Everett Schools Reveal Plan If Individual School Has To Close Due To COVID-19

January 7, 2022

Everett Schools

Everett SchoolsThis week kids returned to in-person learning at schools in the Everett School District. With the increases in people getting diagnosed with COVID-19 recently the district today sent out a letter outlining what it would look like if an individual school had to close due to a large number of students, staff or both coming down as COVID-19 positive. Other schools in the district would remain operating in person while the affected school may close for 10 calendar days before re-opening.

Here’s an excerpt from the letter sent out to families today.
How will the district decide whether to change to remote learning?
The decision to transition the district or a specific school to remote learning will be based on either the direction of the Department of Health, Snohomish Health District or the district’s ability to have enough staff given absences due to illness.

To help prepare for the possibility of a quick pivot to remote learning, we ask students who currently take their district-issued Chromebooks to and from school daily to continue to do so. If we need to close a school or classroom, staff will have one day to prepare, and then remote learning will take place until it is safe to return to school.

For those whose Chromebooks are left at school, there will be a distribution of the devices. The teacher will utilize a digital platform and the learning structure and expectations will be communicated.

Since the change to remote will be based upon things out of our control, we may not have much notice before we need to quickly pivot. I ask that you think through what might be needed for your family if this happens. If a school needs to close, it will be closed for 10 calendar days before reopening.

That would mean one day for teachers to prepare and nine more days. The building will be closed for all students and staff and it will be cleaned. For now, high school athletics (gyms) will stay open if the school closes but all other after school activities in that building will cease.

You can see the full letter by clicking on the link below.
2022.01.07 family communication on move to remote

Everett School District Superintendent Dr. Ian B. Saltzman emphasized there are no plans to implement a district-wide closure. They are only talking about single schools if that becomes necessary.


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