A message from the Superintendent

November 23, 2021

Dear Edmonds School District families,


I want to wish you a safe and healthy weekend as we head into the Thanksgiving break, which I also want to recognize includes other celebrations and the start of several religious holidays. I hope you are able to enjoy time with family and friends in the safest way possible as we continue to tread through the COVID-19 pandemic.


This time of year, I reflect on the accomplishments and successes of our schools and most importantly, our students.


Thank you to our students

I want to thank our students for their astounding resilience and eagerness to learn. We’ve had our school buildings open for three months now, and that’s the longest students have been in school buildings since March 2020. During these three months, I’ve watched students embrace each moment. After having so much taken away from their normal routines due to COVID-19, you can see the joy in their eyes just to be in school.


I also want to thank the students who are engaged and enjoying our online learning academies. We are thankful our district could provide this opportunity to families and students who need it this school year.


Thank you to every staff member
My thanks extends to all of the Edmonds School District staff. Nearly 4,000 staff members work daily to provide the best learning opportunities for our students. It takes each department, teacher, administrator and staff member to make our district successful for all our students.


Free breakfast and lunch for all students each school day

I am thankful we are able to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students. Students on campus get breakfast and lunch free as part of the school day. Virtual learners and non-students, ages 1 to 18 years old, can pick up school meal kits on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. at Lynnwood High School in front of the main office.


Meal kits available for weekends

This time of year can be especially challenging for students and families experiencing financial challenges. Nourishing Network weekend meal kits are available through the Foundation for Edmonds School District. If your family is in need of supplemental food, please contact your child’s Family Resource Advocate for more information. Kits contain a weekend’s worth of meals per child as well as some supplemental family staples and fresh fruit.


Please fill out a form to help provide financial support for your student

While school meals are free for all kids, we know many families may benefit from additional financial support. It is so important families fill out a Free and Reduced meals application annually to allow your family to be eligible for reduced cost athletics, course fees, and home internet. School free and reduced rates are used to determine funding levels for schools. Please visit our financial support website for more information and how to apply.


Thankful for COVID-19 vaccines available for our youngest learners, kids ages 5-11

Words cannot express how grateful I am the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all school aged kids. This is the biggest step students, families and our community can take to help us out of the pandemic.


I am so proud of our staff who worked incredibly hard to set up COVID-19 vaccine clinics to help families get their children vaccinated. Over the weekend, I had the honor of helping at our second clinic. Getting to see students and their families take this huge step for the greater good was inspiring and brought me so much hope. Thank you to all the clinic volunteers who are helping with these clinics, and also a big thanks to our partners, Seattle Visiting Nurses Association and South County Fire.


Have a safe and healthy holiday weekend
Again, I wish you a wonderful holiday weekend. Please continue to take all the COVID-19 precautions to keep your family and friends safe. Mask up, wash your hands, stay home and away from others when you are sick and please, if you are eligible, get vaccinated. We plan to host more vaccine clinics for our students soon and will provide more information as it becomes available.


Sincerely,


Dr. Gustavo Balderas
Superintendent