Edmonds School District News
November 30, 2021
7-day COVID-19 quarantine option
We are offering a new, 7-day quarantine option for unvaccinated students and staff identified as close contacts.
The 7-day quarantine option requires unvaccinated close contacts to be tested on day 5, 6 or 7 after a COVID-19 exposure, and if the test result is negative, the close contact can return to school on day 8.
Unvaccinated close contacts who do not take a test will need to follow the 10-day quarantine requirement and can return to school on day 11 if they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
Remember, getting vaccinated is the best way to help keep kids in school!
Fully vaccinated students identified as close contacts and not showing COVID-19 symptoms do not have to quarantine.
We encourage all eligible students who are able to get vaccinated.
Guiding you through the process
We know the guidance and language with COVID-19 quarantine requirements can be confusing.
The flowchart below and the Department of Health’s symptom decision tree are tools that can help you know what to do in case your student is a close contact or develops symptoms of COVID-19.
More COVID-19 testing available at schools and district offices
Starting next week, we have a new testing process for students and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or identified as close contacts, and results will be available within 24 hours.
How do I get my student tested?
Contact your school office to set up an appointment to get your student tested. Within the next week, we will also be offering testing for all schools at a centralized location of our district. More information to come soon!
How will I get the results of the COVID-19 test?
You will receive the results through email, text or a call. All health information is kept private and is protected under federal HIPAA regulations.
What kind of tests are offered?
We have PCR tests in the school, and antigen testing for extracurricular activities. All tests use shallow nasal swabs to collect samples. It’s quick and painless.
Is there a cost?
This is a free service, even if you don’t have insurance. Federal funding covers the cost of the tests.
Reminder: If your student is not fully vaccinated and has been exposed to COVID-19 at home or another place outside of school/school-related events, they need to follow the quarantine requirements and stay out of school until they complete the protocols.
School Board approves Edmonds School District’s 2021-2026 Strategic Plan
During the Nov. 23, 2021, School Board meeting, the Board of Directors adopted the Edmonds School District’s 2021-2026 Strategic Plan.
Why is a Strategic Plan important?
The Edmonds School District 2021–2026 Strategic Plan lays a path for how our district will achieve equity, engagement, and excellence for every student. Our plan outlines specific goals with a focus on students first, as well as our commitment to and collaboration with staff, families, and the larger community. Over the past few years, the district hosted multiple listening and work sessions with students, staff, families, community members, and the Edmonds School District Board of Directors. All contributed to the development of this strategic plan.
2022 Education Levy
In February voters will have the chance to renew our Education Levy which bridges the gap to cover costs not provided by state or federal dollars. For example, the state funds just over three full time nurses. Thanks to Education Levy funding, we have approximately 13 additional nurses to support our nearly 21,000 students.
Welcome, Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee!
For the second consecutive year, district leadership have selected members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee.
The committee is made up of student leaders in grades 9-12 from each of the district's high schools.
It meets monthly with Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas and district leadership and also participates monthly in a professional development meeting, with a focus on creating a more equitable education system across the district.
District preschool options abound for youngest learners
Did you know the Edmonds School District provides educational opportunities before Kindergarten?
Those options include preschool at six locations for 4 and 5-year-old students, a federally funded program for income-eligible students ages 3 to 4, and a program for students with developmental disabilities.
For more details, visit the district’s preschool programs page.
Let’s get moving with Move 60!
It is time to register for the Move 60 winter session!
What is Move 60? It is an hour of exercise and activity for elementary students either before or after school, and it’s FREE!
Spruce Elementary – taking it to the next level!
The final structural beam is in place on Phase 2 of the new Spruce Elementary! The “Topping Out Ceremony” is more than just securing the final beam to the top of the building. Team members from BNB, subcontractors and the school district gather to sign their names on the beam before it is lifted in place, representing the teamwork invested in building the Spruce community.
Thanks to the 2021 Capital Levy, the building will be ready to welcome students in Fall 2022!
To view a time lapse camera of construction and to learn more about the construction, visit the project website: www.spruceph2.com/
Singing with new masks
Thanks to the hard work of Visual and Performing arts Program Manager Scott Barnes, and Director of Facilities, Matt Finch, we have 3-ply medical masks to use for Elementary music and choirs!
These masks meet the DOH guidelines, are disposable and are designed to be used for singing inside.
As you can see in the video below, with singing comes movement!
Connecting biology curriculum to Salish Sea ecology
Lynnwood High School biology students enjoyed a presentation tying into their curriculum investigating the ecology of the Salish Sea with a particular focus on the endangered Southern Resident killer whales.
They listened and learned about the dilemma from the tribal, historical and contemporary scientific perspective.
Mike Evans, Chair of the Snohomish Tribe (whose ancestral lands include Edmonds School District) and Father of the Blue Heron Canoe family shared stories of his people's history, including a dance calling to the blackfish.
Sam Barr, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Canoe Skipper of the Stillaguamish Tribe and member of Samish Nation spoke of the nearshore ecology from the Coast Salish perspective.
Dr. Deborah Giles and Eba the Whale Dog shared their scientific research and findings in relation to Eba’s role as a blackfish poop-sniffing dog!
The presentation also connected to the Edmonds School District’s values and Land Acknowledgement commitments we have as a system.
December is Allyship month
Learn about Scriber Lake High School
Join the Scriber Lake High School virtual information night at 7 p.m. Dec. 1, to find out if this small, alternative high school is a good fit for your high school student.
Register for the meeting here: bit.ly/SLHSRegistration
Online School Board meetings
Stream the School Board meeting at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 14.
You can stream the School Board meetings, find the agendas, and review the meeting minutes, by clicking on the meeting date here: https://go.boarddocs.com/wa/edmonds/Board.nsf/Public
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.
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.
Friday, December 3: EARLY RELEASE, all grades
Tuesday, December 14, 6:30 p.m. School board meeting
Friday, December 17: EARLY RELEASE, all grades
Monday, December 20 – Friday, December 31: NO SCHOOL, winter break
What’s new at the Foundation for Edmonds School District
For all the details and to learn more about the foundation’s mission, watch their video
Nourishing Network weekend meal kits:
Are you in need of supplemental food over the weekend for your child? Contact your child’s Family Resource Advocate today to see if you can receive a weekend meal kit through our Nourishing Network. Meal kits contain a weekend’s worth of meals per child as well as some supplemental family staples.
Scholarship applications open for district seniors:
Visit the foundation website for scholarship descriptions, award criteria, and the application portal. The application deadline is March 25, 2022. We encourage early applications!