School is happening as planned for Monday, March 16, 2020
Governor Inslee's recent announcement for the closure of restaurants, entertainment facilities, and groups over 50 is generating a few questions about school tomorrow. The Governor's order will not be signed until tomorrow, and his office has clarified that schools can meet tomorrow as planned. The school closure does not begin until Tuesday, March 17.
As a district, we take decisions like this very seriously and weigh out all of the options carefully.
Parents who feel like it is in their child's best interest to not attend are welcome to make that personal choice and be supported by the school district.
We will release a set of make-up times for the distribution of a Chromebook to students not in attendance on Monday, March 16.
We encourage all students to attend school Monday, March 16th.
• Please bring your Chromebooks and chargers to all classes on Monday, March 16th to so that we can ensure they are functioning properly.
• Teachers will be using Google Classroom to provide instruction during the school closure period and provide further instruction.
• Students without Chromebooks will be receiving them.
• Students will receive further instruction and guidance on upcoming remote instruction.
We are aware that not everyone has internet capabilities in their homes. We are working diligently to ensure all students will have access, more details and information will be provided soon.
Dear Students, Parents, and Community,
Following the executive order issued by Washington state Governor Jay Inslee today, the Moses Lake School District will close all school facilities, beginning March 17th. The closures will remain in effect through April 24th. Monday, March 16 is the last day of school, including athletics, activities, and clubs.
We are working with the Governor, OSPI, Superintendents across the state, public health advisors from across the state along with our local community leaders and administration to do what is best for our students, staff, families and community members. At this time, reducing the spread of COVID-19 is the best strategy for all.
While we expect to receive more details and further guidance from state officials regarding this decision in the coming days, here is what we do know:
- Last day of school is Monday, March 16, 2020 (following its normal schedule)
- Closure begins Tuesday, March 17, 2020
- All schools in our state will now be closed through April 24, 2020
- All athletics, extracurricular, and building/facility use is suspended
- All school buildings will be closed. No students or community members should enter the building during the closure
- Parents should plan to pick up any medication their child requires during the closure
- We will implement remote delivery instruction, as soon as we ensure all students are fully equipped with the technology and internet sources necessary.
- Grades 5-12 are equipped with 1:1 technology already and students will continue to use their device
- Grades K-4 will receive technology tools on Monday for use at home including a student Chromebook and charger
- Preschool services will be available via a Google Classroom for parents to do at home learning activities with their child
- Special Education services will be delivered remotely
- Food Services plans are in progress to have a neighborhood meal program for lunch and breakfast for our community’s youth
- We will be rescheduling as many events as possible, including Kindergarten registration
We understand that extended school closure will create hardship among numerous families in our district, and our community relies on numerous resources and services our schools provide. Weeks without conventional structure and care may seem overwhelming– both emotionally and financially. Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of us through this time.
This closure requires a tremendous amount of hard work, dedication, and creativity from all of our staff, and we are grateful for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation. We will be sending frequent updates with information and resources via email, text messages, the website, and social media channels.
Dr. Joshua Meek
Today at approximately 1:30 pm Governor Jay Inslee declared the closure of schools to be statewide.
Our first day of closure will begin on Tuesday, March 17 through April 24th. Monday, March 16 will be a "normal" school day.
We understand you have many questions, and we will continue to provide frequent updates as the situation evolves. We appreciate your continued patience as we navigate the closure.
[[ Updated 03.12.2020 ]]
Moses Lake School's Remain Open
03.12.20 – Governor Inslee's recent announcement for school closure in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties has prompted many questions. At this time the Moses Lake School District will continue our school operations until we receive additional information and guidance from the Grant County Health District or state officials.
Have more questions? Here is more information regarding closure procedures: http://bit.ly/Closure_FAQ
The health, safety, and well-being of our students and our community are of paramount importance to the Moses Lake School District. It is important to reiterate, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Moses Lake OR the Moses Lake School District at this time. However, due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus to our region, the Grant County Health District has advised schools and other organizations to practice social distancing and to consider postponing public events, gatherings, and functions.
In response to the updated guidance, the Moses Lake School District has made the decision to cancel all indoor sports, events, concerts, and meetings involving the public. The cancellation includes community-use of all school district facilities. The mandate begins Friday, March 13th and adjourns Sunday, April 12th, unless otherwise notified.
Outdoor events and athletics will not be affected by cancellations at this time. External groups and clubs will be contacted directly by our Community Schools Office to reschedule or postpone their event. Additionally, out-of-district travel will be significantly reduced to eliminate the risk of exposure for our students and staff. We will continue to evaluate the situation as it evolves and as more information becomes available.
The cancellation specifically impacts:
- All non-school organized indoor activities
- Public meetings
- Public events/functions (dances, plays, concerts, parent nights, banquets)
- Use of the Moses Lake High School Pool & Swim Lessons
- Athletic/extracurricular indoor practices
- Athletic/extracurricular indoor competitions
- Community groups (youth sports organizations, churches, non-profits)
We recognize the inconvenience and impact that this decision has on the community; however, this action 1) will contribute significantly to the region-wide effort to mitigate social contact and minimize the spread of the illness, 2) aims to reduce potential exposure of our school communities to visitors that may have been exposed to COVID-19, 3) allows us to conserve our resources (cleaning supplies, necessary staff, etc.) to ensure educational operations remain normal for as long as possible.
Information on COVID-19 changes daily, however, our schools will remain open. We work directly with state, regional, and local epidemiologists, doctors, and other public health officials to make the most informed decision for our students, staff, families, and community members. Currently, the Department of Health is not recommending that schools proactively close–we need to do our best to remain open for students to continue learning.
The COVID-19 virus, transmitted by direct contact, has the greatest impact on adults over the age of 60 and those with compromised immune systems. People at higher risk and those exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should stay home, avoid close contact with others, and avoid large groups of people as much as possible.
We are taking steps to ensure that our school facilities are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized regularly. We have also taken proactive measures to minimize the spreading of germs through our student meal program and continue to encourage students and staff to regularly wash their hands with soap and water throughout the day.
We appreciate your patience as we navigate the daily challenges presented by COVID-19. The Moses Lake School District plays a vital role in limiting the spread of this virus, and we feel this precaution is necessary to reduce possible exposure given the information and recommendations at this time.
The following practices are extremely important for all students and adults:
- If staff or students are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) Stay home. Please contact your doctor or school nurse with any questions. If you’re experiencing symptoms, call your primary care physician or urgent care clinic.
- Wash hands often with soap and water. If you do not have soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Sneeze and cough into a tissue, elbow or sleeve instead of your hands. Throw used tissues in a garbage container immediately after use. If you use your hands to cover a sneeze or cough, wash your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes, touching your nose or putting your fingers by or in your mouth.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
The event, which had already been set up by participants, has now been disassembled and disinfected. The recommendation for cancellation comes as a precaution for our district, especially with participants traveling from outside of our community.
We continue to urge our students, parents, and staff members to practice preventative practices, including proper hygiene and staying home when sick.
Schools will remain open.
"The general American public is unlikely to be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 at this time, so the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. The risk of exposure is increasing for people who live in communities in Washington state with reported spread of COVID-19, though risk is still relatively low. Fact sheets (11 languages) and more information are available at the Washington State Department of Health."
At this time we have no confirmed cases in our schools. Our district takes this health risk very seriously and we will continue to inform our community as we monitor the situation.
Moses Lake School District will continue to monitor and follow the guidance provided by the Washington State Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the Coronavirus.
The safety and well-being of our community is our top concern and we're committed to keeping you informed. That's why our Health Services Department is partnering with the Washington State Department of Health, Grant County Health District, and OSPI to bring you and your family peace of mind.
FACT SHEETS (download)
What is CORONAVIRUS?
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person in China and other countries, including the United States. In most instances, cases outside of China have been associated with travelers from China. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.
How does novel coronavirus spread?
Health experts are still learning the details. Currently, it is thought to spread:
How severe is novel coronavirus?
Experts are still learning about the range of illness from novel coronavirus. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. So far, deaths have been reported mainly in older adults who had other health conditions.
What are the symptoms?
People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
Symptoms include: fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
Who is at risk for novel coronavirus?
Currently the risk to the general public is low. At this time, there are a small number of individual cases in the U.S. To minimize the risk of spread, health officials are working with healthcare providers to promptly identify and evaluate any suspected cases.
Travelers to and from certain areas of the world may be at increased risk. Although coronavirus originated geographically in Wuhan, China, the disease is not specific to any ethnic group. Chinese ancestry – or any other ancestry – does not make a person more vulnerable to this illness.
How can I prevent from getting novel coronavirus?
If you are traveling overseas (to China but also to other places) follow the CDC’s guidance: wwwnc.cdc.govtravel.
Right now, the novel coronavirus has not been spreading widely in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public. Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:
Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.
How is novel coronavirus treated?
There are no medications specifically approved for coronavirus. Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.