In order to blunt the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect the health of our students and community members, Vashon Island School District will be closing all schools beginning Friday, March 13th. The last day for students will be Thursday, March 12th which is a PDD day. VISD is planning on being closed until Friday, April 24th for a total of six weeks. As such, I would highly encourage all students who are not sick to attend tomorrow’s school day.
Teachers will report to schools on Friday in order to participate in team planning meetings, collaborate with leadership on staffing solutions, and make preparations for the extended closure.
There are several programs and services that we are currently working to provide students and families. Families will receive more communication and details about these programs at a later time as we get closer to implementation.
Food Services: VISD is prepared to provide food services beginning Monday the 16th as a “Grab ‘n’ Go” lunch. “Grab ‘n’ Go” meals will be provided to ANY VISD student. Targeted delivery services are part of this planning.
Child Care: VISD is setting a goal to provide limited child care services by Wednesday the 18th. Our primary goal is to provide services for families who work in the health care services as well as for families who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. VISD understands that we must play our part in keeping our families who work in health care services available to help those in the most need. Once we are able to provide services for these two groups of families, we will be considering expanding the program to assist other families. It is important to note that we will be working from Public Health guidance and implementing Social Distancing practices as well as enhanced sanitation practices.
Supplemental Learning Activities: VISD is working with staff to coordinate the delivery of supplemental learning activities by Wednesday the 18th or earlier. We will be able to provide laptop devices to those students who will require a device. These supplemental learning activities will be optional and not graded which differentiates them from direct or online instruction. Given more time and opportunities for innovation, these services may evolve and expand. LINK programs can be operated remotely and we do not anticipate any major disruption of LINK services or their student’s instructional program. LINK programs will not be able to accomodate any new students.
We are taking this one step at a time everyone. Each day in this pandemic we get to solve one problem and then another… and then another. If we solve enough problems, we get to come out on the other side a much stronger family. I’m very proud of the work we are doing, our staff’s response efforts, and the new direction we are taking while prioritizing the safety of our students and community.
Once again, thank you everyone for all you do and stay tuned for more updates as we grow our capabilities and supports.
Dr. Slade McSheehy