March 23, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these ever evolving times. Below is more information as we enter our second week.

  • Beginning Wednesday, March 25 all district staff will be working from home. However, essential functions and staff, including those delivering daily meals to our students, will continue. The best way to reach school and building staff is by email address, Canvas or phone.
  • Access to learning - Access to learning for all students is the district’s academic goal during school closures necessitated by the coronavirus outbreak. It is intended to provide equitable engagement opportunities for all students. As a district, we will continue to make adjustments to our students’ learning experiences as this situation evolves.
    • Access to learning does mean:
      • Review of prior learning and essential skills and concepts for each grade level.
      • Opportunities for all students to engage academically.
    • Access to learning does not mean:
      • Introducing new learning, skills or concepts.
      • Assigning student activities to be turned in to the teacher.
      • Assessing and grading assignments.
      • Replicating classroom experience at home.
      • Asking parents and guardians to instruct or teach lessons to their children.
      • Requiring a length of time for students to engage in academics at home.
  • Communication from teachers - Teachers and staff have made initial connections with students and their families through phone calls. This week and in the coming weeks, please look for more communication and information (phone calls and emails) from your child’s teachers about your students' access to learning. Please note, because many staff are not using district phones and are not on site or in our schools while these calls are being made, the calls will likely be noted as “caller unknown” or “blocked caller” on caller IDs.
  • Graduation – The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has provided all school districts with guidance on how they should be providing graduating seniors with their post-secondary transition. A district team is working diligently on this. As soon as more information is available we will be in touch with our seniors and their families.
  • District fields and playgrounds In an effort to encourage social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all district fields and playgrounds are closed. These facilities will reopen once schools return to their normal schedules. Our custodial and maintenance staff are busy cleaning and maintaining our school buildings, and do not have the capacity to clean and sanitize playground equipment.
  • Kids’ Café - Our Kids’ Café mobile food service is providing free sack breakfasts and lunches for those who need themClick here to visit the food service delivery (www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19meals) schedule.
  • Computers/laptops for families that requested them – Student computers/laptops and wifi hotspots will be distributed Tuesday and Wednesday to those who requested them. If devices were requested, you should be receiving an email and/or phone call from district staff regarding directions for pick-up and usage.
  • ​​​More information - Please continue to visit our district COVID-19 webpage at www.sno.wednet.edu/coronavirus for resources and new information.
  • Translations - Toda la información sobre el COVID-19 (coronavirus) que se está trasmitiendo a través de esta comunicación se encuentra disponible en múltiples idiomas en los sitios de web del distrito escolar de Snohomish, tanto en el sitio general como en los de cada escuela. Véase www.sno.wednet.edu/coronavirus para la traducción y más información.

Working together,

Kent