Superintendent Bahr - March UPDATE
As of Friday, March 13
March 12, 2020
As you know, we are facing an unprecedented public health crisis. I know it has been a stressful few weeks as the situation evolves on a daily basis.
We have kept our schools open as long as possible, as recommended by state and local public health authorities. Governor Inslee has now ordered the closure of all schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Schools must close and end classes no later than Tuesday, March 17 and will remain closed through Friday, April 24.
The school day is the centerpiece of the lives of many people. Children count on the reliable routine that a school day offers, from the classroom setting to the many people at school who know them, care for them and provide recognition of them five days a week. Families, too, count on that routine and the knowledge that their children are cared for during the day. It allows them to tend to their work day or focus on the other pieces of life that need to be taken care of – and there are many. Contemplating weeks without that structure and care may seem overwhelming. Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of us through this time.
Starting Tuesday, March 17, Eatonville School District schools will be closed. At this time, we plan to resume classes on Monday, April 27.
Friday, March 13 is a snow make-up day as normally scheduled. Schools will be operational. All schools will open at normal times. We respect and support any family who chooses to keep their child at home. In addition, on Monday, we want parents, students, and families to retrieve medications and other essential personal items that they need to have (including all lunch items) with them while schools are closed.
What this Means for Students
Monday is the last day of school for the foreseeable future. We are allowing students to collect learning materials and personal items they might need while schools are closed. Our educators are speaking with students today about this closure.
We are finalizing plans to support our families during the closure in the following ways:
- Providing meals to our students
- Providing childcare for our families following the guidance of Gov. Inslee.
- Partnering with other community organizations to support families.
Public Health Guidance
We encourage you to continue to follow existing guidelines to protect your own health. The Centers for Disease Control recommends:
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who are sick
- Stay home if sick
- Cover cough or sneeze with tissue, throw tissue in trash, wash hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces
As part of our coronavirus response, we will be sending frequent updates with information and resources. Please continue to check the district website and social media pages. We want to express our appreciation for the patience of our Eatonville community as we work through the daily challenges produced by the coronavirus outbreak.
Eatonville School District
Snow on our Snow make-up day - (the irony!)
Community Meeting to prepare for closure. Eatonville cares.
EES and WES students and Board Meeting this week
AMENDING PROCLAMATIONS 20-05, 20-06 AND 20-07 20-08
Signed and sealed with the official seal of the state of Washington on this 12th day of March, A.D., Two Thousand and Twenty at Olympia, Washington.
(To view the entire proclamation, click above link - PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR). The link below is the letter we sent to families on Thursday afternoon)
Small Schools Conference
For the most up-to-date information for th Eatonville School District. (This is to include new information, closure information, cancelled events, Gov. Inslee updates, etc.)
Message from Pierce County Health Department
Message from Pierce County Excecutive
SUPPORTING FAMILIES DURING THE SCHOOL CLOSURE
🍎ESD GRAB & GO MEAL SERVICE🍎
Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, ➡️FREE for ALL⬅️ children 0-18.
Meal Service will be near the front entrance of these schools.
🔹Eatonville Middle School 11:00-12:00
🔹Weyerhaeuser Elementary School 11:30-12:30
🔹Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy 12:00-1:00
🚸Children must be present to receive meals.
Pierce County Health Department
- We have answers.
- Call (800) 525-0127 and press # to reach Washington State Department of Health's call center. The call center is open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. 7 days a week.
- What to do if you:
Stay up to date.
- Check this page often. We update it regularly.
- Sign up for email notifications.
- Track the investigation.
Worried about COVID-19?
Read more below. Then take a 2-question survey to let us know if this page helped.
COMMUNITY DAY CANCELLED
Regretfully, Community Day (May Day) has been cancelled for 2020.
The Eatonville School District and the May Day community planners, are unable to plan for this event amidst the global health crisis. We care about the health and wellness of our great and supportive Eatonville community. Be safe, be well.