COVID Weekly Update: October 23, 2020

I want to provide you with my regular weekly COVID update. The work continues with teams across the District preparing for a Modified Stage 3 transition when it is safe to do so. As you've likely seen, the infection rates in both King and Snohomish counties continue on an upward trend. Below, you will note that the Snohomish County infection rate is actually higher than it was in July. King County continues on a roller coaster of a climb. To be clear, it's been more than a month since either county's infection rate has been in a continued two-week downward trend. 

Here are the latest infection rates:

King County:
October 11 94.20
October 14 86.20
October 20 89.50

Snohomish County:
October 11 79.10
October 14 90.40
October 20 110.80

At this time, in keeping with health department recommendations, we are pausing our transition to a Modified Stage 3 Learning Model. We will continue future scenario planning as we track all of the data and considerations that impact the safety of our learning models moving forward. When I announced our Learning Model Status in the summer, many of us knew this wouldn't be easy for any number of reasons. I have heard from so many families and staff on all sides of the topic of reopening schools. When it comes down to it, we all want the same thing - our students safely physically back in the classroom with their friends, teachers and support staff. It's when and how we achieve that goal that continues to be challenging to accurately predict. I want to remind you of our number one priority - the health and safety of our students, staff, and the families they go home to. We will stay focused on that goal, remembering that the data, other considerations, health departments and state entities continue to guide our planning. As the data improves, with a healthy trajectory that is sustainable, so too will we be ready for moving into next steps in Stage 3. Please continue to share your constructive thoughts and ideas; together, all things are possible. We are Northshore !!

Take good care,

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.



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