Superintendent Weekly Updates
May 29, 2020
It’s almost June.
Take a breath and think back, two and a half months ago, to March 13th, when the governor announced that our school buildings were closing. We were stepping into a world and a situation that had little predictability. We’ve done well in staying healthy and connected, and we as a district are so honored to be part of helping our community stay healthy.
Our seniors will graduate in two weeks. The rest of our students will conclude their school year one week later. Although uncertainty still exists, we are surrounded by confidence and resilience: together, we will get through this.
We have a few updates to share, and we want you all to know, we are here with you.
Our district will be able to honor our original graduation day of June 11, 5:00 PM. Seniors and their immediate families are invited to participate in a “drive up” ceremony. Details will be emailed to families.
Our campus remains closed, and therefore we will not be able to have spectators on campus for the event. We do expect there will be a parade following this private ceremony. We encourage you to follow social distancing guidelines, or better yet, watch from your car, as the fire department escorts our students around town.
Seniors official last day is June 12, and we will ask them to come to campus that day to turn in computers and any other school equipment.
June 12th will be the last day we push out new school work to our students. All assignments should be returned to teachers no later than June 19th. Our preference is that school work is either returned electronically, or that families can bring it to the school. We will likely have a few other drop off locations, but it is unlikely we will be able to pick up work from houses on June 19.
Seniors will be asked to return devices on Friday, June 12.
Other students will be asked to return them the week of June 15 – 19.
We will have more specific guidelines out as soon as the details are finalized.
Our last day of food distribution will be Wednesday, June 17. Students will be provided three days worth of meals so that will carry them through the last day of school, June 19.
We regret that we are unable to provide summer meal service. For families who may need support with food, the Skagit County Food Access Map shows locations of Boys & Girls Club meals, food banks, farm stands, CSAs, farmers markets, and other food access information. The Skagit County Food Access Map is updated regularly and can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/skagitmap. Our local food bank is also an excellent resource.
If you will have students new to La Conner next fall, we will be launching an online registration system early in June. This is also how yearly forms, agreements, and sports paperwork will now be completed. Stay tuned for more information!
Elementary students’ personal belongings
We will be distributing elementary student’s personal belongings on June 5 and 12. Items will be available for pick up in front of the elementary school. If necessary, we will make arrangements to deliver, but we appreciate any efforts you can make to pick them up.
We do expect to be able to offer some summer programs. More information will be available as we move into Phase 2, but here are our thoughts and priorities:
- ESY – students with IEP’s that provide extended school year services will be contacted by your special education teacher regarding the summer schedule. We expect the earliest date to meet would be after the 4th of July.
- High school credit completion – students who earned an incomplete and/or have credits to make up will have the opportunity to do this over the summer. We are hoping for a combination of in person and at home learning.
- Kindergarten Jump Start – there will be some virtual orientation options provided, and we are hopeful we can do some small group, in person gatherings closer to the start of school.
- Support for other students – we are not sure what additional options might exist this summer, but if your child would benefit from learning opportunities, know we will be sharing more resources with you via our website. If we are able to offer programs on campus, we will let you know!
Plans for fall
It is very early to speculate on what school may look like this fall, but we are optimistic that there will be some option for in-person schooling. Whether that is schools fully reopened or small groups and a “hybrid” model remains to be seen.
We are watching the reopening phases of our state closely and will keep you informed about plans and decisions. What would be very helpful for us is to know your intentions for fall; we released a survey a few weeks ago and about 40% of our students/families have responded. If you have not yet completed the survey, the link is here. Thank you very much for helping with this.
We want to thank Lucy from Todd’s Monuments, along with her family, for preparing the lovely rocks with the blue hearts that went home in student lunches a few weeks ago. They are also pictured at the top of this letter.
Our staff has embraced making personal contact with families and feel very grateful to be able to connect with parents and children even when we can’t meet in person.
Our special education staff has gone above and beyond in finding times to connect with the students that will work for the family’s schedule.
The graduation committee has spent countless hours planning and revising our graduation ceremony with ever changing guidance.
Our community has joined together to celebrate our seniors in many beautiful ways!
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to support your children during this time. We are very grateful and want you to know that our hearts are full of love for you all each and every day.
With warm blessings,