Just a short while ago, Governor Inslee announced that schools across our state will remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year. This is another step in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. By keeping Northshore school sites closed per Gov. Inslee’s directive, our community is helping to slow the rate of infection and mitigating the impact on our healthcare system and our community.
While I understand this is disappointing news for everyone, myself included, it was somewhat expected by many due to the continued changes with this health crisis. The impacts will be felt by everyone, but know that we are resolutely committed to making the best of a difficult situation. I, along with our School Board, leadership team and staff will continue working on contingency plans. We’ve been considering what such a school closure might mean for continued learning, for our Class of 2020, and so much more. I will check in with you all tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. You can join live on YouTube or Facebook. And as we gain more guidance from the state, I will continue to keep you updated.
Here’s what we do know:
- We will continue to provide Northshore Learns 2.0 distance learning and providing computing devices and hotspots for any students who need them. If you still need to request a device or hotspot, please contact the Student Technology Support Line at 425-408-7669.
- We will continue serving free meals for any children up to 18 years of age.
- We will continue providing a space for our YMCA and Champions to provide childcare, especially for our first responders and frontline workers.
- We will engage with students to create alternative celebrations for milestones, including prom, 5th grade camp, and moving up ceremonies from elementary to middle and middle to high school.
- We will continue to communicate with Angel of the Winds Arena regarding graduation for the Class of 2020.
- We will continue to seek guidance from Governor Inslee and State Superintendent Chris Reykdal regarding summer school and all things that will help our students finish this school year strong and prepare them for the coming school year.
- We – all of us – will continue to innovate and create an amazing new normal together. Your voice matters. You are invited to this conversation. If you have an idea to contribute to a triumphant finish to the 2019-20 school year, please submit it here.
And let’s remember the important business at hand. Each one of us is a contributor to bringing our community and our nation back to health. Even while staying at home, it is important to practice excellent hygiene and sanitation. Staying home and limiting person-to-person contact appears to be making a difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19, but those measures must continue in order to be effective long-term. As much as possible, stay home, limit trips outside for groceries, gas and essentials, and stay six feet apart from people outside of your home. Additionally:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Stay at home away from others if you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
This is something very different for us; yet, we will resolutely adjust and make the best of the situation as we do in all cases that challenge us. Let’s do this together. We are Northshore!
Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
Northshore School District