It’s been a great week for back-to-school information in the Edmonds School District. We received an Edmonds School District news email, numerous virtual school information presentations and on Friday a message from the Superintendent. If you missed your school’s virtual reunion, many are posted on YouTube.com/EdmondsSD. I checked the district site and there is also a direct link to the superintendent’s post which has a ton of information including vaccination clinics for COVID-19 and flu, links to Skyward and d ‘other resources, as well as the latest information on Sick Learning Plans. There’s also a new app for bus routes and the latest information on school volunteers and onsite COVID-19 testing, which we’ll cover here!
The post answers questions about learning while a student is sick, which I think has been curious for many of us. If a student is sick at home or needs to be isolated / quarantined due to COVID-19, they will be given homework to complete. During our virtual school reunion, the sick leave policy was compared to years past of getting the makeup job done. But it looks like the simultaneous distance option isn’t the same as the last school year, where your student would be fine and able to participate but unable to attend school due to being quarantined. That will change if the Department of Health requests that a class or an entire school be quarantined, in which case the class or school will “revert to distance learning.” The district will once again distribute a district-owned Chromebook to all K-12 students, which the post says students will take home each day, explaining that Chromebooks are “important if your student gets sick or has to. be quarantined “.
The post also states that ESD “will provide free COVID-19 testing at school for students (with family permission) and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms such as COVID ”. He adds that in addition to wearing the mask, the tests – which they say will be available at all schools in the district – is a “key mitigation strategy.”
Recently, Governor Jay Inslee demanded that all K-12 employees be fully immunized against COVID-19 by the middle of next month. Regardless of immunization status, once the school year begins, campuses will be open only to students and district staff, meaning there will be no family or community volunteers. The main school offices will be open to family members with “urgent needs” and the message states that office staff will be available by phone and email for any questions you may have.
The district email explains that, like many school districts across the country, ESD will face a shortage of bus drivers. Buses will still run, but “will be full and may take longer to load and unload at bus stops.” The email describes ways to help the process go “as smoothly as possible”, including using the new Edulog Parent Portal app available at bit.ly/ESDParentPortal. The app allows families to track their students’ bus location in real time, access route information or updates, and scheduled pickup and drop-off locations. I clicked on the link and read the info and it says you can set up notifications to alert you when the bus is approaching the stop, adding that notifications can ‘keep parents informed of traffic delays or replacements bus, etc.
There are ongoing resources for families this school year. The district partners with Care Solace to provide “mental health and addiction help.” The service, which the district says is part of its “commitment to the health, safety and well-being of our students, families and staff”, is confidential and offers assistance in finding a supplier “24 hours a day ”.
Additionally, meals for all students are free for the entire 2021-2022 school year, much like last school year, but this time around, they will include hot lunch options. If your student needs a fee waiver, there is a request for additional perks, including support for sports and course fees, as well as a discounted internet connection, available at bit.ly/ ESDFinancialsupport. Printed copies are available by calling 425-431-7077.
Buildings in the Town of Edmonds are now closed to the public effective Friday, September 3, and “all city recreation programs in the building and indoor facility rentals are canceled for the months of September and October” . With this closure affecting the Frances Anderson Center and the Meadowdale Clubhouse, I inquired with recreation supervisor Todd Cort. He let me know that Meadowdale Preschool would be in session and assured me that Kidz Love Soccer was still up and running. He also said they were able to move some of their offerings to the Edmonds Waterfront Center. For questions, more information and registration for outdoor activities, you can visit RecZone.org or call 425-771-0230.
Recreation centers and their associated programs in the towns of Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace remain open, although some courses are delivered remotely. Learn more about Lynnwood Recreation Center programs here and Mountlake Terrace programs here.
– By Jennifer Marx
Jen Marx, a mother of two boys in Edmonds, is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that tires them enough to get to bed on time.