I trust this note finds each of you enjoying a restful and rejuvenating winter weekend.
By now, I am sure many of you have seen the sad news today that an individual here in King County has passed away from the coronavirus (COVID-19). I hope you will join me in keeping the family and friends of that individual in your thoughts and prayers, and remember the others in our region who have tested “presumptively positive” for the coronavirus.
During today’s news conference with local and state public health authorities, it was stated that although the risk to the general public is increasing, transmissions are not occurring on a widespread basis. Understandably though, this situation is causing concern throughout our region and right here in Northshore.
In keeping with Building Block 2 of our strategic plan to maintain a safe climate and strong relationships with families and our community, our staff met today and we will work through the weekend as we review and revise our response plan. I will be sharing more detailed information tomorrow. As we authentically value our Northshore community, we are asking for you to share your thoughts, concerns, questions and ideas with us as we finalize our planning. Your feedback and input is important to us.
In the meantime, I encourage you to follow the recommendations that Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer from Public Health Seattle & King County shared during today’s news conference – more hand washing, less face touching, stay away from others who are ill, don’t go to school or work if you are ill and practice social distancing. Please visit our webpage for preventative tips, resources, and more.
As we examine what educational excellence looks like in the twenty first century, we will be incubating a variety of on-line and blended learning options in the coming days and weeks so that in the event we might need to experience instructional options remotely, we will be ready. Our staff remain resolutely committed to providing the outstanding educational experience Northshore is known for, and has been planning for over the past several months.
As I turn my thoughts to the coming days, I want to assure you that we will continue our measured and thoughtful approach to this situation. I would also remind you to remember to check in with and encourage one other as we are stronger together. Thank you for your engagement, your trust and your patience while we navigate this journey as one Northshore.
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.