District Update

November 12, 2021

SWSD replacement levy to be on February ballot

The Sedro-Woolley School Board approved a resolution Monday asking voters to maintain the Education Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy.

Local school levies must be renewed by voters. The current levy, which expires in 2022, collected $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The district expects to collect approximately $11,259,099 in 2022, which is lower than the voter approved cap of $13,667,84.

The proposed levy will collect $11,919,069 in 2023, $12,515,023 in 2024, $13,140,774 in 2025 and $13,797,813 in 2026. These are the capped amounts or lids based on a 5% growth projection per year of the community’s assessed value.

Even though the district has a $2.50 rate, it won’t be able to collect more than the capped amounts approved in the board’s resolution. If the community’s assessed value increases, the $2.50 rate would actually be substantially less.

Washington state funds schools based on a “prototypical model”, representing the Legislature’s assumptions of what resources are required to provide students with a basic education.

State funding typically falls short in covering costs to enhance local schools with services requested by the community, leaving EP&O levies to bridge the gap in funding to provide for additional expenditures.

Basic education funding from the state doesn’t pay for additional costs of special education; school nurses, counselors and librarian; arts and music, school safety officers and safety support personnel; Highly Capable programs; special interventions for students who need additional help; basic office supplies such as paper and ink; student transportation for field trips, athletic travel and special programs transportation; and athletic and after-school extracurricular funding for coaches and advisors salaries that aren’t covered by the state or ASB funds.

Washington State law provides two tax benefit programs for senior citizens and individuals who are disabled: property tax exemptions and property tax deferrals. For more information on qualifications, contact the Skagit County Assessor’s Office at 360-416-1780.

As part of a new legislative mandate, the district is also seeking citizens interested in being appointed to a committee to write the for/against statements for the Skagit County Local Voters’ Pamphlet related to the district’s EP&O ballot measure.

Those interested should send their name, address, phone number and which position (for or against) they represent to: Kellie Cargile, 801 Trail Road, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 or via email at kcargile@swsd101.org by Nov. 15. The Board will take action on the appointments at its Nov. 22 regular board meeting.

Celebrating our Veterans

Samish Elementary Veterans Day Assembly Thank You Military

SWHS Winter Sports to begin Monday!

SWHS winter sports practices will start on Monday, Nov. 15. Winter season includes: Competitive Cheer; Boys Swimming; Girls and Boys Basketball; and Girls and Boys Wrestling. Families: Make sure your student's Final Forms are up to date, add the sport they will be competing in, and purchase an ASB card to participate!

Foundations K applications due by the end of November

Students who would enter kindergarten in September 2022 and who are turning 5 this school year (Sept. 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022) are eligible for the district's Foundation Kindergarten Program.

Applications are available at https://www.swsd.k12.wa.us/Domain/824.

Free Warm Coats

The Sedro-Woolley Knights of Columbus (Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church) is holding their annual Coats for Kids event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Free, warm coats will be given to any child in need. Please note this is not a district-sponsored event. Organizers have requested families wear masks, sanitize upon entering the hall (719 Ferry Street, Sedro-Woolley), and maintain social distancing between family units.

Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund

The Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund is a non-profit, charitable organization that has provided toys, books and a holiday meal to needy children and their families in Skagit County for over 71 years. Every donation is tax deductible.

Changes for 2021 with COVID 19

Registration — Will begin on Monday, November 15. There will be no phone registration this year.

Online Registration – See the following links for English or Spanish registration. This may be done on your phone or computer.

English: https://form.jotform.com/201646737303150

Spanish: https://form.jotform.com/201756878099170

Or fill out a registration form – See below under Forms. Select Register as a Recipient and print out the form. Forms may be dropped off at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, 1410 Virginia Street in Mount Vernon. This is the north entrance to the Fairgrounds.

Sponsor Program — There will be a sponsor program this year.

Christmas Party With Santa — This has been cancelled for 2021

Toy Donations — New, unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 0-17 years old may be dropped off at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, 1410 Virginia Street in Mount Vernon. This is the north entrance to the Fairground. Please call 360-419-7261 to make an appointment to drop off your gifts, or email christmasfund@skagitpublishing.com

Knit Hats and Scarves — May be dropped off at Wildfibers, 706 1st Street, Mt Vernon.

Distribution — Will be a drive through pick up for gift bags. Enter the Fairgrounds through the NORTH gate, 1410 Virginia Street in Mount Vernon.

Questions — call 360-419-7261 English or 360-419-7263 Spanish

Cambios Para 2021 Con COVID 19

Registro — Comenzará el lunes 15 de noviembre.

Este año no habrá registro telefónico.

Registro en línea - Consulte los siguientes enlaces para registrarse en inglés o español. Esto se puede hacer en su teléfono o computadora.

Inglés: https://form.jotform.com/201646737303150

Español: https://form.jotform.com/201756878099170

O complete un formulario de registro - Consulte más abajo en Forms. Seleccione Registrarse como beneficiario e imprima el formulario. Los formularios se pueden dejar en el recinto ferial del condado de Skagit, 1410 Virginia Street en Mount Vernon. Esta es la entrada norte del recinto ferial.

Programa Patrocinador — Habrá un programa de patrocinadores este año.

Fiesta De Navidad Con Santa — Esto ha sido cancelado para 2021.

Donaciones De Juguetes — - Los juguetes nuevos sin envolver para niños y niñas de 0 a 17 años se pueden dejar en el recinto ferial del condado de Skagit, 1410 Virginia Street en Mount Vernon. Esta es la entrada norte del recinto ferial. Llame al 360-419-7261 para hacer una cita para dejar sus regalos, o correo electrónico christmasfund@skagitpublishing.com

Sombreros y Bufandas de Punto — se pueden dejar en Wildfibers, 706 1st Street, Mount Vernon.

Distribución — Será un recorrido en coche para recoger las bolsas de regalo. Ingrese al recinto ferial por la puerta NORTE, 1410 Virginia Street en Mount Vernon.

Preguntas — llame al 360-419-7261 en inglés o al 360-419-7263 en español

Contact Info

Volunteer 419-7263

Sponsor a Family 419-7261

Important: All online donors will be acknowledged and thanked in the Skagit Valley Herald. If you wish to remain anonymous, please mail your donation clearly marked anonymous to SVHCF, 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98274. Thank you for your tax deductible donation. Charitable 501(c) Tax-ID: 91-1304740.

Drop Off Locations (mid-November to mid-December)

Skagit County Fairgrounds,1410 Virginia St, Mt Vernon, Building A/B, Call 360-419-7261 to make an appointment to drop off your gifts.

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break will start with an early release on Wednesday, Nov. 24 (remember, no late start on early release days).

Highly Capable Program referrals

Referral forms for the district's Highly Capable Program for exceptionally advanced learners are being accepted for students currently in kindergarten through 11th grade. Forms are available in English, Spanish and Russian at: https://www.swsd.k12.wa.us/Page/3747 or you can fill out this Google survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bkZ6YGVTQ8LT0zdvGzkHtJnlaLnhXY5iUdHfsbVveR8/edit?usp=drive_web.

Forms for grades K-6 can be mailed to Hi-Cap Coordinator, Central Elementary, 601 Talcott St., Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284; forms for grades 7–12 can be mailed to: Principal Mischelle Darragh, 23953 Prairie Road, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284. Forms for all grade levels are due by December 10, 2021. K-6 forms can also be emailed to ejenkins@swsd101.org; forms for all grades 7–11 can be emailed to mdarragh@swsd101.org.

Assessments are scheduled to begin in January/February 2022. Students meeting the screening criteria will be assessed by multiple measures to determine eligibility for program services.

The Multi-Disciplinary Selection Committee (MSC) screens all referrals and makes the final decision for placement in the Highly Capable Program.

Qualification letters will go out after spring break for the 2022-23 school year.

For additional information, please call or e-mail Principal Mischelle Darragh, Highly Capable Program Administrator, mdarragh@swsd101.org or by phone at 360-855-3540 or contact the Sedro-Woolley District Office at 360-855-3500.

IEP Recovery Services

For parents of students that have IEPs, information has been posted to the special education section of the Sedro-Woolley School District website regarding Recovery Services. Recovery Services are extra supports that may be needed to address lost learning due to Covid-19. Please contact your child's case manager or Tony Smith if you have additional questions.

COVID-19 Information

The district nursing staff is in constant communication with the Skagit County Public Health regarding COVID-19 cases in our schools. Decisions on who needs to quarantine is made by the county in coordination with the district.

The school principal and/or district leaders will communicate directly with impacted families or staff members of confirmed COVID-19 cases or those who are confirmed close contacts. As part of this process, the district will communicate about length of quarantine and how to shift to remote learning.

If you do not receive such a notification, it means that your student has not been identified as a close contact and does not need to quarantine.

The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority. We are following sound protocols aligned with Skagit Public Health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the health or our school community. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of wearing masks, physically distancing from others, and regularly washing your hands.

The primary symptoms of COVID-19 are:

• Fever (defined as subjective or 100.4°F or higher)

• Cough

• Loss of sense of taste and/or smell

• Shortness of breath

• Fatigue

• Headache

• Muscle or body aches

• Sore throat

• Congestion or runny nose

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea (defined as two or more loose stools in 24 hours)

If your child or anyone in your household develop(s) any of the above symptoms, all unvaccinated household members should stay home, contact a provider for medical evaluation and testing, and notify childcare/school/work/etc. Additionally, if you're awaiting test results for COVID-19, do not come to school until you have received confirmation of a negative test. Staying home when experiencing symptoms also helps our schools' close contacts and quarantine numbers. Following these everyday preventative actions helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

We sincerely appreciate all your help and support as we work together to mitigate risks and ensure the learning process continues in our school community.

For more information about COVID-19 protocols in the district, including the district dashboard, please visit our COVID-19 Information website.

Email: covidquestions@swsdonline.com

Phone: (360) 855-3841

Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Community Survey 2021

Sedro-Woolley RISE needs parents to complete this online survey about youth substance use in our community. Responses will help inform and improve prevention programs for our Sedro-Woolley youth.

This 10-15 minute survey is completely anonymous.



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SWHS 2022 Parent Group needs parent volunteers

The Class of 2022 Senior Parent Group is happy to announce that the graduation night trip is set! The group is excited to bring this trip together for the Senior class and really needs parent support and help. Senior parents, please join the SWHS Class of 2022 Parents Facebook group. You can also join the group's e-mail list by sending an e-mail to jhulst90@gmail.com.

Box Tops are now digital

Many of our schools are collecting box tops... digitally! Just scan your receipt and earn money for your school!

SWSD employees support United Way

Did you know Sedro-Woolley School District employees contribute thousands of dollars each year to the United Way?

United Way programs supports all of our communities in Skagit County by feeding food insecure families, helping house homeless youth, helping new mothers and their babies, and much more.

A single investment in United Way of Skagit County is an investment in our Skagit County youth.

SWHS Athletics Ticket Information

Tickets can now be reserved at: https://swhscubsden.com/event-tickets

Attendees must reserve tickets so the high school can follow capacity restrictions for events at SWHS. Also, a helpful reminder that masks must be worn by all spectators for indoor events and are REQUIRED for outdoor events that exceed a 500 person capacity.

Reminder: All elementary and middle school students must be accompanied by an adult at all high school events. Please do not drop off children at the games unchaperoned. Please also remind students they should follow the same behavior codes as school.

Mental Health Resources

Please visit the district website for a list of mental health resources available to students and families.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

All students who choose to learn in-person are required to wear face coverings while indoors to protect the health and safety of our staff and students. We are also implementing enhanced personal hygiene and a degree of physical distancing among students to the extent possible.

Sedro-Woolley School District is following the safety measures required by the Department of Health in the K-12 COVID-19 Requirements.

Please note, there is not a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students currently in Washington state. We would encourage those 12 and older to talk to their health-care providers for vaccination recommendations.

2021-2022 Frequently Asked Questions



16 - CL Parent Meeting, 5:30 p.m.; Visions Parent Meeting, 7 p.m.

17 - All Schools - One hour late start for professional development

17 - Education Support Professionals Day

17 - LY Picture Retakes

18 - MP Booster Club meeting

18 - CMS Beginning and Jazz Band Concert 7 pm @ CMS

22 - School Board Meeting

24 - NO LATE START: Early Release - All Schools

25 - Thanksgiving - NO SCHOOL

26 - Native American Heritage Day - NO SCHOOL

Sedro-Woolley School District Calendar 2021-2022

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