Yesterday, the Department of Health Services extended the current Safer at Home order until 8 AM on May 26, 2020. The Governor included all K-12 public and private school buildings to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year; however, this does not close school operations. Please see the statement below from State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor:
“The closure of school buildings does not mean the end of services to children. The Department of Public Instruction remains committed to supporting schools and districts as they continue to care for their students, advance continuity of learning, provide meals for students, plan for the remainder of the year, and begin to plan for summer school opportunities and next fall due to COVID-19.”
While I am sure you may have many questions (as do I), the question regarding if we will return this school year has been answered. At this time, we will stay our course of action and work through the questions.
I am sure I am not alone when I am saddened by the thought of not being able to bring closure to this school year in our typical manner. I am most saddened for our seniors. We are working on how to acknowledge, recognize, and celebrate in new ways. Please share ideas with principals so we can brainstorm and plan together. The collaboration of our entire school community will have the biggest impact.
Lisa L. Olson, Ph.D.