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Closure Update: Schools to Stay Closed for Remainder of the School Year
On April 6, 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 can be found on our School Closure Resources webpage.