Grizzly Gazette

December 14th, 2020

Principal's Message

We are quickly moving through December and the holiday season. You have most likely heard that our school district is "pausing" the return to school after the holiday for two weeks. For our fourth and fifth grade students, it means continuing in Distance Learning. For our K-3 students and staff it is a shift back to Distance Learning. I will be putting out a special edition of the Grizzly Gazette next week that will give you all the Google Meet times for your chid or children in grades K-3. Other information to help you will be included as well, so please watch for this special edition of the Grizzly Gazette.

It is my sincere hope and prayer that we can gain the upper hand on this pandemic. Vaccines will be arriving in our state as early as Monday. Whether one decides to be vaccinated or not is a personal choice. What we all can do to help is wear our masks, practice social distancing and be as careful as possible until we get through this time. We can do it!

SCSC Family Message, December 10th, 2020

Good Afternoon Families,

The district met with local health authorities and our risk management experts this week. The district has decided to take a two-week "exposure pause" after Winterbreak. This means all of the district students (K-3 hybrid, small groups, special education programs) will engage in distance learning off campus January 4-15 and will not be allowed on school premises. Hybrid students who typically attend on Monday/Tuesday, will attend class on January 19, following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on January 18. Thursday/Friday hybrid students will attend class January 21 and 22.

Rising COVID-19 case counts across the state and nationally are evidence of an increased risk this winter. A delay is expected to lessen the impact of potential exposures of COVID-19 due to holiday events.

This pause will also allow for detection of COVID 19 cases within our district population and time for these cases to resolve and/or be further addressed via quarantine or other means. Please note that widespread positive tests of students or staff could impact our instructional program and necessitate ending or severely limiting instructional delivery models that are face-to-face.

Specific information regarding schedules and how special populations will be served remotely, will be forthcoming to all families from individual schools and programs.

The district will resume its current in-person instruction model for P-12 special populations and K-3 students that are currently being served in the hybrid model on January 19, 2021. On January 15, 2021, we will look at the timeline for expanding in-person instruction to grades 4 & 5. We will communicate these plans as soon as they are solidified.

Our health districts (Island County and Snohomish County) have asked us to urge our families to follow the guidance from our governor. This guidance includes avoiding gatherings with individuals outside of your own households, to avoid travel outside of Washington State, and to follow all other strategies to reduce transmission of COVID 19 (e.g. hand washing, mask wearing).

Based on the review of COVID data in our district, county and state, conversations with our health districts and the Governor's actions, the prudent course of action is to transition to a distance learning model and to assess the safety of in-person learning after holiday activities. The District must proceed deliberately and cautiously. Should COVID-19 numbers continue to increase, another statewide shutdown could occur. We hope to help reverse this potential shutdown by our actions. This has been a difficult decision as we know this will impact families in a variety of ways; however, the District’s first priority is to the health and safety of students and staff.

Thank you for your support of the Stanwood-Camano Schools, our staff and students.

Upcoming Spirit Days

We are inviting all student and staff to take part in our Spirit Days this week before the holiday break. Below is the schedule:

• Monday/Thursday- Festive Sweaters!

• Tuesday/ Friday- Santa Hats and Festive Socks!

• Monday/Thursday-Mr. Lofgren reads, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" to first graders. This is a tradition that I have enjoyed doing for years with our first grade staff and students. It will be different this year, but I am looking forward to it very much!

Empathy

We continue to focus on the Character Strong Trait of Empathy this month. It can be easy to become rushed during the holiday season and miss opportunities to help others. With the pandemic all around us, Kathy and I are not feeling the pressure to be everywhere and see everyone, because we can't. We are finding that we have more time to focus on what's really important in our lives.

We all have many opportunities to show empathy, especially in times of COVID. Let's keep looking for such opportunities. You really never know what a smile or a few words of encouragement can do for someone. Thank you.

Morning Announcements

Our morning announcements will continue throughout the break. They will be available M/T and Th/F. Students can access morning announcements on our Specialist's Clever Page! We love producing announcements for our students. We've added a segment which features two of our student leaders each week. Hope you get a chance to check out the morning show!

Student Pick-Up After School

This is just a friendly reminder that if you are picking up your child by car after school, please use the crosswalk when crossing the parking lot. We want everyone to be safe and it helps a great deal to have people crossing from a central point.

Also, to keep the line of cars moving, we ask that you park and walk over to meet your child if you find you need more to get your child buckled in, etc. Thank you so much for your cooperation with this. Our main goal is to keep your children safe, always.

PTO Movie Night Kit

Our wonderful PTO is putting together a "Movie Night Kit," for our families. There is no cost. The kits can be picked up on Thursday, December 17th from 5:00-6:30. We hope you enjoy a favorite holiday movie with your family while enjoying what's inside the kit! Thank you Cedarhome PTO!