Totem Falls Raven Review
Thursday, January 27, 2022
REMINDER: NO SCHOOL MONDAY, JANUARY 31
MESSAGE FROM DR. CHURCH
Dear Totem Falls Families,
I want to provide you with an update since we returned from the holiday break. Lunch in the gym is going smoothly and warmly! We are maintaining space between students as before and are also keeping doors open to facilitate airflow. As the weather warms, we may consider returning outside should the virus still be on our radar.
We have also prepared for the impact of Omicron, anticipating shortages of staff and widely impacting students. I am happy to report at this time, we have not needed to take any drastic measures and still have classrooms open and covered each day. I am hopeful this will remain the case through the Omicron spike.
I have noticed some families are dropping off students in the parking lot where buses enter the campus. If dropping off, please use the area we have designated for that purpose. There are many students walking with their parents in this area after parking and it is a safety concern. We appreciate your cooperation.
A NOTE ABOUT VALENTINE'S DAY
Valentine's Day is coming up quickly. This is a traditional party day and many classrooms will be celebrating by sharing valentines and playing games. We will NOT be having any outside food coming in. We will still have a daily snack break and students can bring their own special snack for that day. We are aware that many packaged valentines have candy as a part of the message and those will be OK, as student will bring them home that day. We will be asking students to refrain from eating the candy until it arrives home and is checked by a parent due to individual student allergies.
REPLACEMENT LEVIES ON FEBRUARY 2022 BALLOT
At a December 8 meeting, the Snohomish School District Board of Directors adopted resolutions to place two propositions before voters on the February 8, 2022, ballot. Voters will consider two replacement levies - Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy and the Replacement Levy for Technology, Safety and Facility Improvements. Both levies would replace similar levies approved by voters in 2018 and are set to expire at the end of 2022.
K-12 ISOLATION, QUARANTINE AND TESTING GUIDANCE CHANGES
On Friday, January 7, the Washington State Department of Health updated its K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for the 2021-2022 School Year. Specifically, the new official requirements included:
- Updated isolation, quarantine, and testing recommendations to align with recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changes.
- Expanded eligibility for and activities allowed during modified quarantine in Test to Stay programs.
Information regarding the specifics of each of those changes, as well as implementation here in the Snohomish School District, are available at the district links below:
- Isolation (tested positive for COVID-19) – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/isolation
- Quarantine (close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19) – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/quarantine
- Test to Stay Program - www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/testtostay
- Household Exposures – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/householdexposures
- Sick? – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/sickness
- Testing – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/testing
- District COVID-19 Self-Reporting Tool - www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/selfreport
- District’s COVID-19 Dashboard – www.sno.wednet.edu/covid19/districtdashboard
- SimpleReport Rapid Antigen Testing Registration – www.sno.wednet.edu/simplereport
4/5/6 HIGHLY CAPABLE PROGRAM INFORMATION
Snohomish School District students who will be in the 4th through 6th grade next year and are invited to participate in the district’s 4/5/6 Elementary Highly Capable Program which provides learning opportunities around depth, complexity, and acceleration. If interested, the below dates and information are important. Students currently enrolled in the 4/5/6 Elementary Highly Capable Program do not need to complete the referral process.
- Tuesday, December 14 - Referral packets for the 4/5/6 Elementary Highly Capable Program will be available at all elementary schools, online and at the Snohomish School District Resource and Service Center (1601 Avenue D in Snohomish) in English, Spanish and Russian. Referral packets can be downloaded from the district website.
- Click here to download the Elementary 4/5/6 Highly Capable Program Application Packet - English (2022-2023 School Year)
- Click here to download the Elementary 4/5/6 Highly Capable Program Application Packet - Spanish (2022-2023 School Year)
- Click here to download the Elementary 4/5/6 Highly Capable Program Application Packet - Russian (2022-2023 School Year)
- Monday, January 17, 2022 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)
- Monday, January 31, 2022 - Non-Student Day (no school)
- Friday, February 18-Monday, February 21, 2022 - Mid-Winter Break (no school)
- Monday, March 28-Friday, April 1, 2022- Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Friday, April 1, 2022 - Half-day early release
- Monday, April 4-Friday, April 8, 2022 - Spring Break (no school)
- Monday, May 30, 2022 - Memorial Day (no school)
- Friday, June 17, 2022 - Last Day of School (tentative pending any snow/inclement weather make-up days)
The Snohomish School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator and ADA – Darryl Pernat, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7285, firstname.lastname@example.org; Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7282, email@example.com.