Squalicum High School
March 20, 2020
On-site School Closed till at least April 27
Updates from Administration Team
The 4 Priorities
Resources and Links
Hello Squalicum Families!
First and foremost, I hope you and your families are fine and having spent quality time with each other over the weekend. Thank you sunshine!! It has been helpful during this unprecedented time. For those of you who may have been or working through the impact of the COVID-19- our deepest sympathy and know the SQHS family sends positive energy your way.
We know that the school closure impacts our families in many different ways, our sincerest apologies. However, we are so lucky to have the support of Bellingham Public Schools. Our district’s primary goals are:
- Protect life, promote safety and minimize the spread of the virus.
- Provide food to the young people in our community.
- Work with community partners in supporting childcare options for our first responders, medical employees and families in greatest need.
- Develop innovative ways to support ongoing student learning.
As we move through the coming days and weeks of change, we will collectively learn together. Next week we will begin to have supports in place to provide access to breakfast/lunch meals for your family if this is a need. Please continue to read your email and visit our district website for the most current information. We are also working on modifying our STORM weekly Forecast. This will be used as an additional tool and resource for communication with our SQHS families.
· Our FAQ is continually updated to serve as a resource.
Finally, please know as a district leadership team we are working toward what learning from home will look like to meet the needs of all students across our district. We want to be thoughtful and thank you for your patience. In the meantime, many staff members have shared some resources for students via OneNote. Our staff is amazing and supportive. These resources are meant to support students and parents/guardians at home and are not mandatory. If students would like engage or if you as the parent/guardian would like to keep students occupied, please feel free to access those resources. There are no expectations of completion and again are not mandatory.
Your administrative team and staff would prefer to have your students at school with us however, for now it is important that we listen and follow the guidelines being provided. Each of you are in our thoughts. Thank you for following the recommended guidelines provided for practicing social distancing during this unprecedented health experience. Please review these with your students and monitor their interactions.
Please feel free to reach out to our administrative team and staff if you have any questions or need support.
Annual Spring State Assessments
As I’m sure you are aware, the ever changing landscape of our health crisis is impacting education on a daily basis. On Thursday, March 12, the State Superintendent and Governor announced that they are cancelling all state assessments for the remainder of the year. Please review page 2 of the linked "OSPI bulletin" for more information.
Contact Marty Atkins with any questions regarding state tests. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Resources and Information
Graduation, Registration, and PTSA information will be updated in this section as we learn more from the State and the District.
- We encourage you to learn more about social distancing recommendations; please read and share the Health Department’s Guidelines for Informal Gatherings of Children and Youth While Schools are Closed.
- Check the district FAQ, which is regularly updated to serve as a resource for our community, and includes information regarding drive-thru meals and child care during the closure.
- This New York Times article provides some good advice regarding parenting during this challenging time.
Food Delivery Update
News from the District Office:
We plan to provide lunch and breakfast Monday through Friday [starting Monday, March 23, 2020] for as long as we are able.
For those familiar with the meals we have provided during snow days, this will look quite different. We’ve received some questions related to the timing of this service, with wonders why we couldn’t start providing meals sooner. The answer has everything to do with the additional warnings from Governor Jay Inslee and the growing concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 in our community.