Welcome to the Sedro-Woolley School District
The last three months of the 2019-20 school year were stressful for our entire community. On April 6, when the governor and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction made the decision to keep our school buildings closed for the duration of this school year, our staff put together a continuous learning process almost overnight. The guidance we received was fluid and dynamic. We were building the plane as it was flying. There were unexpected changes that challenged us, especially with the early guidance given. I was impressed by the flexibility, skill and creativity that our entire learning community demonstrated in dealing with this crisis. Our highest priority was to ensure the physical, emotional, and academic safety for our students, staff, and families.
Decisions about the 2020-2021 school year are being discussed by a reopening committee based on guidelines from OSPI on how we can safely return students and staff to those empty classrooms. In-person relationships with teachers and friends is important for student success, which is why our primary goal is to bring students back to school, with new measures to protect health and safety. Families will receive information regarding a survey asking for input.
The health and safety of our community comes first, and we will adjust the way school works so that we can protect health and safety while also providing the best possible environment for teaching and learning. OSPI provided guidance to school districts in early June about how to safely reopen schools in the fall. The guidance is clear that our priority is to get students back in the classroom, but school will look different than it did before.
Changes that families can expect:
- Classrooms and schedules to accommodate social distancing
- Students and staff will be asked to wear face coverings
- We will expect students and staff to stay home at the first sign of any symptoms, including cough, fever, and shortness of breath
Reopening efforts will be ongoing throughout the summer and our local strategies will be continuously adjusted and refined as we head into the 2020-2021 school year. Clear and transparent decision-making is a priority for us, and we will provide regular updates to make sure you have the latest information. We hope to release our reopening plans to our families in August. Right now, we have more questions than answers and more problems than viable solutions. We are flying a new plane at 35,000 feet while trying to navigate to a new destination that hasn’t been entered into the GPS system.
This is a challenging and exciting time to be an educator. It is in these types of situations when creativity and innovation rise to the top to meet our students’ needs. We will look at developing and implementing new systems in teaching and learning as an opportunity for improvement. I know we are up for the challenge and we will do everything we can for the benefit of our students. We have great students and staff, and we have a great school community that supports our students.
Summer meal service began on June 22. The district served more than 2,000 meals each day after school closed. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of our food service and transportation staff members to make this monumental undertaking a reality! Parents can fill out an online survey to pick up lunches for their students.
Online registration is available through the end of July by going to the district website and clicking on the Student Enrollment tab at the top of the page.
Thank you again for your understanding and patience as we work through the challenges of these unprecedented times. Please continue to stay healthy and safe.Sincerely,Phil BrockmanSuperintendent360-855-3500Kellie CargileExecutive Assistant to the Superintendent360-855-3502
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