Edmonds School District News

September 28, 2021

Potential upcoming loss of transportation for some students

With our current shortage of school bus drivers and the upcoming deadline for staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, we are facing the possibility of a loss in transportation for some students.

As a result, we may need to expand some of our “Walk Zones” to include more families whose students currently ride the bus.

Other possibilities under consideration include issuing free Community Transit passes to help with transportation coverage.

McKinney-Vento students and those in special education will not lose bussing.

We will communicate any changes to student transportation services as soon as we know more.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a school bus driver, now is a great time to begin training. We also have opportunities in other departments.

For more information, check our job openings→ bit.ly/ESDJobs

COVID, cold or flu? Staying home is what to do!

Stay home if you are sick

The common cold, seasonal flu and COVID-19 share many of the same symptoms, and if your child is feeling sick for any reason, we need you to keep them home.

Check the image below for more information about symptoms and how long to keep your child home from school.

Communication process for a positive COVID-19 case

Upcoming flu vaccine clinics

Part of our commitment to the health of our students and families is to offer flu vaccine clinics for ages 4 and up. Thanks to funding from Verdant, if you do not have health insurance, your flu shot is free. If you do have health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid you must provide that information when you register. You will not be charged.

Registration is required, please click here for an appointment: bit.ly/2021FluClinics

A quick note from Superintendent Dr. Balderas

Dr. Balderas reads to a classroom
Sept. 28, 2021: Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas reads in Spanish to a dual language classroom at Cedar Valley Community School.

Hello families,

I have been able to visit some schools since we re-entered this fall. I want to tell you that my heart is full after seeing students inside our classrooms learning and being able to socialize with their peers. Although we still are struggling with some issues, I appreciate all of the work that has been done to provide for an in-person and a remote academic option for our students and families.

I know we are still in very hard times and each day brings new challenges. Please know that staff and I are working to do all we can to support your kids and your families.


Dr. Gustavo Balderas

2021-2022 Family Handbook now available

This year’s district family handbook is now posted online: Edmonds School District Family Handbook

It has important information for families, including:

  • Race & Equity Policy

  • Language Access

  • Family Support Resources

  • Food & Nutrition and Transportation services

  • Technology services and digital resources

  • Student Health Services

  • Student Alcohol/Drug Use Policy

  • Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) Policy

  • Required annual notifications:

    • Directory information opt out

    • Pesticide, asbestos information

    • Complaint processes

  • And more!

Lunchtime update!

Our Food Service Director has an important message about menu items, job openings and a new and improved pizza lunch at the high schools 🍕

We are so grateful for our Food and Nutrition Services crew!

September food service update

Showing tremendous growth: Lynnwood High horticulture program

For Lynnwood High School horticulture students, last spring brought a bounty of celebrations, the first of which was a return to in-person learning.

From constructing raised beds, planning what to plant and getting their hands dirty, horticulture teacher Kaliegh Ansdell and the horticulture students were thrilled to return to their in-person “hubs” last spring.

Horticulture Return to Campus & Spring Activities

Is your student highly capable?

  • Are they exceptionally curious?

  • Do they come up with complex and abstract ideas?

  • Does your student learn new ideas without instruction or direction?

  • Do they ponder advanced questions with depth and from multiple perspectives?

  • Does your student learn exceptionally quickly?

  • Do they enjoy solving problems, especially with numbers and puzzles?

If you see most or all of these characteristics in your student, they may be highly capable!

What is the Highly Capable Program?

The Highly Capable/Gifted Program for first through 6th grade elementary students is a self-contained full-time district program located at Terrace Park Elementary. The Gifted Middle School Program is housed at Brier Terrace Middle School and is a mix of self-contained and combined classes for 7th and 8th grade students. These programs are for students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. The Cognitive Abilities Test or CogAT serves as one tool in the screening process for the program.

A parent/guardian, student, staff member, or a community member may recommend testing for any student. A referral with signed parent permission for testing must be received by Nov. 30, 2021 in order to test. (English Referral Form) Forms in the top six languages are available on the Edmonds District website. Everyone that submits a referral will be given the opportunity to test on one of the specified test dates: Dec. 4, 2021 for 3rd-8th grade students and Dec. 11, 2021 for Kindergarten through 2nd grade students. This identification process is for entrance into the Highly Capable Program in the 2022-2023 school year.

2nd and 3rd Grade Universal Screening for Highly Capable

In an effort to provide more equitable access to our Highly Capable Program, all 2nd and 3rd grade students will take a screening test during the school day in early November.

  • In person students will take the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT)

  • Edmonds Online K-8 Academy students will take the Cognitive Abilities Test Screener (CogAT)

Students that score in the 87th percentile or higher on these screening tests will be given the full CogAT test (with parent permission) and considered for identification for the Highly Capable Program. Any 2nd or 3rd grader that would like to be considered for the Highly Capable Program may still test through the traditional identification process, regardless of screening results.

To learn more about the Highly Capable Program, explore our website and consider joining us at our family information sessions. *Links coming soon.

  • Monday, Nov. 8 – 7-8:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 10 – 5-6:30 p.m.

Start or end your day on the Move(60)!

There is a before and after school program that is FREE!

Move 60! is open to 2nd-6th graders as a way to participate in exercise and physical activity.

The Move 60! program is at all 23 elementary schools, 4 days each week for 60 minutes each day.

For program times and to register at your school, visit the Move 60! registration page → bit.ly/ESDMove60

Fall session starts Monday, Oct 4!

Eagle scout installs “friendship benches” at Seaview Elementary

Friendship benches

Friendship is vital for students to feel a sense of belonging in school, and as part of his Eagle Scout project, former Seaview Elementary student Mitchell Cook honored the importance of friendship by installing three new “friendship benches” on campus.

We know many new friendships will form thanks to Mitchell and his boy scout troop for generations to come!

September is Suicide Prevention Month

Kindness is suicide prevention

The Edmonds School District acknowledges September as Suicide Prevention Month and reminds you we can all take small steps to make a big difference. One of those steps is kindness towards others.

If you would like more ideas of how you can help or need additional resources click on the flier: Suicide Prevention Flier for Families

Online School Board meetings

To decrease the public spread of COVID-19, the Snohomish Health District recommends public meetings be held remotely. Therefore, the School Board will continue with virtual meetings, until further notice.

You can stream the School Board meetings, find the agendas, and review the meeting minutes, by clicking on the meeting date here: bit.ly/ESDSchoolBoardStream

Learn about Scriber Lake High School

Join the Scriber Lake virtual information night at 7 p.m. Sept. 29, to find out if this small, alternative high school is a good fit for your student.

Register for the meeting here: bit.ly/SLHSRegistration

We’re hiring!

Have you ever thought about working for the Edmonds School District? Now might be just the time! Great benefits, great pay and a flexible schedule await you! We have several job openings that include work for paraeducators, food service workers and bus drivers.

Not ready to commit, but would still like to work here and there? Perfect! We have several substitute positions available as well including paraeducator, bus driver, custodian and food service work.

For more information, check our job openings→ bit.ly/ESDJobs

Save the Date

See the upcoming events below. You can also view our district’s online calendar for the latest information on our website – bit.ly/ESDcalendar.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 28. 6:30 p.m. School Board Meeting

What’s new at the Foundation for Edmonds School District

Last in-person event, pre-COVID-19
Here’s some of the fun from the last in-person event, pre-COVID-19.

Celebrate School Monster Mad Dash 5K

Register to participate Oct. 2-8 for a fang-tastic time at our 13th annual, virtual, Celebrate Schools Monster Mad Dash 5K! Raise funds for your school and Foundation programs that benefit our district! School teams keep pledges and a portion of the net proceeds. For all the details and to learn more about the foundation’s mission, visit their website.