A safe return to school

A message from Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022

Dear Edmonds School District families,


Happy New Year! We hope students, staff and families are having a safe and restful Winter Break. With the evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 Omicron variant, as well as the winter weather we’ve been experiencing, we want to provide you with information to help you prepare for a safe return to school on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

COVID-19 information

Returning to in-person learning Monday, Jan. 3

The Edmonds School District will return to in-person learning as scheduled on Monday. As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to follow guidance provided by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Snohomish Health District to make decisions that support the health and safety of our students, families and staff.

It will take all of us working together to ensure a safe and healthy return from Winter Break

Here are a few ways we can all help support the health and safety of students and staff in our schools:

  • If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, please stay home and get tested and contact your student’s school

  • Get vaccinated, including a booster shot

  • Avoid large gatherings

  • Continue to wash your hands regularly

  • Wear masks properly

  • Maintain a social distance from others

How will the district decide whether to change to remote learning?

The decision to transition to remote learning will be based on either the direction of the DOH, Snohomish Health District or the district’s ability to have enough staff given absences due to illness.


To help prepare for the possibility of a quick pivot to remote learning, we ask students to take their district-issued Chromebooks to and from school daily. If we need to close a school or classroom, staff will have one day to prepare and then remote learning will take place until it is safe to return to school. Students will follow their same schedule and teaching will be conducted through Zoom.

What are the latest district requirements for quarantine and isolation timelines for positive or close contacts?

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed the nation’s COVID-19 isolation and quarantine timelines, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and OSPI have not updated their guidance for K-12 schools as of this time. As a result, all quarantine and isolation timelines that were in effect for students and staff will remain the same until further notice. You can find details on our COVID-19 Health and Safety webpage: bit.ly/ESDCOVIDsafety.

On-site testing at schools resumes Monday, Jan. 3; Please visit the Snohomish Health District’s website for testing locations if needed over the weekend

We have PCR testing available for students and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or identified as close contacts, and results are available within 24 hours. Testing will resume at all our schools on Monday, Jan. 3. Please contact your school office or our COVID-19 Response Team at 425-431-1900 to schedule an appointment. At this time, we are not able to provide testing for family members. Please check the Snohomish Health District website for locations for family members.


How can I schedule an appointment to get my student the COVID-19 vaccine?
Thanks to our partnership with South County Fire and Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, we are able to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics next week.

While we encourage you to make an appointment, we will have some walk-up doses available. Please book your second dose once your first dose is scheduled to ensure availability.


If you have questions about the mobile vaccine clinics, please call the South County Fire Community Outreach team: 425-320-5800.

Winter weather information


Our Transportation Department will continue to evaluate roadways and bus routes throughout the weekend. We will make every effort to inform you of any schedule changes by 6 a.m. the day of school.

How will families be notified?

What if school is closed?

  • No before school programs.

  • All after-school activities, all evening events at district buildings (including non-district events) are canceled.

  • For the 2021-22 school year, Snow Make-up Days, if needed, will be in this order: Feb. 22, March 18, June 27, June 28, June 29

What if there is a 2-hour delay?

School start and dismissal times:

  • School starts two hours after the school’s regular start time: bit.ly/ESDStartDismiss.

  • Students will be dismissed at regular dismissal times unless otherwise announced.


School buses:


School breakfast and lunch:

  • School breakfast will be available 30 minutes before schools start.

  • School lunch will be provided as part of the school day.


Morning programs:

  • No a.m. Move 60!

  • No a.m. services at Alderwood Early Childhood Center. p.m. services will operate on their normal schedule.

  • No a.m.. Preschool co-op, Family PreK & ECEAP.


Childcare:

  • Your student’s childcare provider will contact you of their specific schedule and changes.


After school activities:


  • All student activities (after-school athletics and academic clubs) take place as scheduled unless otherwise notified.

Please be on the look-out for additional messages as we navigate COVID-19 and winter weather in the days ahead

Thank you for your continued partnership in supporting the well-being of our students and staff.


Sincerely,


Dr. Gustavo Balderas
Superintendent