District Update

September 24th, 2021

COVID-19 Communication Protocol

We would like to be as transparent as possible about how we are communicating with families and staff about COVID-19.

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.

Please visit the COVID-19 Information page on our website for the latest updates on the COVID-19 dashboard. We will not communicate specific information to families unless they are impacted. We also have established a COVID-19 email address (covidquestions@swsdonline.com) and direct phone line (360) 855-3841.

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.

COVID-19 Hotline

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


Many thanks to the community for participating in the ThoughtExchange.

Superintendent Mickelson asked community members this question:

What are the most important things you would like me to know about our district and community as I start my first year as Superintendent?

Six hundred and fifty community members participated in the exchange, which asks folks to answer the question and then to rank thoughts posted by other participants.

The top six themes were:

  1. Access to high quality education for ALL students
  2. Educating the whole child means a variety of programs, including arts, music, sports, and technical classes.
  3. Clear, open, and frequent communication
  4. Partnership with and visibility in the community
  5. Improved internet access
  6. Student Safety

Dr. Mickelson said these top themes spoke volumes about the priorities of the Sedro-Woolley School District community.

Here are the specific statements from where the top six themes were pulled:

1. That all students have access to high quality education. These are our next generation leaders, physicians, community members, laborers, and many other professions. They need to be fully educated.

2. We need a variety of topics, music, art, sports, and technical classes. Because there are more than one way to reach and hold student interests. More than one way they can shine and succeed.

3. Communication I believe that clear and frequent communication about district issues would make our district more effective.

4. Retain the connection with the community. Keeping the kids connected with the members of community builds a sense of pride.

5. We need the arts and music back at every K-6 building. We were told there would be equity when the programs were cut and that hasn’t happened. Please make it happen.

6. Open communication. Retaining the trust of the community through open communication is important.

7. While our district provides many great programs, I would love to see art and music back in all elementary schools. Art and music are equally important compared to other required content as they foster creativity, a characteristic necessary for 21st century learners

8. I hope the internet becomes easier to obtain in the rural areas of our district. It was very hard for many students during our remote time without good internet service.

9. Open-ness, being available, seeing you in the community at school events Shows you genuinely care

10. There is going to be a large gap this year. Some children were home schooled, some private, some no help at home. Our teachers and paras need to find a way to bridge this gap.

11. Keeping our students safe at school from bullying is extremely important. We have a diverse community, and every student deserves to feel safe at school.

12. Safety of children

Superintendent Mickelson will continue to follow her entry plan to listen, be engaged in the community, and develop opportunities to work together to learn the priorities of the communities. She will take into consideration the insights provided through the ThoughtExchange as she facilitates district efforts to identify a path for student learning for all moving forward.

Elementary school menu change for next week

Elementary Families: We will have a slight menu modification on Tuesday, September 28. The district was unable to source a few of the breakfast for lunch items, , so mini maple waffles, a sausage patty and an applesauce cup will be served instead.

Poinsettia plants donated to horticulture program

Smith Gardens recently donated about 80 poinsettia plants to the Sedro-Woolley High School horticulture program!

SWHS Trap Shooting team takes 1st Place in Stanwood

The Sedro-Woolley High School's Trap Team took first place at the September 23 competition in Stanwood.

Top scorers - all three shooters broke 23 of 25 targets;

1) Hunter Nelson

2) Shawn Holdeman

3) Bodee Belanger

Placement is based on additional round scores.

"We had a lot of improved scores our second week," said Advisor Jill True.

Big Lake Elementary School second grade students discussing the types of "bird beaks" and how that factors into what a bird would eat.
Clear Lake Elementary School students in Mr. Howard's second-grade class holding up signs for their class photo. #StrongerTogether
Clear Lake Principal Dina Fox and her dog, Garnet, welcome students to school Friday mornings with a dance party!
Sedro-Woolley High School's band participated in the University of Washington Band Day this past weekend.
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SWHS Class of 2022 Senior Photos Due Nov. 1st

SWHS families: This is a friendly reminder that high-resolution senior photos should be emailed to khawkins@swsd101.org no later than November 1st!

National Honor Society spirit shop is open

Sedro-Woolley High School National Honor Society members can purchase spirit gear until Oct. 7.

National Honor Society announces 21-22 officers

The Sedro-Woolley High School National Honor Society officers for 2021-2022 are:

President: Natally Celaya-Martinez

Vice Presidents: Emersen Wagner (Assistant to the President) and Natalie Lahr (Parliamentarian)

Secretary: Keara Fellers

Treasurer: Nicole Hulst

Social Media Coordinators: Arlene Jimenez-Nava and Emma Maddox

Events Coordinators: Emery DeJong and Katie Helgeson

Farewell to the outgoing 2020-2021 senior leaders: Ekaterina Matsko, Katie Backstrom and Amelia Vaith.

Students to take Healthy Youth Survey in October

We will be taking the Healthy Youth Survey this October! Students have been taking the Healthy Youth Survey since 1988. The number of students has grown nationally from only a few thousand students to over 230,000 a year! The survey is voluntary and anonymous. It asks students questions from a range of topics including their feelings around school community, relationships, use of tobacco, alcohol, etc.

Results from the Healthy Youth Survey will help us to better understand our students and to provide them with the services they need.

If you have any questions about the purpose of the survey or survey procedures:

Call toll-free 1-877-HYS-7111

Email: healthy.youth@doh.wa.gov

Information about the Healthy Youth Survey can be found at: www.AskHYS.net

Parent and Student Information Sheet

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.

Prescription Drug Take back

Sedro-Woolley RISE and Sedro-Woolley Police Department will hold our National Prescription Drug Take Back event, on Saturday, October 23, 2021 -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the City of Sedro-Woolley Municipal Building. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Masks required for entry at large outdoor events

To allow our community to attend, the state Department of Health has mandated that the district must require masks for large outdoor events with 500 or more people in attendance. If you forget a mask, we'll have a limited supply available, but it would be greatly appreciated if you can bring your own.

We truly appreciate your cooperation in wearing the masks except while actively eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status. Your cooperation will keep us in good standing with Skagit County Public Health and allow us to continue to host sporting events.

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.



Sponsors sought for Fall Sports Programs

The Lady Cubs Basketball Team has advertising spots available in the 2021-2022 Fall Sports Athletic Programs, which will be distributed at home games.

Please email Danny Crosby for more information.

Box Tops are now digital

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

SWHS counselors to highlight suicide prevention

The Sedro-Woolley High School counseling department believes that an essential piece to suicide prevention is working to reduce the stigma attached to the topic.

The team wants students to know that there are safe adults in their building (and other counselors in various district buildings) who are available to talk to about mental health and suicidal ideation.

SWHS counselors will be setting up a table in the cafeteria on Wednesday, Sep. 29 with suicide prevention information in hopes of being visible and approachable during lunchtime.

The SWHS counseling team has also worked with United General Hospital District 304 to procure posters to display the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline around the school building.

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.

CMS History Club

There will be a CMS History Club seventh-grade introduction Zoom meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 29.

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.

SWHS students who qualify for the free/reduced meal program also qualify for free SWHS ASB cards. With the ASB card, students will gain free admission to events and that student’s family will qualify for up to 5 free passes to events as well. If you have not completed the consent form, please do so as quickly as possible. Once ASB cards are purchased, there will be no refunds on those cards.

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.

Voter Information

Please visit Skagit County's Election Department website for information about how to register along with important ballot dates.

The General Election will be held on Nov. 2.

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.

UPDATE: To allow our community to attend, the district must require masks for large outdoor events with 500 or more people in attendance. Please mask up to help our student athletes continue to play.

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



Hispanic Heritage Month; Library Card Sign-up Month

25 - Public Lands Day

27 - School Board Meeting 6 p.m.

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

29 - MP Fall Picture Day

29 - EVG 3rd Grade Open House


National School Principal Month

2 - National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day

3–9 Fire Prevention Week

5 - CEN Individual Pictures

5 - EVG Individual Pictures

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

8 - SAM Individual Pictures

9–15 SWHS Homecoming Week

9 - Deck the Den, Buff Puff/Powder Puff games (Tentative; depends on district approval)

11 - School Board Meeting 6 p.m.

11–15 SWHS Homecoming Week

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

12 - Sedro-Woolley RISE Meeting, 3 p.m.

12 - SAM parent group meeting

12 - LY Parent Group Meeting, 6 p.m.

13 - LY Picture Day

13 - SWHS Homecoming Pasta Feed/Lip Sync/Coronation (Tentative; depends on district approval)

14- MP Booster Club Meeting (Location TBD)

11–15 National School Lunch Week

18–22 National School Bus Safety Week

18 - Free/Reduced meal benefit from SY 19-20 and SY 20-21 expires today

19 - Free/Reduced students without a meal application for 21-22 SY will be changed to paid (USDA waiver is providing free meals this year; all other benefits such as fee reductions will end unless applications are renewed)

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

21 - Great Washington ShakeOut

21 - CL Broadway Night

25 - School Board Meeting 6 p.m.

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

28 - Combined CMS band and choir concert, 7 p.m. (Tentative; depends on district approval)

31 - Halloween


1 - SWHS senior pictures due for yearbook

2 - Election Day

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

Sedro-Woolley School District Calendar 2021-2022

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