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March 12, 2020
All Schools Closed March 16 through April 24
As you know, we are facing an unprecedented public health crisis. I know it has been a stressful few weeks as the situation evolves on a daily basis.
We have kept our schools open as long as possible, as recommended by state and local public health authorities. We know that in addition to education, schools provide vital support to our communities and that closure will have a major impact on our families.
Governor Inslee has now ordered the closure of all schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
Starting Monday, March 16, all schools in KSD will close through April 24. Please note, Friday, March 13 is a non-student day as normally scheduled. All school offices will be open Friday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 18 to allow for parents, students, and staff to be able to retrieve medication and other essential personal items that they need to have with them while schools are closed.
Beginning Thursday, March 19 there will be no access KSD facilities unless otherwise communicated.
We understand that this plan will create hardship for many families, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation.
What this Means for Students
Today is the last day of school for the foreseeable future. We are allowing parents, staff and students opportunities to collect learning materials and personal items they might need Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
We are working to prepare activities and resources for students for the prolonged absence. This will not take the place of regular classroom instruction but will supplement student learning at home. Assignments will not be required or graded. These activities are meant to provide optional opportunities for student learning while they are absent from school.
This includes the cancellation of all out-of-district transportation, school events, community rentals, athletic practices, and competitions.
We are finalizing plans to support our families during the closure in the following ways:
- Providing meals to children and teens 18 years old or younger.
- Providing childcare for our families who need to continue working during our closure.
- Providing support to our 12th-grade students to ensure they complete graduation requirements, if we are directed to do so by the Washington State Board of Education.
Public Health Guidance
We encourage you to continue to follow existing guidelines to protect your own health. The Centers for Disease Control recommends:
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who are sick
- Stay home if sick
- Cover cough or sneeze with tissue, throw tissue in trash, wash hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces
Here is a resource for families who may want to see a doctor but don’t have one and/or those who need to enroll in public or low-cost health insurance.
Community Health Access Program (CHAP) is a telephone assistance program serving King County residents by connecting them to health insurance, health care services and other resources. CHAP services are free and confidential. They can also connect you to free or low-cost medical providers and also assist with enrolling you in public or low-cost health insurance For more information, phone 1-800-756-5437 or email CHAP@kingcounty.gov.
As part of our coronavirus response, we will be sending frequent updates with information and resources via email, text messages, the website and social media channels. We want to express our appreciation for the patience of our KSD community as we work through the daily challenges the coronavirus has presented us.