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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:  We anticipate offering limited food service to our students. Final details will be announced on Monday, March 16.
  • Daycare:  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.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Kevin Young


March 13, 2020

As many of you have heard, Gov. Jay Inslee just announced a statewide K-12 school closure effective Tues. March 17 - Fri. April 24.

As of now, we know:

  • Republic School District will operate as normal on Monday, March 16, 2020.
  • Beginning Tuesday, March 17, school will be closed for students.
  • Beginning Tuesday, March 17, athletics are postponed until further notice. This includes all practices and games.

We are finalizing plans to support our families during the closure in the following ways:

  • Providing meals to children
  • Providing childcare for our families, especially to first responders and healthcare workers, following the guidance of Gov. Inslee
  • Providing open communication and resources to support student success

We will keep families informed via telephone, email, text, website and social media channels.

If you are not receiving these messages via our All-Call system and would like to, please call the District Office at 509-775-3173.

Thank you for partnering with us, and for being understanding, as we all work together on this.

Tiger Pride, Republic Strong!

Sincerely,

Superintendent Kevin Young


March 13, 2020

Dear Republic School District Families,

Gov. Jay Inslee just announced a statewide K-12 school closure effective Tues. March 17 - Fri. April 24. Republic #309 will communicate any and all updates we receive and send more information as it becomes available.