3/15 Covid-19 Update

3/15 Covid-19 Update
Posted on 03/15/2020
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Dear EVSD Families,

I am sending this letter at 11:00 am on Sunday so families can make plans.  There is a lot of differing information out there and area districts are making decisions they believe is best for them.  If there are any changes to what I have written below, then you will hear directly from me.  I hope this help all of you manage your own family situation.

As you may have heard, West Valley will be closing all of its schools Monday instead of Tuesday.  They were notified by the Spokane Regional Health District that a person who tested positive for COVID-19 attended the robotics competition at West Valley High School on March 6-7.

The question I am being asked is, “Why are we even coming to school on Monday?” which is a fair question. Many of you have reached out to me to close school and many have asked to keep schools open.  There is not a definitive answer to the question.  What is right for one family is the opposite of what is right for another. I believe the Governor’s decision to close on Tuesday was simply to give people additional time to prepare and make adjustments.  Closing schools, especially for this length of time, will have a significant impact on our kids and on our community.     

So, school is open tomorrow, Monday, March 16, and we will be on our normal, late start Monday schedule.  For those who do not want to send your children to school, please keep them home and follow normal school absence procedures.  I completely understand and support your decision.  For those who need to send their kids, I understand and support your needs as well. Our doors are open.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all East Valley Schools will be closed and will remain closed through April 24.  I am asking central office staff, building administrators, custodial and maintenance staff, and district administrators to report to work on Tuesday.  All other staff are to remain at home through the remainder of the week.

My administrative staff continue to be in constant communication and are meeting to plan and implement our next steps.  Our primary focus is to find ways to support our students and families during this closure (meals, childcare, learning activities, etc.).  As things develop, I will continue to send updates, so be sure to check your email as I am sure I will send more information to families Monday evening.  Please remember this situation continues to evolve at a rapid pace, so plans can change quickly.

I know this is all having a tremendous impact on you and your children. The district is committed to find the balance between providing support and services while at the same time ensuring the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

Sincerely,

Kelly

 

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