A message from the Superintendent

Preparing for the 2021-22 school year

Dear Edmonds School District families,


I hope you are having a great summer and are looking forward to the 2021-22 school year. Staff are hard at work, eagerly preparing for our students to return to learning.


Thank you to our staff, students and families who participated in live Zoom meetings with your school principal this week. There was a lot of information to go over and we hope it helped answer questions and ease some anxiety.


Below you will find a recap of the information shared during those school community meetings. All the school meetings will be posted on the Edmonds School District YouTube Channel for you to watch by the end of the day today.


We hope you enjoy this last long weekend before school starts for our 1st through 12th grade students on Wednesday, Sept. 8. A reminder, our kindergarteners start Monday, Sept. 13.


We are excited to welcome our students back!


Sincerely,


Dr. Gustavo Balderas
Superintendent

COVID-19 Health and Safety

The health and safety of our students, families and staff is our priority.

The Edmonds School District will follow the latest guidance from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Snohomish Health District (SHD) to ensure we are doing everything we can for the health and safety of our students, staff, families and community. We will adapt to any new guidance from DOH and SHD throughout the school year.


For the health and safety of everyone in our buildings:

  • Masks are required. (District Mask Guidance 2021-22)

  • Maintain physical distancing.

  • Before arriving at school or a district building, check for COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Stay home when you feel sick.

Learning plan when your student is out sick -or- needs to isolate/quarantine due to COVID-19

  • Students will receive assignments to complete at home.

  • Visit the district’s website for more information about the state’s attendance policy.

  • If DOH asks us to have an entire classroom or our school quarantine, we will revert to remote learning.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Handbook

The Edmonds School District’s 2021-22 COVID-19 Health and Safety Handbook is available on our website: bit.ly/ESDCOVIDsafety


We will make updates to the handbook as guidance from the Washington State Department of Health and/or Snohomish Health District changes. We encourage you to become familiar with the handbook to find answers to many of the logistical questions you may have regarding our COVID-19 mitigations and other health and safety plans.

Daily Health Checks

The Washington State Department of Health is not requiring proof of a daily health check at this time for each student and staff member for the 2021-22 school year. However, the Edmonds School District is asking all families to check their students for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arriving at school or a district building. Staff are expected to do the same health check prior to arrival.


You can see a list of the COVID-19 symptoms on our website. Families need to keep students home if they have been exposed to COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or are sick with other illnesses.


Additional Health and Safety Mitigations

  • Cleaning and disinfecting:
    Routine cleaning procedures will prioritize highly used areas and spaces with a higher risk of generating aerosols or bodily fluids.

  • Optimal ventilation in all district schools and buildings:
    HVAC systems have been set to maximize the amount of outside air introduced into buildings and filters have been upgraded and will be changed regularly.

  • Hand hygiene:
    Students and staff are required to wash or sanitize hands upon entering the building and wash and/or sanitize hands frequently throughout the day. Watch our video on how to properly wash your hands to help prevent the spread of germs.

  • Lunch time safety:
    We will follow the latest health and safety guidance from both the state and county when it comes to students eating while at school. Each school will have a specific plan for operating their lunch time(s) and will share that information with families prior to the start of school.

  • Once school starts, schools are open to students and district staff only
    Our campuses are closed to non-school individuals - this includes family and community volunteers. However, our main school offices are open to family members who have urgent needs. Our office staff are ready to assist you over the phone and via email with any questions you have throughout the school year. While we want to limit the number of people in our buildings, if you need to visit the school office, please remember:

  • Masks are required at all times when on campus.

  • Practice physical distancing.

  • Do not come to campus if you feel sick in any way.

COVID-19 Vaccine

On Aug. 18, 2021, the governor mandated all K-12 school employees must be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 by mid-October. The district will follow the law and will share a verification process with all staff to complete soon. The COVID-19 vaccine is available to anyone 12 years and older at this time. We encourage families to go to the Snohomish Health District’s website to learn more about the vaccine and how to book an appointment.

COVID-19 Testing

Our district is providing free in-school COVID-19 testing for students (with family permission) and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 or have COVID-like symptoms. Along with mask wearing, testing for COVID-19 is a key mitigation strategy. Testing is available in all district schools.

Performing Arts

At this time, the Washington State Department of Health’s guidance ensures all students have access to their chosen performing arts course(s). Please see the latest update from DOH on our COVID-19 Health and Safety webpage: bit.ly/ESDCOVIDsafety

Fall Athletics

At this time, guidance allows students in high school and middle school to participate in all regular fall athletics. Check out key fall dates, sports options, forms and eligibility online: bit.ly/ESDAthleticsUpdate

Calendar: 2021-22 School Year

There is a change to the 2021-22 Family and Community Calendar. The last day of school is now Friday, June 24, 2022. Snow makeup days, if needed, will be used in the following order:

  • Feb. 22, 2022

  • March 18, 2022

  • June 27, 2022

  • June 28, 2022

  • June 29, 2022


The most up-to-date calendar and events will always be on the district’s online calendar: bit.ly/ESDCalendar

First day of school: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021

We are thrilled to welcome our 1st through 12th grade in-person and online students on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Kindergarteners will have their first day of school on Monday, Sept. 13.

Students will bring Chromebook home each day

  • Students will bring their Chromebook home each day.

  • This is important should your student become ill or need to quarantine.

  • All students, K-12, will be issued a district-owned Chromebook.

Taking the school bus?

Please note, all passengers and drivers are required

to wear a mask while on a school bus.

Bus stop and route information will be available starting Monday, Aug. 23 in Skyward: bit.ly/ESDSkywardaccounts


New way to access student bus information

The Edulog Parent Portal App is a new way for families to access their students’ bus route information and track changes and updates. While specific details about your students’ route won’t be available until Aug. 23, we encourage families to download the app today to get familiar with the new digital tool. Download the app and set up your account here: bit.ly/ESDParentPortal

Dropping off or picking up your student?

Your school will share information for how staff will manage traffic flow of both cars and walkers in the safest way possible. At this time, families and visitors will not be allowed inside schools and will need to drop off and pick up their students at the school’s designated pick up zone.

Free breakfast and lunch for all students!

You no longer need to stress about paying for (or packing) school meals. Meals are free for all students in our schools for the entire 2021-22 school year! Menu information is available online: bit.ly/ESDmenus

Does your family need financial support?

While all students will receive free breakfast and lunch for the 2021-22 school year, we encourage eligible students and families to complete a Free and Reduced Meals application. Completing the application allows students to receive additional benefits such as financial support for course fees and sports fees, as well as reduced-cost internet. Applications are available here: bit.ly/ESDFinancialsupport

To request a printed application, call 425-431-7077.

Student medical record requirements

All students (attending either in-person or online programs) must provide a record of their most up-to-date immunizations. This record must be medically verified. To learn more about which immunizations are required before starting school, please visit our Student Health Services website: bit.ly/ESDImmunizations

Skyward: Access to your student’s educational records and school information

We encourage all families to get familiar with Skyward: bit.ly/ESDSkywardaccounts


This is the district’s records system, and includes:

  • Student grades

  • Family contact information

  • Bus route information

  • And more!

We are hiring, apply online today!

Join the Edmonds School District! Please check our website for available jobs: bit.ly/ESDJobs


We are especially in need of school bus drivers and food service workers.