Grizzly Gazette

January 2nd, 2022

Principal's Message

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday break. What a treat to have snow Christmas day! Although it altered our plans, for dinner, we still had a wonderful day, enjoying Christmas breakfast with our oldest daughter and her husband. And yes, Kathy did cook a piece of lutefisk for herself on Christmas Eve. The discussion the next day amongst her family was that the quality of the fish was not as good as in years past. Really? You gotta love Swedish meatballs!

My wish for 2022 is that it will bring joy and hope to you all. Although we are still struggling through COVID, we can decide to find joy in so many things around us. I once heard someone say, "Don't let happiness steal your joy." At first, I thought, "That doesn't make sense!" But the more I reflected on it, it makes perfect sense. Happiness comes and goes, but joy can be found each day if we look for it. Take care.

Jeff

Dr. Rumbaugh's Message, 12-31-21

COVID Updates & Inclement Weather
December 30, 2021

COVID Updates: January 2022
During Winter Break, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local county Departments of Health (DOH) updated recommendations for the general public on navigating COVID now and into the new year. It can be challenging for local entities, like school districts, to implement overlapping and sometimes differing recommendations. While we are hearing that we may be permitted to decrease quarantine and isolation periods, we have also seen an unprecedented incline in the trajectory of COVID-infection rates in Snohomish County in the last two weeks.

The Stanwood-Camano School District follows requirements and guidelines set out in the Washington State K-12 Requirements for Schools. The Washington State K-12 Requirements document ensures that school districts comply with rules, mandates and requirements at the state and local levels. We would like to update our students, staff, families and community on what we know as of the date of this memo.

COVID Testing Requirements

  • Neither Snohomish nor Island counties have recommended or required the testing of all staff and student populations prior to return to school on January 3, 2022.

  • Starting on Monday, January 3, families seeking testing for their students should contact the school directly. If your student or family has had a potential COVID exposure during the break, or if there are symptomatic members of your household, please contact your school for testing prior to your student’s return.

  • We currently have enough COVID test supplies to continue our protocol of testing any student, staff or individual connected to our schools and classrooms regardless of vaccination status. This includes individuals that are asymptomatic but may have been exposed to COVID during Winter Break.

  • Snohomish County offers “drive through” COVID testing. Due to inclement weather, Snohomish Health District drive-thru testing and vaccination will be closed through the rest of the week. Ash Way’s (Lynnwood) next operational day will be testing on January 2 and Longfellow’s (Everett) next operational day will be testing on January 3.

COVID Isolation Requirements

  • The CDC has widely publicized a transition from a 10-day isolation to a 5-day isolation for positive individuals, and change from 10-day quarantine to a 5-day quarantine for close contacts. As of the date of this memo, we have not received guidance regarding a change to school district protocols related to isolation or quarantine. We will continue to provide the “test to stay” option for students to remain in class during an abbreviated 7-day quarantine, which was in place prior to Winter Break.

Athletics for 2022

  • In response to recent sports-related outbreaks, on December 17, 2021, DOH updated the testing requirements for high-risk sporting activities to require screening testing of all athletes, coaches, trainers and supporting personnel, regardless of vaccination status. Further, the testing frequency has increased to 3 times weekly.

  • Among those screening tests, at least one must occur no sooner than the day before the competition; ideally and whenever possible, the day of the event. High-risk sporting activities include basketball, wrestling, water polo, and indoor cheer.

  • Full details for this update (dated December 17, 2021) can be found in the Washington State K-12 Requirements for Schools.

Inclement Weather Reminders & Snow Routes
We are actively monitoring the conditions of all roads across the City of Stanwood and Camano Island now and over the next several days as we approach the return to school on January 3, 2022. It is possible that we may have a delayed start or “snow day” if road conditions are unsafe or not drivable for our buses. We typically make a decision about a delay or school cancellation at or near 5:00 am and begin communicating with families immediately following.

Earlier this school year, our transportation department released Snow Routes for the 2021-2022 School Year. Please take a moment to review your student(s) routes should bus routes be changed due to snow, ice or other wintery weather conditions when we return to school next Monday.

Another great way to receive notifications is to sign up for FlashAlert. This is the system that media uses to create the “crawl” on TV stations for school districts in the region. Visit https://www.flashalert.net/id/StanwoodSD to receive notifications of closures or late starts. The FlashAlert app is available free for iPhone or Android mobile devices.

To ensure that you receive our calls about any school closures or delays due to inclement weather, please help us by keeping your emergency contact information current in Skyward Family Access.

Skyward Family Access Login Instructions - English

Skyward Family Access Login Instructions - Spanish

Your contact information, including your phone numbers and email addresses, are synched with the School Messenger notification system we use to send out emails and phone calls in emergency situations.

Respectfully,
Deborah Rumbaugh, Ed.D.
Superintendent

PTO Meeting

Our PTO will be holding a meeting (most likely virtually) early in January. Please be watching for the notice and learn about ways you can be involved even during this pandemic. Thank you!

Important Dates

January 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th-Late Start Wednesday

January 17th-No School in Honor of Martin Luther King Junior Day.

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