Thursday, April 9, 2020
Dear Woodland Families:
By now, you have probably heard the news that Governor Jay Inslee has continued the closure of school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. School buildings are closed, but the learning continues!
Following initial guidance from the state, our teachers, beginning the first days after the closure, have provided students and parents with ongoing opportunities for engaging in learning. As this closure now extends through the end of the school year, it is important that our teachers and principals develop plans that offer students an even more robust opportunity to actively engage in learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This support and teaching will look different for students in different grade levels, but the goal is the same— providing robust opportunities for students to continue their learning. We recognized that it is not possible to reproduce the high-quality teaching and the many positive experiences for children away from the school, but in partnership with families, we aim to extend support and materials.
Our teachers and principals have been hard at work this week coordinating plans that will provide students with even better opportunities to learn and give you, as families, the support to help your students.
- Distance Learning: Distance learning opportunities will continue throughout the remainder of the school year, which will now end on June 19th. School Principals will be communicating the plans for continued learning soon.
- Technology: If you have technology needs to support student learning, please communicate with the teacher or teachers who work with you and your child. We may be able to help.
- Meals: We will continue to provide breakfast and lunch to children (birth through 18 years of age) who have need. We are delivering these through our school bus routes. If you need to know when and where our bus stops are, please check the KWRL website, www.kwrl.org.
- High School Seniors: High school seniors will receive support from their teachers and counselors that will allow them opportunities to earn credits needed for graduation and post-secondary transitions.
- Graduation Ceremonies: In-person graduation ceremonies will change to virtual ceremonies and/or be delayed. Final decisions related to graduation ceremonies will be shared no later than May 15th.
- School Activities: All school events, including sporting practices and matches, field trips, dances, etc. will be canceled during the extended school closure. We will be engaging with students to come up with creative alternatives to celebrate milestones, such as prom. We will keep students and families updated on these decisions so that you can plan your participation in advance. We will be reaching out to you regarding options for refunds of fees in the coming days.
- Summer School: We are awaiting information from Governor Inslee on whether school facilities will be able to be open to provide school over the summer.
- Retrieving Personal Belongings: While we are under the current “Stay at Home” orders, we cannot allow general access to our buildings. School principals will provide information on retrieving personal belongings once it is safe and allowable.
If you have questions, you may reach out to your school principal or me. I am available by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 360.841.2700. Please continue to take good care of yourselves and your families. This is a difficult time for all of us, but together we will get through it.
Michael Z. Green
Superintendent of Schools