Superintendent's Message, March 2, 2020

  •  Dr. Ian Saltzman

    Dear friends,

    As many of you are aware, the Snohomish Health District notified us last Friday, February 28 that a student at Jackson High School had tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We have been communicating with our families and staff since we found out and are taking measures to help prevent the spread of the virus.

    District leadership is in constant contact with Snohomish Health District and Department of Health and we are following their guidance on the appropriate response. Our custodial and maintenance staff have been working tirelessly to ensure our school environments are clean and disinfected.

    Responses to date include:

    - The student who tested positive, as well as their close contacts and family are under quarantine per the Snohomish Health District.
    - Closed Jackson High School on Monday, March 2 and began thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the school on Friday, February 28.
    - Cleaning and disinfecting at Heatherwood and Gateway Middle Schools.
    - Cleaning and disinfecting buses that deliver students to Jackson High School.
    - Relocated weekend events scheduled at Jackson High School.
    - Delayed athletic tryouts until Tuesday, March 3.
    - Moved the SAT scheduled at Jackson High on March 4 to April 14.

    All district schools are receiving extra cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer.

    In addition to the specific steps taken since learning of our infected student, for weeks, we have been encouraging staff and students to stay home when sick, perform frequent handwashing, and practice good hygiene habits when sick.

    For the most up to date information on how Everett Public Schools is responding to the Coronavirus, please visit our website ( where we update FAQs daily. Thank you for your support as we continue to respond to this worldwide threat and do all we can to keep our students and staff safe.

    Although we are actively responding to this public health emergency, we are still in the classroom where teaching and learning continue. Our staff is doing an incredible job at remaining calm, staying positive and keeping up normal daily school routines as much as possible so our kids can feel safe and focused on learning.

    A couple of important things to remember this March:

    • Kindergarten registration begins March 2, 2020
    • Read Across America is Monday, March 2
    • We celebrate Education Support Professionals Week March 2-6

    Thank you for the support you provide our students and our schools as we navigate this developing situation.

    Dr. Ian B. Saltzman, Superintendent