Coronavirus Update From San Juan Island School District

Posted March 9, 2020 at 9:42 am by

I want­ed to give you all a more detailed update on our School Dis­trict plan­ning if our island expe­ri­ences the Coro­n­avirus.  Please know that cur­rent­ly WE HAVE NO KNOWN CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN SAN JUAN ISLAND.

Our Coun­ty Depart­ment of Health is not sug­gest­ing that schools should be closed down now…but they are advis­ing against hold­ing meet­ings of ten or more peo­ple.  We take this to mean new peo­ple to a group meet­ing and to that end, we are can­cel­ing Friday’s Senior Staff Bas­ket­ball game, Wednesday’s Com­mu­ni­ty Din­ner and our March 26th Partner’s Lun­cheon.  They are also advis­ing against non-essen­tial trav­el off the island.  We are can­celling all field trips, staff trav­el for train­ings and send­ing sports teams off island as well as oth­er teams com­ing here.  We will re-eval­u­ate these changes to our prac­tice at the end of March to deter­mine if we need to continue.

 We are con­tin­u­ing to dis­in­fect our schools on a dai­ly basis and encour­age all stu­dents and staff to wash their hands fre­quent­ly and not touch their faces.   To help with these efforts we are installing hand san­i­tiz­er dis­pensers near the front doors of all classrooms…much like the kind you see in doctor’s offices.  If we are safe from the Coro­n­avirus, we will also decrease expo­sure to colds and oth­er flu virus­es by these class­room practices.

Our plans for teleschool­ing con­tin­ue.  Cur­rent­ly, we have enough Chrome books to pro­vide each stu­dent with a lap­top.  We are work­ing with Rock Island this week to ensure that fam­i­lies with­out inter­net access will be pro­vid­ed this ser­vice. Please under­stand, that NO dis­trict in the coun­try per fed­er­al law, will be able to offer teleschool­ing unless, ALL stu­dents are able to access those ser­vices.   We have cre­at­ed plans for all of our free and reduced lunch stu­dents to have break­fast and lunch pro­vid­ed per the law.  We also have a plan for all Spe­cial Needs stu­dents to have ser­vices pro­vid­ed.  This week we are plan­ning how we would dis­trib­ute lap­tops to stu­dents and what instruc­tion­al sched­ules might look like.

In the event of school clo­sure due to COVID 19, we would most like­ly close all schools for a day or two to pro­vide train­ing to our staff about what the real­i­ty of teleschool­ing would mean for them, in terms of class­room lessons and instruc­tion­al sched­ules.  Also, please under­stand that teleschool­ing options will only con­tin­ue as long as we have healthy teach­ers and sub­sti­tutes who can teach. 

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One comment...

  1. Impres­sive plan­ning and lead­er­ship. Let us hope the full plan does not have to be imple­ment­ed, but thanks for your thor­ough­ness in pro­tect­ing our stu­dents, teach­ers, sup­port staff, and the extend­ed community.

    Comment by David Bentley on March 9, 2020 at 10:26 am

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