Superintendent Dr. Joshua Meek affirms, "As our state continues our efforts at 'flattening the curve' by staying home and staying healthy, the Governor's decision is as expected, and we are starting to see some impacts of these aggressive moves. Unfortunately, this mandate also means our inability to return to our school buildings this school year."
We understand you have many questions. What does this mean for my child's education? How are we moving forward? What will graduation look like?
"The good news is that our dedicated team of staff has already been working hard to provide essential services and remote delivery," says Meek. "We already have the systems and ability to maintain connections with our learning community, and will continue to provide:
- Remote delivery of instruction
- Food and child care services
We anticipate more details and instruction from the state and will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.
- Entrega remota de instrucciones
- Servicios de alimentación y cuidado infantil.
School is happening as planned for Monday, March 16, 2020Governor 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 make 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.
- 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:CLOSURE
- 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
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.
Moses Lake Schools 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
- 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)
- Will contribute significantly to the region-wide effort to mitigate social contact and minimize the spread of the illness
- Aims to reduce potential exposure of our school communities to visitors that may have been exposed to COVID-19
- Allows us to conserve our resources (cleaning supplies, necessary staff, etc.) to ensure educational operations remain normal for as long as possible.
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.
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?
How does novel coronavirus spread?Health experts are still learning the details. Currently, it is thought to spread
- via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
How severe is novel coronavirus?Experts are still learning about the range of illnesses 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 the spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus
- Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.