Letter from the Superintendent

District Families and Friends –

“What’s the plan?” That question, more than any other, is the one students, families and staff are asking regarding the 2021-2022 school year.

To answer, we are fully moving forward and preparing for the return of all students to be in-person all day, five days per week. Our students will be in their classrooms with their teachers and peers next fall. The first day of school will be Wednesday, September 8. We fully anticipate that guidance from federal, state and local health partners may be changing in the coming weeks and months regarding many of the COVID-19 health and safety aspects (such as distancing, ventilation and face coverings). We will adapt accordingly and over the summer district teams will work to prepare our classrooms and spaces to accommodate full, in-person enrollment. We are excited to share these next steps as we work to return our schools and classrooms to “normalcy.”

As some in our community may have heard, we will need to pause our Summer Science & Arts Academy this summer. Please know we are fully committed to offering this program during summer 2022. Although the Academy is postponed, the need for a summer program is still evident and for this reason we are developing a shortened Summer Connections program. Summer Connections is currently being developed and will run from the end of July to mid-August at two locations, one in the north and one in the south. In addition to Summer Connections, we will be off ering our Kids’ Café summer food program and our Book Café summer literacy program. Please watch for specifics regarding these summer community programs at www.sno.wednet.edu.

I’m also excited to share that this year’s commencement ceremonies for our Glacier Peak High School and Snohomish High School graduates will be in-person events held on Tuesday, June 15, at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe. Our AIM High School graduates will celebrate in-person on Th ursday, June 10, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish. All three of our graduation ceremonies will also be available online through live stream.

As we close out the 2020-2021 school year and more than a year of COVID-19 impacts, I want to thank you for your continued patience, perseverance, and resilience as we enter into the home stretch. With all the virtual and in-person year-end celebrations, recognition events and graduations yet to come, these last few weeks of the school year will pass quickly.

Dr. Kent Kultgen