-CDC recommendations have changed in the last week and as a result, the Governor has announced that schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be closed as of Tuesday, March 17th and that schools will remain closed at least until April 24th.
- White River will close Monday, March 16th. Teachers will use Monday and Tuesday next week to plan and coordinate providing distance learning. Friday, March 13th is the last student day.
- Otherwise healthy children are not at high risk for contracting COVID-19. Schools are being closed to reduce the possible transfer of the virus within our community and in particular to high risk populations.
- As the Governor said, it’s critical that we contain the spread of the virus, and we have reached the point where we need to drastically change community behaviors to mitigate the effects of the virus. We are all being asked to practice stringent social distancing - you can go out in public but stay 6 or more feet from other people. Wash your hands! And don’t put your hands to your face. If we all practice these simple precautions we can have a huge impact on the spread of COVID-19.
- Closing our schools is a difficult decision and has involved MANY conversations with King, Pierce and Snohomish school districts, OSPI, the Governor’s office, and Health Departments. It is not made lightly. We know the impact this will have on our community.
- This is difficult, but we know we can do it if we work together to support each other and the children of our community. Thanks to our generous voters, we have the ability to move to distance learning almost immediately.
- Pre-school, early kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade will receive weekly learning packets from their teachers, and teachers will be using Seesaw to communicate with families.
- Second, through eighth-grade students will have a Chromebook and charging cord checked out to them on Friday, which they will be bringing home.
- High school students already have devices checked out to them. If you have a high school student who does not have a device, please contact principal Cody Mothershead.
- We are working hard to provide services for our students and families, but this is going to take families, neighbors, faith communities and organizations working together to support each other! We know that closing our schools is a critical move to meet the greater good of our community.
- We will continue to provide breakfast and lunch from central distribution points. Details will be coming to you.
- We will be providing you with a lot of information in the next week about what this is going to look like, but we want our families to have some time to prepare. We apologize for this short notice to our families, but these changes have happened rapidly over the last 24 hours. We will continue to update information on our website, www.whiteriver.wednet.edu and you can click on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates.
We will be sending you additional information as we work through our plans. Some of the specific major topics on our list are:
- Special Education Services
- English Language Services
- State testing
- Graduation requirements
- Early Learning registration
Thank you for your patience as we work through all of this!