District Update

October 1, 2021

Bus driver shortage impacting routes

Dear families,


Sedro-Woolley School District, just like many other districts in the state, is facing a significant bus driver shortage that will impact routes. Even with a shortage of bus drivers during the past three weeks, we have been able to have all routes covered by pulling various staff members outside of the transportation department who have the required licenses. However, due to COVID-19 quarantine protocols, this is no longer the case.


The shortage of drivers is resulting in current bus routes running late and other complications. As a district, we are currently investigating potential solutions to mitigate the issue.


Most transportation office staff are trained bus drivers and have been driving to fill gaps in our morning and afternoon routes. Because of this, there has been a significant delay in returning calls regarding transportation questions. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we appreciate our staff’s flexibility and willingness to work a variety of positions to best serve our students and their families.


We also are fortunate enough to have several trained bus drivers in our grounds department. We are utilizing them right now to transport students to and from schools. Unfortunately, the community may soon see the results in the appearance of our grounds. And, finally, several of our mechanics are also driving buses, which is greatly appreciated.

We acknowledge your patience as we've worked hard to optimize our ability to serve in the wake of a significant staff shortage.The worker shortage being felt by all service industries and schools is significant. As restaurants, gas stations, and countless other service-based industries have had to adjust to worker shortages and asked for patience during the pandemic, we too must ask for patience.

Please know that we will continue to do our best to serve our students, families, and community.

This situation will not improve unless we have more staff. We are asking for anyone who may be interested in making lives better in Sedro-Woolley to consider applying as a bus driver, food service professional, paraprofessional, or substitute teacher. Visit our website to learn more: https://www.swsd.k12.wa.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=140

Sincerely,

Dr. Miriam Miralles Mickelson


Photo Caption: Thanks and appreciation to our Big Lake route driver, Suzanne, for allowing me to ride along during her route this week.

Community Highlight

Judy Kruger and the congregation at Central United Methodist Church have supported Sedro-Woolley School's homeless students for more than 10 years.


Judy is a former teacher who understands the importance of students being ready to learn and having the necessary supplies, including backpacks, binders, paper, etc. Her coordinating efforts have also garnered basic necessities like socks and underwear for our students. In addition, the women's group at the church always sends a monetary donation that can be used for any unique needs a student may have or to fill in on supplies the district may be running low on.

Judy and the Central United Methodist Church have supported thousands of students over the years.

Thank you for loving our Sedro-Woolley students.

Speech and Debate

Sedro-Woolley High School's Speech & Debate team is getting ready for another amazing year! And this is only about half of the club!

COVID-19 Information

The district nursing staff is in constant communication with the Skagit County Public Health regarding COVID-19 cases in our schools. Decisions on who needs to quarantine is made by the county in coordination with the district.


The school principal and/or district leaders will communicate directly with impacted families or staff members of confirmed COVID-19 cases or those who are confirmed close contacts. As part of this process, the district will communicate about length of quarantine and how to shift to remote learning.


If you do not receive such a notification, it means that your student has not been identified as a close contact and does not need to quarantine.


The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority. We are following sound protocols aligned with Skagit Public Health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the health or our school community. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of wearing masks, physically distancing from others, and regularly washing your hands.


The primary symptoms of COVID-19 are:

• Fever (defined as subjective or 100.4°F or higher)

• Cough

• Loss of sense of taste and/or smell

• Shortness of breath

• Fatigue

• Headache

• Muscle or body aches

• Sore throat

• Congestion or runny nose

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea (defined as two or more loose stools in 24 hours)


If your child or anyone in your household develop(s) any of the above symptoms, all unvaccinated household members should stay home, contact a provider for medical evaluation and testing, and notify childcare/school/work/etc. Additionally, if you're awaiting test results for COVID-19, do not come to school until you have received confirmation of a negative test. Staying home when experiencing symptoms also helps our schools' close contacts and quarantine numbers. Following these everyday preventative actions helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.


We sincerely appreciate all your help and support as we work together to mitigate risks and ensure the learning process continues in our school community.


For more information about COVID-19 protocols in the district, including the district dashboard, please visit our COVID-19 Information website.


Email: covidquestions@swsdonline.com

Phone: (360) 855-3841

SWHS Class of 2022 Senior Photos Due Nov. 1st

SWHS families: This is a friendly reminder that high-resolution senior photos should be emailed to khawkins@swsd101.org no later than November 1st!
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National Honor Society spirit shop is open

Sedro-Woolley High School National Honor Society members can purchase spirit gear until Oct. 7.

Students to take Healthy Youth Survey in October

We will be taking the Healthy Youth Survey this October! Students have been taking the Healthy Youth Survey since 1988. The number of students has grown nationally from only a few thousand students to over 230,000 a year! The survey is voluntary and anonymous. It asks students questions from a range of topics including their feelings around school community, relationships, use of tobacco, alcohol, etc.


Results from the Healthy Youth Survey will help us to better understand our students and to provide them with the services they need.


If you have any questions about the purpose of the survey or survey procedures:

Call toll-free 1-877-HYS-7111

Email: healthy.youth@doh.wa.gov

Information about the Healthy Youth Survey can be found at: www.AskHYS.net

Parent and Student Information Sheet

SWHS 2022 Parent Group needs parent volunteers

The Class of 2022 Senior Parent Group is happy to announce that the graduation night trip is set! The group is excited to bring this trip together for the Senior class and really needs parent support and help. Senior parents, please join the SWHS Class of 2022 Parents Facebook group. You can also join the group's e-mail list by sending an e-mail to jhulst90@gmail.com.

Prescription Drug Take back

Sedro-Woolley RISE and Sedro-Woolley Police Department will hold our National Prescription Drug Take Back event, on Saturday, October 23, 2021 -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the City of Sedro-Woolley Municipal Building. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Masks required for entry at large outdoor events

To allow our community to attend, the state Department of Health has mandated that the district must require masks for large outdoor events with 500 or more people in attendance. If you forget a mask, we'll have a limited supply available, but it would be greatly appreciated if you can bring your own.


We truly appreciate your cooperation in wearing the masks except while actively eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status. Your cooperation will keep us in good standing with Skagit County Public Health and allow us to continue to host sporting events.

Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Community Survey 2021

Sedro-Woolley RISE needs parents to complete this online survey about youth substance use in our community. Responses will help inform and improve prevention programs for our Sedro-Woolley youth.

This 10-15 minute survey is completely anonymous.

ONLINE SURVEY ENGLISH

ONLINE SURVEY SPANISH

Sponsors sought for Fall Sports Programs

The Lady Cubs Basketball Team has advertising spots available in the 2021-2022 Fall Sports Athletic Programs, which will be distributed at home games.


Please email Danny Crosby for more information.

Box Tops are now digital

Many of our schools are collecting box tops... digitally! Just scan your receipt and earn money for your school!

SWSD employees support United Way

Did you know Sedro-Woolley School District employees contribute thousands of dollars each year to the United Way?


United Way programs supports all of our communities in Skagit County by feeding food insecure families, helping house homeless youth, helping new mothers and their babies, and much more.


A single investment in United Way of Skagit County is an investment in our Skagit County youth.

SWHS Athletics Ticket Information

Tickets can now be reserved at: https://swhscubsden.com/event-tickets


Attendees must reserve tickets so the high school can follow capacity restrictions for events at SWHS. Also, a helpful reminder that masks must be worn by all spectators for indoor events and are REQUIRED for outdoor events that exceed a 500 person capacity.


SWHS students who qualify for the free/reduced meal program also qualify for free SWHS ASB cards. With the ASB card, students will gain free admission to events and that student’s family will qualify for up to 5 free passes to events as well. If you have not completed the consent form, please do so as quickly as possible. Once ASB cards are purchased, there will be no refunds on those cards.


Reminder: All elementary and middle school students must be accompanied by an adult at all high school events. Please do not drop off children at the games unchaperoned. Please also remind students they should follow the same behavior codes as school.

Mental Health Resources

Please visit the district website for a list of mental health resources available to students and families.

Voter Information

Please visit Skagit County's Election Department website for information about how to register along with important ballot dates.


The General Election will be held on Nov. 2.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

All students who choose to learn in-person are required to wear face coverings while indoors to protect the health and safety of our staff and students. We are also implementing enhanced personal hygiene and a degree of physical distancing among students to the extent possible.


UPDATE: To allow our community to attend, the district must require masks for large outdoor events with 500 or more people in attendance. Please mask up to help our student athletes continue to play.


Sedro-Woolley School District is following the safety measures required by the Department of Health in the K-12 COVID-19 Requirements.

Please note, there is not a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students currently in Washington state. We would encourage those 12 and older to talk to their health-care providers for vaccination recommendations.


2021-2022 Frequently Asked Questions

Calendar

October

National School Principal Month


2 - National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day


3–9 Fire Prevention Week


4 - SWHS Senior Parent Group Meeting 6:30 p.m. SWHS Gym (by the concession area)


5 - CEN Individual Pictures


5 - EVG Individual Pictures


6 - All Schools - One hour late start for professional development


8 - SAM Individual Pictures


9–16 SWHS Homecoming Week


9 - Deck the Den, Buff Puff/Powder Puff games


11 - School Board Meeting 6 p.m.


11–15 National School Lunch Week


12 - All Schools - One hour late start for professional development


12 - Sedro-Woolley RISE Meeting, 3 p.m.


12 - SAM parent group meeting


12 - LY Parent Group Meeting, 6 p.m.


13 - LY Individual Pictures


13 - SWHS Homecoming Lip Sync/Coronation


14- MP Booster Club Meeting (Location TBD)


18–22 National School Bus Safety Week


20 - All Schools - One hour late start for professional development


21 - Great Washington ShakeOut


21 - CL Broadway Night


25 - School Board Meeting 6 p.m.


26 - CL Picture Day


27 - All Schools - One hour late start for professional development


28 - Combined CMS band and choir concert, 7 p.m. (Tentative; depends on district approval)


29 - CL Book Character Day


31 - Halloween


November

1 - SWHS senior pictures due for yearbook


1 - SWHS Senior Parent Group 6:30 p.m. (Location TBD)


2 - Election Day


3 - All Schools - One hour late start for professional development

Sedro-Woolley School District Calendar 2021-2022

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