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Coronavirus Update: Survey to Assess Family Needs during School Closures

 

As announced yesterday, all Snoqualmie Valley schools are closed March 13 through April 24.  In his proclamation on March 13, Governor Inslee closed all schools in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties -- and today this was expanded to all schools in Washington State -- to limit the transmission and spread of COVID-19. 

 

Today, SVSD administrators and union leaders worked on plans for providing essential support for students and families during the closure.  In particular we are looking at ways to offer free meals for students, support equitable technology access, and assist with childcare for parents employed in critical emergency response and health care/medical professions.

 

SVSD Families:  Please complete this survey to help the district assess who may need additional support.  Please complete one survey per family by Monday, March 16 at 8 p.m.

 

We are pleased to report that our Food Services team will be ready to offer meals starting next Wednesday, March 18 -- for school-aged children who may need assistance in our district.  Watch for additional details next week with regard to the times and locations for picking up school lunches and breakfasts.  Your response to the survey above will help determine the amount of food to prepare to meet the needs of our students.

 

While our school buildings are now closed to the public and students, there will be some office staff at schools next week to answer calls from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Families who need to pick up a student’s medication should call first to make arrangements. The District Office also remains open at this time.

 

Over the next week, March 16-20, school leaders will need this time to continue work on plans around day care preparations for parents critical to community safety, and optional remote learning resources for all students. Special care and consideration is being given around students who have disabilities, who are homeless, who may not speak English at home, or who have other unique circumstances.  We are also busy connecting with community partners next week on how best to collaborate on supporting Snoqualmie Valley families.

 

We recognize there are hundreds of questions around this unprecedented situation.  Please know that we are working tirelessly to put systems in place that will provide critical student support.  We appreciate your patience to allow our staff this time to focus on providing answers. 

 

We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available from the state and public health agencies…and as our district plans are finalized.  

 

Please continue to stay connected with our Coronavirus Updates, where all SVSD updates have been posted and Frequently Asked Questions will be added soon. 

 

Stay safe, keeping washing your hands!