarding home learning resources. We are in the process of finalizing our implementation plan for distributing these resources and expect to share details with families tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24. Please be on the lookout for that communication.


    March 20, 2020

    Dear Shoreline Schools Families,

    Beginning on Monday, March 23, we are expanding our food distribution program to reach more children. The locations we will provide meal services from 11:30-12:30 each weekday beginning on Monday are:

    • Aldercrest Campus (Cascade K-8 and Home Education Exchange), 2800 NE 200th St.
    • Echo Lake Elementary School, 19345 Wallingford Ave. N
    • Meridian Park Elementary School, 17077 Meridian Ave. N
    • North City Elementary School, 816 NE 190th St.
    • Parkwood Elementary School, 1815 N 155th St.
    • Ridgecrest Elementary School, 16516 10th Ave. NE
    • Shorecrest High School, 15343 25th Ave. NE
    • Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Ave. N

    School district meals are provided for FREE to all children 18 and younger each weekday at the locations listed above. *Children must be present to receive meals*

    Children will receive a hot lunch and a breakfast pack for the following day. Each day's menu will be posted on the Food and Nutrition Services webpage that morning.

    Meals can be picked up using the drive-through at each location or by walking up to the site. If driving, please stay in your vehicle and staff will bring the meal/s to you. If walking up, please maintain social distancing of six feet from others in line.

    Additional family food resources are available from Shoreline PTA Council, Little Free Pantries and Hopelink Food Bank. Please see the information below on how to access those resources.

    Family Supports During Shoreline School Closures

    In light of increased safety precautions, PTA Council is shifting its operations for food and grocery/gas card support for local families, effective immediately. PTA Council will no longer be handing out grocery/gas cards and food at the District’s Central Kitchen or by delivery, but is working with the school district to make a new plan for distributing grocery/gas card in some other manner.

    If you need support (or can lend support), please check out the information below. You can also reach out to your school’s Family Advocate to ask about other supports. If you’re not sure who your Family Advocate is, check HERE.

    Community Food Support

    • Hopelink Food Bank (pre-packaged food items)
      17837 Aurora Ave. N. 
      Tuesdays 12-4 pm; Wednesdays 3-7 pm; and Thursdays 10 am-2 pm 
    • North Helpline Food Bank
      12726 33rd NE, Lake City
      Wed. 10 am -1 pm; Thurs. 4:30-6:30 pm; Sat. 11 am – 1 pm
      * Bitter Lake Location Sat. 10 am – 2 pm
    • Dale Turner YMCA
      12:00-12:30 pm pre-packaged food pick-up for youth under 18
      *additional food distribution information coming soon.
    • Little Free Pantries
      • Little Free Pantry Ridgecrest: 15815 11th Ave NE
      • Little Free Pantry Meridian Park: 18312 Corliss Ave N.
      • Little Free Shed: 14544 Evanston Ave. N.
      • MLT Little Free Pantry: On 56th Ave. W. across from Calvary Fellowship Church
      • Richmond Beach Little Free Pantry:  1422 NW 195th St.

    Are you able to lend support?

    • NEW! Donate funds for the purchase of grocery or gas cards for families in need. Council is coordinating with the school district to develop a plan for distributing these to families. Shoreline PTA Council has partnered with Embrace Shoreline Schools and Kinder Konnection to collect funds for this purpose. To donate online, go to https://embraceshorelineschools.org/. If you have cards that you've purchased and you'd like to donate them, please contact shorelineptapres@gmail.com to make arrangements.
    • Drop off food donations at one of the Little Free Pantries listed above.
    • Help provide rental assistance and utility support by donating to Hopelink
    • Help support child care access and food access through Dale Turner YMCA

    March 18, 2020

    Dear Shoreline Schools Families,

    I wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic together. This is a difficult and scary time as we continue to hear sad and alarming news from our region and around the world regarding COVID-19. The hardships many in our community are experiencing due to school and business closures create additional anxiety.

    I know that people seek certainty during times of uncertainty and, unfortunately, that is a challenge to provide on some topics at this time. Having said that, I wanted to provide you with several updates below. 

    Food and Childcare Support

    As a school district, we are moving forward with two of the primary priorities of the state: providing food and nutrition to children 18 and under and providing childcare that prioritizes the needs of healthcare workers and first responders.

    We have been underway with food services at two sites since Thursday, March 12 and are looking to expand into more sites next week. Additionally, we are hoping to begin to provide childcare in the very near future with prioritization to those families who need child care to continue their service in the healthcare fields and as first responders. During this national emergency, we want to do what we can to support the continuation of those services. 

    Learning Options

    Like all of you, I look forward to receiving clarity about learning options for students. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is in the process of developing a statewide framework for learning. They have assured me that this guidance will be available to school districts on Monday, March 23. OSPI is working with the U.S. Department of Education to make sure that any models that are developed are sustainable and compliant with all federal guidelines. I have offered the support of our district administrators to help OSPI with this work in any way that we can. 

    While administrative staff in our district are currently prepared to move quickly to meet the expectations that are laid out in guidance from OSPI, we are waiting for that guidance to proceed with extended learning opportunities for students. 

    Graduation Requirements

    OSPI is also currently working with the State Board of Education regarding graduation requirements. They will provide those guidelines to us as soon as they are available and we will then move forward with responding to the needs of our high school seniors.

    My thoughts are with all of you during this challenging time. 

    Sincerely,
    Rebecca Miner
    Superintendent


    March 13, 2020

    Dear Shoreline Schools Families and Staff,

    We continue to work with school leaders and state officials on many of the important questions we have received regarding school closures. We expect to have more information and answers to our most frequently asked questions early next week. Please be on the lookout for that communication.

    In the meantime, we want to share some resource supports being offered by our school district and community partners.

    Daily Student Meal Packs:

    School District meals will be provided to all students 18 and under for FREE each weekday.
    Meals can be picked up at Shoreline Schools Central Kitchen (located inside Hamlin Park off 15th Ave. NE, directions HERE) and Shorewood High School (17300 Fremont Ave. N.) each weekday from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. *Students must be present to receive meals*

    Students will receive their choice of a hot or cold lunch and a breakfast pack for the following day. Each day's menu will be posted on the Food and Nutrition Services webpage that morning.

    Other Food Items & Grocery/Gas Cards:

    The Shoreline PTA Council is coordinating the distribution of grocery/gas gift cards and shelf-stable food (e.g. rice, beans, pasta, peanut butter, cereal, granola bars, canned vegetables or fruit).

    These items are provided by community donations and can be picked up at Central Kitchen (located inside Hamlin Park off 15th Ave. NE, directions HERE) on March 17, 19, 24 and 26 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm.

    Can't get to a food pick-up site and need food delivered? You can make a request for delivery through Shoreline PTA Council using this form. A Spanish version of the form is available here.

    Little Free Pantries:

    Give what you can, take what you need! Neighbors helping neighbors.

    • Little Free Pantry Ridgecrest: 15815 11th Ave NE
    • Little Free Pantry Meridian Park: 18312 Corliss Ave N.
    • Little Free Shed: 14544 Evanston Ave. N.
    • Mountlake Terrace Little Free Pantry: On 56th Ave. West across from Calvary Fellowship Church

    Food Bank:

    Hopelink Food Bank (pre-packaged food items)
    17837 Aurora Ave. N.
    206-393-7300
    Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00-4:00 pm
    Wednesdays 3:00-7:30 pm (closed on Fridays)

    Are you able to lend support?

    Shoreline PTA Council is collecting donations of $25 grocery store or gas gift cards. Also accepted are shelf-stable food items (e.g. rice, beans, pasta, peanut butter, cereal, granola bars and canned vegetables or fruit).

    Donations can be dropped off at Shoreline Schools Central Kitchen (located inside Hamlin Park off 15th Ave. NE, directions HERE) from 9:00-11:00 am on March 16, 17, 19, 24 and 26, or drop off food donations at one of the Little Free Pantries listed above.

    If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact our Public Information Office at public.info@shorelineschools.org.


    March 12, 2020

    Dear Shoreline Schools families and staff,

    Today, Governor Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation ordering the closure of all K-12 public and private schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties through April 24. This extends the closure of all Shoreline schools through April 24. The anticipated return to school would be Monday, April 27.

    Please expect further communications with additional information relating to many of the questions we have received regarding school closures.


    March 11, 2020

    This is an important message. Please read in its entirety.

    Dear Shoreline Schools Families and Staff,

    I know that the past two weeks have been stressful for many in our community because of the continued spread of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. I am grateful to all of our staff and families for navigating this situation with our school district.

    Up to this point, we have followed the guidance of our medical experts at our local and state health departments in our approach to responding to the community health crisis. As this situation changes by the hour, it has become clear that we cannot continue to address this issue with isolated, short-term closure of our schools. At this time, we can no longer maintain staffing levels required to continue school operations across the district.

    Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, all schools in Shoreline Public Schools will be closed through at least March 27. This includes the cancellation of all out-of-district transportation and athletic practices and competitions. All school offices will be open tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, to allow for parents, students and staff to be able to retrieve medication and other essential personal items that they need to have with them while schools are closed. Beginning Friday, all staff access to the schools will be limited to administrators and maintenance/operations staff.

    We expect to receive further guidance from state officials regarding this decision in the coming days and will provide an update as soon as we are able.

    I want to assure you that this is not a decision I have made lightly or without considerable thought and consideration. As a superintendent, I regularly make challenging decisions and this has been the most difficult in my career. I recognize and understand the impact this will have on our families, particularly those who are most vulnerable. We will be offering food service for students at Central Kitchen (located inside Hamlin Park off of 15th Ave. NE, directions HERE) and Shorewood High School (17300 Fremont Ave. N.) from 11:30-12:30 each weekday.

    Additionally, we are working on plans to determine what childcare options we may be able to offer. We will be sharing more information about that as soon as plans and details are finalized.

    Additional information will be coming to staff and families in the coming days and I appreciate your attention to our communications. We will share this information via email, as well as posting on our website and social media channels.

    Sincerely,
    Rebecca Miner
    Superintendent