March 15, 2020
Dear Republic #309 families,
Republic School District #309 continued its efforts over the weekend to define answers to many of the questions pertaining to Governor Inslee’s closure of all K-12 schools in the state from March 17 – April 24, 2020.
As we continue to solidify plans, we’d like to provide the following updates:
Monday, March 16 will serve as a transition day for staff and families to help them adjust to the closure. We encourage students to attend school on Monday to pick up their belongings and to talk with educators. However, we respect the decision of any family who keeps their child home. Also, medications should be picked up on Monday if they’ll be needed during the closure or they may be left at the school until operations resume.
In the meantime, we anticipate offering:
- Food Service: Beginning Tuesday, March 17th we anticipate offering limited food service to our students. Final details will be announced on Monday, March 16.
- Daycare: Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, we anticipate offering limited childcare. Per Gov. Inslee's proclamation priority will be given to medical personnel, first responders, and others as needed, but families should consider additional options, if available.
- Optional Learning Activities: Republic School Staff are meeting Monday, March 16th to discuss this. As more information becomes available, both from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and from educators, we will keep you informed.
To help support families in the interim, Republic School District has posted the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) new resources for parents on its website: “How to talk to kids about COVID-19 and school closures” as well as, “COVID-19 in Schools: A Parent’s Guide.” Printed copies of these are available in the District Office or can be mailed by calling 509-775-3173.
We will provide new information as soon as it becomes available and will continue to be in regular contact via email, text, mobile app., social media, and on our website republic309.org.
We greatly appreciate our community’s support during this time.
Superintendent Kevin Young