COVID-19 Coronavirus

  • Everett Public Schools is actively working with local and state health officials including Snohomish Health District and the Washington State Department of Health to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Please remember, coronavirus is not at all connected to race, ethnicity or nationality.

    This webpage contains the most up to date information about how we are responding to this worldwide health risk. To the left are links to communications to our families and staff, absence reporting information, frequently asked questions and additional resources.

    Thank you for your support as we navigate this challenging and developing public health issue.

    This page displays all Coronavirus updates since February 28, 2020.


    April 6, 2020 | 4 p.m.

    Message from Dr. Saltzman:

    Good afternoon Everett Public School Families:

    As you have likely heard, today Governor Inslee announced the closure all school buildings in our state through the end of this school year. It is hard for all of us, because we miss having our students in school, but we know this is the right decision for the health of our community. Although we will not be back in the classroom this year, we are confident we will be able to continue learning and student engagement through June. Please continue to enjoy your spring break. When we are back and reengaged next week, we will be able to share more details about what the rest of the year will look like. Please continue to stay home and stay safe.

    Take care,

    Dr. Ian Saltzman
    Everett Public Schools Superintendent


    April 3, 2020 | 2 p.m.

     

    Message from Dr. Saltzman:

    Tomorrow is the start of Spring Break 2020. It is probably going to look a little different than what you imagined your Spring Break would look like this year. But I hope you are still able to make it something memorable with your family and take time to take care of yourselves. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in different ways, but the anxiety and uncertainty we all feel can be weighty. I encourage you to take this time to do what you and your family need to unwind, regroup and recharge.

    Our educators will also be taking the week off to be with their families and to rest. There will not be student engagement and learning over Spring Break. We will, however, continue to serve emergency meals next week.

    Last night Governor Inslee extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate through May 4. To comply, we are now keeping schools closed until that time. We will continue to keep students engaged in learning remotely, as well as providing emergency meals.

    We will keep you updated with any major news related to school and COVID-19 over the break, and plan on reengaging with all of you on Monday, April 13. In the meantime, take care of yourself and your loved ones. These are difficult times for our community and for our nation, but we will get through this together. 

    Stay home and stay healthy

    Dr. Ian Salzman
    Everett Public Schools Superintendent

     

    Emergency Meals during Spring Break:

    Emergency meals will be served during Spring Break (using the current schedule). Please visit our Food & Nutrition page for details.

    AP Exams Information:

    The AP College Board has made adjustments to the regular AP testing process and schedule in order to adhere to the “Stay home stay healthy” mandate and while schools are closed. The AP exams will be taken at home with a different format. Visit our AP Exams page for more information.


     

    April 1, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

    Student learning packets for spring break:  There is now a pre-K through 5th grade spring break optional “packet” comprised of math, English Language Arts and science activities available. The math and science activities are in both English and Spanish.  The packet has been posted to the district website under “pre-K to 5th grade packets” tile on student engagement web page. There will be a reduced number of packets intended for students with limited internet access, which will be made available at meal distribution sites on Friday. Packets are not being mailed.

    For seniors: If you are a parent of a senior, please check your email for a separate communication on how the district is supporting our seniors to ensure graduation requirements are met during the school closure period, or visit Class of 2020 Supports.

    Wi-Fi hotspots: We are experiencing a community-wide shortage of internet hot-spots.  As a result, during our deployment tomorrow of Chromebooks and hot-spots, we may not be able to accommodate all requests. Another option is two months of free internet through Comcast. All new customers will receive a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem and Wi-Fi router. It is a no term contract. To sign up call: 1-855-846-8376 or go to: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19.

    Thank you and we hope you and your family are safe and healthy.


    March 31, 2020 | 3 p.m.

    Emergency meals will be served during spring break (using the current schedule). Click link for more information on locations and times.


    March 30, 2020 | 3 p.m.

    Our technology staff is preparing additional Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots for distribution to elementary school families. If your child still needs either a chromebook (1 per family) and/or Wi-Fi hotspot (if you have no internet access), please contact your child’s principal no later than 2 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31. Click for your school principal's email address.

    This information will be passed along to our technology team so they can prepare for distribution at all elementary school sites on Thursday, April 2 from 4-6 p.m.

    NOTE: We are experiencing a community-wide shortage of internet hot-spots. As a result, during our deployment tomorrow of Chromebooks and hot-spots, we may not be able to accommodate all requests.  


    March 27, 2020 | 3 p.m.

    Aligning with Governor Inslee's proclamation, we want to add some specific detail regarding field and track use. Use of our ballfields for group activities such as soccer, baseball, softball, football or other formal or informal games or practices are not allowed. Our outdoor playgrounds, covered play areas, and tennis courts are all closed to all community use.

    Thank you for your continued active participation in physically distancing yourselves 6-feet apart! We care about you and hope you stay safe and well. 


    March 26, 2020 | 4 p.m.

    Good afternoon Everett Public School Families,

    Everett Public Schools remains committed to providing your child learning supports and engagement during these challenging times. We are keeping students and families at the center of our efforts by planning for learning and staying connected to you.

    Thanks to the generosity of our voters that passed the 2016 technology levy, for the past several years our district has invested in getting devices in the hands of students and in training teachers how to best teach in the digital environment.

    Since school closures began March 16, we launched learning resources and explored ways to connect with students and families. We continue to prepare educational materials, build out a Student Engagement Materials Overview on our website, and offer educators learning opportunities to better serve the needs of our students remotely.

    Our next phase of student engagement and learning support development will include delivering flexible instruction using technology. In addition to posting content on teachers’ webpages (or other platforms like Google Classroom or Canvas), teachers will be checking students’ work, providing feedback, and collaborating with students and families using digital tools (like Zoom conferencing). While there will be exchanges of academic work between teachers and students with feedback, please know the emphasis will not be on letter grading at this time. Again, the goal is to provide meaningful feedback on work submitted by students.

    You can expect educators to engage your student(s) in a learning range, by:

    • Building out learning resources and standards-based content
    • Developing a suggested weekly plan and schedule
    • Providing content platform(s) like teacher websites, Google Classroom, Canvas, etc.
    • Using tools like email, phone calls, Zoom conferencing, Google Classroom, or Canvas to collaborate
    • Providing feedback on work submitted

    With schools closed at least through April 24, our goal is to support all learners. We understand there are challenges associated with teaching and learning in this environment, and that shift will not happen immediately.  We appreciate the opportunity to move thoughtfully together with you toward better leveraging our technology tools in serving our students.

    For the Class of 2020 (current seniors): With guidance from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board of Education, we are developing a plan to address seniors in the Class of 2020 as a select group of students who may have specific needs to meet graduation and college-entrance deadlines.

    For families of students receiving Special Services: The Special Services department will also be publishing complementary guidelines to the strategies mentioned above.

    Teachers calling your child(ren): It is likely when a teacher calls to talk to you or your child, the number will appear as blocked, or private. Please consider answering these calls, or check your voicemail afterwards, as the call won’t be from a school district number when staff are working from home.

    Do you have questions?

    • For technology support: help is available on our technology web page.
    • For instructional questions: please contact your child’s teacher.
    • For other COVID-19 school related questions, visit our FAQ page. If your question is not answered there, you can submit a question for the school district and we will respond within one working day.

    Thank you and be well,

     

    Dr. Ian Saltzman

    Everett Public Schools Superintendent

     


    March 24, 2020 | 3 p.m.

    Good afternoon Everett Public School Families,

    We hope you are all adjusting well to our “new normal” of staying at home. Here are a few school district updates for you:

    Chromebook distribution: Last week we were able to loan out more than 1,000 Chromebooks to our elementary and middle school families who needed access to a student computer at home to help stay engaged in learning during the school closure. All high school students and 3 of our 5 middle school students already have take-home devices checked out to them as part of the 1:1 program. We now have the next round of devices and hot spots ready to pick up for families in need. 

    If you were unable to pick up a Chromebook during our last deployment and need computer access in your home, the next pick up day is Thursday, March 26.

    • One Chromebook per family
    • Hot spots available if family does not have internet at home
    • Must be a student in Everett Public Schools, and provide student ID number

    Chromebooks will be available for curbside pick-up in conjunction with meal distribution on Thursday March 26 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. at:

    • Evergreen Middle School 
    • Cedar Wood Elementary School
    • Garfield Elementary School
    • Hawthorne Elementary School
    • Jefferson Elementary School
    • Lowell Elementary School 
    • Silver Lake Elementary School 

    Parents/guardians will need to provide their student(s) ID number and sign a Usage Agreement Form, which you can do beforehand online, or hard copy when you pick up the device. Internet Hotspots will also be available to check out for those who do not have internet access at home. Support and information about Wi-Fi hotspots are also available on the technology webpage. Please click here for the Student Technology Use Handbook.

    Meal Pick Up: Meals can be picked up Monday – Friday, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. at: 

    • Evergreen Middle School 
    • Cedar Wood Elementary School
    • Garfield Elementary School
    • Hawthorne Elementary School
    • Jefferson Elementary School
    • Lowell Elementary School 
    • Silver Lake Elementary School 

    ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS JUST ADDED - (note, meals only at these sites, Chromebooks will not be available for pick up at the locations below):

    • District Apartments: 10:30-10:50 a.m.
    • Family Tree: 10:30-10:50 a.m.
    • Shoreside Apartments: 10:30-10:50 a.m.
    • Canyon Creek Estates (Royal Coachman): 11-11:30 a.m.
    • Heatherwood Apartments: 11-11:30 a.m.
    • Mirabella: 11-11:30 a.m.

    i-Ready information: Would you like to learn more about i-Ready reading and math? Join Dr. Matthews for an i-Ready Parent Information Webinar:

    • Tuesday, March 31 at 9 a.m., or
    • Wednesday, April 1 at 1 p.m.

    https://everettsd.zoom.us/j/8320043792 Meeting ID: 832 004 3792

    If you have questions, contact cmatthews@everettsd.org

     

    School fields and tracks open: We are doing our best in these uncertain times to continue to allow our outdoor facilities to be enjoyed by our community in ways consistent with the directives of our governmental agencies. Governor Inslee's recent proclamation states one of the allowed essential activities includes: "Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running or biking, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used." In response, we are closing our outdoor playgrounds and covered play areas to community use but are still allowing our community to use our fields and tracks. Please remember the physical distancing requirement is very important and should be followed by every member of our community.

    Please remember to follow the governmental mandates and stay at home except when necessary and remember to physically distance 6-feet apart! We care about you and hope you stay safe and well.

     

    Ian Saltzman

    Everett Public Schools Superintendent


    March 24, 2020 | 9 a.m.

    School fields & tracks are open; playgrounds & covered play areas are closed.

    We are doing our best in these uncertain times to continue to allow our outdoor facilities to be enjoyed by our community in ways consistent with the directives of our governmental agencies. Governor Inslee's recent proclamation states one of the allowed essential activities includes: "Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running or biking, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used." In response, we are closing our outdoor playgrounds and covered play areas to community use but are still allowing our community to use our fields and tracks. Please remember the physical distancing requirement is very important and should be followed by every member of our community.

     


    Important links to Coronavirus information

    Snohomish Health District

    Washington State Department of Health

    COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for schools (OSPI)

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    World Health Organization (WHO)

    The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Note: The DOH coronavirus hotline (1-800-525-0127, press #) is experiencing high traffic and may be temporarily unavailable.