September 11, 2020 - Important Message from Superintendent Kultgen

District Families and Staff –

The Snohomish Health District has updated its guidance on consideration for planning remote vs. in-person instruction. The Snohomish Health District noted that after peaking in late July at 97 cases per 100,000 over a 14-day average, the incidence of newly reported COVID-19 cases has continued a sustained, five-week decline. For the most recent 14-day period (August 23 – September 5, 2020), the rate was 48 cases per 100,000.

In the Snohomish Health District’s recommendation to all Snohomish County public and private school superintendents and administrators, Dr. Chris Spitters, health officer for the Snohomish Health District, noted in a media release:

“A reasonable next step is for schools to begin planning for how to expand in-person learning to elementary school students, as well as to any high needs students in any grade level not already receiving in-person services. This does not mean schools should immediately go to full, in-person attendance in all elementary school settings.

Schools have been asked to wait for at least three weeks to allow observation following both the Labor Day holiday and the re-opening of schools in their current configuration. If at that time COVID-19 activity in the school and community remains stable or improving, and the schools feel prepared, then they can proceed with bringing elementary school students back incrementally for in-person learning.”

Per this guidance, the Snohomish School District is actively planning for the possible return of students for in-person instruction. As stated above in Dr. Spitters’ summary, we have to wait at least three weeks after Labor Day and when we start, we will do so with our younger learners. What this looks like and the timeline for implementation is yet to be determined, however we will share with you as we move forward. Click here for a link to Dr. Spitters’ media release. I encourage you to read his guidance as it is the information that is guiding our steps.

Lastly, thank you for your partnership in kicking off the start of school. I have seen the excitement of students as they picked up their schoolbooks and technology. As a district we will be flexible and nimble as we engage with each child. There will be bumps in the road, but I am confident that as a community we will overcome and meet the needs of each of our students.

Thanks and have a great weekend,