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Governor Extends School Closures for Remainder of School Year; SVSD Remains Committed to Distance Teaching and Learning for our Students

Update on April 6, 2020

 

Dear Snoqualmie Valley Families,

 

Today, April 6, Governor Inslee announced that all Washington State schools will be closed physically for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Although all schools throughout the state will remain closed to traditional on-sight, brick and mortar instruction, remote teaching and distance learning will continue in our district through the end of the school year.  While we understand these restrictions are needed in response to this public health crisis, our district remains committed to ensuring all students receive quality instruction and vital support services.

 

We acknowledge this will be difficult on students, staff, families and the entire community. We also understand this may be very disappointing news for students, who are missing their friends and teachers. This extended timeline for closing school buildings also raises many questions for students and families. We will be working to answer questions related to this decision, as soon as possible. In the meantime, here is what we know now:

  • Our Continuous Learning Plan will continue in the same format as long as our school buildings are closed. We are committed to continuing to partner with families and the community to support our students’ learning while they are at home. Click here for details on our Extended Learning & Educational Resources.
  • High school seniors will receive support from guidance counselors on 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. Later this week on Thursday, April 9, the State Board of Education will be holding a webinar to address rule changes and guidance for graduation requirements. We anticipate additional information to follow.
  • We will continue to provide free meals for students Monday through Friday, at designated school sites and bus routes throughout SVSD. Please refer to our COVID-19 Food Services webpage for the specific times and locations where meals are available.
  • Child care will continue to be available in a limited capacity for school-aged children of first responders and health care workers. Visit the district’s Child Care webpage for more information on our district’s partnership with the Si View Community Center and Snoqualmie YMCA to provide families with this vital service free of charge.
  • If your student still needs a device to use at home, or a hot spot to enable internet access, please email SVSDinfo@svsd410.org
  • All field trips and events, including sports, socials and dances, will continue to be canceled during the extended closure. We will be engaging with students to come up with creative alternatives to celebrate anticipated events such as prom, field days, grade level transitions, etc. We will keep students and families updated on decisions about these activities so that you can plan in advance to participate.
  • In-person graduation ceremonies will be modified to virtual ceremonies and/or delayed. Following Spring Break, we will be connecting with our students, and working to consider options for this important milestone and accomplishment. We will work to share a final decision by April 29, if possible.  
  • And, we are awaiting information from the Governor on whether school facilities will be open to provide summer school. 

 

Please, stay home as much as possible and stay healthy. Even while staying at home, it is important to practice excellent hygiene and sanitation. 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, please heed this advice from Public Health experts:

  • 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.

 

Stay healthy in the safety of your homes!

 

SVSD Leadership Team