March 13, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Hello Families,

As each of us moves into the weekend, I want to recommend you take this time to relax, take lots of deep breaths and spend time with your friends and family. It is critical that each of us takes care of ourselves and each other during this unprecedented time.

Earlier today Governor Jay Inslee, in alignment with the decision he made yesterday in regard to K-12 education in Snohomish, King and Pierce Counties, expanded the closing of all K-12 school districts throughout the state of Washington through Friday, April 24. If the closure order does not get extended, students would return to class on Monday, April 27.

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal has also noted that feeding kids and providing childcare options for our district first responders and health care providers, as well as discussing plans for access to learning, need to be the priorities for all districts in these early days of the state-mandated district closures. Following that guidance, our administrative team is actively planning and preparing for what the next six weeks will look like. We plan to have more information for you next week.

As I noted in yesterday’s community message, we are also working diligently to get clarification and answers to some of your questions and concerns. We will continue to be in constant communication with our students, staff and families as we navigate this uncharted territory together.

As reminders:

Kids’ Café breakfast and lunch - Kids’ Café mobile food service is providing free sack breakfasts and lunches (breakfast for following day to be distributed when current day’s lunch is provided) for those who need them at the following locations and times next Monday through Friday:

  • Boys & Girls Club - 10:30-10:55 a.m.
  • Snohomish Aquatic Center - 11-11:25 a.m.
  • Emerson Elementary - 11:30-11:55 a.m.
  • Snohomish High School – Noon-12:25 p.m. (truck will be at front entrance to school (south parking lot))
  • Circle H Mobile Home Park - 12:40-1 p.m.
  • 3 Rivers Mobile Home Park - 11:15-11:45 a.m.
  • Valley View Middle School - Noon-12-30 p.m.

Suspended operations through Sunday, March 22 - Note: Next week, these decisions will be reevaluated with any new information we have and decisions will be made whether to change, extend or discontinue.

  • All operations at the Snohomish Aquatic Center have been suspended.
  • All middle and high school athletic practices and competitions have been suspended.
  • All outside facility use (including outdoor fields) has been suspended.

Please use our special email address (covid19@sno.wednet.edu) to send your COVID-19 questions and comments, and visit our district COVID-19 webpage at www.sno.wednet.edu/coronavirus for resources and new information.

Although many aspects of this crisis are uncertain, the one thing I am deeply confident of is my profound gratitude for our community. The dedicated team of people who work in this district are committed to keeping families informed throughout this rapidly evolving situation. We will get through this – together.

Kent